heirloom charlotte's best bites

charlotte’s best bites | ashley’s picks

Ok, I have a confession. I had big plans to share my second round of Charlotte favorite this week (you can read my first round of picks here), but life got in the way. Things like working, eating, sleeping, making deadlines (looking at you Charlotte Visitors’ Guide) and maybe a little TV watching (but mostly as noise in the background as I typed and typed and typed about places to visit in the city I love). I finally have a moment to breath; dinner is in the oven (my mom and grandma’s Swedish meatballs, yesssss), Alex Trebeck is quizzing us on TV (Jeopardy nerd here) and Ashley to the rescue.

Guys, Ashely is the best. We met a few months ago (at a Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen cooking class!) and she is one of the most friendly, genuine gals I know. I love seeing her bright shining face around town, and think it’s fantastic that she has been organizing some Charlotte foodie ladies events recently. She exudes cheer and her positivity is infectious. Plus she’s a talented cook (go, read her blog, now!) and just down right fun. Basically, Ashley is fabulous, and I was so pumped when she offered to give us the down low on her favorite Charlotte restaurants. This is going to be a good one, I promise; Ashley is a true foodie who is passionate about food, cooking, and fresh ingredients (a girl after my own heart). 

I’m a relative newcomer to the city; I moved here in April. When not chasing my two young kids or blogging about my mother-in-law’s Greek recipes, I’m usually out exploring the Queen City’s food scene. Farmers markets, coffee shops, bakeries, delis, restaurants. If it involves food, I’m there! Through cooking, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for quality ingredients. As can be expected, this appreciation has carried over to the restaurants I frequent. There is something wonderfully inspiring with seeing how a chef chooses to interpret ingredients from the local market. It’s also refreshing to be able to order dishes with delicacies such as marinated anchovies or grilled octopus.

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pork carnitas

sunday supper | pork carnitas

I’m a member of the North Carolina Pork Council Blogging Network and was compensated for the cost of the ingredients used in this post. I love when dinner essentially cooks itself. Which is why I’m in love with my crock pot. I scored my trusty red friend at Target ages ago for a steal (something…

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duck donuts charlotte

duck donuts

Donuts are all the rage in Charlotte right now. Seriously. Everytime I get on Instagram and Twitter and start mindlessly scrolling (don’t lie, we all do it), donuts pop up everywhere. Everyone in Charlotte is instagramming their donuts. And it’s not just any old donuts. No. Most likely, a drool inducing photo of a particular…

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charlotte’s best bites | kaitlin’s picks

Last week AJ took us on tour of Charlotte through beer (thanks AJ for telling us where we could grab some good food and cold brews). This week, Kaitlin has us traveling all over the world, without having to leave Mecklenburg County (albeit, a brief jump over the border to South Carolina to a must visit…

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craft growler shop

charlotte’s best bites | aj’s picks

Here’s more collaborative dining guide action, this week with AJ’s picks and official blogging debut (while there may have been some bullying, no one was physically harmed in the making of this post. Once I explained that he could drink beer and write at the same time, the process was pretty painless and he just cranked…

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corkbuzz charlotte


Thank you to Corkbuzz for treating AJ and me to dinner. All opinions are my own. Laura Maniec is a bad ass. Ok let’s back up. Who is Laura Maniec? She’s the co-owner of Charlotte’s new wine studio, Corkbuzz. And she’s a total bad ass for several reasons: because she has her Master Sommelier designation, the highest…

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chef alyssa's garlic shrimp

sunday supper | chef alyssa’s garlic shrimp

This is the third time I’ve posted about Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. At three posts, I guess my intrigue/love/positive feelings could be considered a borderline obsession. Whatever. Chef Alyssa is great. What is so great about Chef Alyssa (besides her fun classes and her delicious food) is that her recipes are simple and healthy and easy…

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tony’s ice cream

Fall is knocking on our door. While everyone is all about pumpkin spice lattes, boots, apple picking and changing leaves, I am definitely soaking up the last few moments of summer (though I’m thrilled that pumpkin beer is back and may have started drinking it on the reg). With temperatures still in the 90s, I’m not ready for…

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poppy's bagels & more

poppy’s bagels & more

I love carbs. Really in any form: bread, pastries, pasta, pizza. You name it, I love it. I love carbs so much I am the self proclaimed queen of carbohydrates (but am totally willing to share my crown with other carb lovers like me). Once (in reality two weeks ago), AJ dared me I couldn’t…

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charlotte pride

on the side: charlotte pride

**This post is sponsored by Charlotte’s Got a Lot. All opinions are my own.  Y’all means all. Over 100,000 people flooded Uptown last weekend to celebrate and empower Charlotte’s LGBTQ community. We spent the sunny Sunday taking in everything Pride had to offer: the parade, the informational booths, the vendors, the entertainment, and the continuous party…

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soul gastrolounge charlotte's best bites

charlotte’s best bites | chrissie’s picks

Almost three years ago, I moved to Charlotte. I didn’t really know anyone (aside from a few folks at work from my 10 week internship the summer before) and I didn’t really know anything (I told people when I accepted an internship at the Public Defender’s Office in the summer of 2011 I was moving…

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