Food + Drink

Sugar Magnolia

 Sugar Magnolia9824 Rea Road, in Blakeney704-540-0000This warm spot opened late last year, but ongoing construction at its Blakeney home has kept it under the radar. That's too bad, because everyone needs to know about this place. Owners Chris and Brandy…

Ratcliffe on the Green

 Ratcliffe on the Green425 South Tryon Street704-358-9898The chefs at Ratcliffe on the Green incorporate a significant amount of local produce into the menu. (Chris Edwards)Chef Mark Hibbs is doing some serious name dropping on his Ratcliffe menu—Ashley Farms, Tega Hills,…

So Far, So Good

Turkey was once the seat of an empire, a land of imperial sophistication where East and West crossed paths. A meal at Sofram only hints at this rich history, but its menu blends European and Middle Eastern influence with confidence…

Imagining Italy

Once you do discover Arooji’s, you are assaulted with kindness. There is a familial glow to the service. The staff cares about its guests, and it shows. It occurs to me that I could probably order a Big Mac, and…

Hickory Tavern

 Tucked just off Johnston Road, the seventh Hickory Tavern (there’s also one in Hickory, one in Spartanburg, and four others in Charlotte) opened this summer. While you might dismiss it as just another bar and grill, this Hickory Tavern feels…

African Flavor

[rsg2_singledisplay:836}Tucked into a Myers Park shopping center, Meskerem is decorated with Ethiopian wall hangings above booths and glass-topped tables, creating an atmosphere of unpretentious calm. Meats and vegetables arrive on a vast, round injera platter, arranged like paints on an…

Here's the Beef

 Hipsters flock to it; it spawns imitators in cities across the country.Meanwhile, regulars at George Fine’s Beef ’n’ Bottle in Charlotte keep right on ordering ribeyes, New York strips, and oysters Rockefeller, blissfully unaware of how cool they have become.As…

@ Night

Alexander Michael’s This quintessential neighborhood pub brings lively conversation and quality food to this former Fourth Ward grocery store. 401 W. Ninth St. 704-332-6789. Bar 1221 This baby is so hot that Morton's restaurants nationwide are retrofitting to match it.…

New in Town

As the Ballantyne restaurant scene fills in, little local joints are beginning to fill nooks and crannies amidst higher-profile chain restaurants. Tucked around the corner in a shiny new shopping center, Sugar Magnolia is one such gem.Named as much for…

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