Where to Eat
Explore local favorites along Elizabeth Avenue. Seize the day with new American cuisine at Carpe Diem, voted a top 10 Charlotte restaurant in Zagat’s “Guide to America’s Top Restaurants” for the past 10 years. Or pop into Earl’s Grocery for take-out lunch items or urban provisions like prepared foods, specialty cheeses, local beer and more. Located in a historic home, the Cajun Queen offers live jazz every night of the week alongside traditional Cajun and Creole dishes such as the New Orleans platter comprised of catfish, shrimp, scallops, oysters, and red beans and rice. For an atmosphere where upscale meets rustic meets romantic, head to Passion8 and discover high-quality, fresh ingredients with a menu that changes every few weeks based on what is in season. Or play a round of cornhole at one of the laid back East Seventh Street hotspots like Jackalope Jacks, Philosopher’s Stone Tavern or Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill.
Where to Shop
Shopping and superheroes go well together in this neighborhood. Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find is one the largest and most well-known comic retailers in the country offering a complete line of new comics, graphic novels, manga, back issues and a diverse line of comics from every genre. Just down the road, explore a fairy garden or make your own at Royal Gardens. Browse through rooms filled with fountains, statuaries, herbs, antique roses, garden art and
more in this historic home. Then explore the Rusty Rabbit to find restored and repurposed shabby chic, custom furniture, gifts and home accessories. For the inner artist, check out fine American and European paintings, sculptures and glass art at Picture House Gallery. Many artists shown in the gallery are represented in private and public collections nationally and internationally.
American Legion Memorial
Where to Stay
Travel down Elizabeth Avenue into Uptown and you’ll find HYATT house Charlotte Center City. This hotel offers a modern vibe with upscale luxuries. From suites with separate living rooms, full-size kitchens and a cozy sleeping sofa to complimentary made-to-order omelets, this hotel is ideal for those looking for an extended stay option. Just one block over on Fourth Street, Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Uptown offers exceptional value for a newly renovated luxury hotel as well as thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites, complimentary breakfast and an indoor pool.
Where to Play
This picturesque neighborhood offers more than just streets lined with canopies of trees; The Double Door Inn still rocks as one of Charlotte’s first music venues and offers music almost every night of the week. It’s been around since 1973 and caters to all music lovers by offering a variety of genres but specializing in blues and jazz. The main campus of Central Piedmont Community College, which carries on Elizabeth’s tradition in making higher education accessible, offers something for the arts too. Built in the style of a 19th-century opera house, the Dale F. Halton Theater is home to music, dance and theater productions and regularly features performances from notable award-winning artists and speakers. Be sure to cheer for the home teams while enjoying a skyline view at American Legion Memorial Stadium, home to the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse and the newly formed United Soccer League Charlotte Independence. And don’t miss the craftsman-style bungalows that line Independence Park, Charlotte’s first public park.
This article ran in the February 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.