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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/16 08:55:44 (permalink)
A spreadsheet candidate...
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/19 20:36:16 (permalink)
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I was in Charlotte this past weekend.  Diamond Restaurant, which was taken over by a couple of people who used to run The Penguin, was one of my stops.
 
They have Sun Drop and Cheerwine in glass bottles

and I enjoyed them both.  For an appetizer, they are best known for their fried pickles,

which are sliced very thin and have a salty, thin coating on them that works well with the pickles.  If you tried the burgers back at The Penguin, then you know how good they were.  I went for the big triple Hemi

with pimento cheese.  One thing I did not care for was the peach cobbler, which was terrible.
 
My visit was late on a Friday night and they stop serving the hot sides at 9:00PM, so I missed out on those.  Despite the fact that I was probably 20+ years older than anyone else dining that late, the young, attractive, tattooed staff took good care of me.
 
My plans were to go back on Sunday afternoon, try more things and get some better photos for a possible review.  Unfortunately, circumstances dictated I head to the airport to try and catch an earlier flight.
 
For those attending the Roadfood Bus Tour in October, Diamond Restaurant would be a worthwhile stop to add to your list.  Unfortunately, they aren't very big, with limited seating, so if we did decide to have a group dinner again the night before the tour, this would not be a good option. 


Cliff, there is no way I could ever eat a 1 pound, triple burger, but it looks great. I wish you had tried the bbq so I could know whether or not to give it a try!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/19 22:04:42 (permalink)
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That is a rather big burger, even for me.  If it wasn't for the fact it was the only thing I ate that night, I never would have been able to do it. 
 
Truthfully, bbq at Diamond Restaurant wasn't even on my radar.  They have many other comfort food options I would love to try, plus some really interesting sounding hot dogs.  If you do get there, please report back and let us know what I missed! 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/19 23:39:08 (permalink)
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David-
That is a rather big burger, even for me.  If it wasn't for the fact it was the only thing I ate that night, I never would have been able to do it. 
 
Truthfully, bbq at Diamond Restaurant wasn't even on my radar.  They have many other comfort food options I would love to try, plus some really interesting sounding hot dogs.  If you do get there, please report back and let us know what I missed! 


Am I allowed to eat food other than barbecue when I'm on a "barbecue tour"? (I think I'm just kidding.)
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/19 23:56:12 (permalink)
Who knows, maybe by then you might be tired of bbq!  Nah, probably not!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/20 02:38:09 (permalink)
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Who knows, maybe by then you might be tired of bbq!  Nah, probably not!

I guess I would rather have non-barbecue if I can't find good barbecue!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/20 08:54:09 (permalink)
 
"Am I allowed to eat food other than barbecue when I'm on a "barbecue tour"? (I think I'm just kidding.)"

Davidsanders, I've been on the NJ Hot Dog Tour that John Fox and Benzee organize each year and they get questions like that every year!  "Am I required to eat at every stop?"  "Can I eat foods other than hot dogs at one or more stops?"  Just remember that every organized tour is a marathon and NOT a sprint. Pace yourself.  Sample and take bites instead of eating whole portions and split entrees whenever possible.  
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/20 09:09:07 (permalink)
Some may prefer to view an organized tour as a series of sprints within the marathon....just saying! 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/20 09:20:18 (permalink)
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Who knows, maybe by then you might be tired of bbq!  Nah, probably not!

I guess I would rather have non-barbecue if I can't find good barbecue!

In North Carolina?  No, you won't have any trouble finding good bbq!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/20 09:31:59 (permalink)
Also for those going to Charlotte, wanderingjew recently did an excellent review of La'wan's, a soul food restaurant near the airport.  I was just there this past weekend and enjoyed the catfish, but the mac and cheese was absolutely world class!  Put this place on your list!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/24 10:51:03 (permalink)
Another Roadfood destination which should be added to the spreadsheet is Long Creek Fish Fry in Dallas (near Gastonia).  A fish camp that's been around for several decades and famous for their catfish (as well as other fried fish) , fresh cut fries and hushpuppies.   Long Creek is also in the new Roadfood Book as well
 

 

 

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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/24 11:09:17 (permalink)
Somebody put that on the spreadsheet!!  The catfish plate looks wonderful! 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/24 12:20:19 (permalink)
I'm with her!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/26 22:24:49 (permalink)
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I'm with her!


