From tapas to Italian to Low Country, then back to tapas, and, yes, even a steak house, these are the top new places to eat

Written by Jon Luther and Richard Thurmond
Photographs by Chris Edwards

545-B Providence Road

A longtimer in the Charlotte restaurant biz, owner Thierry Garconnet is enjoying the heck out of running a place of his own, as you'll notice when he greets you warmly at the door. And with Chef Chad Beckerink, he made a great hire. Beckerink's provincial, primarily French and Italian menu is simple, affordable, and charming. Try the pâté en croute au porto, a first course that features ground meats and mushrooms with a port wine reduction that bursts with rich, layered flavors wrapped in crisp puff pastry. Entrée highlights include côtes d'agneaux aux poireaux—lamb chops and braised lamb cannelloni with leek fondue—and poulet a la crème d'estragon, a simple roast chicken with a tarragon cream sauce. The menu changes seasonally, so it will keep your interest all year 'round.

Noble Cause
Bringing Cuisine de Grand-mère (grandmother's cooking) to Charlotte.

Biggest Challenge
Location. Look for the Starbucks.

Who's There
Mainly Myers Park and Eastover denizens, with the occasional interloper in search of an excellent meal.