Jan 13, 2020 - Food and Drink

11 top restaurants serving three-course meals for $30-$35 during Queen’s Feast

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Queen’s Feast, Charlotte’s restaurant week, starts Friday, January 17, and runs through Sunday, January 26. A total of 142 restaurants are offering prix fixe dinners for just $30 or $35 per person. Here’s a look at the 11 best deals.

New restaurants participating for the first time include: Volo Ristorante, The Dunavant, Indaco, Cicchetti, and The Manchester.

Make sure to book reservations as these restaurants get slammed.

(1) Zeppelin

$35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

First course (choice of one):

  • Notorious P.I.G. Puppies — confit pork cheek hushpuppies, whipped honey butter, house barbecue sauce
  • Point Judith calamari — Korean chili, yuzu, serrano scallions
  • Farm & Sparrow hushpuppies — with whipped honey butter, pickles, BBQ sauce

Second course (choice of one):

  • Brunswick stew — pork, chicken, beef, seasonal veggies, smoked tomato broth
  • Petite lettuces — apple cider vinaigrette, breadcrumbs, pecorino, radish, herbs

Third course (choice of one):

  • Hot chicken basket — ¼ bird, habanero honey, pickles
  • Joyce Farms beef & pork cheek burger — brioche bun, caramelized onion jam, truffle aioli, lettuce, tomato
  • Roasted & glazed NC carrots — wildflower honey, UAV ricotta, herbs

Dessert (choice of one):

  • Krispy Kreme bread pudding — with dulce de leche
  • Trio of ice creams: Chef’s choice

(2) Del Frisco’s

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$35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

Salad or Soup (choice of one):

  • Caesar salad — crisp Romaine lettuce, shaved parmesan cheese, and Texas croutons
  • Spring mix salad — cherry tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, red onions, croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Lobster bisque

Entree (choice of one):

  • Hand-Cut 8-ounce filet mignon — Chateau potatoes
  • Filet Duo — two 4-ounce. filet medallions, bearnaise and mushroom sauce, Chateau potatoes
  • North Atlantic Salmon — butter sauce, thin green beans
  • Crab Cakes — Cajun lobster sauce, thin green beans

Entree enhancements: Oscar Style — crab, asparagus & Béarnaise, $10 and wild mushroom Bordelaise, $6.

Entree substitutions: 16-ounce prime NY Strip, $15 supplement; 12-ounce filet mignon, $10 supplement; 16-ounce prime ribeye, $15 supplement; 16-ounce dry-aged prime ribeye, $20 supplement; 16-ounce dry-aged prime strip, $20 supplement.

Dessert (choice of one):

  • Cheesecake — with strawberry sauce
  • Warm Banana Bread Pudding

(3) Toscana

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$35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

First course (choice of one):

  • Insalata Toscana — mixed greens, wild mushrooms, pear gremolata, pine nuts
  • Polipo alla Griglia — grilled octopus, soft polenta, winter vegetable
  • Pasta Fagioli & Scarola — Tuscan bean and escarole
  • Romaine alla Griglia — grilled hearts of Romaine with creamy gorgonzola, apples, and walnuts

Second course (choice of one; gluten-free pasta available upon request):

  • Cavatelli — slow-cooked beef ragu, Parmigiana Reggiano
  • Costoletta — double-cut organic pork chop, roasted with vinegar, peppers, rosemary and garlic, served with sliced potatoes
  • Fresh catch of the day
  • Ravioli — filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, meat sauce or butter, sage and Parmesan
  • Risotto of the Day

Dessert (choice of one):

  • Bread pudding — warmed and served with crème Anglaise
  • Panna cotta — vanilla custard with strawberry coulis and fresh berries
  • Tiramisu — ladyfingers, espresso, mascarpone cream, shaved dark chocolate
  • Torta di Cioccolato — mascarpone mousse, dark chocolate ganache, crema Chantilly

(4) O-Ku

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$35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

First course (choice of one):

  • Duck Buns (2) – duck confit, pickled shallots, arugula, sake hoisin
  • Dumpling Dim-Sum – pork gyoza, shrimp shumai, ginger soy/sweet chili sauce
  • White Fish Crudo – chef’s fish choice, lemon zest, EVOO, micros, pesto
  • Tempura Vegetable – asparagus, sweet potato, sweet soy, sriracha mayo

