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24 Hours In Ballantyne

One of Charlotte’s most recently developed areas, Ballantyne is home to pristine parkways full of shopping, dining, hotels, golf courses and plenty of ways to play. Located just North of the South Carolina state line and south of Center City, this family-friendly neighborhood is quickly becoming one of Charlotte’s most popular suburbs.

Story by Kristina Hendley

Start the morning off at the Flying Biscuit Café with their southern-inspired breakfast. Their Famous Flying Biscuit Breakfast is a Queen City staple. Grab your coffee to-go and take a leisurely stroll at Ballantyne Corporate Park, home to over a dozen pocket parks and beautiful ponds, including two fishing ponds. Then head to Ballantyne Village, a boutique-style shopping complex with retail, culinary and entertainment options. Be sure to swing by on a Tuesday or Saturday for the 3H Market specializing in homemade, handmade and homegrown items.

Grab lunch at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, known for mouthwatering juicy burgers, or Elwoods Barbecue & Burger Bar, the perfect place to enjoy pulled pork, beef brisket, local craft beers or just the game. Schedule a golf lesson at Dana Rader Golf School, named one of Golf Magazine’s “Top 25 Golf Schools in America.” Then head next door to The Golf Club at Ballantyne for tee time.

Enjoy a different kind of tea time at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge or head to the Forbes Four-Star Gallery Restaurant for progressive southern cuisine using the freshest ingredients from local farms. Looking for something more low key? Firebirds Wood Fired Grill offers authentic wood-fired cuisine, bold flavors, choice steaks and fresh seafood. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a gourmet cupcake from Gigi’s Cupcakes. Or choose from over 80 beers on tap at Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse while catching up on the game with friends.


Get an egg-ceptional start to your day with a southern style breakfast at Another Broken Egg Café. Getting a late start? They serve up brunch as well.


Work off those pancakes and syrup at one of two YMCA branches in Ballantyne: the Morrison Family YMCA or the YMCA Ballantyne Village which is an adult-focused fitness facility.


Summer nights are better with live music. Travel Rea Road and you’ll find back-to-back concerts series. StoneCrest and Blakeney Shopping Centers each have live music Fridays and Saturdays.


Sip a local brew on the patio at Bradshaw Social House. If you can’t get a seat outside, don’t worry because the main dining room has garage door windows to bring the outside inside!

This article ran in the May 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.

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