18 not-to-be missed food and drink spots this August

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Courtesy of Haberdish
A cocktail from Tiki Wiki 2018.

In recent years, August has become known for back-to-school preparations and the end-of-summer scaries. For the Charlotte food and beverage scene, there is nothing scary about August.

August welcomes the return of Tiki Wiki at Haberdish, a week featuring delicious (and Instagramable) tiki-inspired cocktails. Restaurants, bars and breweries are debuting new menu items, as well as featuring nightly and weekly specials.

Here are 18 places to go, along with some of the new things you should try this month. Also, mark your calendar for some, or all, of the food-focused events highlighted below for this month. (If prices are not listed, they are not yet available.)

(1) Bardo

1508 S. Mint St.

Courtesy of Bardo
Crudo with coconut, cucumber and carrots.

Bardo is adding two new dishes, as well as a new cocktail in August. Also, throughout the month, it is offering 20% off of food when you sit at the bar on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Washed Away cocktail made with Muddy River Carolina rum, coconut, lemongrass and lime. $12
  • Pork Belly with green strawberry, cherry and eel sauce. $19
  • Crudo made with coconut, cucumber and carrot. $16

(2) Crepe Cellar

3116 N. Davidson St.

Courtesy of Crepe Cellar
The new La Verre de Vin device allows for wine by the glass.

Crepe Cellar recently added a La Verre de Vin device to its bar, allowing staff to serve its reserve wines by the glass. Here are the wines that you will be able to try for the first day by the glass or the half glass:

2018 Matthiasson Rosé (Napa, California): Typically $60 per bottle, you can now order a glass for $16 or a half glass for $8.
• 2017 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre (Loire, France): Order the bottle for $65, or enjoy a glass for $18 or a half glass for $9.
2016 Folk Machine ‘Film & Camera’ Valdiguie (Redwood Valley, California): This $65 per bottle wine can now be enjoyed for $18 per glass or $9 per half glass.
2014 Domaine Galévan Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge (Rhône, France): Priced at $80 per bottle, you can now have a glass for $21 or a half glass for $10.5.
2010 Pakravan-Paki Beccacciaia IGT (Toscana, Italy): Enjoy this wine for $68 per bottle, or for $18 per glass or $9 per half glass.
2015 Chateau Villemaurine ‘Les Angelots’ Bordeaux (Saint-Émilion, France): Enjoy a bottle for $95, or a glass for $26 or a half glass for $13.

(3) Dunkin’

Multiple locations

Although it’s only August, things are looking a bit fallish this month at Dunkin’. Starting Aug. 21, get ready for the return of all things pumpkin.

  • It’s All Things Pumpkin at Dunkin’: Pumpkin Signature Iced Latte, Pumpkin Iced Coffee, Pumpkin Hot Latte, Pumpkin Hot Coffee, Pumpkin Donut, Pumpkin Muffin, Pumpkin Munchkins, Pumpkin K-Cup and Pumpkin Frozen Coffee.
  • Cinnamon sugar pumpkin flavor will be available for beverages. 
  • New breakfast burrito bowl flavors will include chorizo and chipotle veggie
  • Apple cider donuts and Munchkins

(4) Growlers Pourhouse

3120 N. Davidson St.

Courtesy of Growlers Pourhouse
The barrel-aged cocktails

Growlers Pourhouse will start serving barrel-aged cocktails this month. Try the Boulevardier cocktail. The barrel was seasoned with Cabernet Sauvignon before adding the ingredients of Old Grand Dad Bourbon, Campari and Antica Vermouth. 

(5) Mimosa Grill

327 S. Tryon St.

Mimosa Grill has added a 22 oz. certified Angus Beef cowboy ribeye to its menu, which will be served with fingerling potatoes, roasted mushrooms and a sherry bacon vinaigrette.

(6) NoDa Brewing Company

2921 N. Tryon St.

August sees the releases of some of Charlotte’s favorite beers from NoDa Brewing Company.

  • Roaring Riot releases on Aug. 2
  • Dreamsicle IPA releases on Aug. 9
  • Gordgeous releases on Aug. 16

(7) Reid’s Fine Foods (Myers Park location)

2823 Selwyn Ave.

Reid’s has updated its offerings at the wine bar/bistro.

  • Summer Salad with grilled peaches, fried goat cheese, red onions, heirloom tomatoes, mixed greens and champagne vinaigrette. $11
  • Caprese Salad made with sliced tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, pesto, pine nuts, balsamic glaze and arugula. $13
  • Tuna Poke Lettuce Wraps with tuna, Bibb cups, toasted sesame and pickled vegetables. $14
  • Lobster Carbonara with peas, bacon, cold water lobster, parmesan and linguini pasta. $26
  • Curry Fried Chicken with tai-color cauliflower and apple slaw. $21

(8) Reid’s Fine Foods (SouthPark location)

4331 Barclay Downs Drive

Executive Chef Ryan Allen (former executive chef at littleSpoon Eatery) has done an overhaul to the SouthPark menu to feature more seasonal and local produce.

  • Trout served with grits, Brussels sprouts and pickled chard relish.
  • Shrimp with corn puree, roasted cauliflower and green curry sauce.
  • Scallops with Swiss chard, beet puree and cherry gastrique.
  • Pork with burnt carrots, cipollini onion puree and tomato chutney.
  • Springer Mountain Farms Chicken served with vegetable ragout, fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce.

(9) Reigning Doughnuts

3120 N. Davidson St.

Courtesy of Reigning Doughnuts
Sangria doughnut available until Aug. 11

Two new flavors will be added to the dough-roster in August, but act quickly. These flavors are for a limited time only.

