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Corporate Park


Gallery Restaurant & Bar

Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge

(704) 248-4100

Bar open every day 11 until close.

Dine in, patio seating, private dining room

Reservations online at or call (704) 248-4100


Complementing the restaurant is an impressive bar with its dark mahogany walls, hardwood floors, white onyx bar and custom-made banquettes and bar stools decked out in British racing green leather. In addition to an extensive wine list, the bar is home to one of North Carolina’s most expansive collections of single-malt scotch, including some of the rarest from the collections of Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Glenmorangie. The bar offers Southern-inspired small plates and comfort food favorites, as well as the full restaurant menu. The bar is a great spot to enjoy a cold beverage after golf, watch a sports event on the HD television or gather after a wedding reception.


Gallery Restaurant also features the Ardissone Room, a private dining venue ideal for a business dinner or social event. Exclusively showcasing the artwork of French Impressionist Yolande Ardissone, the room features a selection of paintings from a private collection. The private dining room can accommodate up to 16 guests. Enjoy family-style meals served from the center of the table, creating a warm environment perfect for socializing or networking.



Five Guys Famous

Burgers and Fries

14021 Conlan Circle

(704) 544-5996

Dine in, take out, patio seating


This Zagat-rated restaurant goes all out to make the tastiest burger around. All beef is fresh. Its two styles of fries — Five Guys and Cajun — are cooked in no-cholesterol peanut oil. Calorie counters love its Little Hamburgers and Little Cheeseburgers. The kosher dogs and grilled-cheese sandwiches are also favorites.



On the Green Deli

& Catering

13850 Ballantyne

Corporate Place

(704) 542-3354

Dine in, take out, patio seating


In Ballantyne Corporate Park right next to the putting green, this grab-and-go spot recently added a breakfast buffet every Friday, 7:45 to 9:30, for only $4. The rest of the week it offers hot biscuits and croissants for breakfast, followed by a healthy lunch bar with steamed vegetables and meats. Daily specials and excellent, quick service.



Ballantyne Quad


Akropolis Kafé

14207 Conlan Circle

(704) 714-1113

Dine in, take out, catering

An authentic Greek diner with a tiptop marinated chicken salad. The lunch crowd favors beef gyros and souvlaki shish kabobs. For dinner, order the chicken kabobs in saffron sauce. Look for daily specials, like moussaka or lamb shank over dill rice.


The “NEW” Buffalo’s South west Café now in Ballantyne (formerly Carolina Wings)

14015 Conlan Circle

Charlotte, NC 28277



Buffalo’s Southwest Cafe restaurants offer award-winning Buffalo-style chicken wings with a variety of flavors for every taste in addition to many Southwestern-inspired entrées and appetizers. The menu features a variety of specialty dishes, mouthwatering ribs, fajitas, chili, quesadillas, wraps, hamburgers, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. You can also catch your favorite team on over 20 High Definition TVs.


On the Roxx

14021 Conlan Circle

(704) 541-0079

Live DJ Fridays and Saturdays


Cocktailers like the big-screen TV, video-game player, live DJs on weekends and mind-blowing martinis (it has the widest selection of fusions around). Order the Roxx with Mango vodka infused with pineapple, or a Rangpur Cosmo made with Tangueray Rangpur gin, triple sec, fresh lime juice and white cranberry juice. Smoke-free inside (lighting up permitted on the patio). The joint starts jumping around 7 p.m.



Pei Wei

13855 Conlan Circle

(704) 543-1121

Dine in, take out, bulk orders for delivery over $150


The new menu at this P.F. Chang offshoot features Thai Dynamite (your choice of chicken, pork or shrimp, seasoned in a spicy lime zest) and chocolate chip cookies. It also features made-to-order dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Korea and China, all with no MSG. Great noodle and rice bowls and vegetarian offerings as well.


Rising Roll Gourmet

14027 Conlan Circle

(704) 542-5232

Dine in, take out, patio seating, catering


This luncheon place offers 65 freshly made sandwiches, salads and soups. Its signature rolls are baked all day. The Chunky Chicken Salad and Red Potato Salad are big sellers. Another winner: the Big Island tuna roll with dried cranberries, bacon and pecans. Finish off with a Killer Cookie, a quarter-pound chocolate chipper hot out of the oven.



