Erika Preval - Simply Put



 Our 28 hours in Charlotte, North Carolina, last weekend were unscripted and just perfect! Since the hubby was there for an extended business trip, the girls and I took the 4-hour drive up instead of his driving home. This was our first visit to The Queen City, so we were pretty excited to see what we’d find.

Typically, I’d have researched a few places to visit for local eats and antiques, but last week was a full one, leaving no time to plan. After a quick stop at Bojangles for Bo-tato Rounds, we pulled into Charlotte around lunch time. Our first stop was the newly renovated Le Meridian, where we dropped off our bags and I handed over the wheel. Our initial plans of having a picnic at The Green, in Uptown, were thwarted, since the surrounding restaurants are closed on Saturday. A quick Google search of Charlotte’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives options lead us to Cabo Fish Taco in the NoDa (North Davidson) section of town.


Even if you’re not a fan of fish tacos, don’t hesitate to stop by if you enjoy Mexican cuisine. They have plenty of meat and vegan-friendly options, along with a healthy list of margaritas, wine and beer. Enjoy the local art, while you’re there!

After lunch, we headed to Crêpe Cellar Kitchen and Pub for dessert. This quaint spot had menu options that made me wish I wasn’t so full! The girls ordered their usual crepes (butter, sugar and fresh strawberries – not on the menu) and the hubby and I shared the most amazing Crêpe Suzette I’ve ever had!


The girls witnessed their first marriage proposal and we saw lots of prom photos being taken in the Romare Bearden Park before enjoying pre-dinner cocktails (and mocktails) at Chef Rocco Whalen’s rooftop restaurant Fahrenheit. The hubby likes to explore a city’s designated ”best burger” restaurants when traveling, so we headed to The Liberty in historic South End. According to him, the Prime Ground Pub Burger does not disappoint.

As we were leaving The Liberty, we spotted a sign for Tupelo Honey Café, and decided to head there for Sunday brunch after watching Pitch Perfect 2. They offer limited online reservations, and the best seating, IMO, is in a booth near their open kitchen. It’s worth coming here for the biscuits alone.


We headed back to Atlanta, after brunch, but not before checking out the currently under construction rooftop bar at Le Meridian. It’s sure to draw large crowds when it opens, with incredible city views. Thank you for your hospitality, Charlotte. We’ll be back soon!

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