These restaurants are new to Queen’s Feast. Which will be your fave? [Partner]

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Ten of the most anticipated days of the year are finally here – Queen’s Feast (a.k.a Charlotte Restaurant Week) July 21-30. With over 134 tempting restaurant choices for only $30 or $35 per person, it’s like Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and National Doughnut Day rolled into one.

Just when you thought choosing between more than 130 places to dine across nine counties was difficult, the Queen went and added new places you are going to want to try. In an effort to help with your tough (but tasty) decision, we’ve highlighted a few tempting treats.

Appetizers

Nothing says “prepare the stomach for food” like food. These three places hit it out of the park with appetizers. And to think this is only the beginning.

Blackfinn Ameripub  (Ballantyne)
Southern Nachos – tortilla chips, chipotle queso, pickled jalapeños, fresh tomatoes, green and red onions, sour cream, guacamole and 12-hour BBQ pulled pork. You had me at nachos.

Oak Steakhouse (SouthPark)
Corn Bisque – topped with bacon crumble and Cheddar popcorn. I’m sorry, did you say bacon and Cheddar popcorn? I’ve had dreams about that I swear.

Luca Modern Italian Kitchen (Elizabeth)
Raviolo con Pera – stuffed raviolone with pear, Pecorino Romano, ricotta, sambuca tomato coulis, and fried blue cheese curd. The only thing you’ll like better is the beautiful restaurant and complimentary glass of Prosecco upon arrival.

Main Course

Now that our system is good and ready, it’s time for the main event. We say bring it.

FOURK Restaurant (Hickory)
Pork Chop – grilled bone-in pork chop with a Bourbon BBQ glaze and tobacco onions, served with potato cakes and chef’s vegetable. Pork and Bourbon – can’t go wrong with that combination.

The Porter’s House (Waverly, South Charlotte)
Heart of Ribeye – mashed potatoes, asparagus, au poivre sauce. Sometimes you just need a juicy steak and creamy potatoes and at this price, your wallet will be smiling too.

Harbor Inn Seafood (University)
Fried Seafood Platter – Flounder, Baby Shrimp, Jumbo Shrimp, Oysters, Stuffed Clam, and Devil Crab. Perfect for those who love seafood but not making decisions.

Dessert

We admit, we made it through the first two courses so we can bring it home with dessert. These dishes will make your sweet tooth very happy.

Living Kitchen (South End and SouthPark)
Caramel Salted Brownie and Crème Brulee. This is not a typo. Both of these amazing desserts will be on one plate for your enjoyment.

Tavolo (Uptown)
Tiramisu – espresso liquor soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese, cocoa powder. It’s a classic, you’re a classic – perfection.

The good news is, you can’t go wrong with any of the three-course Queen’s Feast offerings. The bad news is this foodie vacation only lasts 10 days, so make reservations today. Bon Appetit! (Sorry, we had to say it.)

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