Fresh Cantina

14021 Conlan Circle

(704) 341-4464

Dine in, take out


Lovers of fresh, healthy Tex-Mex food go here to satisfy their cravings fast. First, select tacos, quesadillas, burritos, nachos or a salad. Next, choose your filling: grilled steak, shrimp, chicken, barbequed pork or savory shredded beef. Last, add toppings, from flavored sour cream to hot salsa. Plenty of great, fresh Mex sides, too.


Tony’s Pizza

14027 Conlan Circle

(704) 541-8225

Dine in, take out, patio seating


This is the place for thin-crust, New York–style pizzas. It also makes Sicilian style (square thick crust). In addition to its signature pies, you can buy pizza by the slice (it’s generous) and calzones, plus assorted appetizers, hearty Italian sandwiches and the usual suspects, like veal parmesan. Try the Philly Cheesesteak.




Eddie’s Place

12239 North Community

House Road

(704) 542-0000;

(704) 542-0003 fax

Bar is open “until everyone goes home”

Dine in, take out


Regulars order the Orleans-style Cajun items, like She Crab Soup, the Reuben Sandwich and Red Beans and Rice. Breakfast is served all day (its French toast made with ciabatta bread has won awards). Tip: Try the Creole, a spicy salsa served over rice or pasta with your choice of chicken, sausage or shrimp.



Hickory Tavern

12210 Copper Way, Ste. 212

(704) 295-9009

Dine in, take out, patio dining


Families and sports fanatics come for the state-of-the-art audio-video system and casual, hearty food. New and hot: the Folly Beach Reuben (with whitefish). Also big: country-fried rib eye (available two days a week), $0.45 shrimp on Wednesdays and $0.50 Gold Band oysters on Thursdays. Entrees from $8 to $20.



3419 Toringdon Way

(704) 544-7829

Dine in, take out


A full range of sandwiches and subs including signature and classic menu items. Try a Sammy served on toasty flatbread. Salads, soups, and children’s items also available. Everything is made to order right in front of you.


Red Robin

Gourmet Burgers

and Spirits

3415 Toringdon Way

(704) 541-3233

Dine in, take out, patio seating (smoke-free)


Families especially like the restaurant for the 22 inventive gourmet burgers big enough to satisfy the hungriest person. New: the Sicilian burger (on an herb focaccia bun, with pepperoni, provolone and marinated tomatoes) and cool raspberry mint limeade (versions for kids and adults).



Ruby Tuesday

12330 Johnston Road

(704) 540-1489;

(704) 540-4810

Dine in, take out, catering, full bar


Recently named one of America’s top 10 healthy restaurants, Ruby Tuesday has a big following for its garden salad bar, turkey burgers (try the Bella, with portabello mushroom and Swiss cheese) and Asian-glazed salmon with a peanut BBQ sauce. Meat lovers go for the 12-ounce premium-aged prime sirloin with mashed potatoes and fresh steamed broccoli. Ask about daily wine specials. Excellent children’s choices, too.




3520 Toringdon Way (behind
Earth Fare in the office park)

(704) 248-0866

Dine in, take out, al fresco, bar specials, catering, private parties

Reservations suggested on weekends; business-casual attire


A menu of international cuisine that restaurant owners Chef Bernard (voted one of the best chefs in Charlotte) and his wife Shannon designed and influenced after traveling the world together. The menu lets you travel the world without leaving Charlotte. Currently, Global features cuisine from 16 different countries. Experience fusion concepts prepared with a French spirit in an intimate, cozy fashion. Voted most-friendly wine list in Charlotte. Entrees from $16 to $31. Located two minutes from Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge—ask the concierge for more details.



Sticky Fingers Rib House

12410 Johnston Road

(704) 926-3441

Dine in, take out, call-ahead seating


Still holding the “Best Wings in Charlotte” title, Sticky Fingers has just added a smokehouse club salad and a cheddar fries appetizer — and it still offers succulent ribs doused with Tennessee Whiskey, habanero hot or Carolina sweet sauce. Tuesday night special: A balloon artist makes balloon shapes for kids.


Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

3429–100 Toringdon Way

(704) 541-1788;

(704) 542-0557 fax

Dine in, take out, catering,
private dining room


Regulars come here for the exclusive Ozeki sakes and definitive sushi selection, including Spicy Crazy Roll and Green Tea Roll. Also try its Ton Katsu, a feather-light breaded crispy pork cutlet with tangy Katsu sauce. It has a wide choice of other entrees and lunch specials, including the Bento Box and new Hibachi offerings. Entrees $9 to $20.





