Thursday, July 27, 2006

More great local food

Here’s another tip about local dining from Bill Norton, who works at local public relations/advertising firm Corder Philips Wilson:

“After living here for three years and hearing repeated accolades about the Penguin (1921 Commonwealth Ave. 704-375-6959), I finally got there with the family for lunch last Sunday. The intimacy and character of the place were great, and the burgers were fantastic. A full house and very diverse crowd, too.

Funny thing I noticed – they didn't bother asking how I wanted the burger cooked. You can't get a medium-pink burger any more in these days of e-coli paranoia, but somehow their burgers (which weren't pink either) still come out with plenty of flavor, a lesson that a lot more expensive restaurants could learn.”

Norton has a colleague who also recommends burger joint South 21 – find it at 3101 E. Independence Blvd., 3631 South Blvd., 6116 Brookshire Blvd. and 6920 N. Tryon St., all in Charlotte.

I’m still on the hunt for recommendations outside Mecklenburg if you’ve got any.


Here are two from way outside Mecklenburg I’ll be spotlighting in my column on Saturday. They recently made it onto the “Great American Food Tour” compiled by (affiliated with Conde Nast Traveler) – and might be worth squeezing in on a road trip.

In the Palmetto state, the tour highlights the Old Post Office restaurant on Edisto, a 54-square-mile island southwest of Charleston. “Grits come with every meal, but our favorite is as an accompaniment to spicy grilled shrimp and frothy mousseline, a hollandaise sauce with whipped egg whites,” the site says.

And in the Tar Heel state, the tour praises ham biscuits from Sonny’s Grill, a beloved spot in Blowing Rock, a mountain town 90 miles from Charlotte. “In this three-table, eight-stool eatery you will find one of the most delicious quick bites of the South,” says the Concierge site.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable this place is not on the list. But the BEST burgers in Charlotte are at Mr. K's on South Blvd. It is right across the street from Atherton Mill's and South End Brewery at the corner of South Blvd. and McDonald Avenue. They are only open Mon-Fri. I highly recommend the Double BK. Family owned and operated. Their ice cream and shakes are great, too!!!

2:03 AM  
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