Grab some friends and reserve a table for a feasting delight. These course-by-course meals allow for sampling the menu without having to share a plate. For a variety of international delights, sushi rolls and always-fresh ingredients, these Queen City establishments continue to impress. From award-winning dining to award-winning atmosphere, you’ll want to try these menus.
Bistro la Bon
1322 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205
Price: $35 for Ten Bite Tasting Thursdays
For an array of European flavors in a hometown location, visit Bistro la Bon on Thursdays. The Ten Bite Tasting offers multiple plates inspired by Mediterranean, Swedish, French and Eastern European cuisine. Visit the bar or lounge for a chef’s choice menu inspired by international influence. Majid Amoorpour, executive chef and owner, brings his culinary experiences from Chicago, England and Sweden to Ten Bite Tastings. For a list of potential entrée selections, view the online menu.
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10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28277
Price: $65 for five-course menu; $80 for seven-course menu
The Four Star Forbes Restaurant, situated in the exclusive Ballantyne Hotel, focuses on dishing American favorites in a contemporary fashion. Executive Chef Timothy Toohey uses the finest quality of meats and seafood. Start the meal with caramelized Vidalia onion soup, and continue on to charcuterie (an assortment of sausages, pâté and duck rillette), the Gallery filet, smoked duck breast and bone-in ribeye. Gallery uses local produce to create a fresh taste for Charlotte guests. If you visit the restaurant on Friday at 6 p.m., be sure to attend the Gallery Bar Tasting for $20 per person.
511 N Church St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Price: $59 for four-course Bistro Menu; $79 for six-course Petit Tasting Menu; $89 for seven-course Grand Menu; $109 for Chef’s Tasting Menu
McNinch House, located in the Fourth Ward, has been serving the Charlotte community for more than 20 years. This iconic house is home to award-winning dining (14 consecutive Four Diamond designations from AAA), historic influence and architectural appeal. As your table indulges in any of the tasting menus, enjoy the Victorian setting and three-way fireplace. Chef Chris Coleman switches up menu items daily, but view this sample menu for a glimpse of what to expect. Some potential offerings include creamy cucumber and dill gazpacho, Carolina sweet potato ravioli, rosemary and dijon crusted rack of New Zealand lamb and a caramel nut tart.
Sushi at the Lake
19732 One Norman Blvd, Suite 300
Cornelius, NC 28031
Price: $39.50 for Sushi at the Lake Dinner; $42.50 for Sashimi Combination Dinner
For a different taste in an unexpected place, check out Sushi at the Lake. Make the 20-minute drive north and enjoy a delightful meal with a lakeside view. Choose from the Sushi at the Lake Dinner (one appetizer, five nigiri, five sashimi and one special roll) or Sashimi Combination Dinner (chef’s choice 20-piece mix of sashimi and spicy tuna, yellowtail and salmon) for a twist on your typical tasting. Since 1998, this restaurant has provided quality sushi and sake to Lake Norman locals.
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4521 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Price: $88 for 10-course Grand Tasting
Charlotte residents get a taste of contemporary French cuisine with this grand menu. Zebra focuses on creating a fine-dining experience for dine-in guests and bringing this excellence beyond its walls to catered events. The Grand Tasting introduces a variety of flavors sure to fulfill your culinary appetite. Whether you sample the Zebra vase salad and simple fish of the evening or veal sweetbreads and butter-poached Maine lobster, these mouth-watering sensations will satisfy the table all around. However, save room for dessert because with options like chocolate pecan tart and passion fruit crème brûlée, you will want to enjoy every bite.
Kate Heaton has literally lived up to her college mascot the Soaring Seahawk, as a flight attendant and graduate of UNC Wilmington, with a degree in Sociology and Communication Studies. When she is not soaring above clouds or at her base assignment in Roanoke, she resides in her hometown of Charlotte. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.