Dippin’ Dots

3419 Toringdon Way

Suite A-120

(704) 752-7701


Dippin’ Dots is famous for its unusual little beads of ice cream made by flash-freezing that makes the cool treat tingly and crunchy yet melt in your mouth. Dippin’ Dots are made from fresh dairy ingredients that come in fruity and enticing flavors.  You can buy them by the cup or the pack. Patio seating available.



Ballantyne Village


Dilworth Coffee House

14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Ste.  140
(704) 369-5120
Patio seating, catering, free Wi-Fi access


This sister to the original Dilworth Coffee Shop is known for a wide selection of premium roasted beans, along with breakfast sandwiches and smoothies.


Extreme Pita

14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Ste 180


A newcomer to Ballantyne Village, Extreme Pita presents new and traditional versions of one of the most-loved Greek favorites.


Jade Asian Fusion-Sushi Bar

14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Ste. 250 (second floor)

(704) 369-5088;

(704) 369-5092 fax

Dine in, take out, al fresco, private dining room seats up to 10, bar specials, catering

Reservations accepted


Fusion cuisine here begins with Sesame and Soy Tuna Tartare or Majestic Ocean (slices of pan-seared scallops and shrimp). Superstar entree: Jade Fragrant Duck with the new Teriyaki Salmon. For dessert, try the Japanese Muchi (ice cream) or Chocolate Trilogy (white, milk and dark chocolate mousse). Half-priced saki on Mondays, $2 Asian imports on Tuesdays and $5 saketinis on Wednesdays. Entrees from $11.95

to $21.95.


Moe’s Southwest Grill

14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 155

(704) 369-5020

Dine in, take out, patio seating


Burrito lovers go here (Moe’s also has tacos, nachos and quesadillas). If salads are your thing, try the Close Talker, which has enough greens and other nutritious bits to power you up for hours. Favorite Moe-rita: Blabbermouth Soup. Fun kids’ menu, too.


Panera Bread

14835 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 190

(704) 341-7586

Dine in, take out, patio dining


A bakery/café overloaded with fresh-baked breads, bagels, pastries, soufflés, and egg sandwiches for breakfast. At lunch, select from a long list of healthy soups, panini, hand-tossed salads and delectable desserts. It sells its dipping oil for breads; tart balsamic vinaigrette is also available.


Villa Antonio

14825 Ballantyne Village Way, Suite 100

(704) 369-5060

Dine in private dining room,
live music every night

Reservations recommended


Gorgeous architecture, a lively bar scene and a dance floor combined with fabulous Italian food make this a popular spot. Order the Sacchattini, pasta purses oozing with Fontina cheese and prosciutto. Also new: sea bass in a sun-dried–tomato pesto. The signature dish is a tender veal chop with wild mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce. Entrees from $16 to $39.


Village Bistro

14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Ste. 150
(704) 369-5190

Dine in, take out, al fresco, private dining room seats up to 12, bar specials, catering


New for lunch: the Summer, Sicilian or Vegetable Panini. Top new dinner entrees include the Shrimp and Lobster Scampi with olives and capers over linguini, and Pork Schnitzel, pounded pork cutlet pan-fried with Calamata Olive Risotto. Must have: freshly pulled mozzarella made to order at your table. Its patio Teyzer menu with tapa portions is a perfect light companion to a glass of wine. Entrees from $16 to $29.


Stonecrest/Piper Glen


Anzi Pizza & Pasta

7828 Rea Road, Stonecrest

(704) 540-5740

Dine in, take out, patio dining


Famous for Sicilian-style pizzas, pasta and subs, this quick-service restaurant is ideal for a bite before or after the movies. Favorites include the Seafood Fra Diabalo (shrimp, clams and calamari in marinara sauce over linguini), and Penne Pollo Alfredo. It’s also added a fresh daily soup. Top picks: Minestrone and Italian Wedding.



Grilled Fish and

Piri Piri Chicken

7828 Rea Road

(704) 910-5180


Boneheads Grilled Fish and Piri Piri Chicken aims to perfect the art of grilling with the help of South African spices and flavorful piri piri pepper. Start off with Bonehead Shrimp tossed in a spicy aioli. For the entree, try the grilled mahi mahi filet topped with pineapple salsa on a bed of rice, accompanied by grilled asparagus. Also enjoy one of our hand-selected adult beverages as well as the convenience of Wi-Fi. Catering for parties and events.



