For those of you who are new readers these “About Town” posts are intended to give you ideas for a wonderful little night “about town” in which you do something which does not involve going to a chain restaurant and seeing a movie. Charlotte has so much more to offer in its little neighborhoods than going to a suburb shopping center and bumming around at target and Chic-Fil-A. With that being said, here’s a night I have planned just for you, dear reader.
Enjoy Eating @ Crisp: Seventh Street Café
Are you up for something super healthy and exceedingly tasty? Crisp is your place. With a simple but customizable menu, you can try all kinds of twists on old salad favorites. It was named “Best Lunch in Charlotte” by Creative Loafing Magazine. Crisp aims to be the middle ground between upscale fine dining and fast-food. The owners seek to be that fresh, quality, but not so prolonged and hard on the wallet option around Charlotte. I usually hate spinach. Last time I went here I ordered the Chinese Shrimp salad which is just shrimp, some almonds, noodles and peppers over a bed of spinach! I thought I wouldn’t like it, but was in the mood for something Asian, and being adventurous, I ordered it anyhow. I was blown away. It tasted so good. Crisp doesn’t even cover it. I recommend ordering a bottle of Perrier or Pellegrino to go along with your salad; the freshness of the “water with gas,” as the europeans call it, goes ever so well with the beautiful construction of the salads! Next time I go, which will be soon, I think I’m gonna try something with a bit more blue cheese. Maybe a Cobb?
Savor Some Sweets @ Elizabeth Creamery
My favorite spot for ice cream in the city of Charlotte is without a doubt Elizabeth Creamery. This small family-run shoppe is any ice cream lover’s heaven. At any given time there are at least 20 fresh and homemade flavors to choose from; those of you with that old standby can savor a fantastic classic flavor while some of your friends with more adventurous palates can sample something new! Some of my favorites are the praline, cookie dough, butter pecan, and strawberry!
Mellow to the Music @ The Visualite
I guess the running theme for this whole adventure I’m planning for you, dear reader, is things I love- I say that because out of all the concerts I’ve ever been too, out of all the venues in Charlotte and otherwise, my absolute favorite venue of all time is The Visualite. It is one of the most intimate places to be when taking in music, especially if you are a really big fan of whatever artist happens to be there. The last show I saw there was Robert Francis and OK Go. I am an ENORMOUS fan of both and when Francis was playing there was maybe 15 or 25 people milling around the small tables, and no more than 150 or 200 when OK Go came on. I mean, it used to be a small dinner/movie theater so it is not a large space and even when it is full of people you are never far from the performance. You can click the link above to check which artists are coming and when- sometimes they are small local acts and sometimes bigger acts such as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, OK Go, or Dawes!