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⁣⛅ Hungry? Save this “MERE’S MUSTS” post for favorite CLT go-tos in the Queen City!

**This is just my opinion since I moved to Charlotte about 6 years ago. There are so many other great places to tag and I'll continue to add to this list - I’d love to know your favorites! ⁣

👇Let me know what your favorites are and if you have any suggestions! 👇


🍹 DATE NIGHT: Dinner at Angeline's Charlotte & drinks at Merchant & Trade⁣⁣

✰ Angeline’s offers a modern, Italian-influenced menu in the form of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and simple yet flavorful small plates in an energetic and comforting environment. Our Dean's List Dinner here was absolutely magnificent (check it out in the video below).

✰ Merchant & Trade is a rooftop lounge with custom-designed playlists, expertly crafted cocktails and delicious bar snacks that create a relaxed and welcoming vibe. We had our EmpowerCon VIP party here, Dean's List Dinner pre-drinks, and they have THE cutest igloos in the winter!

🍽 RESTAURANT: ⁣Indaco Charlotte

✰ Indaco Charlotte serves Italian cuisine by executive chef Matthew Hoang. Wood-fired pizzas, hand-crafted pastas, housemade salami and cured sausages fill the restaurant’s menu which can be enjoyed family-style or a la carte.

🥃CHILL BAR: The Cotton Room Charlotte

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✰ The Cotton Room at Belfast Mill has combined history with a modern touch and feel of an uptown speakeasy, boasting an ever-rotating, inspired cocktail menu.

🥗LUNCH: Rhino Market & Deli

✰ Rhino Market & Deli is a neighborhood market and deli that fulfills the various needs of urban foragers.

🍇 AÇAÍ BOWLS:⁣ Frutta Bowls

✰ Frutta Bowls sets itself apart by their commitment to providing healthy, delicious food, but also by their involvement in the communities surrounding each location.

🍝ITALIAN: Mama Ricotta's ⁣

✰ Mama Ricotta's has a regional Italian menu and seeks out the finest and freshest ingredients from across the globe, and holds the highest standards for our homemade mozzarella, sausage, breads, and desserts.

🍱ASIAN: Yamazaru Sushi & Sake⁣

✰ Yamazaru is a stylish restaurant offering a Japanese menu of noodles, ramen & sushi plus cocktails, sake & beer.

🇯🇵JAPANESE: Hasaki Grill & Sushi ⁣ & Gyu-Kaku

✰ Hasaki prepares a variety of specialty sushi rolls & Asian-fusion fare in a relaxed space.

Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the Bull" in Japanese, provides the authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue) dining experience where customers share premium cooked meats over a flaming charcoal grill, while sipping on Japanese sake, shochu, and frosty cold beers.

🌮MEXICAN: Three Amigos

✰ The Three Amigos is a cozy Mexican eatery & cantina offering an array of classic dishes & combos in a cheerful setting.

🥞BRUNCH: The Dunavant and 5Church Charlotte

✰ The Dunavant's signature steak dinner deal featuring bottomless fries and either soup or salad has made the steak dinner approachable and affordable.

✰ 5Church Charlotte serves New American cuisine served in a casual yet refined atmosphere. Cutting edge design, stellar service, and world class food by Chef Partner & Top Chef Alum Jamie Lynch are all to be expected.

🍸ROOFTOP BAR: Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo⁣

✰ 22 stories into the skyline, you'll find Charlotte's highest indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge offering craft cocktails, small plates & panoramic views of the Queen city. It's a chic rooftop lounge offering inventive New American fare, house cocktails & sweeping city views right above the AC Hotel in the Epicenter. I've done several events here for Dean's List and it never disappoints!


ROOFTOP DINNER: Fahrenheit Restaurant Charlotte

⁣✰ Fahrenheit has asian-accented New American plates served in a cool 21st-floor space with a patio & fire pits. We did a Dean's List Dinner here with Bumble BFF - the video gives you all the details you need!

🍹SPEAKEASY: The Cellar at Duckworth's or Dot Dot Dot ⁣or BackStage Lounge

✰ Inspired by an era of time that’s long past, the underground space at The Cellar at Duckworth's, built originally in 1912, naturally has a speakeasy, prohibition-era feel with its original brick walls and exposed ceiling joists.

✰ Dot Dot Dot is an upscale speakeasy with a classic feel serving craft liquors & cocktails plus curated bites.

BackStage Lounge, your neighborhood speakeasy, is a modern take on the traditional concept with an intimate, romantically elevated vibe.

🍪 COOKIES: Tiff's Treats Cookie Delivery

✰ Tiff's Treats delivers warm, fresh cookies to happy customers everywhere.

☕️ COFFEE: Queen City Grounds & Undercurrent Coffee

✰ Queen City Grounds is a specialty coffee bar with an in-house small batch roaster, breakfast, lunch & dinner, local art and handmade goods. This is where I get all of my client work done for Dean's List and has the best vanilla lattes!

✰ Undercurrent Coffee is a cafe and coffee education lab located in the heart of Plaza Midwood serving thoughtful, local, handcrafted goodness to our neighbors.

🍦 ICE CREAM: Two Scoops Creamery

Two Scoops Creamery

✰⁣ Two Scoops Creamery is locally owned by three best friends whose recipes are all family secrets that make them unique to Two Scoops Creamery.

🇫🇷 CRÊPERIE & BRUNCH: Crepe Cellar (Closed Now But Used to be a fav) & Cafe Monte

✰ The Crepe Cellar offers sweet & savory crêpes, bistro bites, French-press coffee & European beers in a cozy, chill setting.

✰ Treat yourself to an authentic French bakery and bistro in Charlotte, NC. Here at Café Monte, we are known for our affordable, high-quality French fare, all of which are exquisitely prepared to order. We serve classic French favorites every day.

Enjoy these spots and let me know if you go! Make sure to tag me if you liked the recommendation!

✰ Credit to Charlottes Got A Lot, Axios Charlotte, and the restaurant website for majority of the photos.

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