During my extensive acemj tour of uptown Charlotte, he showed me the Gateway Village office complex where he works. This appears to be a nice environment in which to work. Despite being in Uptown Charlotte, it has a suburban office park type atmosphere. Not being in one of the tall buildings, it seems to a less attractive target for evildoers.
Asheville and the Biltmore Estate
Most tourists travel to Asheville to see the Biltmore Estate. However, Asheville does have a vibrant downtown which is more reminiscent in tone to Berkeley, California than anywhere else in North Carolina.
The Melting Pot
It's pricey, with a warm, relaxed, romantic feel. Kinda earthy. The Melting Pot is a fondue resteraunt. Has everything from cheese to choclate, and you cook raw meat, seafood, veggies in either oil based or boullion for main courses. Very good.I haven't had a bad meal at any time I have been there yet.
"Fresh thinking, healthy eating"
The newly opened Pita Pit cafe is centrally located.
2009Feb12: The phone number is updated per owner's request. Many choices to have, I tried the babnoush pita, which was very tasty (and good choice for weight watchers!)
- Babanoush pita wrap $4.23
Pita bread mainly filled with babanoush (an eggplant puree with spices).
One can choose from more than ten main fillings:
Roast beef, fish, chicken, babanoush, turkey,
Plus anything from below:
Roman lettuce, iceberg lettuce, carrots, cucumber, onion, olives, cheese (several types), tomato, etc.
Plus various type of sauces.
See their menu:
I can't see myself going back
This is a local pub/restaurant but nothing like the ones that I love so dearly from places like Philadelphia, Iraklion, or the Dakotas. If you are in southeast Charlotte and just want to have a few drinks (but again, why would you, since the nearest hotel/motel is at least two or three miles away) you can do that here. The problem seems to be that the staff (which is mostly female) seems to think that their first priority in life is to impress the manager/owner.
MysticSableWolf on charlotte.citysearch.com thinks much more highly of this place than I do. I do not have one. I had barbecue, beans, and cole slaw which I figured had to be a pretty good bet for a red neck bar. I lost that bet. I went in there hungry and left hungry with a bad taste in my mouth and bad memories in my mind. The food was fairly uniform in temperature, neither hot nor cold. It is also not too far from my home, so I was hoping that it might be a place where I could hang out but it will not be.