Food & Drink

Best Places To Eat Before The Game In Charlotte

July 31, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

In the Charlotte area for the big game? Looking for a place to stuff your face or cool off with an ice cold beer? These eateries are top picks for the locals. They offer great deals and are family friendly. Come out and bring your game face and enjoy sports the way they were meant to be – in the company of friends!
Rock Bottom Brewery
401 N. Tryon St., Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-9000

This award-winning bar has been renovated and can accommodate even the largest of crowds. Originally opened in Denver, Colorado by Frank Day, this bar sets the standard, with onsite brew master, made-from-scratch food and happy hour with daily drink specials. One of its signature appetizers are the freshly handmade pretzel sticks that are so deliciously crunchy, you won’t be able to just have one. This makes a great pre- or post-game stop when having a sports-filled day.

100 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 358-6562

When you walk into this all-American sports bar, you will think you’ve died and gone to sports heaven. Located conveniently in the Uptown Charlotte Marriott Hotel, this place is ideal for visitors. It offers a variety of weekly events that will keep you entertained, like live music by Travis James Humphrey and pool tournaments.
Bean Vegan Cuisine
3001 E. Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(980) 939-1234

Not a meat eater? Not really interested in the typical bar scene? No problem! This family-friendly restaurant is for you. Enjoy American cuisine without sacrificing taste. And yes, it also has drink specials. The bacon cheeseburger is a local favorite. It comes with Daiya cheddar shreds and is served with Vegenaise, lettuce, tomato and onion. Bean Vegan Cuisine’s customer service is top notch as well. When you walk into this hidden treasure, you’ll feel right at home with its colorful decor and friendly staff.

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Fox and Hound 
330 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-4113

Love steak? This is the spot for you. The steak house salad is not just for salad enthusiasts. It may turn you into one though, with the blue cheese crumbles. Maybe you’d rather indulge in the fried onion strings topped with tender cut steak on crisp romaine lettuce and wash it all down with a signature Hail Mary cocktail that is a bacon lover’s dream. This concoction is made with Fox and Hound’s house bloody mary mix and is served with a Coronita bottle and a slice of bacon. You may need to do extra squats after indulging.
Tavern on the Tracks
1411 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 372-0782

Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat without breaking the bank? This spot is the place to be. It offers daily drink specials and great five-star American food at three-star prices. Check the chalkboard for daily drink specials as they change regularly. You’ll get in the game-day spirit immediately with the sports crowds that gather at Tavern on the Tracks.

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Ceceilia Williams is a married mother of four, who served in the U.S. army as a food service specialist Having a family of her own she is very familiar with the stress and financial up and downs that it brings and shares her expertise in saving time and money. Her work can be found at

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