(704) 540-9690


At Chick-fil-A, nutritious and tasty are one and the same. We prepare all our chicken products and salads by hand. We’ve always cooked our signature Chicken sandwich and now our fires in 100% fully refined peanut old that is cholesterol and transfat free.



Cantina 1511

(704) 752-9797

Dine in, take out, patio seating, two private dining rooms, catering.


Cantina stands for authentic Mexican food, so the focus in this upscale south-of-the-border setting is on regional differences between northern and southern Mexican dishes made with imported chiles and ingredients from local growers. Whether lunch, brunch or dinner, all the tortillas and cheeses are homemade, and they offer 40 different tequilas. Tex-Mex aficionados can also get a good helping here.


City Tavern Ballantyne

7828 East Rea Road

(704) 543-8587

Dine in, take out, private dining room, catering, patio dining, live music Fri and Sat nights from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


One of the noteworthy dishes is the Seafood Capellini. Great deals: On Sundays, it’s all-you-can-eat crab legs for $26. Mondays, get half-priced burgers and twin tails of lobster for $20. On Tuesdays, it’s $1.25 per ounce of prime rib in an unlimited amount (minimum of $8). And on Wednesdays, get half-priced bottles of wine. Moviegoers like its ticket-stub special: show your stub to get a free appetizer with purchase of an entree.


Dean & Deluca

Market Café

7804 Rea Road

(704) 541-7123

Dine in, take out, patio seating

Live music Tues–Thurs and Sun night


New dishes at this fashionable market café include the Sweet Chili Lime Shrimp. Jake Delhomme’s favorite: the new Cuban Sandwich (roast pork, smoked ham, Swiss, Dijon mustard, mayo and dill pickle). Also try the new egg salad with smokehouse bacon. Its New York–style pizzas are made to order in 10 minutes (Tuscan is most requested). An excellent selection of wines and beer. Tip: Diners can buy a bottle of wine to go.



6414-C5 Rea Road

(704) 544-4949

Dine in, take out, al fresco, private dining for small parties up to 15

Reservations accepted


This noted dining spot features authentic Tuscan/Florence cuisine. Specialties include Papardelle Maremma (wild boar ragu), Farfalline Zarina (bowtie pasta in creamy smoked salmon and caviar) and Scallopine alla Boscaiola (veal accompanied by cremini mushrooms and white truffle oil). Check out its all-Italian wine list at reasonable prices. Wine tastings Wednesdays at 5 p.m., and wine dinners once a month. Entrees from $14 to $28.


The Flying Biscuit

7930A #H2-A Rea Road

(704) 295-4440

Dine in, take out, patio seating, catering


The comfort food here has heart-healthy veggies and turkey bacon or sausage. New for the weekend brunch bunch: Sausage and Gravy Biscuits. Perennial favorites: Oven-fried Chicken and Love Cakes (black bean and cornmeal dressed with sour cream, feta and red onion). Sweet treat: its famous sugar-sprinkled “flying” biscuits. Beer and wine available. New kids’ menu.


Jersey Mike’s Subs

7828 A Rea Road

(704) 540-1140


Authentic sub sandwiches.


Jo Jo China Bistro

7800-A Rea Road

(704) 541-6488

Dine in, take out, patio seating, catering, reservations accepted for more than five


Authentic Chinese dishes: Cantonese-style lobster, stir-fried in ginger sauce, pork shank, stewed for four hours in brown sauce and served with baby bok choy. One cool new appetizer with a wine or beer: Tasty Roast Beef Slice. Don’t miss its Sizzling Black Pepper Beef or Shrimp with Spinach Fried Rice. Entrees from $10.50 to $16.95.


Kabob Grill

7828-B Rea Road

(704) 543-1234

Dine in, take out, patio seating, catering, full bar, belly dancer on Saturday nights


Sister restaurant of Kabob Grill in Dilworth, this sleek, intimate dining spot (beside Jersey Mike’s) offers Middle Eastern cuisine. Best starters: the Hummus Dip or Falafel (chickpeas, fava beans, cilantro, spices and tahini sauce). For entrees, order the Mixed Grill Kabob of lamb, beef, chicken, kafta and sides or Vegetarian Combo (hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghannouj, falafel, potato harra, spinach pie and yalanji). Number one pita wrap for lunch: Shawerma Gyro (the family’s secret recipe). Finish with baklava and a Turkish coffee. Children’s fare includes chicken nuggets and spaghetti. Entrees $7 to $18.


