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Charlotte Restaurant Spotlight: The Asbury and Pinky’s Westside Grill

By Allison Hancin

Delight in sophisticated Southern fare at The Asbury at noon

Mimosa glasses clink for a toast in a cozy corner booth that peeks out on the bustle of North Tryon Street. Your out-of-town guests celebrate the end of an exciting weekend in the Queen City with Sunday brunch at The Asbury.

The group peruses the menu, which brims with modern Southern classics like chicken and waffles and buttermilk biscuits glazed with beef gravy. With inventive seasonal menus, fresh ingredients and farm-to-table charm, Executive Chef Matthew Krenz pleases the palates of locals and visitors staying at The Dunhill Hotel, where The Asbury takes residence. Each weekend, tables overflow with the restaurant’s chef-inspired omelets, handcrafted libations and locally renowned biscuits that are served in cast iron skillets.

You insist that your guests end their trip by savoring the Southern-style Benedict. The dish is a blend of the region’s finest flavors: country ham, a poached egg and pimento cheese gravy drizzled heartily atop an artfully-crafted biscuit that’s complimented by creamy grits, fried potatoes or fresh fruit. 

Although your weekend together may be coming to an end, memories of a mouthwatering meal at The Asbury are sure to coax your guests back for another round.

Dig into a mess of smothered fries at Pinky’s Westside Grill at night

When a friend calls late on Sunday evening, you can’t pass up the chance to refuel for the week ahead at Pinky’s Westside Grill. Whilst walking in, familiar faces greet you with a smile and a chilled NoDa Brewing Company Jam Session. You slide into your regular booth and order the Pimp’n Fries, a Pinky’s classic featuring homemade pimento cheese on a mountain of seasoned waffle fries. You even go all in and add the optional bacon and chili.

Napkin tucked into your vintage concert T-shirt, you’re ready to dig in. But when glares from your friends indicate a few cases of order envy, you realize you may need more forks.

The food selections around your table match the eclectic decor around Pinky’s. To your left, a chicken sandwich topped with peanut butter, hot sauce and slaw compliments a framed cult classic movie poster. On your right, corn dog shrimp is a perfect match for a faded Cheerwine sign. It’s all part of the fun, funky atmosphere that regulars say “just works.”

As you polish off the last scoop of an ingenious fry-to-cheese ratio, you’d have to agree.