During the brief period between the end of the afternoon panel and the start of the evening panel, I rode over to the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte and walked around. Plaza-Midwood is home to several of Charlotte’s oldest restaurants, including The Diamond and The Penguin, and is also home to the Fresh Exclusive Sneaker Boutique and the Social Status hip-hop shop.
It started raining as soon as I got to Kickstand Burgers-N-Bar (@kickstandCLT) in Charlotte, so any idea I had of eating out on the patio was over with, but the inside was bright and inviting, if a little noisy, with plenty of college football on the TV screens. The burgers were really good as well, but Charlotte seems to be a city where really good burgers are everywhere. Altogether a fun experience.
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe is Charlotte’s newest breakfast restaurant, and it has already been voted one of the best breakfast places in the south by Southern Living magazine. I didn’t get to try it for myself, but it seems popular.
Lunchbox Records (@lunchboxrecords) is Charlotte’s place for alternative records. They have an extensive section for local bands, and plenty of used vinyl in all genres. It’s definitely worth a visit when you’re in town.