Editor’s note: Riccio’s Italian Restaurant was mistakenly included in the original version of this story. Riccio’s is still in operation, at 9213 Baybrook Lane.
You miss the Charlotte of lunch counters, fish camps and pizza joints. You miss the Charlotte of prom-night filet mignon and the days when a special date included dinner at the airport, when you could actually walk into an airport without a ticket.
When I put together a list of Charlotte’s oldest restaurants that are still in existence, I also asked: Which vanished restaurant do you miss the most? Names flooded in, with almost 80 restaurants making someone’s list. Not all of the favorites were old: Recent departures, like Blue and Greek Isles, turned up, too.
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