Marble Slab Creamery

7800 C Rea Road

(704) 544-3345


Every batch of our super premium ice cream is created with loving care right in-store. We hand roll and bake our waffle cones on-site. For mixin’s, we offer some of the freshest fruits, the finest nuts, the sweetest candies and the most delicious cookies available.


Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

7716 Rea Road

(704) 752-7979

Dine in, take out, patio dining, live music on the patio


Experience steaks, martinis and more at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill! Reminiscent of a contemporary Aspen lodge, with vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams, stacked stone columns and an oversized stone fireplace, this cozy comfortable setting is every bit as inviting as the food. Signature dishes include the lobster spinach queso, seared ahi tuna, BLT salad, bleu cheese filet, buffalo meatloaf, pecan-crusted trout and crème brûlée cheesecake. Enjoy Wine Down Mondays featuring half priced glasses and select bottles of wine. Happy Hour every Monday – Friday features 1/2 priced Firebar appetizers in the Firebar and on the patio. Wednesdays, enjoy all day drink specials throughout the entire restaurant!


Miro Spanish Grille

7404-A Rea Road

(704) 540-7374

Dine in, take out, patio seating


Its sizzling tapas menu includes a new twist with Empanadas (beef tenderloin tips in pastry). New entrees worth ordering: fresh halibut grilled with smoked Spanish sausage in tomato sauce and served with basil toast, and oven-braised veal shank with sautéed tomatoes and prosciutto in veal reduction. Its house specialty is marinated rack of lamb in burgundy au jus and chimichurri sauce. Accompany that with its crisp sangria or one of the many good Riojas. Entrees from $14 to $20. It can get crowded, and even a reservation on a busy night might not guarantee a table.


Nothing But Noodles

7930 Rea Road, Unit E

(704) 295-4961

Dine in, take out, catering and patio seating


Menu examples: shrimp scampi tossed in butter, garlic and bruschetta — six slices of French bread topped with roma tomatoes, garlic and basil and dusted with parmesan cheese. Its Fettuccine Alfredo and Buttery Noodles remain a top seller, along with the Cranberry Spinach Salad. Kids’ menu example: a grilled cheese sandwich and for dessert, that old-timey favorite, cotton candy. Entrees from $4.79 to $8.99.


Qdoba Mexican Grill

7800-E Rea Road

(704) 752-3860; (704) 752-3861

Dine in, take out, patio seating


Qdoba, which means three cheeses, is best known for burritos with cilantro lime rice and black or pinto beans. Carb counters should try one of its three Naked Burritos or Naked Taco Salad. New and hot: Mexican Gumbo. Back by popular demand this summer: the zesty Mango Salad, topped with chicken, mango, salsa, cheese and sour cream. Children can choose from tacos or quesadillas.



7712 Rea Road

(704)  341-3667


Home of the original square burger and Frosty.



Blakeney Town Center


Brixx Wood Fired Pizzas

9820 F Rea Road

(704) 940-2011

Dine in, take out, patio seating


A wide choice of pies. New on the list: pear and gorgonzola pizza and a turkey wrap with tomatoes, artichokes and aioli sauce. Best salad: field greens dressed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette. End with the rich homemade tiramisu. Tip: $1.50 domestic microbrews on Mondays and half-priced bottles of wine on Sundays.



Cardillo’s Kitchen

8624 Camfield Street

(704) 759-8181

Dine in, take out, catering


This cozy, family-style diner (near the Bi-Lo on Elm Road) is a big favorite with locals for an affordable, homemade breakfast and lunch. The grilled chicken sandwich is perennially popular, as are its tasty burgers.



9730 Rea Road

(704) 543-5353

Dine in, take out


A family-friendly restaurant serving lunch and dinner, Chili’s has added three new Bigmouth Burgers: Jalapeño, Southern Smokehouse Bacon, and Smokehouse Bacon with Triple Cheese. You can also order health-conscious choices, such as grilled salmon or black bean burger. Great kids’ menu.


Cold Stone Creamery

9820 Rea Road

(704) 341-0100


Cold Stone Creamery features premium ice cream made daily and custom mixed with a variety of candy, fruits and nuts. It also serves Nrgize Lifestyle smoothies, awesome shakes and fantastic cakes. This store caters to both small and very large parties and functions and offers a variety of fundraising options.