Second course (choice of one):

  • Wagyu Tartare – truffle aioli soy, pickled wasabi stem, quail egg, wonton chips
  • Carpaccio Flight – truffle salmon, mango yellowtail, tuna chive, ponzu sauce
  • South End Shrimp – chili tomato sauce, peanuts

Third course (choice of one):

  • Two sushi rolls (excludes Hakozushi box-style sushi and Hot & Heavy)
  • Crab Fried Rice – garlic herb soy, lump crab, eggs and onion
  • Sashimi/Nigiri – six sashimi and four nigiri (chef’s choice)

(5) Stoke

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Uptown | $35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

First course (choice of one):

  • Mom’s deviled eggs — bacon jam, herb chile oil
  • Smoked trout & shrimp salad — 5 grain crustacean salad
  • Local goat cheese and Benton’s ham plate — crusty bread, pickled vegetables
  • Fresh bacon & egg — copain toast, smoked pork belly, herb ricotta, sorrel
  • Chopped winter vegetable fattoush — crispy flatbread, apple, butternut, Meyer lemon
  • Pretzel brioche — whipped butter
  • Farmer’s salad — season’s bounty

Second course (choice of one):

  • Braised short rib — potato & Brussels sprout slaw
  • Camp fire Sunburst trout — buttered crab, pecans, gingered bok choy
  • Wood oven-roasted pork shoulder — glazed beets, Swiss chard
  • Coastal catch — with rice grits “Hoppin John”
  • BBQ half chicken — grits and greens
  • Hubbard squash ravioli — black kale, roasted carrots, artisan cheese

Third course (choice of one):

  • Doughnut holes — maple bacon glaze
  • Chocolate bread pudding — pecan caramel ice cream
  • Green Tea Pot de Crème — dried cherry compote, five spice cream
  • Seasonal sorbet

(6) Carpe Diem

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Elizabeth | $35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

Soup or Salad (choice of one):

  • Grilled grape salad — Romaine, arugula, grilled grapes, Bermuda onions, roasted pistachios, white balsamic reduction, Great Hill blue cheese
  • Warm goat cheese salad — mixed greens, hazelnut-crusted goat cheese, wine-poached onions, apricot-jalapeno vinaigrette
  • Kale salad — shaved Brussels sprouts, Marcona almonds, cranberries, Pecorino, maple-cider vinaigrette
  • Roasted garlic & cauliflower soup

Entree (choice of one):

  • Grilled NY strip — smoked collard greens, corn fritters, garlic-herb butter, demi glace
  • Buttermilk fried chicken breast — Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, shallot-black pepper gravy
  • Pan-roasted salmon — three-herb potato cake, haricot vert, red pepper beurre blanc, harissa pesto
  • Mushroom bolognese ‚ fresh house-made tagliatelle, stewed mixed mushroom Bolognese sauce, shaved Pecorino

Dessert (choice of one):

  • Coffee crème brulee (GF) — with chocolate almond cookie
  • White chocolate cheesecake — with lemon curd topping
  • Cinnamon bread pudding — with Bourbon custard sauce
  • Chocolate layer cake — with rum crème Anglaise

(7) Indaco

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Entree (choice of one antipasti or pizza):
ANTIPASTI

  • Focaccia — pesto, prosciutto vinaigrette
  • Marinated olives — Cerignola, Termite di Bitetto, Castelvetrano
  • Fried artichokes — walnut anchovy vinaigrette, Parmesan
  • Caesar salad — Tega Hills greens, white anchovy, Caesar dressing, breadcrumbs, Parmesan
  • Arugula salad — whipped ricotta, basil lemon vinaigrette, pickled shallots, pistachio
  • Burrata — butternut squash purée, apples, puffed farro, prosciutto, lavash
  • Polpette (meatball) — C.A.B., Keegan-Filion pork, San Marzano tomato DOP, pecorino, basil
  • Wood-fired shrimp — Aleppo vinaigrette, citrus, fennel
  • Prosciutto di parma — Parmesan, honey, flatbread, apple

PIZZA

  • Margherita — San Marzano tomato DOP, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan
  • Calabrese-style sausage — San Marzano tomato DOP, San Simon, red onion
  • Littleneck clams — pancetta, white clam sauce, garlic, oregano
  • Brussels Sprouts — ricotta, pancetta, apples, honey
  • Prosciutto — arugula, ricotta, fontina, lemon

