We left on a Saturday for the long Veteran's Day weekend in The Queen City. Upon arrival, we had plans to stop at a Chick-fil-A for lunch, but much to our surprise it was closed...at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the city centre. Very odd. And sadly, a recurring theme for the weekend. It ended up working out well in the end because we were able to make it to Poor Richard's Book Shoppe for a fun and different bookstore experience before this independent, family owned and operated diamond in the rough closed for the day. We both found a couple good books and the shop owners recommended the Belfast Mill across the street for lunch. It was delicious!! The fried pickles were what sold me...and they were so good!!
After lunch, we headed off to our hotel, rested for a bit, and then got ready for an evening of fun and food with my former roommate and her boyfriend that live in the Charlotte area. We met up with them in downtown Charlotte at King's Kitchen, an amazing not for profit southern style restaurant! I chowed down on the fried chicken, green beans, mac and cheese, and grits - SOOOOO good!
After dinner, Bri and Ryan introduced us to Crave - a dessert bar. I was overwhelmed by the menu! Everything looked like the perfect treat! In the end, I went with the cupcakes...which were great! But was also able to try some of Chris' bread pudding. Bri and Ryan shared the slice of strawberry cheesecake goodness!
|Me and Bri....old roomies :)|
|Delicious Strawberry and Vanilla cupcakes...great presentation!|
After a wonderful and food-filled night, we rested up for the main purpose of our trip - the Panthers game. Check out our game day experience and my thoughts on the stadium here.
After the game, Chris and I hopped on the lightrail and headed out of town to the end of the line. We met up with his friends Ian and Elena and their 9 month old, Evan. We went to a local spot for some wings and caught the rest of the games for the day there as well. It was great to finally meet these friends of Chris'. I had heard so much about them and his trip to visit them when they lived in Washington state. Very nice little family :)
|We struggled to get one with us all looking, but this one was cute :)|
On Monday, Chris and I had spotted a BBQ restuarant nearby our hotel that we were planning to visit for lunch. But as we had found to be common throughout the weekend, it was closed. Luckily, there was a Brookwood Farms BBQ at the food court in the airport though! We just headed there a little earlier than we had planned and made the best of the rest of our time in Charlotte there!
|Loved that they included a fried pickle spear.|
We had a great time in Charlotte. Lots of yummy food and lots of fun with friends and at the game! When we were planning the trip, we weren't exactly sure what we would do while we were there because we hadn't been able to find much listed online, but we found some really neat places once we arrived. Hope you have enjoyed my very delayed recap of our fun trip!