We known that..
What we don't know is how you managed to get so lucky.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/07/27 10:27:14 (permalink)
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I'm with her!


We known that..
What we don't know is how you managed to get so lucky.


As I recall, she was having trouble with her contacts and couldn't see too well the day we met.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/08/25 21:37:20 (permalink)
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David-
That is a rather big burger, even for me.  If it wasn't for the fact it was the only thing I ate that night, I never would have been able to do it. 
 
Truthfully, bbq at Diamond Restaurant wasn't even on my radar.  They have many other comfort food options I would love to try, plus some really interesting sounding hot dogs.  If you do get there, please report back and let us know what I missed! 


Hi Cliff,

I went to the Diamond tonight for dinner. I thought if was really good. I didn't have barbecue, but I had the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and vinegar slaw. I loved it.

Old time signs.


Hard to miss.


I sat outside. Nice small patio.


Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, vinegar slaw, and a very nice biscuit.


I much preferred the chicken here than at Keaton's, although I know it's just a different thing. Thanks for your recommendation.

David
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/08/26 08:01:09 (permalink)
Thanks so much for getting back to us about your meal at Diamond Restaurant.  Really nice photos David!  Everything on that plate looks good, but I would love some of that vinegar slaw right now.
 
It doesn't look like they were all that busy.  What time of day where you there? 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/08/26 08:03:46 (permalink)
BTW, less than two months to go for the tour!!!
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/08/26 11:05:39 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for getting back to us about your meal at Diamond Restaurant.  Really nice photos David!  Everything on that plate looks good, but I would love some of that vinegar slaw right now.
 
It doesn't look like they were all that busy.  What time of day where you there? 


I think it was about 6:30. There were tables available inside as well, although not too many.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/04 20:38:49 (permalink)
Any word on a hotel in Charlotte?
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/05 07:39:37 (permalink)
[link=mailto:david_winograd@mac]david_winograd@mac[/link] - hotel link is listed near top of page 4....it's the Hyatt Place near airport. 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/05 09:22:55 (permalink)
As a Charlottean, I would highly recommend this place. You can smell the smoke a block away and the wood is piled up behind the building.  
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/05 09:26:12 (permalink)
Mckoy's  (4630 Old Pineville Rd. Charlotte, NC 28217)  www.mckoysgotsmoke.com
 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/05 10:42:48 (permalink)
Another idea for all of you just south into SC. NC/SC in Charlotte are basically the same since the city strattles the border.  I have never been there before but have driven by it. I have co-workers that love it.
www.catawbafishcamp.com
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/05 12:18:55 (permalink)
hannah97
 
Welcome to Roadfood, and thanks for your suggestions.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/07 14:35:16 (permalink)
As I sorta understand it, the tour is on Friday and Saturday.  Any idea what time it begins.  Roz and I want to leave early on Friday morning in time to arrive for the beginning of the tour.  Any idea of the tour agenda?
 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/09 11:38:19 (permalink)
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As I sorta understand it, the tour is on Friday and Saturday.  Any idea what time it begins.  Roz and I want to leave early on Friday morning in time to arrive for the beginning of the tour.  Any idea of the tour agenda? 
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/09 16:35:43 (permalink)
I don't know, but I'm willing to guess based on previous experience:
usually the bus leaves the hotel around 8:30 or 9am.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/09 16:44:20 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Stephen Rushmore Jr. 2014/09/09 16:44:29
Greetings everyone!  Only a few weeks to go for our upcoming eating tour.  A few of you have been asking questions about logistics on hotel and timing, so I provided some info below.

Hotel
The host hotel is the Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport, and you can secure a very special rate of $86/night, and that includes breakfast, wifi, and airport transportation.  Book your rooms before 9/11 at the following link http://charlotteairporttyvolaroad.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-ROAD - Many of you have already booked rooms for Thurs, Fri and Sat night.

Timing
We are scheduled to depart the hotel Friday morning at 9:45 AM - sharp.  This may change by a few minutes, but be prepared to leave in the morning and not returning back to the hotel until about 7 PM on Friday.  Saturday departure will be around 9 AM and returning back to the airport/hotel around 5-6 PM - some of you will be able to catch a return flight in the evening.

Safe Travels!

The Roadfood Team.
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Re:2014 Roadfood Tour Destination: Charlotte, North Carolina. 2014/09/09 17:14:05 (permalink)
Glad to see we get breakfast at the hotel!
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