Top 10 deals for Queen’s Feast—get the biggest bang for your buck

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Restaurant week is quickly approaching (January 18 – 27), so grab your date, dress your best and go out and dine around town. Each restaurant offers a unique experience that is designed to knock your tastebuds into the next dimension, so get ready for a tasty treat.

Below are 10 Queen’s Feast participants that we recommend visiting during your restaurant week culinary quest. Be sure to call and make reservations at your preferred venue, as availability will fill up fast!

(1) 300 East

300 East Blvd.

Photo via 300 East Instagram

Price: $35 per person
Why? Not only do you get an appetizer, entree and dessert, but you also have your choice of four different wines to pair with your meal. Talk about a win(e)-win(e) situation here.

The Menu: 

  • Glass of Wine (choice of one)
    • Pinot Grigio
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Noir
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Starter (choice of one)
    • Baked Marinated Vermont Goat Cheese — roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, Nova’s baguette
    • Signature Hummus — veggies, pita wedges
    • House Salad — organic mesclun greens, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, balsamic vinaigrette
  • Entree (choice of one)
    • Grilled Hanger Steak — onion marmalade, horseradish cream, mashed potatoes, today’s vegetable
    • Bronzed Sesame Salmon — coconut brown Basmati rice, sautéed spinach
    • Roasted Joyce Farms Half Chicken — pan gravy, mashed potatoes, today’s vegetable
    • Sweet Potato Ravioli — Gorgonzola cream sauce, toasted walnuts
  • Dessert (choice of one)
    • White Chocolate Brioche Pudding — hibiscus-apple butter, ginger pickled apples, toasted almond crumble, hibiscus whip
    • Callebaut Brownie — salted caramel, honey pretzel crumb, vanilla gelato
    • Sweet Potato Blondie — maple & sweet potato fro-yo, toasted oats

(2) Cajun Queen

1800 E. 7th Street

Photo by Alex Cason Photography

Price: $35 per person
Why? If you’re craving the flavors of the bayou, this spot has got you covered. They’re worth a visit during restaurant week because they offer dinner and a show with live jazz music seven nights a week.

The Menu: 

  • Glass Of Wine or Draught Beer (choice of one)
    • Chardonnay
    • Merlot
    • Olde Mecklenburg Copper
  • First course (choice of one)
    • Cup of Seafood Gumbo
    • House Salad
    • Caesar Salad
  • Entree (choice of one)
    • Fresh Fish — blackened or seared, served with or without seafood topping; your choice of Tilapia, Salmon, Mahi Mahi, or Catfish
    • Diane — mushrooms, garlic, butter, green onions, parsley, and Our Queen’s Magic Spices all sauteìed together; moderately spiced and served over rice with your choice of Chicken, Shrimp, Crawfish, or all three
    • Etouffee — a dark, highly seasoned roux-based sauce served over rice (hot and spicy!) with your choice of Chicken, Shrimp, Crawfish, or all three
    • Blackened Chicken and Andouille Pasta — with mushrooms, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and tri-colored cheese tortellini in a Parmesan cream sauce
    • Shrimp and Grits — grilled andouille sausage and Creole sauce
  • Dessert (choice of one)
    • Key Lime Pie
    • Bourbon Bread Pudding

(3) Carpe Diem

1535 Elizabeth Ave.

Photo via Carpe Diem Instagram

Price: $35 per person
Why? This establishment has been dishing out delicious dinners since 1989. It’s a great spot for an elegant date night and service is always top notch. Three courses for $35 is a great opportunity to try this upscale eatery.

The Menu: 

  • Soup or Salad (choice of one)
    • Potato Leek Soup
    • Grilled Grape Salad — Romaine, arugula, grilled grapes, Bermuda onions, toasted pistachios, white balsamic reduction, Great Hill blue cheese
    • Warm Goat Cheese Salad — mixed greens, hazelnut-crusted goat cheese, wine-poached onions, apricot-jalapeno vinaigrette
    • Kale Salad — baby kale mix, cauliflower, bell pepper, carrots, poached raisins, Pecorino Romano, black garlic sherry vinaigrette
  • Entree (choice of one)
    • Salmon Barigoule — with onions, artichokes, carrots, white wine, stock, parsley, house-made aioli
    • Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast — boneless breast, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, shallot-black pepper gravy
    • Hanger Steak — grilled hanger steak, cider-braised collard greens, smoked carrot puree, Korean Gochujang chili compound butter
    • Mushroom Bolognese — tagliatelle with stewed vegetarian mixed mushroom Bolognese sauce, shaved Pecorino cheese
  • Dessert (choice of one)
    • Salted Bourbon Cheesecake — Graham cracker-crusted vanilla Bourbon cheesecake, salted caramel, pecan brittle
    • Tres Leches Pound Cake — Myers Dark rum and espresso caramel sauce, garnished with cocoa-dusted chocolate Largueta almonds
    • Chocolate Ganache (GF) — flourless chocolate torte, pecan crust, raspberry and caramel sauces
    • Crème Brulee (GF) — white chocolate raspberry crème brulee with house-made cookie