Upgrade option: Prosciutto Board, $20 supplement

Second course (choice one Pasta or one Piatti):
PASTA

  • Black pepper fettuccine — pork tesa, egg yolk, chives, Parmesan
  • Squid ink orecchiette — NC shrimp, San Marzano tomato DOP, saffron, parmesan
  • Agnolotti — smoked mozzarella, braised pork shoulder, San Marzano tomato DOP, hazelnuts, pecorino
  • Pappardelle — Ragú alla Bolognese, Parmesan, parsley
  • Bucatini — cacio e pepe
  • Ravioli — sweet potato, kale, walnuts, cipollini

PIATTI

  • C.A.B. hanger steak — torn potatoes, arugula, Romesco
  • Wood-Roasted Chicken – Aleppo-honey roasted carrots, King Trumpet mushrooms, breadcrumbs, garlic jus
  • Swordfish — fregola sarda, capers, lemon, herb salad, radish
  • Risotto — Hen of the Woods, broccoli, cipollini, herbs
  • Keegan-Filion Farms Pork — polenta, agrodolce, charred Brussels, Calabrian chili

Dessert (choice of one):

  • Apple Crostata — vanilla gelato, cocoa nib tuile
  • Chocolate Budino — caramel, sweet biscuit, whipped cream
  • Tiramisu — espresso gelato, cocoa
  • Bomboloni — salted caramel
  • Limoncello Sorbetto — candied lemon rind, fried basil
  • Gelati + Sorbetti — vanilla, chocolate, espresso, limoncello

Upgrade option: Hanger Steak, $10 supplement

(8) Gallery Restaurant

Ballantyne || $35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

Starter (choice of one):

  • Bison Stew – Hominy, Red Wine Gravy, Buttered Brown Rice
  • Wagyu Beef Tartare – Smoked Baba Ghanoush, Curry Cashews, Egg Yolk, Mustard Greens, Naan
  • Baked Oysters – Uni Truffle Cream, Sunchokes
  • Petite Spinach – Orange, Feta, Pomegranate, Smoked Almonds, Basil, Cornbread Crumble
  • Charred Broccoli – Korean Pepper, Hazelnut, Olio Nuovo, Sauce Mornay

Entree (choice of one):

  • Grilled Pork Steak – Smoked Red Potatoes, Gruyere Cheese, Braised Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms
  • Carolina Flounder – Cornmeal, Braised Greens, Tomato, Poached Egg
  • Lamb Bolognese – Campanelle, Pecorino, Thyme, Capers
  • Green Tomatoes – Carolina Brown Rice, Arugula, Goat Cheese, Cipollini Onion, Red Eye Gravy

King’s Feast Entrée Options ($10 supplement):

  • Black Garlic Cap Steak – Charred Corn, Shishito Peppers, Cotija, Lime Aioli, Green Onion
  • Seared Sea Scallops – Asparagus, Buttered Parsnips, Tasso Ham, Sauce Veracruz, Fine Herbs
  • Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast – Whiskey Glaze, Petite Radish, Salami, Sweet Potato, Sorghum Meringue, Sorel

Dessert (choice of one):

  • Chamomile Plum Bar – Roasted Plums, Cream Cheese Swirl Sponge, Spiced Plum Jam, Chamomile Honey Crème, Oat Crumb, Plum Sorbet
  • Miso & Mocha – Chocolate Flexi Ganache, Muscovado Macaron, Miso Snow, Coffee Fudge Brownie, Miso Caramel Ice Cream

(9) La Belle Helene

Uptown | $35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

Apéritif à Partager (choice of one)

  • Tart Flambée — Alsatian thin crust, bacon lardon, white onion
  • Warm Vichyssoise — potato-leek soup
  • Salade Lyonnaise — frisée, poached free-range egg, country bacon

Plat Principal (choice of one)

  • Boeuf bourguignon — pommes purée, carrots, pearl onions, lardons
  • Baked Scottish salmon — haricots verts, pommes purée, horseradish condiment
  • Rôtisserie chicken — fingerling potatoes with rosemary and garlic

Dessert (choice of one)

  • Profiteroles — vanilla glace & chocolate sauce
  • Crème Brûlée
  • Sorbet

(10) Oak Steakhouse

SouthPark | $35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

First course (choice of one):

