Happy Friday! Did y’all have a wonderful time celebrating America on the 4th? I really really wanted to go to Pops in the Park on Wednesday night to listen to the Charlotte Symphony play some patriotic music. Any event that lets me picnic, drink wine, spend time with my friends, and listen to music that makes me feel fancy is a winner in my book–unfortunately because of the rain and humidity it was a no go. Instead, I was able to enjoy the (pleasantly surprising) sunshine on the 4th, host a cook out, and catch the fireworks show. Today I have the day off (I realized back in January that I would not want to celebrate the 4th on a Thursday and then drag my butt back to work on Friday) so I’m having a staycation and enjoying my four day weekend!
I’m sure a bunch of you went to cook outs yesterday, so you may be all grilled out. But in sticking with the 4th of July and summer cookout theme, this week’s Friday Faves focuses on several summer inspired dishes and treats.
1. Boogan’s Bacon Burger from Cowbell Burger & Bar.
I love cheeseburgers, and have recently made it my mission to find the most delicious ones in Charlotte. Cowbell is near the top of the list, in close competition with Bad Daddy’s (I am a huge fan of Bad Daddy’s Build Your Own option). If you’re looking for a well cooked, well seasoned, All American burger, you must try the Boogan’s Bacon (because what is more American than bacon?!). Piled high with bacon, bacon marmalade (YUM!), lettuce, tomatoes, onion and garlic aioli (I added pickles for good measure) this burger is juicy, tasty and filling. I would recommend getting the massive onion rings on the side, or I hear the sweet potato tots are amazing.
2. Fried Chicken from Price’s Chicken Coop.
Price’s is a historic institution in Charlotte and there is to little or no explaining that needs to be done when it comes to Price’s fried chicken. Crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, there is a reason Price’s chicken is famous. And the seasoning can’t be beat. Grab a ton for takeout, and while you’re at it, get some potato salad, slaw, and deviled eggs (who knew deviled eggs could be so good?!?).
3. Potato Salad from Something Classic.
I can’t personally vouch for the potato salad from Something Classic (I’ll admit, I make my own at home and am a big fan of Prices, see above) but I have on good authority from my friend E, who is a Charlotte native and a potato salad connoisseur, that the potato salad from Something Classic is worth it. It’s creamy and flavorful and changes every month; and it’s something she picks up before heading to any cookout, barbecue or summer gathering. You can grab some at one of their cafe locations in Uptown, Dilworth or Myers Park.
4. Fried Pickles from The Diamond.
The Diamond is one of the first restaurants I went to in Charlotte, and I can’t stop going back. I’ve tried a ton of things on their menu, but a visit to The Diamond is not complete without an order of their fried pickles. I don’t see how you can go wrong with two of my favorite things: pickles and deep frying. They are hot, crispy and have a tiny kick. Served with a side of creamy ranch, they really can’t be beat. Tons of people claim they are the best in Charlotte!
5. Strawberry Lemonade Pop from King of Pops.
King of Pops is a Charlotte food cart selling paletas (Latin American ice pops made from fresh ingredients) on the streets of Charlotte, and I can’t help but stop anytime I see them (especially on hot work days when they are at the corner of Trade and Tryon in Uptown or sometimes on my way home from work when they are hanging at Central Coffee). Most recently, I caught them at the 7th Street Public Market and had to get my hands on a Strawberry Lemonade pop, which was sweet, tangy, and refreshing. King of Pops has a rotating, seasonal flavor list, and I’m looking forward to trying the fresh peach pop soon!