How Quail Corners has won my heart


It’s sort of weird to love a strip shopping center.

And yet, that’s how I feel about Quail Corners at the corner of Park Road and Sharon Road West, just down the street from South Meck High and across the street from Quail Hollow Club. I go there so often – almost daily, I confess – it’s a home away from home.

The love affair starts with good eats:

Rusty’s Deli and Grille

We go just about every Tuesday evening, when it’s kids eat free. I typically know at least half the folks in there. It’s like our version of Cheers. We all get a drink and order one of their awesome burgers – with the grilled onions, of course.

The kids can then run around the center’s common area, we can continue drinking beer and wine at one of the outside tables. Can’t get much better on a Tuesday night.

Ilios Noche

I still can’t believe this restaurant is located in our little Quail Corners. You walk in and think you’re at some new uptown hot spot. It’s urban and always hopping and so interesting. I always order a veggie plate with the chickpea fries. And a cocktail or two.

Drinks and a date! #datenight #clt #iliosnoche A photo posted by Mandalin Phillips (@mandalinphillips) on

Some nights they have live music. If you can find an open spot, their crescent-shaped bar is a great place to watch a game in style. This is my go-to date night spot with the hubby.


I was bummed when Dilworth Coffee left Quail Corners, but sweet little Fabo filled the coffee spot. And then it upped the game by adding wine and local beers. So now you can go there morning and night.


Fabo is a great place to meet up with somebody. If the conversation turns boring, just check out all the local artwork and jewelry.

Harris Teeter

I know there are like 10,000 Harris Teeters of all shapes and sizes in Charlotte, but the Quail Corners one is the perfect size. It’s big enough to have family-sized boxes of Triscuits but not so big that you must add Taj to its name.


It has this pagoda. I think one day it will be used to house the Olympic fire.


Photos: Crosland, Fabo Facebook page


jenpic5Jen Rothacker ate a kid’s burger all the way last night at Rusty’s. When she’s not chasing burgers down with fries, she’s Innovations Editor at the Charlotte Observer.


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