  • Winter salad — local greens, toasted almonds, apples, feta, and candied garlic vinaigrette
  • Caesar salad — chopped Romaine, croutons, micro Parmesan
  • Butternut squash soup

Second course (choice of one):

  • 8-ounce CAB filet mignon — with whipped potatoes and seasonal greens
  • 12-ounce Bourbon Glaze Pork Chop — with roasted apples, carrot and bacon jus
  • Local market catch — Chef’s daily preparation
  • Bolognese — house-made pasta, Parmesan
  • Vegetarian Plate — with risotto, roasted mushrooms, and vegetable puree

Upgrade Options: 14-ounce CAB prime NY strip, $15; 16-ounce CAB prime ribeye, $15; add lump crab oscar, $15; add grilled shrimp, $10

Third course (choice of one):

  • Creme Brûlée Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cake — with vanilla ice cream

(11) Sea Level

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Uptown | $35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity)

First course (choice of one):

  • Sea Level oysters (half dozen) — house-made cocktail sauce, white balsamic and fennel mignonette
  • Lobster bisque — scallions, olive oil
  • Warm Brussels — kale, cranberries, goat cheese
  • Sea Level salad — fried oysters, Romaine, cabbage, pickled shallots, roasted corn, shaved radish, white balsamic and fennel vinaigrette, horseradish aioli
  • Salmon tartare ($2 supplement) — sesame oil, jalapeno, onion, pineapple, wonton chips

Second course (choice of one):

  • Grilled local swordfish — local sweet potato hash, onion, smoked white fish, herbed crème friache
  • Grilled salmon — Carolina gold & wild rice risotto, confit sweet potato, Ashe County Romano, crispy Brussels, brown butter
  • NC shrimp and grits — Adluh Mills stone ground grits, Comeux andouille, fire-roasted salsa
  • Brasstown beef short rib — Pomme puree, roasted carrots, “Duck Rabbit Stout” demi-glace
  • Today’s Carolina fresh catch ($5 supplement) — cauliflower puree, braised artichoke hearts, crispy carrot strips, charred onion agrodolce

Dessert (choice of one):

  • Cranberry bread pudding — buttered rum Anglaise
  • Mint chocolate mousse — Andes mints, walnuts, vanilla whip

And here’s the complete list of restaurants participating in Queen’s Feast:

Belmont / Gastonia / Gaston Co.
The Bottle Tree ($35)
Estia’s Kouzina ($35)
Old Stone Steakhouse ($35)
Webb Custom Kitchen ($35)

Concord / Mount Pleasant / Cabarrus Co.
73 & Main Restaurant ($35)
Basilico-Italiano ($35)
Bonefish Grill – Concord ($35)
The Speedway Club ($35)
Union Street Bistro ($35)

Cornelius / Davidson / Huntersville / North Mecklenburg Co.
131 Main Restaurant – Lake Norman ($35)
Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails ($35)
BLOCK Bistro ($35)
Bonefish Grill – Huntersville ($35)
Cowboy Steak • Chicken • Ribs ($30)
Dressler’s – Birkdale ($35)
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – Northlake ($35)
Kabuto Japanese Steak House & Sushi – Lake Norman ($30)
The Melting Pot – Lake Norman ($35)
Red Rocks Cafe – Birkdale ($35)
Sabi Asian Bistro ($30)

Cotswold
Bistro La Bon – Cotswold ($35)
Mezzanotte ($30)

Denver / Lincoln Co.
Chillfire Bar & Grill ($35)

Dilworth
300 East ($35)
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room ($35)
Dilworth Tasting Room ($35)
Dolce Osteria ($35)
Fiamma ($35)
Fran’s Filling Station ($35)

Eastover / Myers Park
Napa on Providence ($35)
Primo Prime ($35)
Volo Ristorante ($35)

Elizabeth
The Cajun Queen ($35)
Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers ($35)
Caswell Station ($30)

Fort Mill / Lake Wylie / Rock Hill / York Co.
Fish Market Bar and Grill ($35)
Lily’s Bistro ($35)
Napa at Kingsley ($35)
The Pump House ($35)
Spice Asian Kitchen ($30)

Hickory / Catawba Co.
BOCA ($35)
Cafe Rule & Wine Bar ($35)
Charolais Steakhouse ($35)
FOURK ($30)
Highland Avenue Restaurant ($35)
Standard Oyster Company ($35)