Encore Bistro & Bar

9824 Rea Road, Ste. A

(704) 341-3651

Dine in, take out, patio seating,
catering, private room


The bar is jumping, thanks to the new weeknight drink specials (e.g., half-priced bottles of wine on Tuesdays and half-priced martinis on Wednesdays), along with a happy hour menu of generous appetizers for only $3.95, available from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until close. Newest starter: Blue cheese bacon and garlic dip. Newest salad: Asian noodle with tuna or chicken (lunch or dinner). Best new entree: veal meatloaf in a tangy tomato sauce, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies. Top it off with its decadent chocolate torte. Entrees from $8 to $25.


Five Guys Famous

Burgers and Fries

9820 Rea Road

(704) 752-0110

Dine in, take out, patio seating


This Zagat-rated restaurant goes all out to make the tastiest burger around. All beef is fresh. Its two styles of fries — Five Guys and Cajun — are cooked in no-cholesterol peanut oil. Calorie counters love its Little Hamburgers and Little Cheeseburgers. The kosher dogs and grilled-cheese sandwiches are also favorites.


131 Main

9886 Rea Road

(704) 544-0131

Dine in, take out, patio seating around a stone fire pit


The wood-grilled beef tenderloin cavatappi pasta tossed in a tequila lime sauce is popular. A seafood version with scallops, shrimp and lump crabmeat is also available. Best starter: the new espresso-crusted tuna. Number one entree: gently seasoned pan-fried flounder. Save room for the banana cream pie (chocolate chunks in the crust and meringue). Entrees from $10 to $28. Check also for its new Sunday brunch menu.


Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina

9941 Rea Rd. Suite A

Phone: (704) 443-2921

Fax: (704) 443-2922


A fast-casual themed restaurant, Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina specializes in serving made-to-order burritos, tacos, tortilla pizzas, taco salads, and more, made from the freshest ingredients and served-up in an inviting, festive atmosphere. Salsarita’s offers great flavor, value and hospitality to dine-in and carry-out guests as well as to off-site clients through their convenient catering service.


Sugar Magnolia

9824 Rea Road, Ste. B

(704) 540-0000

Dine in, take out, patio seating, bar specials

Reservations accepted, complimentary valet parking


In keeping with the charming Charleston decor is a new hit dish: the Calabash Trio, a combination of crispy-fried oysters, scallops and shrimp served with stone-ground grits and its famous slow-cooked collard greens. Other reasonably priced dishes include shrimp and grits, served in andouille sausage and tomato ragu over stone-ground cheese grits. The perfect ending: Bourbon Pecan Bread Pudding. Entrees from $16 to $29.


Salad Creations

9820 Rea Road

(704) 341-4545

Dine in, take out, al fresco, catering,

neighborhood delivery


Crisp lettuces; garden-fresh veggies: and meats, fresh cooked shrimp, or wild Alaskan salmon give your salad creation oomph. Try its Spicy Buffalo Chicken Caesar Wrap followed with a fresh-baked cookie. Twenty soups (three different ones daily) and a junior salad and soup special for $7.49 make this a good lunch deal.


Rea Village


Carvel Ice Cream

11508 Providence Road

(704) 844-8868


America’s first retail ice cream franchise, Carvel created the first ice cream cake. Today, they offer a variety of fresh-made cakes, novelties and ice cream fountain treats. All ice cream is made fresh daily.


Penn Station Subs

11532 Providence Road

(704) 847-7366


Fresh-sliced, grilled and baked subs. Hand cut, fresh-cut fries, fresh-squeezed lemonade. Patio seating.



Wendy’s/Petro Express

11640 Providence Road

(704) 846-5530


Hickory Tavern

11504 Providence Road

(704) 847-4408

Dine in, take out, patio dining


Families and sports buffs come for the state-of-the-art audio-video system and casual but filling fare. Very popular: the Folly Beach Reuben (with whitefish). Also big: country-fried rib eye (only available two days a week), $0.45 shrimp on Wednesdays and $0.50 Gold Band oysters on Thursdays. Entrees from $8 to $20.


Ilios Noche

11508 Providence Road, Ste. I

(704) 814-9882

Dine in, take out, patio dining, full bar, weekend reservations recommended


An inventive take on Greek, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines made only with the freshest ingredients. First-class entrees: capelinni with diver scallops and Carolina Coast flounder picatta with parmesan polenta. For lunch, dive into the Greek Country Salad. Pizzas are made in a wood-burning stone oven; choices include the unusual Mel-Mangio (Granny Smith apples, goat cheese and prosciutto). Its desserts are award-winning; the newest: berries with balsamic reduction over basil ice cream. Half-priced wine bottles on Tuesday.