(4) Dresslers

Midtown & Huntersville

Photo via Dressler’s Instagram

Price: $35 per person
Why? The Blackened Heart of Ribeye on their regular menu is $33. So diners can take advantage of ordering an appetizer and dessert (in addition to their entree) for just $2. Now I think we can all agree this upscale restaurant is offering a steal of a deal.

The Menu:

  • First course (choice of one)
    • Thai Crispy Calamari — peanut glaze, wasabi aioli
    • Goat Cheese & Roasted Garlic — tomato chutney
    • The Wedgie — red onion, smoked bacon, Maytag bleu cheese
  • Entree (choice of one)
    • Blackened Heart of Ribeye — mashed potatoes, herb blue cheese butter
    • Roasted Salmon — roasted tomato risotto, citrus-herb beurre blanc
    • Maryland Crab Cakes — pecan remoulade
    • Organic Chicken — sautéed spinach, shallot thyme pan sauce
  • Dessert (choice of one)
    • Nightly dessert selections

(5) Epic Chophouse

104 S. Main St., Mooresville

Photo via Epic Chophouse Instagram

Price: $35 per person
Why? Their classic lobster bisque is the perfect start to an amazing meal. Pair it with the prime-rib and double-decker strawberry shortcake cheesecake and you’re in for a treat.

The Menu:

  • First course (choice of one)
    • Classic Lobster Bisque — rich & decadent
    • The Wedge — bacon, bleu cheese, bleu cheese dressing, tomatoes, croutons
    • Chophouse Cheese Toast — our famous four-cheese spread broiled atop fresh baked French baguette croustades
  • Entree (choice of one)
    • The Queen’s Cut of Slow-Roasted Prime Rib — 12 oz. garlic & pepper-studded and slow-roasted prime rib of certified Angus beef with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, creamed horseradish, and au jus
    • Charbroiled Thick-Cut Certified Angus Beef Heart of Ribeye — roasted garlic-Cheddar smashed Yukon Gold potatoes, beer-battered onion rings, wild mushroom glace de viande
    • Horseradish & Asiago-Crusted Norwegian Salmon — oven-roasted tomato & arugula risotto with ver jus-Meyer lemon beurre blanc
    • Charbroiled Bone-In Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork Chop — maple-whipped sweet potatoes, chipotle stewed apples, Bourbon barbecue glaze
    • Herb-Roasted Airline Breast of Chicken — pancetta-Lyonnaise potatoes, thin green bean sauté, chicken gravy
  • Grand Finale (choice of one)
    • Country Crock Bread and Butter Pudding — with raisins, Craisins, pecans, crème Anglaise and Bourbon caramel sauce
    • Double Decker Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake — rich NY-style cheesecake layer; light, decadent strawberry mousse layer; chiffon and Graham crust; and sweet strawberry-glazed awesomeness
    • Epic Chocolate Cake — ganache-coated decadence

(6) Gallery Restaurant

10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Photo via Jess Bentley

Price: $35 per person

Why? Art lovers, this restaurant is for you! The entire restaurant is fashioned with contemporary art provided by Shain Gallery. They also have one of the largest whiskey collections in Charlotte – so take a sip and enjoy the scenery.

The Menu:

  • Starter (choice of one)
    • Pork Cheek — Semolina Pasta, Pea Succotash, Saffron Sauce
    • Bison Tartare — Cured Egg Yolk, Caper, Pickled Pearl Onions, Ciabatta
    • Baby Kale — Roasted Feta, Compressed Apple, Hemp Seed, Acai Kombucha Vinaigrette
    • Winter Panzanella Salad — Brussels and Sunflower Sprouts, Roasted Squash, Pancetta Vinaigrette
  • Entree (choice of one)
    • Heart of Ribeye — Roasted Fingerling Potato, Wilted Spinach, Pickled Mustard Seed, Cognac Demi
    • Faroe Island Salmon — Bulgur Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato, Sherry Bourbon Gastrique
    • Beyond Bolognese — Egg-Noodle Pasta, Beyond Meat Spiced Tomate, Roasted Mushroom, Manchego Cheese
  • King’s Feast Entrée Options ($10 supplement)
    • Duo of Duck — Smoked Breast, Confit Leg Bread Pudding, Lemon Grass Swiss Chard
    • Seared Scallops — Buttered Leek, Charred Corn, Stripped Farfalle Pasta, Chili Oil
    • Cap Steak — Potatoes Au Gratin, Blistered Asparagus, Black Garlic Hollandaise
  • Dessert (choice of one)
    • Dark Chocolate Sesame — Baked Tahini Cream, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Brioche Crumb Mini Benne Wafer, Bing Cherry Sorbet
    • Sticky Toffee — Caramel Toffee Cake, Sweetened Condensed Milk Mousse, Walnut Shortbread Sorghum, Candied Kumquat, Milk Gelato

