The time has arrived to dine like kings and queens though our pockets do not reflect that type of currency. With courses being served at a rate of $30-$35, do not forget to tip your server accordingly! We personally think it is fun when a beverage is involved. Here are some of our favorites on the Restaurant Week list!
This $35 three-course meal includes a small plate, soup or salad, and main. I personally am 100% guilty of getting steak at The Dunavant, for brunch and dinner. My go-to is the chimichurri drizzle – also offered is Cafe de Paris or Gorgonzola crema sauces! This would be a good time for me to try something different, like the 14-hour Duck Leg Confit. The Lobster Mac & Cheese is an obvious choice small plate wise, but the calamari and Brussels are also good. Don’t get caught slurping up the Butternut Squash Bisque (or do!)
We have definitely made it clear that we are big fans of Zeppelin. The atmosphere, the decor, the folks running the spot, all fantastic. $35 here will get you a first course of either hush puppies or calamari, a second course choosing either Brunswick stew or Petite Lettuces, the third course with possibly the hardest decision of a Hot Chicken Basket, a Joyce Farms Beef & Pork Cheek Burger, or Roasted & Glazed NC Carrots. DESSERT comes as your fourth course with options of Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding (y’all loved this on IG!) or a Trio of Ice Creams: Chef’s choice. Honestly, you don’t want to have to decide between all of their ice cream flavors – ask them to rattle them off and prepare to be in awe!
If you like elevated dining, ride the elevator to the 21st floor of the Skye Condos at 222 South Caldwell and get ready for a beautiful view of our Queen City. $35 here includes 3 courses. You can start with Sweet Corn Hushpuppy’s, Crispy Calamari, Rooftop House Salad, or The Wedge. The second course holds one of our FAVORITE dishes at this rooftop spot. Springer Mountain Farms Coal-Roasted Chicken Mac and Cheese with goat cheese, rigatoni, and rosemary. End with an Apple Struesel Cheesecake or Dark Chocolate Cake. Grab your cocktail for some photos on the patio with a sick backdrop.
We encourage visiting the Queen’s Feast website for this menu. With courses at $35 and endless options, you might want to be prepared in advance for Cicchetti! You first will decide between small bites like seafood in tins, different sausage types, a stack of polenta fries – or specify your meatball preference. Secondi, your main dish can be anything from grilled ribeye to a rotisserie half chicken. Dessert is served in the form of donuts, Italian cookies, milk cream gelato, or sorbet. Beautiful spot with an overwhelming wine selection, as well as a full service bar.
Named one of the “2018 50 Best Restaurants” – you can look forward to an intimate setting and savory land and sea-based dishes. At $35 a dinner, we have 3 courses. First course – we definitely suggest their oysters, whether grilled, on the half shell, or in chowder form. Next, your main dish options are the Daily Catch, Scallops, Braised Short Rib, Mushroom Medley, or Whole Fish (+10). Their scallops are top notch. Lastly, for dessert we have Beet Red Velvet Cake Blueberry Goat Cheese & Citrus Cheesecake, or Pavlova. Another restaurant with deeeelicious cocktails.
Bistro La Bon
A favorite of ours, either location of Bistro La Bon in Plaza or Cotswold! Named one of the 2019 “50 Best Restaurants” by Charlotte Magazine, $35 offers three delicious courses. I would start with the Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Burrata Fresca, or Peppadews. For the main dish, the Surf & Turf would be our choice since we have experienced it during their fabulous brunch. I’m about to use the word Pudding again and am blown away by all of the different pudding options during this week of feasting. Bourbon Brioche Bread Pudding, Flourless Chocolate Cake, or Tres Leches to end the experience.
We recall coming here for the first time and having the best experience with our server. It’s the little things. But when the food came out, WOW! For $35, we’ve got three courses to pick. We would start with the Beef Carpaccio or Fritos Misto. But your entree choice is not going to be easy. Grilled lamb shank, braised short ribs, French-cut chicken, rigatoni bolognese. All we can suggest is to flip a coin! Your last decision will be between cheesecake, tiramisu, crema Catalans, or a cannoli. Good luck.
Fran’s Filling Station
Can you believe Fran’s has been around since 2009? It is so delicious every single time, too. $35 (anyone remember a few years back when it was $30? I think that time has passed.) will get you a starter, main plate, and dessert. If you do not start with the Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tot Duo, please start a Skillpop class on self control. Potato with rosemary maple black pepper glaze and sweet potato in jalapeño bacon with Tabasco honey glaze. YAH. The Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Chicken Breast is perfection. All desserts are served with caramel sauce and whipped cream, so what will you choose? Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake, Tuxedo Cake, Coconut Cream Cheesecake, or Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding.
We do hope our list helps narrow down your options for Queen’s Feast January 17-26, or any day of the year! Select restaurants create dishes specifically for this event, but there is a nice amount that have these items year round, which is how we were able to include them on our list of suggestions. Please be sure to tag us or let us know if you went to one of the above mentioned restaurants and how you loved it! Or if there is somewhere you think we absolutely need to visit.