The Wok

11508 Providence Road, Ste. L

(704) 847-2088

Dine-in, take out, catering


The Wok is synonymous with authentic Chinese food. Enjoy such appetizers as handmade dumplings and crab Rangoon and such entrees as sesame chicken and delicately prepared Singapore rice noodles. Check out the daily lunch specials from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Zoës Kitchen

9848 Rea Road

(704) 544-2124


The splashy interior of this fast-casual eatery is a perfect backdrop for their Mediterranean-inspired menu of all scratch-made food, which includes soups, salads, sandwiches, and hot entrees. Signature items include their Chicken Salad, fresh-squeezed Limeade and YaYa Chocolate Cake (made from a 100-year-old recipe in Zoës family). They also offer Dinners for Four for $26.95 and Take Home Tubs by the pound. Great children’s menu. Beer & wine. Patio seating.


Blakeney Crossing


18 Asian and Sushi Bar

9935 Rea Rd

(704) 845-1801


Sushi and asian/fusion dishes in a trendy and upscale setting.



Newk’s Express Café

9815 Blakeney Crossing

(704) 543-1915

Dine in and carry out; lunch and dinner


A welcome and busy addition to the local restaurant scene. Already popular in four states, the first Newk’s in the Carolinas features soups, sandwiches, gourmet pizza, beer, wine, and desserts—all in a comfortable setting. Everything is prepared freshly every morning.



9941 Rea Road

(704) 443-2921


Smoothie King

9831 Rea Rd

(704) 845-6811


At Smoothie King you’ll find fruit and function-based, fresh blended smoothies. The store also offer sport beverages, energy bars, healthy snacks, vitamin supplements, herbs, minerals, and sports nutrition products.



Commons East


Big Daddy’s Burger Bar

15105A John J. Delaney Drive

Charlotte NC 28277

(704) 919-2700

Dine-in, take out, al fresco


The second location of the popular Dilworth burger spot, Big Daddy’s serves hamburgers with only 100 per cent grass-fed hormone-free beef. Loads of different burger options/substitutes including some very creative creations. Salads and appetizers plus chicken sandwiches. Breakfast (Saturday and Sunday) and plenty of beer as well, but not necessarily at the same time.


Chef Kwo

15105-G John J. Delaney Drive

(704) 341-9900

Dine in, take out, patio seating, delivery over $15


A Chinese-food pit stop with a gourmet touch. Top dishes: General Tsao’s Chicken and Sa Cha Chicken (in Chinese BBQ sauce). Also extremely worthy: Firecracker Shrimp, Shrimp With Lobster Sauce, and Scallion (Mongolian) Beef. Weight Watchers can enjoy one of several steamed entrees.


Fox and Hound
Smokehouse and Tavern

15235 John J. Delaney Drive

(704) 541-0708

Dine in, take out, Wi-Fi


This English-style pub with 30 TVs and Wi-Fi has a hopping bar scene with 24 beers on draft and 75 different bottled beers. Wings, pizzas and burgers are mainstays, as are thin- and thick-crust pizzas. For the carb conscious: healthy salmon and steak entrees. Dessert freaks hanker after the deep-fried cheesecake bites.


McAlister’s Deli

15201 John J. Delaney Drive

(704) 542-0727

Dine-in, call-in orders, catering


The extensive and popular deli menu includes fresh sandwiches, spuds, salads, soups and sweets. Nothing fried or greasy. A popular drink is McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea.


Nikko Japanese Restaurant

and Sushi Bar

15105 John J. Delaney Drive

(704) 341-5550

Dine in, take out, patio seating, full bar


Citysearch sushi aficionados gave Nikko the highest rating in 2007. Hot and new are two Ballantyne-only sushi creations: the Dragon Fly (crispy-fried roll stuffed with spicy tuna, crab, avocado and asparagus; comes with spicy teriyaki sauce) and the Poki Roll (California roll with tuna, tomato, avocado and special sauce). A full range of teriyaki and tempura lunches and dinners and Sukiyaki for Two. Entrees from $16 to $45.


Zapata’s Cantina

15105 John J. Delaney Drive

(704) 752-6869

Dine in, take out, patio seating


Known for authentic Mexican cuisine, Zapata serves mole dishes as its specialty, as well as fajita quesadillas and the Fiesta Sampler (chicken wings, nachos, quesadillas and taquitos). Local favorites are quesadillas, chimichangas and burritos.