(7) Heirloom

8470 Bellhaven Blvd.

Photo via Heirloom’s Instagram

Price: $35 per person
Why? If you’re wanting to support your local farmer, this is the place to be. Every ingredient in-house is sourced from a NC farmer or artisan producer. Even the wine list and cocktails are sourced from NC only purveyors. Follow Clark Barlowe on Instagram to see his daily mushroom shenanigans.

The Menu:

  • Appetizer (choice of one)
    • Arugula Salad — crispy country ham, hardboiled egg, honey crisp apple, chef-foraged Chanterelle vinaigrette
    • Fall Pumpkin Salad — cider roasted pumpkin, pea shoots, Goat Lady chevre, kumquat “raisin” vinaigrette
    • Chef-Foraged Cream of Mushroom Bisque — pine needle gremolata, truffled grilled cheese
    • Lightning Cakes — Lion’s Mane mushroom cakes, root vegetable slaw, Carolina Reaper pepper sauce
    • Chicken Chips/Fried Pickles — buttermilk dressing, Texas Pete, rooftop honey
    • Jarret Bay Oysters — Broiled | Carolinafeller | Raw
    • Cheese & Charcuterie Plate — daily selection of NC farm and Orrman’s Cheese Shop cheeses and charcuterie with seasonal garnishes
    • Black Trumpet Mushroom Bread Pudding — braised rabbit, goat’s milk, watercress  
  • Entree (choice of one)
    • HFC {Heirloom Fried Chicken} — chef-foraged maitake mac & cheese, heirloom cabbage slaw, rooftop honey hot sauce
    • NC Lump Meat Crab Cakes — hushpuppy funnel cake, broccoli, lobster mushroom Hollandaise
    • Shrimp & Grits — caviar grits, braised fall greens, NC chili pepper vinaigrette
    • UAV Ricotta Ravioli — house egg yolk pasta, country ham, caramelized onion-pine broth, century garlic
    • Vegetarian Fried “Hen” — Hen of the Woods mushroom, garlic crushed potatoes, braised greens, ramp gravy
    • Seasonal NC Catch — Carolina Gold rice stir-fry, Thai chili fish sauce, seasonal herbs
    • Applewood Bacon Wrapped Rabbit Meatloaf — winter grain porridge, honey-glazed carrots, persimmon BBQ Sauce
    • NC Day Boat Fish Club — shrimp crust, NC Cha! aioli, lettuce, tomato, fish bacon, Cheddar, Yukon Gold potato fries
    • Mills Family Farm Ribeye Steak ($10 supplement) — garlic crushed potatoes, applewood bacon, Brussels sprouts, beef jus
    • Duck Confit ($10 supplement) — Aunt Nancy’s onion pie, Outer Banks sand-cured butternut squash, sumac-duck jus
  • Dessert (choice of one)
    • Apple-Crepe Terrine — Heirloom apples, nutmeg crepes, cinnamon cream cheese, cider reduction, mint
    • Chocolate Sourdough Cake — Piedmont Bleus Chocolate, wild yeast sourdough starter, Ran-Lew dairy buttermilk glaze, seasonal flowers
    • Pumpkin Cheesecake — Graham crust, muscadine compote, cashew pumpkin crisps

(8) Highland Avenue

883 Highland Ave. Southeast, Hickory

Photo via Jess Bentley

Price: $35 per person

Why? Selected as one of the best restaurants in the south by Southern Living, this whimsical eatery specializes in Appalachian cuisine with a hefty dose of southern hospitality.

