Story by Kristina Hendley
Charlotte is known for being a “new” city, but it doesn’t go without its fair share of history. The quaint and picturesque neighborhood of Dilworth is known as one of Charlotte’s historic districts. Here you will find plenty of charming bungalows, locally owned shops and delectable dining.
Start your morning with the most important meal of the day — breakfast at Famous Toastery (formerly Toast Café). Go all out with the stuffed French toast; you won’t be disappointed. Next, pop into some boutiques - specifically Paper Skyscraper. This is a local gift shop with tons of unique gifts and paper goods and has been voted “best place to buy a present” by several magazines in town!
If you’re looking for delicious Mexican street fare to satisfy your palate, place your name on the list at Bakersfield. They don’t take reservations, but it’s worth the wait. They use the freshest ingredients in their tacos and even their margaritas, which are made with fresh lime and agave nectar. The restaurant is complete with a lively bar scene boasting over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys.
Want to spice up your date night or maybe plan a fun girl's night out? Sign up for an art class at Wine & Design on East Boulevard. You will be instructed on how to create your very own masterpiece while sipping on a white or red wine. And don’t worry, no artistic experience is required!
For a true Dilworth experience, make dinner reservations at 300 East, a new- American restaurant situated in an old house. The baked goat cheese starter is out of this world.
If you’re looking for culture, entertainment and a big helping of baklava ice cream, make your way to the annual Yiasou Greek Festival. It will be held at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Sept. 10-13.
For one of the best burgers in town, grab a seat at the original Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. A personal favorite is The Frenchie, a turkey burger topped with apple, brie and crispy bacon. And don’t forget your spiked milkshake!
End the night at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. This sports bar serves up American dishes and has a variety of drink specials throughout the week. Try your hand at trivia night every Monday and get your live music fix every Friday.
This article ran in the September 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.
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