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Catering to the lunchtime crowd, Johnny Burrito (JB for short) is set up to crank out cheap, good Mexican food. The menu doesn't get past burritos and nacho salads, but if that wasn't what you wanted, then why did you come? Whatever you do get, don't let the speed with which it's produced fool you -- you will be satisfied. The restaurant closes early and isn't open on weekends, so go while you can. The website lets you fax in orders, and they'll deliver if you want at least 10 burritos.
This uptown takeout kitchen supplies the working people of Charlotte's Center City with all the southern-fried soul food they can eat. Choose from staples like blackened pork chops, salmon cakes, or a plate of fried chicken. Mert's also features a selection of "Low Country favorites" like shrimp and grits, fried catfish, and soft shell crab on a hoagie bun. Eating on the run? Opt for a Po' Boy sandwich of shrimp or fish. See website for full menu and online ordering.
Pinky's Westside Grill is great addition to Charlotte’s dining scene. Located in Ashley Park, it is renowned for its diverse menu that caters to meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegan clientele alike. On offer are American diner classics like salads, burgers and sandwiches, as well as an array of deep fried specialties. The One and Only (Charlotte's first vegetarian corn dog) and Nature Boy (veggie burger) are best-sellers.
This colorfully-decorated restaurant is the neighborhood favorite for hearty breakfasts and easy lunches. The menu epitomizes Southern comfort food done well, albeit with a contemporary twist. Their locally-sourced, market-fresh ingredients ensure each dish tastes its best. Choose from options like the Organic Shamrock Salad, Green Mindmelt, Pickney Street Pancakes and Meatloaf Burger. Pair your meal with refreshing drinks like the passion fruit iced tea; most of their soft drinks come with endless refills. Their patio is ideal for lively Sunday brunches with the family.
Take in the atmosphere of the Australian Outback while enjoying mouth-watering entrees and high-quality service. Serving dinner only, Outback Steakhouse offers an extensive menu featuring appetizers, chicken, ribs, steak, seafood, pasta, salads and desserts for moderate prices. Family-friendly, the casual restaurant has something for everyone at its numerous locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Outback Steakhouse also offers call-ahead seating and curbside take-away. Check website for locations and menu selections.
Run to Ben & Jerry's for a delicious ice cream after a good meal. This parlour will let you indulge in that sinful something as you enjoy your yummy treat. The place is also popular for its divine cakes, sundaes, shakes and smoothies made from fresh fruit. Choose from the various seasonal and all-year-long flavours on offer, and pick out waffles, sugar cones or cups to go with your cold delight. No one can eat just one!
Va Da Vie offers a huge array of natural ice creams and gelatos. Their mouth-watering selection are the perfect antidote to summer heat. Though the cafe is tiny, their variety and quality of flavors are unmatched. Seasonal fruits and carefully-procured ingredients are combined to incredible effect. Their milk is locally-sourced from Homeland Creamery, while they import pistachios from Sicily and hazlenut paste from Piedmont, making each serve a delicious treat. The owners are truly passionate about their craft, and it shows in each scoop. Try the pistachio, bacio, coffee bean and lemon ricotta. Seasonal sorbets are a refreshing, dairy-free choice.