Described as ‘farmhouse chic’, Halcyon is a stylish farm-to-table destination serving a delightful selection of dishes combining the best of Southern and Old World cuisine. Based on local produce from artisanal farms, dairies, cheese-makers and wineries from the states of Carolina and beyond, Halcyon’s seasonally driven menu includes dishes such as venison with cranberry, apple and spiced walnuts, and house-crafted mushroom ravioli with sherry cream and a black olive emulsion. The restaurant’s earthy and soothing interior is characterized by blue walls, birds’ nest chandeliers, and sculpted wooden tables. Situated inside the Mint Museum on the Levine Cultural Campus, Halcyon’s dining room offers a stunning view of the Charlotte cityscape.
Halcyon, 500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, USA, +1 704 910 0865
The Cowfish, Sushi Burger Bar
What happens when quality burgers are combined with good sushi? To find out, stop by the Cowfish. Far from being an ordinary restaurant, the Cowfish’s menu features an unusual mix of burgers and sushi. Choose your favorite from the extensive menu of fresh sushi, the organic burger menu, or try the signature invention of ‘burgushi’ – daring fusions made up of both sushi and burger components. With no limit to culinary creativity, diners also have the option to customize their sushi rolls with the ‘build your own sushi roll’ menu. It doesn’t end there, however: the Cowfish bar provides a superb offering of spike hand-spun milkshakes, premium sakes, craft beer and exotic martinis. A relaxed fun spot, not to mention housing a 600-gallon aquarium with live cowfish, the Cowfish promises a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
The Cowfish, 4310 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC, USA, +1 704 365 1922
Specializing in the art of nourishment and serving organic, plant-based cuisine, Luna’s Living Kitchen is a true haven for vegetarians and vegans, healthy-conscious eaters or anyone else up for a nutritious treat. Luna’s concept of ‘living’ refers to the daily use of only the freshest raw ingredients with high nutritional value. Here, there are natural scrumptious meals, heavenly smoothies, refreshing cold-pressed juices and much more. Luna’s homemade dishes are creative, rich in flavor and beautifully presented. For that morning energy boost, start the day with the wholesome cacao granola – buckwheat granola with cacao, coconut and a dash of cayenne topped with fresh fruit, accompanied by a glass of delicious almond, hemp or coconut-based homemade milk.
Luna’s s Living Kitchen, 2102 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, USA, +1 704 333 0008
The lavish Luce Restaurant is renowned for serving the best of authentic northern Italian dishes in uptown Charlotte. From meticulously prepared entrees such as carpaccio and Italian cheeses to original pasta-based dishes including taglioni, lasagna and buttera, the menu captures the best of Italian gastronomy. It is matched by a noteworthy wine list representing different Italian regions. The restaurant also serves a range of meat and seafood specialties such as braised beef ribs with butternut squash and gnocchi, and pan-seared scallops with croquettes and broccoli. Murano glass, Venetian plaster, and travertine marble floors make up Luce’s classy yet warm interior, providing a romantic atmosphere, ideal for elegant intimate dining.
Luce Restaurant, 214 North Tryon Street Suite J, Charlotte, NC, USA, +1 704 344 9222
Providing the best of Louisiana home-style cooking with Creole and Cajun influences, the Cajun Yard Dog is a favorite local spot. With more than 35 varieties of hot sauce, Cajun Yard Dog prides itself on serving traditional staples such as meatloaf, red beans and rice and the tastiest fried chicken in Charlotte. The menu also offers a number of hearty seafood dishes with shrimp, catfish and oysters. A Cajun yard dog is equivalent to a backyard pet but comes in the form of an alligator, which has been somewhat adopted as the restaurant’s trademark. Decorated with an assortment of paraphernalia hanging from the walls such as toy alligators, beads and beer signs, the Cajun Yard Dog is a fun, friendly restaurant. It’s full of character and guarantees a great meal at an affordable price.
Cajun Yard Dog, 8036 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC, USA, +1 704 752 1750