What a great addition to the Charlotte restaurant scene.

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As you enter The King’s Kitchen, on a busy corner in uptown Charlotte, you might overlook one sign that this is no ordinary restaurant. High on a wall of the foyer is a Bible verse, Proverbs 19:17, written in neat, black script: “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.”

The bankers and office workers who crowd the restaurant at lunch and dinner are here for Aunt Beaut’s panfried chicken and classic Southern-style vegetables cooked with a modern, healthier twist — without the fatback. They come back for the cornbread plump with kernels, the banana pudding layered with homemade vanilla wafers, the shrimp and grits.

via The King’s Kitchen | Our State Magazine.

 

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Another great meal with the Trobs and Rufus and Sarah! … and the bacon braised spinach was to die for … no joke.

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Jake’s Good Eats –.

Great lunch yesterday At King’s Kitchen with the Trobs!

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“EAT SOME CHICKEN AND FEED SOMEBODY”

*Biscuits and Cornbread are served with an order of a Meat & Three, or are available upon request

John had — The King Burger … huge, very good with TONS of fries.

Joni, Bob and I had the traditional MEAT & THREE.

Bob and I choosing Aunt Beaut’s Pan-Fried All Natural Chicken with Tomato Soup, Iceberg Salad & Spinach (me) and with Tomato Soup, Iceberg Salad & Pan Seared Cabbage (Bob).

Joni had Bennon’s Pot Roast with Rosa’s Fried Green Beans, Sea Island Red Peas & ?

All very GOOD and definitely worth a return visit!

Where you FEAST TO FEED SOMEBODY.

We’re a not for profit restaurant serving up southern cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients from right here in our community. And the proceeds go back to the community, helping to feed those in need. So, come on in. Because when you dine, the whole community thrives.

The King’s Kitchen.

The King’s Kitchen is a not for profit restaurant that fuels economic vitality, growth in Charlotte’s Center City and the greater metropolitan area creating jobs and supporting community development. First, the restaurant will employ a segment of our community that is considered unemployable, from people who have come out of prison and rehab, to youths that are at high risk from dropping out of school. Once employed, they will receive training to run a full service restaurant from the front of the house to the back. They will also receive leadership and spiritual training as well in order to gain the life skills that are necessary to be successful in today’s job market. Secondly, the profits from The King’s Kitchen will provide funds and/or foods for established feeding centers in the community to provide meals for those in need. Designed to operate profitably, all profits will be used to help feed the hungry here in Charlotte, surrounding areas and in other parts of the world.

via The King’s Kitchen Restaurant – Charlotte, NC | OpenTable.

As an early birthday celebration a good friend took me to a new place, FABO in Myers Park on Selwyn … I’ll go again … Want to join me?

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FABO, a locally owned coffee shop and art gallery, offers work from over 50 local artists in many mediums including jewelry, pottery and paintings. Our coffee shop features artisan coffee with fresh roasted beans and delectable goodies created by local food artists Tizzerts and Edible Arts.

Something is always changing at FABO – so come by often!

via FABO Cafe.

 

Great lunch with my great friend. I will say this … I prefer the old Penguin to Pinky’s, and I highly recommend Amelie’s for coffee and dessert. However I have heard that the view of Charlotte on a nice evening is wonderful from Pinky’s … not much on a cold, rainy, wintry day.

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Pinky’s Westside Grill – Charlotte Restaurant.

Charlotte NC :: Amelie’s French Bakery :: Amelie’s French Bakery and Cafe.

Restaurants to try in 2011 … thanks Helen for a list!

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Now, for 2011, I’m anticipating:

The much-rumored filling of several available spaces, including (but hardly limited to) uptown and the north, plus bursts of activity in south Charlotte. For example, if leases go through, look for:

Delta’s to go into the former G.W. Fins space on North Tryon Street, opening in June with a live-music supper club kind of vibe (R&B and jazz) and a menu duplicating the New Jersey original, with Cajun and other Southern fare.

AZN Restaurant, spun from a Florida original by the folks who also have Silk in Atlanta, to go into a new spot in Piedmont Town Center; it’s a Chinese-Japanese-Thai-Korean-Vietnamese-sushi concept.

The Diamond. This home cooking spot in Plaza Midwood, the revamping of a Charlotte classic, is slated to open this month, I’m told. It might. I – along with a legion of others, if one looks at Facebook – am ready!

And, it follows logically, the Penguin: It will be fascinating to see what happens when this storied landmark burger-etc. place reopens under new management, as it is slated to do Saturday. Those who followed the neighborhood-classic throwdown know that emotions run high about these last two places and that loyalties are at stake, not just foodstuffs.

Barbecue from longtime Charlotte restaurateur Frank Scibelli in Plaza Midwood – and though chef Jim Noble has his hands full between his Rooster’s and King’s Kitchen, I’m going to continue to keep an eye on his love of barbecue and where that might go.

via Charlotte’s best new restaurants of 2010 – CharlotteObserver.com.

 

Had lunch at Halcyon on 1/14 … excellent … will go again! oh, and I loved the salt and pepper shakers on the table.

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2010 turned out, with a rush in the last months, to be a decent new-restaurant year – as unlikely a prospect as that seemed a year ago. Here are the ones that opened that year that I found best, in no particular order, along with a list of the ones I’m most excited about that are slated to open in 2011.

1. Halcyon. A craft- (rather than art-) inspired spot in the new Mint Museum uptown, it has dubbed its style “Farm House Chic” and emphasizes a seasonal menu relying on area products. Chef Marc Jacksina continues to tinker with the menus; the spot opened at Thanksgiving. But the look is breathtaking, and to offer cold pan duck? It’s a great start.

via Charlotte’s best new restaurants of 2010 – CharlotteObserver.com.

 

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