So, I was recently searching for the best BBQ ribs in Charlotte, NC and came across an awesome option that’s definitely worthy of an Andrew Rivkin Travel review, and I actually plan on eating there this upcoming weekend. City Smoke, located at 100 North Tryon Street in Charlotte, NC, is one of the best local spots for real, old-fashioned Carolina barbeque, with a menu that ranges from ribs to rotisserie chicken with all the sides and fixins you could want; including shrimp ‘n grits. Customers can find all the southern barbeque favorites, peanuts on the tables, over 50 beers- many local brews, 75 different types of whiskey and a classic southern atmosphere that’s most hospitable. It’s located in the heart of uptown Charlotte though so it’s a casual fine dining restaurant with big city surroundings; and City Smoke is open until midnight with a late night bar menu that’s righteous.
Aria Tuscan Grill & Champagne Lounge, also located at 100 N. Tryon Street in Charlotte, brings classic Italian cuisine to the heart of the Carolinas, offering customers old world comfort food in a modern Italian setting. Charlotte’s own little Italy, Aria has lunch and dinner menus with many delicacies from Tuscany, like Grilled Eggplant Parmigiana, Fettuccine Carbonara, Sausage & Peppers, Chicken Confit Marsala, Pan Roasted Scallop Risotto, Braised Meat Ragu Pappardelle and many more mouthwatering favorites. Guests can also enjoy a wine list featuring more than a hundred fine selections, live music every weekend in the comfort of the Champagne Lounge, and a late night Bar Bites menu at the bar & lounge. Customers can also take in a street level view of Uptown Charlotte for an unforgettable fine dining experience that offers both modern comfort and classic Italian respect for cuisine and fine wine.
These restaurants are part of the Sonoma Restaurant Group, which is a locally owned fine dining establishment of the Carolinas that also includes SRG Catering and Founders Hall Special Events. These fine dining restaurants offer a variety of flavors for all lifestyles and palates, and customers become part of the uptown Charlotte neighborhood; whether a local resident or just visiting. You can find City Smoke and Aria in the Bank of America Corporate Center & Founders Hall, next to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, with access from Founders Hall and Trade Street. It’s right across the street from top Charlotte hotels like The Ritz Carlton, The Omni, The ALoft & The Marriott City Center.