(Closed) NWR – Charlotte, NC peeps!

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

I’ve stayed at the Ballantyne. It’s a nice hotel. I would definitely seek out some Carolina BBQ if I were you. If you are a mall shopper, South Park Mall is nice. My in laws live in that area, but we never really go out when we’re at their house. There’s not a lot of shopping in Uptown (what they call their downtown), but there’s lots of food there. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Ballantyne / South Park is one of the nicest areas in Charlotte — lots of good restaurants and stores. It’s all very “new” if that makes sense. The Ballantyne Hotel is definitely the nicest hotel in the area; also one of the nicest in the whole state.

South Park Mall is definitely the nicest mall in the area — lots of high end stores; it’s a “traditional” mall.  But across the street from the hotel you’ll also see a shopping area called Ballantyne Commons with lots of stores and restaurants that have outside doors but are all in a walkable “community” for lack of a better word.   One of the more casual restaurants I like is there, Liberattos Pizza.   Other area restaurants I like that vary in their degrees of formality include Firebirds, McCormick and Schmicks, Harper’s, Terrace Cafe, Rooster’s, and Pacos Tacos and Taquila.  A very strong, although perhaps odd, recommendation is to get breakfast (or eat breakfast for dinner) at the Original Pancake House. Best. Pancakes. Ever. There is always at least an hour wait there on the weekends, but it is totally worth it.

There are a lot of good restuarants uptown, but since you’re staying in Ballantyne, uptown may be a hassle to get to.  There is enough to do and see in Ballantyne / South Park that I wouldn’t bother, unless you just want to see the Bank of America headquarters. lol

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Oh – I will add that I agree that anyone who visits NC should have Carolina BBQ.  And, just to clarify, BBQ is specifically defined as pulled pork, with either a vinegar (“eastern BBQ”) or a tomato and vinegar (“westerrn BBQ” or “Lexington style”) sauce.   I prefer Lexington style.  BBQ here is NOT putting tomato based BBQ sauce on chicken or ribs, as many yankees think!  BBQ is usually served with cole slaw and hush puppies.  It’s a southern delicacy (although the folks in SC and TN like to make their sauces differently).

Another NC tradition is Nascar, and Charlotte is home to the Nascar Hall of Fame.  Even if you’re not into Nascar (and I’m really not, which is admittedly somewhat blasphemous around here), the Hall of Fame is interesting to see.  It is very near uptown, though, so if you go there, you may as well check out the uptown restaurants as well.  

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