South End, Where the Dining is Fine
The heat of the day has burned off, and you hold a frosty cocktail on Zeppelin’s patio, awaiting your reservation. Or you relax into the cushy leather of your booth at Sullivan’s, watching the server pour an elegant glass of wine, your mouth watering for the steak that’s soon to follow. Restaurant Week (Queen’s Feast) is a time to dine in style–at a discount. Explore South End’s new fine-dining destinations and revisit old favorites, no special occasion necessary.
More than 130 metro Charlotte restaurants will participate in Queen’s Feast July 19th through the 28th by offering multi-course dinners for either $30 or $35. Nine South End restaurants are on the list, including new-to-the-neighborhood spots Zeppelin and The Dunavant. Here’s what to expect.
The Dunavant (2322 Dunavant Street) $30
Enjoy steak-frites with a side of sparkly horseshoe bar for atmosphere. The usual prix-fixe menu at the Dunavant (salad, steak and bottomless fries) adds a seasonal starter for five dollars more. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Bacon Mac and Cheese
Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano (1910 South Boulevard) $35
With the aroma of garlic wafting from the kitchen, you’d never guess you’re sitting in the former Tompkins Toolworx textile machinery warehouse. History pairs with traditional Italian fare on the menu at Luciano’s. Their restaurant week menu includes a seafood, beef or pasta entree plus dessert. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Fried Green Tomatoes
The Manchester (1812 South Boulevard) $35
Boring bar food this is not. To pair with their expansive menu of craft beers and ales, the Manchester menu is offering four courses of elevated gastropub fare. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Shrimp and Lobster Risotto
Nikko Japanese & Sushi Restaurant (325 Arlington Avenue) $30
Live music and sake-bomb fanfare livens the scene at Nikko. Options for landlubbers and raw-fish devotees include sushi, sashimi or yakisoba noodles. Of course, green tea ice cream will cleanse the palate for dessert. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Sashimi Deluxe
O-Ku Sushi (2000 South Boulevard) $35
This amount of sushi-grade fish at this price? Many seafood and raw options are on the list for O-Ku’s restaurant week menu, including a Wagyu Tartare. Instead of dessert, they’ll have three savory courses for $35. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Carpaccio Flight
Sullivan’s Steakhouse (1928 South Boulevard) $35
You can just picture your server approaching in a floor-length white apron. Sullivan’s has the classic traditional steakhouse menu: classic salads, prime cuts with signature sauces and à la carte additions. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Hand-Cut Filet Mignon
Tupelo Honey Cafe (1820 South Boulevard) $30
Once you’ve stopped admiring the funky overhead fans looping on the ceiling you’ll find creative Southern fare on Tupelo Honey’s menu, including crispy Brussels sprouts and several preparations of fried chicken. They also offer an optional beer or wine pairing flight for a supplemental cost. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Flight of Chef’s Mason Jar Dips
YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar (1508 South Mint Street) $35
YUME proves that ramen can make for fine dining, too. Their expansive restaurant week choices include four courses plus a beverage. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Agedashi Tofu
Zeppelin South End (235 West Tremont Avenue) $35
There’s a reason Zeppelin earned a mention in Charlotte Agenda’s best-patios roundup. The outdoor space pairs well with seasonal summer items from Zeppelin’s four-course menu, including a cool gazpacho starter and an NC trout entree. Explore the menu and make a reservation.
Editor’s choice: Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding
Pro tip: Don’t skip the reservations. Prime time slots will go quickly and walk-in availability is limited.
Keep the Queen’s Feast vibe going year-round by trying out the many and varied South End restaurants.