It's time to think outside the cooler for your next Panthers tailgate. This season check out three great side dishes from local eateries that are perfect for pairing with hot dogs, beers, and, of course, a win for the home team.
Green Bean Casserole
Mac's Speed Shop
A classic Southern comfort dish great for matching with any tailgating grub, this casserole is served up warm and hits the spot with creamy cheese and French-fried onions. Enjoy a scoop with your burgers and chili. $6 per pint, $32 per half pan. Mac's Speed Shop, 2511 South Blvd., 704-522-6227
Spicy Pimento Mac & Cheese
Pimento cheese gives a new twist to this old favorite by adding a creamier texture and color—and lots of taste. Already cooked (all you have to do is reheat), this dish is simple and filling, making it the ideal side for those cooler game days. $2.50 and up. Something Classic, 1323 Central Ave., 704-377-4202
Black Bean Salad
Light but tasty, this black bean salad works as either a dip or a side. Try adding it to basic pasta or potato salad for a heavier consistency, or scoop straight from the bowl with corn chips. $5.99 per pound. Laurel Market, 114 Cherokee Rd., 704-347-0464; 1515 South Blvd., 704-334-2185