Indian Land / Lancaster Co.
Red Rocks Cafe – RedStone ($35)

Indian Trail / Union Co.
The Trail House ($30)

LOSO (Lower South End) / Woodlawn
Carolina Prime Restaurant & Steakhouse ($35)

Matthews
Bonefish Grill – Matthews ($35)
Sante’ Restaurant ($35)

Midtown
Dressler’s – Metropolitan ($35)
The Melting Pot – Midtown ($35)
Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge – Charlotte ($30)

Montford Park / Park Road Shopping Center
Burtons Grill & Bar – Park Road ($35)
ROCKSALT ($35)

Mooresville / Statesville / Iredell Co.
The 220 Cafe ($35)
Epic Chophouse ($35)
Jeffrey’s Restaurant ($35)
On the Nines Bistro & Cocktails ($35)
Table 31 ($35)

Mountain Island Lake / Coulwood
Heirloom ($35)

NoDa
Heist Brewery ($30)

Plaza Midwood
Bistro La Bon – Plaza Midwood ($35)

Quail Hollow / Park Crossing
Ilios Noche – Park Road/Quail Corners [this location only] ($30)

Salisbury / Gold Hill / Rowan Co.
Morgan Ridge Vineyards & Brewhouse ($35)

Sardis Woods / Galleria
Rios Steakhouse ($30)

South End
Big Ben British Restaurant & Pub ($30)
The Dunavant ($35)
Indaco ($35)
Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano ($35)
The Manchester ($35)
Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar ($30)
O-Ku Sushi ($35)
Sullivan’s Steakhouse ($35)
Tupelo Honey Cafe ($30)
YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar ($35)
Zeppelin South End ($35)

South Perimeter / Ballantyne / Pineville / Rea Farms / Waverly
131 Main Restaurant – Blakeney ($35)
Bonefish Grill – Charlotte ($35)
Burtons Grill & Bar – Blakeney ($35)
Civetta Italian Kitchen + Bar ($30)
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – Stonecrest ($35)
Gallery Restaurant ($35)
Global Restaurant ($35)
Harper’s – Pineville (Carolina Place) ($30)
Mickey & Mooch – Arboretum ($35)
New South Kitchen & Bar ($30)
The Porter’s House ($35)
Queen City Craft and Gourmet ($30)
Sensi Italian Restaurant ($35)
Stone Mountain Grill ($30)
Ted’s Montana Grill ($35)
Via Roma ($35)

SouthPark / Foxcroft
131 Main Restaurant – SouthPark ($35)
Aqua e Vino ($35)
BAKU ($35)
Bar Marcel ($35)
Bulla Gastrobar ($35)
Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar ($35)
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House ($35)
Dogwood Southern Table & Bar ($35)
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – SouthPark ($35)
Harper’s – Charlotte (SouthPark) ($30)
Maggiano’s Little Italy ($30)
McCormick & Schmick’s Steaks & Seafood – SouthPark ($35)
Oak Steakhouse ($35)
Red Rocks Cafe – Charlotte ($35)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – SouthPark ($35)
SouthPark Grill ($35)
Toscana Ristorante Italiano ($35)
Upstream ($35)
Village Tavern ($35)

Southwest Charlotte / Ayrsley
37SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar ($30)
Harry’s Grille & Tavern ($35)

University
Harbor Inn Seafood ($30)

Uptown Charlotte
5Church ($35)
Aria Tuscan Grill ($30)
BLT Steak ($35)
Bernardin’s at Ratcliffe ($35)
Brazz Carvery & Steakhouse ($35)
The Capital Grille ($35)
Chima Steakhouse ($35)
Cicchetti ($35)
DELUXE, The Fine Art of Dining ($35)
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood ($35)
Essex Bar & Bistro ($35)
Estampa Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse ($35)
Evoke ($35)
Fahrenheit ($35)
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse ($35)
forchetta ($35)
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth ($35)
La Belle Helene ($35)
Luce Ristorante e Bar ($35)
Malabar Spanish Cuisine ($30)
McCormick & Schmick’s Steaks & Seafood – Uptown ($35)
Mimosa Grill ($35)
Morton’s The Steakhouse ($35)
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Uptown ($35)
Sea Level NC ($35)
Stoke ($35)

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