Mar 8, 2023 - Food and Drink

How to spend 48 hours in Charlotte with The Batchmaker’s Cris Rojas-Agurcia

Header photo by Corrie Huggins.

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Your tour guide: Cris Rojas-Agurcia, owner of The Batchmaker, known for delicious cakes, cookies and other treats.

  • Soon, she'll begin a weekly special she's calling Biscuit Sundays at her bakery.
  • She'll also soon collaborate with Babe & Butcher.

What makes Charlotte special: “Charlotte is amazing because it has a big city feeling, but you still have the capacity to get to know a lot of people. I love that it’s both big and small, depending on what you’re looking for.”

Here’s Cris’s itinerary for a perfect Charlotte weekend while hosting out-of-town friends or family members.

Friday: Peruvian cuisine for dinner

My favorite restaurant is Yunta. Anytime we have a babysitter, we go there.

  • It’s got such a cool vibe
  • We love their ceviche. It’s a little bit spicy, and it’s just perfect.
  • We also love their causita.
  • They have different flavors, including one with truffle oil. It’s to die for.
Yunta Ceviche Classico
Yunta Ceviche Classico. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Time for a nightcap: From there, we’d head to Resident Culture.

  • We love Amanda and Phillip, the owners. They’re good friends, and it’s become a part of our routine.
  • Lightning Drops is one of my favorite beers.
Resident Culture Brewing South End
Photo: Symphony Weber/Axios

Saturday: Sweet treats and wine

We’d start our day off with a trip to The Batchhouse.

  • For someone who hasn’t visited before, I’d recommend trying the cinnamon rolls.
  • We do them Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • We really have fun with the flavors.
  • Recently we did a millionaire cinnamon roll, which had caramel, chocolate and shortbread.
batchmaker batch box
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Afternoon drinks with a view: After that, we’d head out to Veronét Vineyards & Winery in Kings Mountain.

  • It’s one of our favorite places to go.
  • They have plenty of indoor and outdoor space, and rotating food trucks.
  • The owner is also Hispanic and the mom of young kids, so I can really relate to her.
  • She’s a darling person, so we love supporting her.
  • I always get a flight when I’m there. They have generous pours.
  • Their wine is so, so good.
  • They always have a bunch of fun stuff, like in the summer they’ll do a frosé.
  • We’ll bring a blanket and a bunch of board games and we’ll just sit outside and hang out with the kids.
veronet vineyards views in king mountain
Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Camp North end for dinner: Then we’d head to Leah & Louise for dinner.

  • I try something new every time I’m there.
  • Their menu rotates, but I love the Mud Island, which is a blackened catfish.
leah and louise camp north end

A sweet ending to the night: After dinner, we’d stop at Two Scoops.

  • I love the Cookies By the Sea flavor, which has Oreos and salted caramel.
two scoops ice cream
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Sunday: A brunch send-off

We love going to Haberdish for brunch, so we’d go there on Sunday.

  • I’m obviously a sweets person.
  • I’d probably order some version of French toast.
Haberdish Cinnamon Roll

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