The best part of a trip to a friend's house is arrival, when the adventures have just begun. Mark was waiting for me at the unimpressively designed Charlotte train station at 1914 N. Tryon. We took a nice late meal at Don Quijote on the way in. We were doing the Spanish thing all the way, eating Spanish food at the same time of day they would take supper in Spain. On arriving to Mark's house south of Uptown, he showed me to the most comfortable room in the house. He introduced me to Kirby, his security-conscious cat. You will be even more amazed by Mark's VT page building abilities when I report to you that he did all this (through March, 2003) with a 56K dial-up modem. Shortly after this picture was taken, Mark got a new laptop and a high speed connection!
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is another great weekend trip for those of us who live in Charlotte. Along with Savannah, Georgia and Beaufort, South Carolina, Charleston is one of the great southern towns for graceful mansions and charming sights. You can walk along the battery, take a tour of the homes in the area or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
It's about 3 1/2 hours from Charlotte.
Lupie's: This is a great place...
Lupie's: This is a great place for people watching. The restaurant is a cross-roads for every type of person. You will find local politicians, hippies, business execs, club kids, families, and of course your regular Jack & Jill. All this in a hokey, picnic table sort of environment. Lupie's famous Chicken & Dumplins'. A southern staple. Just try it!
Ballantyne's newest, but is it the best
Ballantyne is one of our newest neighborhoods for those who are well above average in wealth. It is in southernmost Charlotte shortly before crossing into South Carolina. This building was occupied by Adam's until earlier this year. The food is a bit better than average but still not in my Top Ten. The service was excellent, especially for a new establishment past their grand opening but still not settled into who they are.
The dining areas are much more open than they were before and thus the noise level is a bit higher and I did not see so many families. Salmon prepared in an orange barbecue sauce with pineapple bits. I love salmon and the sauce was excellent but the pineapple was almost lost. I really had to try to taste it.
Great, cheap breakfast
The Greystone Restaurant is a Greek owned place, but the food is all about the basics. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I've only been there for breakfast. What a bargain!
It's in a strip mall off of South Boulevard, so don't expect much in terms of atmosphere. The booths, however, are comfortable and the servers are friendly. They're the type of ladies who will call you "hun" and don't mind if you call them "hun" too. The last time I was there, I had the country ham and egg sandwich. The ham great. A little smoky and very flavorful. And it was only $2.55!! It's a big and filling sandwich, so don't worry about getting a skimpy portion. The pancakes are also good. Not overly fluffy, but they soak up the syrup perfectly!! Also, try the hash browns, served in generous portions and not overly greasy. Great simple food. Two people can get stuffed for less than 10 bucks!