Dec 4, 2023 - Food and Drink

Six of the coziest meals our team had in November, plus Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler’s local coffee order

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The blue chairs and tables were supplied by Camp North End Motorcycle shop Prism Supply Co. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Two of our journalists and Miami Heat basketball star Jimmy Butler have one thing in common — an affinity for good coffee.

Driving the news: Butler was here for the In-Season Tournament game a few weeks ago against the Hornets. He scored a season-high 32 points to beat the Hornets 111-105.

  • While in Charlotte, he stopped by HEX in Camp North End, Night Swim and Alexander Mike’s for dinner before the Hornets game.
Butler ordered the “oat milk cappuccino and coffee shot,” according to HEX’s owners. Photo: Courtesy of HEX

Our team and Butler both have been loving HEX. Here are six of the best dishes we ate this month, listed in no particular order.

The ‘nola and yogurt from HEX

One thing about me, I’m gonna order a yogurt bowl. And I’m a big fan of HEX’s. This one has sweet taro yogurt, lots of granola and apples for the seasonal fruit. Protein, carbs, fats (and a light dusting of matcha for fun) — we love to see it! I pair it with an iced latte to balance out the sweetness. — McKenzie Rankin, reporter

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Taro yogurt, cardamom granola, seasonal fruit, honey and matcha ($10). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Truffle yasai from Menya Daruma

After two weeks of being sick, I needed a little soup for the soul. I was intrigued by a truffle, vegetarian ramen option, and while it was tasty and perfect while I was feeling under the weather, I’d probably opt for the pork option next time. I’m a carnivore. — Ashley Mahoney, reporter

Go deeper: Speakeasy-style dining room opening inside Menya with a 17-course omakase menu

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Truffle yasai from Menya Daruma ($15.50). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

The Lobster King Roll from New Zealand Cafe 

I went to New Zealand Cafe for lunch because I wanted a light meal the day after Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite spots for the fresh taste and price. I ordered the Lobster King Roll ($16.95) and the Crazy Roll ($8.75). Alexis Clinton, reporter

Go deeper: 16 best sushi restaurants in Charlotte

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The Lobster King Roll ($16.95) and the Crazy Roll ($ 8.75) from New Zealand Cafe. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

The Karaage Bowl from Silverlake Ramen

I stopped into Silverlake Ramen for a quick bite after a trip to Skiptown. I got the regular-sized Karaage Bowl ($8.75). It’s fried chicken over rice, coated in flavorful teriyaki and spicy aioli. Quick, filling and yummy.Alexandria Sands, reporter

Go deeper: LA-based Silverlake Ramen opens this week in South End. Try its spicy ramen called “The Blaze”

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Silverlake Ramen’s regular-sized Karaage Bowl ($8.75). It’s fried chicken over rice, coated in flavorful teriyaki and spicy aioli. Photo: Alex Sands/Axios

The avocado tartine and the rice porridge from HEX

We recently stopped into HEX Coffee at Camp North End to work remotely and grab breakfast. My husband and I shared the avocado tartine and the rice porridge —  which is rice, pork belly, charred cabbage, fried egg and togarashi for $12. Cozy and rich for a cold morning.Katie Peralta Soloff, editor

The avocado tartine and the rice porridge ($12). Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

The tagliolini cacio e pepe from Good Food on Montford

The dishes at Good Food on Montford are meant to be shared. Of the six dishes I tried, it’s hard to pick a favorite. The pasta (available in half or whole servings) stands out, but so does the Korean beef ($17), as does the Amy’s bread ($6). Needless to say, I’ll be back for more.  — Laura Barrero, editor

Go deeper: Changes are coming to Good Food on Montford with the return of chef Kerry Moffett

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Tagliolini cacio e pepe. This is the whole serving ($26) but you can get half for $13. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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