The Menu:

  • First course (choice of one)
    • Butcher Block — local selection of cured meat and cheese, house-made accompaniments
    • Beef Tartare — egg yolk, crunchy bread
    • H.AVE Fries — sausage gravy, Ashe Co. Cheddar cheese, Lady Edison bacon
    • Highland Skink (Potato Soup) — smoked NC trout, cream, parsley oil
    • Farmer Greens Salad — dried cherry, Ashe Co. Bleu, smoked peanut, bacon, fruit vinaigrette
    • Caesar Salad — crouton, Parmigiana Reggiano, roasted olive, Caesar dressing
  • Second course (choice of one)
    • Sirloin, 7oz. — fingerling potato, sauteed greens, house-made steak sauce
    • NC Trout — sweet potato latke, sauteed greens, persimmon applesauce, herb creme fraiche
    • Shrimp & Grits — tasso ham, smoked green tomato, caramelized onion, Madeira jus
    • Joyce Farms Chicken Risotto — crispy prosciutto, house-made chutney, Parmesan butter
    • Pork Ragout — creamy polenta
    • Burger — pickled green tomato, Cheddar, fried potato skin, house-made steak sauce, hand-cut fries
  • Third course (choice of one)
    • Selection of Rotating House-Made Desserts

(9) Loft & Cellar

305 W. Fourth St.

Photo via Loft and Cellar Instagram

Price: $35 per person

Why? If you haven’t had the pleasure of venturing down to The Yolk in South Carolina to try Chef Greg Collier’s imaginative cuisine, he is now in charge of the kitchen at Loft & Cellar as well!

The Menu:

  • First course (choice of one)
    • Cornmeal Hoecakes — cornmeal cakes, sorghum whipped butter, ham hock jam
    • State Fair Shrimp — fried shrimp on a stick, pepper jam, pickled shallots, cilantro aioli
    • Chicken Skins — sweet & spicy seasoning, buttermilk chive dip
    • Fall Salad — raw & charred fall squash, apples, sherry vin, pepita hazelnut brittle
  • Second course (choice of one)
    • Short Rib — short rib, Charleston red rice, carrot escabeche, chimichurri
    • Duck & Dumplings — glazed duck breast, caramelized cabbage, roasted corn dumplings, mushroom ragout
    • Fish & Grits — salmon, Guinea Flint grits, crispy kale, sweet potato chow chow
    • Dirty Dirty — Carolina Gold dirty rice, trinity, seasonal veggies, almond sauce
  • Third course (choice of one)
    • Sweet Potato Chess Pie — country ham caramel, nutmeg whipped cream, curry-dusted puffed oats
    • Apple Upside Down Cake — spiced buttermilk sauce, pear cream, toasted nut gremolata

(10) The Pump House

575 Herrons Ferry Rd. Rock Hill

Photo via Jess Bentley

Price: $35 per person
Why? If you’re looking to venture a little outside the city, Rock Hill is a fantastic getaway. This four-story restaurant offers picturesque views of the river in a relaxing atmosphere.

The Menu:

  • Small Bites to Start (choice of one)
    • Fried Green Tomatoes — cracker meal, warm pimento cheese, smoked poblano ranch
    • Lump Crab Cake — citrus aioli, roasted red beet vinaigrette, Carolina slaw
    • Meatballs — house-ground tenderloin and pork, grape jelly chili sauce, pimento cheese grits
    • Crispy Calamari — cornmeal dredged, hot cherry peppers, fines herbes, spiced aioli
    • Shrimp Cocktail — citrus-boiled tiger shrimp, spicy cocktail sauce, Carolina white sauce, lemon
    • Carolina Greens — orange, grapefruit, pear, pickled onion, goat cheese, Champagne vin
    • Butternut Squash Bisque — slow roasted squash, sage crème fraiche, herb oil
  • Entrees from the Land & Free, River & Sea (choice of one)
    • Grilled Hanger Steak — roasted butternut squash and tasso creamed kale, Creole cream sauce
    • Blackened Tuna — avocado risotto, arugula, grape tomato, pickle red onion, Champagne vinaigrette
    • 2-Day Brined Pork Chop — pimento cheese Anson Mills grits, bacon Brussels, Bourbon pork jus
    • Springer Mountain Chicken — peach tea brined, spinach and sweet pepper creamy pimento mac
    • Shrimp & Anson Mills Grits — sweet peppers, tasso ham, Creole-style white wine cream sauce
    • Vegetable Pasta — butternut squash, mushrooms, kale, peppers, creole cream, cavatappi pasta
    • Pan-Seared Filet Mignon ($15 supplement) — wild mushroom and wilted arugula risotto, veal demi-glace
  • Supper’s Over (choice of one)
    • Cheerwine Chocolate Cake — cherry vanilla compote, orange marmalade, candied almonds
    • Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake – Graham cracker crust, honeycomb candy, sauce, fried sage
    • Spiced Pear Tart Tatin — red wine caramel, candied pistachios, Chantilly cream

5 COMMENTS

  1. Getting more expensive each year, restaurants offering less options and adding an extra $10-$20 for “premium” choices.

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