One of the biggest golf events of the year is just a few short days away. Closing out the international golf tournament season, the PGA Championship is set to take place at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 10-13. This is the club’s first time hosting the prestigious tournament, but with its lush, tree and water hazard-heavy grounds, it’s bound to be the perfect spot for the world’s best golfers to convene.
Of course, the PGA Championship is not non-stop golfing, and after a long day on the green you’ll definitely want to check out Charlotte’s dining scene. Luckily, ChicagoMOD has rounded up five of the best restaurants in the area for you to try out. Just a quick drive away, these establishments are sure to give the cultural experience you’re looking for without the stress of picking a last minute dinner spot. While quite different from Chicago’s world-class dining, the fresh, traditional fare served at these restaurants provides a comforting taste of Charlotte.
Barrington’s: One of Charlotte’s most respected restaurants, Barrington’s has remained at the top of critic’s and diner’s lists since it opened in 2003. The intimate dining space features locally sourced, farm-to-table cuisine. Menu standouts include the savory sweet foie gras, served with ham and a blackberry compote or the seared swordfish and grits. The menu is loaded with high-dining staples, creating an experience that is simultaneously deluxe and cozy. Rave reviews means Barrington’s fills up quickly, so be sure to place a reservation if this is a must-eat on your vacation checklist.
Good Food on Montford: Owned by the same restaurant group as Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford boasts the same level of quality service and ingredients with a different flare. Tapas, meant to share, are the focus of this menu with flavors that depart from the quintessential American chef-style cooking. Guest favorites include the lamb belly dan dan and the unique grilled saucisson salami. The dessert menu is also a huge hit, so save room for the chocolate pot de creme or Southern classic, peach and berry cobbler. The cocktail menu is also quite extensive, with a knowledgeable waitstaff to help you pick the perfect beverage.
Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen: The perfect spot for visitors looking for a casual, but gourmet bite. Rooster’s menu focuses on meat prepared in various different styles, all imbibed with Southern BBQ flare. Options range from duck to brisket, prepared on a rotisserie style grill with sides like butter beans and succotash. The open kitchen and rustic furnishings (think leather, wrought iron and carved wood) give the restaurant a craftsman ambiance that is charming and lively. On top of regular menu offerings, Rooster’s has an extensive daily selection. With three locations throughout the Charlotte area, be sure to place reservations at the right spot for a vibrant dining experience.
RockSalt : Sustainable food and oysters is what RockSalt is all about. Enjoy responsibly-sourced shellfish and seafood on the restaurant’s open patio while browsing the extensive beer, wine and cider lists. A menu that rotates seasonally means you’ll get your fare share of summery dishes to ring in August with. However, classics like oysters, clams and ceviche stay on the menu year around. If your dinner plans are already booked up, pencil RockSalt in for an extended vacation brunch. Its savory options like the Brussels sprout frittata and deviled egg salad are sure to please. Executive chef Tobias Padovano serves food that is fresh and delicious.
Nolen Kitchen: A high-end neighborhood dig, Nolen Kitchen is a place for family and friends to get together. String lights over the patio and a clean design give the restaurant a chic ambiance. The menu sticks with South Carolina classics like crab-cakes and shrimp and grits. Menu items are responsibly-sourced from local farms. House-made ice cream tops off the dessert menu and sticks with the restaurant’s local spotlight. A neighborhood hub, Nolen is always crowded and the restaurant’s many fireplaces and seating areas provide the perfect space for a fun night out.
Photos courtesy of each restaurant’s respective websites.