BLVD: Around town in August

Around town Cuisine Entertainment

July 28, 2023

Legion Brewing SouthPark has 12 new items on the summer menu. We’re eyeing the Marinated Tomato and Cucumber Salad, which looks perfect for the season. Also on the summer menu: Heirloom Tomato Pizza and a Crab Melt on sourdough bread with a side of jalapeno aioli. 5610 Carnegie Blvd.


We know it’s good, and now there’s more proof: Steak 48 was named the top-rated steakhouse in the state by Yelp based on several factors, including ratings and the volume of reviews. In burger news, The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar (The Big Squeal, #6) and Living Kitchen (Fire & Brimstone Burger, #32) made Yelp’s list of the top 100 hamburgers in the U.S. 

Jolo Winery & Vineyards is loving the praise and having fun with the shock value of its latest award: Best of Show Rosé, judged by the American Fine Wine Society. Judge Sunny Fraser remarked, “When a wine from North Carolina is the Best in Show, it is reminiscent of a Judgment of Paris moment. There are no preconceived ideas in a blind tasting; you’re just judging what’s in the glass.” As the Pilot Mountain winery posted on its Instagram, “The wine doesn’t lie!”

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An orange colored Negroni Speziati at North Italia in Charlotte.

Negroni Speziato at North Italia. Photograph courtesy North Italia.

Lead bartender Shaneka Slaughter at North Italia in South End created this Negroni Speziato as part of a new Summer Sips cocktail menu. It’s made with Italian gin, Tuscan spices, Campari, lemon and grapefruit oil and will be available through Sept. 4. 1414 S Tryon St., Suite 140.


A table in the lobby at Synergy Face + Body in Eastover.

Synergy Face + Body. Photograph courtesy Synergy.

Eastover has two new med spas offering a range of spa, skin care and medical aesthetics procedures: SkinSpirit is open in the same shopping center with Laura Park Designs and The Buttercup. 1041 Providence Rd. Synergy Face + Body opened along Randolph Road behind the OrthoCarolina Surgery Center. 3820 Randolph Heights Dr., Ste. 150.

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It’s time to welcome Puerta to Elizabeth. This Mexican food and spirits restaurant is the fourth dining concept in the neighborhood from 1957 Hospitality (The Crunkleton, Rosemont Market and Wine Bar, Cheat’s Cheesesteak Parlor). Look for it at the corner of 7th Street and Pecan Avenue.

The sign is out at Capital Tacos, coming soon to Cotswold Village behind Bath & Body Works. The Tex-Mex spot has restaurants across the Southeast.

Babe & Butcher, the go-to charcuterie shop based in Camp North End, is coming to Park Road Shopping Center this fall, near the Bruegger’s Bagels.

A slice of carrot cake on a blue plate from Joan's Bakery and Deli, opening in Midtown Charlotte.

Joan’s Bakery and Deli. Photograph courtesy Joan’s Bakery.

The Dresslers, of Rare Roots Hospitality, are extra busy this summer: Plans are underway to open Joan’s Bakery and Deli, steps from Dressler’s at Metropolitan this fall. The bakery is an homage to Jon’s mother, known for her cheesecake and carrot cake. This comes as Dogwood Southern Table in SouthPark is closing this summer after a nine-year run.

SupperClub aims for a late summer opening in South End. Co-owner Brad Byrd says SupperClub will focus on its food and drink offerings, with games like duckpin bowling and billiards adding an extra level of entertainment. Expect an eclectic decor — part Studio 54, part French bistro. 3521 Dewitt Ln.

Inside the new restaurant, L'Ostrica, in the Montford neighborhood of Charlotte.

Rendering of L’Ostrica

L’Ostrica will open in phases over the next several months in Montford, starting with a chef’s market featuring a curated, house-made mix of pastas, sauces, salads, dips, soups, sandwiches and sweets. Later this fall, look for a restaurant featuring tasting menus. The concept is led by owners Eric Ferguson, former executive chef at Stagioni and Good Food, and Cat Carter.

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Crumbl is taking orders at Cotswold Village in the former Ann’s Hallmark space. Crumbl’s fresh-baked cookie menu rotates weekly with a choice of six flavors, including milk chocolate chip, cowboy cookie and brownie sundae. Curbside and delivery are available. 116 S. Sharon Amity Rd. 

Fresh off a grand opening celebration, The Revelry by Best Impressions Caterers is ready to entertain you. At 23,000 square feet, this Camp North End event space can accommodate gatherings of 250-1,200 people. Features include a full kitchen, multiple suites and green room spaces to get ready, and an interior brick archway. 701 Keswick Ave., #110.

Dram & Draught. Photograph courtesy Dram & Draught.

Dram & Draught made its South End debut with plenty of live music and drinks to go around. The bar with an upscale-yet-relaxed vibe first opened in Raleigh in 2016 and serves more than 300 whiskeys, craft cocktails and lots of N.C. draft beer. 1220 S. Tryon St., Ste 300.


Charlotte’s oldest restaurant, Green’s Lunch, closed its doors at the end of June after announcing the property had been sold. The uptown fixture known for its hot dogs and (short!) barstools opened in 1926.  SP

featured image courtesy Legion Brewing SouthPark

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