BLVD: Around town in November

Around town Cuisine Entertainment

October 27, 2023

Food + drink

The stream of openings in South End continues:

Culinary Dropout opened its first East Coast location at Vantage South End. Its menu of comfort and bar-style food includes fried chicken with drizzled honey, slow-roasted pork ribs, Detroit-style pizza, pork-belly nachos, sandwiches and seasonal salads. Expect craft cocktails, local beer, multiple TVs to catch the game, live music, a pet-friendly patio with skyline views, and two private event spaces. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 1120 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100

The Dumpling Lady opened its first standalone restaurant in the former Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit space at 327 W. Tremont Ave.

French-Asian bakery Tous les Jours debuted its third Charlotte-area location at 2041 South Blvd. The bakery is owned by local franchisee Yidi Chen.

Chapter 6, a new restaurant from Rare Roots Hospitality, is now open at The Line. The menu is inspired by the flavors of the western Mediterranean, including Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, France and Italy. Chapter 6 serves dinner daily and weekend brunch. 2151 Hawkins St.

SupperClub, a dining and entertainment concept from Charlotte restaurant veterans Brad Byrd and Andrea Nivens, is open at 3521 Dewitt Ln. 

Left – Right: Culinary Dropout, Catalina Kitchen + Bar, Chapter 6. Photographs courtesy Culinary Dropout and The Plaid Penguin.


Catalina Kitchen + Bar is open in Elizabeth. The concept from Ditka’s Restaurant Group, named for partner and legendary pro football coach Mike Ditka, serves coastal-inspired and Southern cuisine and offers a California-focused wine selection. Menu items include a Carolina Sunburst Farms Trout with Butter Bean Succotash, a Spicy Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich, protein bowls, house-made pastas, salads and a raw bar. 1942 E. 7th St., Ste. 106.

Phillips Bistro opened in the former Bonterra space at Phillips Place. 6809-A Phillips Place Ct.

The Fox & Falcon from celebrity chef David Burke is now open in the former Dogwood location at Sharon Square. The modern steakhouse serves dinner, plus weekend brunch. 4905 Ashley Park Ln.

Ralph’s Coffee Truck has set up shop in the couryard outside the new Ralph Lauren store at Phillips Place. They will be serving Ralph’s specialty blends including Ralph’s Roast, decaf and espresso, and pastries. There’s outdoor seating, too.

New in town

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, photo courtesy Premier Sotheby’s International Realty. The Long Room, photo by Matthew Joseph Seneca

  • Luxury real-estate broker Premier Sotheby’s International Realty opened its North Carolina flagship office, designed by architect Shook Kelley, at the Shops at Morrison in SouthPark. 532 Governor Morrison St., Ste. C-110. υ Swedish electric automaker
  • Polestar, which is owned by Volvo,opened a dealership at Apex SouthPark. 425 Sharon Rd., Ste. S140.
  • The Long Room, a 2,800-square-feet event space, opened in Plaza Midwood. The space includes a dance floor, baby grand piano, and professional-grade lighting and sound systems and accommodates 100 seated or 150 standing. 1111 Central Ave.
  • Hardy Boys Records, a family-owned vinyl shop, opened at Camp North End. The store sells new and vintage records of all genres, plus vintage comic books, cassette tapes and CDs. 701 Keswick Ave., Ste. 106.

Tailgate time

Wings and barbecue from Midwood Smokehouse's tailgate pack.

 Courtesy Midwood Smokehouse

Football season is in full swing and, Midwood Smokehouse makes it easy to feed a crew with party packs ($50-$185) for groups from four to 24 at its four Charlotte-area locations. Choose two meats (brisket, chopped pork or pulled chicken) and two sides (classic mac and cheese, collards, barbecue baked beans, and others). Add-ons like St. Louis pork ribs, Texas sausage and bacon-wrapped jalapenos are available, as are slider trays ($30), pecan cobbler ($60) and banana pudding ($45). Order 24 hours ahead of time; party packs are available for takeout only.

Making music

SouthPark Community Partners says SouthPark After Five, the popular concert series at Symphony Park, will be back next year. More than 25,000 people attended (spring and fall). Plans are in the works for a SouthPark Holiday Hop in early December.

Featured image: Culinary Dropout, courtesy Culinary Dropout


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