Fans of the French movie of the same name will be happy to encounter much of the film’s charm at this bakery. The whimsical atmosphere only adds to the quality of the food – think fresh French-style breads, quiches, and pastries at breakfast, then tartines or various other European sandwiches at lunch and dinner. If you don’t want a full meal, you’re in luck – the dessert menu is chock full of all of your French favorites, from macarons and petit-fours to crème brulee. Also worth noting is their supportive attitude towards their employees, many of whom have overcome great obstacles, like homelessness or a prison term, to find a steady job at Amelie’s.
Rock Hill may not be a coastal town, but visitors might feel like they’re at the beach at Michael’s. The laid back attitude compliments a great selection of seafood dishes, but don’t worry– their menu has a little bit of everything from regional cuisines around the US. If you’re fortunate enough to show up for Sunday brunch, you’ll really enjoy their special brunch menu, including a tantalizing selection of cocktails to wake you up in the best possible way. The various fritattas, variations on eggs Benedict, and of course the blueberry pie French toast will ensure you’re spoiled for choice.
The goal at Pier 51 is to bring high quality seafood to the masses. You can’t always expect a cheap meal here, but you can trust that fish you get will be fresh and tasty, prepared in whichever style you prefer – boiled, broiled or fried – they’ve got whatever you like. They also have a good surf and turf menu if you want to add a little protein to your meal. The sides, which come with almost every meal on the menu, are Southern classics; hush puppies, coleslaw and your choice of potato side. This is a great place to come with a family, get a few seafood platters so you can try everything and enjoy the day.
Culina is taking the idea of comfort food and really running with it. Most people imagine comfort food to be what they know, but Culina has taken various comfort foods from around the globe and combined them in to one fabulous menu. They want guests to push their own comfort zones to the edge, so they make small plates that encourage people to try multiple things in one sitting. Where else can you find Korean pork belly sliders and eggplant parmesan on the same menu, all made by the capable hands at Culina? Hardcore Southerners will love the Cheerwine chicken, which is made with a reduction of that much-loved soda from the North Carolina.