Late Nite Eats: Season 2 Episode 2 - Charlotte, NC

Welcome to Charlotte, NC

Charlotte all around was an amazing city with both Northern hustle and bustle with Southern charm and hospitality. I LOVED this city and would happily come back. Let me share with you the places I got to visit while I was in Charlotte.

 

WHERE I ATE:

Restaurants Visited for Show


CRAVE DESSERT BAR

As someone who has lost in the dessert round of Chopped, it's always good to learn more about dessert. Although this wasn't the best flourless molten cake I've ever had, I appreciate the attention to detail in the recipe and Chef Elmie Rabe's diligence of cleanliness in her kitchen!

Food sampled:

  • Flourless Molten Chocolate Cake: chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache, seasonal fruit

 

THE CELLAR AT DUCKWORTH'S

This is one of the classic examples of something that sounds/looks better than it actually is. The cones were a little stale but the flavors developed by Chef Fred Quinones within the cones were quite nice. The shrimp had great spice and flavor, the fried chicken was good, and the poke was UBER fresh and light!

Food sampled:

  • House Made Waffle Cones: Ponzu poke tuna with macadamia nut, coconut shrimp, and chicken sriracha honey with bacon

 

HABERDISH

Is it the best Fried Chicken I've ever had? It just might be! When you have dedication to your dish, a well-trained chef (Carman Spadaro), supportive owners, and a $40,000 fried chicken pressure fryer - it's pretty easy.

Food sampled:

  • Fried Chicken: brined, battered and fried

 

Restaurants Visited NOT on Show:


SOUL GASTRO LOUNGE
Like what?! Unfortunately we didn't go here for the show but after a late night Saturday, my buddy and I went here and just DEVOURED half the menu. With a sushi bar and great late night bites, I really fell in love with this second story amazing restaurant. Plenty of soul and a sleeper for the best Late Nite Eats, NOT ON THE SHOW...

LITTLE VILLAGE GRILL
Gyro Salad - every day I'd run past this while filming and there was line during lunch... thus I HAD TO try it out while filming. IT DID NOT disappoint. Classic gyro, great flavor, and just exactly what you'd expect but better.

 

BEST OF CHARLOTTE, NC

Haberdish was one of the better fried chickens I've had in my life. That includes, Nashville and random NYC places that claim theirs is the best. The drinks and specifically the Milk Punch at Haberdish were incredible and was done by a bar master!

CITY TIPS

  • Little Village Grill for lunch!
  • Try out the nightlife here as it's bumping and always a good time. Try the two outer Uptown (which is downtown here... I'm just as confused as you)
  • Soul Gastrolounge was off the chain and so much fun for both music and food

IN THIS CITY I COULDN'T STOP PLAYING:

Next – “Too Close”

It was here that the crew and I realized our mutual love for 90's R&B!

 

Missed this episode? Don't sweat it - catch it online or on TV! Here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Charlotte, NC:

    Sunday, October 21 at 11 AM ET
    Thursday, November 1 at 10:30 PM ET
    Friday, November 2 at 2:30 AM ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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