  • Sangria available July 29 – Aug. 11
  • Orangesicle available Aug. 12-25

(10) Sophia’s Lounge

127 N. Tryon St., Suite #D

Courtesy of Sophia’s Lounge
Pineapple Express cocktail

Sophia’s Lounge has two new cocktails they are debuting in August.

  • Pineapple Express cocktail made with pineapple rum, dark rum, coconut simple, pineapple, lime and mint. $17
  • Pretty in Pink made with vodka, raspberry simple, lemon, bitters and prosecco. $16

(11) STOKE Charlotte

100 W. Trade St.

Courtesy of Stoke Charlotte
Watermelon dish

The summer menu at Stoke has brought back some seasonal favorites, as well as introducing the new The Short List offerings. The Short List consists of small plates offered at the Stoke bar.

  • Field Pea Salad with whipped ricotta cheese and served with Green Goddess dressing. $9/$16
  • Watermelon with chevre cheese, nuts and seeds. $6
  • Shishito Peppers with garlic aioli and mint. $6
  • Halibut with sungold tomato rice grits and persillade. $30

The Short List menu includes:

  • Sweet pea and avocado guacamole. $7
  • Kale crisps lightly fried in chickpea flour. $6
  • Mexican street corn dip. $7
  • Corn and crab fritters. $7
  • Smoked trout pâté. ($8)

(12) The Crunkleton

1957 E. 7th St.

Courtesy of The Crunkelton
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich made with crispy buttermilk chicken, seasonal pickles, hot chile honey and served on a brioche bun. $14
  • Hanger Steak topped with chimichurri and served with garlic and herb fries. $26
  • Lamb Rack, which includes a half rack of lamb, pistachio gremolata and served with hearth vegetables. $38

(13) VBGB 

920 Hamilton St.

  • King of Pops and King of Pups
  • Lemon oregano chicken skewers and beef chimichurri skewers
  • Impossible burger (vegan)
  • Beyond brat (vegan)

(14) WP Kitchen + Bar

6706-C Phillips Place Court

Courtesy of WP Kitchen + Bar
Steak and eggs are now offered on the brunch menu.

In August, WP Kitchen + Bar will be launching a brunch menu. Brunch will now be served on Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Here are some of the newly added brunch items.

  • Korean Chicken & Waffles with crispy chicken, charred scallions and maple syrup.
  • French Omelet with fine herbs, boursin, hollandaise and petite greens.
  • Steak + Eggs served with asparagus, patatas bravas and a sunny side up egg.
  • Potato & Egg Pizza served with garlic cream, potatoes, bacon, parmesan, egg and calabrian chili oil.
  • Prosciutto Sandwich with stracciatella cheese, truffle-garlic aioli, tomatoes, peppers, watercress and a fried egg.
  • Shakshuka with lamb sausage, spiced tomato sauce, caramelized onions, cilantro, feta and pita.

August Dining Deals

(15) BLT Steak Charlotte

110 North College St.

  • Sunday: half price bottles of wine 
  • Aug. 5 -9: In honor of National Oyster Day, enjoy a half dozen oysters and a glass of Caprice de Clementine Rosé for $20.

(16) Burton’s Grill

Multiple locations

  • Monday: The Blakeney location is now offering half-price signature cocktails all day.
  • Wednesday: Both the Blakeney and Park Road locations have half-price bottles of wine all day.

(17) Fran’s Filling Station

2410 Park Road

  • Monday – Thursday: Prix Fixe Menu (1 app, 2 entrées, bottle of wine) for $50; and half priced bottle of wines.
  • Monday – Tuesday: Kids eat free (under 12 y/o, 1 free kids entree w/ purchase of 1 adult entree, dinner in taproom only, while space permits). 
  • Tuesday: $3 draft beers (Fran’s only offers local and regional beers on tap); and $10 flatbreads

(18) La Belle Helene

300 S. Tryon S.

Monday – Friday (3-6 p.m.): Enjoy the Apres Midi Menu at the bar and terrace only.

  • $1 East Coast Oysters (each)
  • $5 Mimosa Eggs
  • $8 Tart Flambée
  • $8 LBH Burger

Food-focused events

Courtesy of Midwood Smokehouse
The Barbeque 201 class is on August 24

Grand Opening of Optimist Hall
Aug. 1
1115 N. Brevard St.

National IPA Day
Aug. 1, 4-9 p.m.
NoDa Brewing Company
2921 N. Tryon St.

Bourbon Mash Bill Tasting with Gary Crunkleton
August 3, noon– 2:30 p.m.
The Crunkleton
1957 E. 7th St.

Smokey Wood Flavors Tasting
Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
BLT Steak
110 N. College St.

Tillamook Presents: Lakeside in North Carolina with Hello, Sailor
Aug. 5; 6-9 p.m.
Hello, Sailor
20210 Henderson Road

Mama Presents: Here Today, Gone Tomato
Aug. 8; 6:30-9 p.m.
Mama Ricotta’s 
601 South Kings Drive

Tiki Wiki at Haberdish
Aug. 8 -18
Haberdish
3106 N. Davidson St.

True Summertime Harvest
Aug.17; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Upstream Seafood
6902 Phillips Place

Harry Potter Inspired Baking Class
Aug. 22; 6:30-9 p.m.
Sweet Spot Studio
4412 Monroe Road, Suite D

Charlotte, Time to Drink New Sh*t
Aug. 22; 6:30 p.m.
Fin & Fino (call to make reservations at 704-800-5680)
135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, #100

Barbecue 201
Aug. 24; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Midwood Smokehouse
540 Brandywine Road, #C

Legion Jam Fest
Aug. 24; 5-11 p.m.
Legion Brewery Plaza Midwood
1906 Commonwealth Ave.

Beer dinner with Bardo and Salud Cerveceria
Aug. 27
Bardo
1508 South Mint St.

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