The Fountains

(Ardrey Kell at
Tom Short Road)



8031 Ardrey Kell Road

(704) 844-2568


Home of the “cut-above” sub, torpedo and Sammie, Quiznos also offers fresh salads, soups and sides. A good children’s menu. Patio seating.


Beantown Tavern

8155 Ardrey Kell Road

(704) 841-1421; (704) 841-1449

Dine in, take out, patio seating, karaoke on Sun and Mon, big bands on Fri and Sat, acoustic the rest of the week, 27 plasma screen TVs


The first sibling of Beantown Tavern in Matthews, this casual dining spot is owned by Boston Red Sox fan and Ballantyne resident Donnie Gaskins. It caters to families and sports fans alike with a seemingly endless menu of favorites, like steaks and seafood, at reasonable prices. Two home runs: the 8-ounce barrel-cut filet mignon and Charleston Shrimp and Grits. It also sells whole belly Ipswich clams, a rarity in Charlotte. For down-to-earth fare, try the Philly Cheesesteak. Grand slam: free hot dog buffet every time the Boston Red Sox play the Yankees. Sandwiches and entrees from $6.95 to $24.95.



Delancey Street Deli

8145 Ardrey Kell Road

(704) 321-2323

Dine in, take out, catering


A regular slice of the Big Apple, this New York-style deli has a big following for its Mile High Sandwiches on rye bread (including chopped liver), New York pickles and bialys, and homemade whitefish salad. Southerners will like the NY Chocolate Egg Creams, too. Kids’ menu as well.


O’Shea’s Irish Pub

8129 Ardrey Kell Road

(704) 708-4533

Dine in, take out, al fresco, catering, live music Thurs night, bar specials


The luckiest new appetizer is baked brie with golden raisin and pineapple chutney on a sliced baguette. Top of the day: Homemade Cottage Pie, Fish & Chips dressed in lemon caper aoli, or Bangers and Mash. For luck, go with the All Day Traditional Irish Breakfast, loaded with sausage, black and white pudding, eggs, baked beans, soda bread and grilled tomato. Finish with the Irish Cream Bash of white chocolate mousse and delicate chocolate cake crumbles, “tipsy with Irish cream.” Wee ones’ menu as well.


Palone’s Pizza

8133 Ardrey Kell Road, Ste. 103

(704) 708-5200

Dine-in, patio, deliver, take out, catering


This pizzeria boasts fresh food, top-quality products and special ingredients to satisfy customers. The menu features New York style pizza, gourmet pizza, pasta, and Italian pastries. There’s even a kids’ menu. Patrons can enjoy live music on the patio Friday nights.


Sapporo Bistro

8129 Ardrey Kell Road

Charlotte, NC 28277

(704) 321-2296

Eat in, takeout, free delivery ($20 min)

Stop by Sapporo Bistro for great sushi and Japanese cuisine. It offers a huge selection of entrees and combinations from $1.95 to $28.95.


Switchin’ Kitchens

8025 Ardrey Kell Road, Suite 102

Charlotte, NC 28277

(704) 844-2002

If you love to eat high-quality meals that will please the entire family and you don’t have time to cook, Switchin’ Kitchens is the answer! The concept is simple: “Prepare dinner in our kitchen and enjoy it in yours!” Switchin’ Kitchens does all of the shopping, chopping, slicing, and dicing — even the clean up! You assemble the entrees in the store and take them home to freeze and enjoy at your convenience. Each month it offers 14 different delicious entrees to choose from.


The Promenade

on Providence


Arooji’s Wine

Room & Restaurant

5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

(704) 845-5244

Dine in, take out, patio dining, private dining room, live music Fri and Sat night at 8, wine tastings Tues 4–7


Fine wines and Tuscan cuisine draw regulars back. Great dish: Conchiglie Con Salsiccia (pasta with crumbled sausage, mushrooms, tricolored peppers, mascarpone and mozzarella cheese). It’s also added a delicious steak: fillet with cognac sauce. Tip: Buy a bottle of wine for takeout and receive a 20% discount. Entrees from $15 to $30.


Cold Stone Creamery

5355 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

Charlotte NC 28277

(704) 844-6448


Excellent ice cream any time of the year. Plus smoothies, cakes, and shakes; custom creations made in front of you on a granite stone.


Café Carolina Bakery

5361 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

(704) 846-3193

Dine in, take out, patio seating,

free Wi-Fi, E-club member coupons


A true neighborhood hangout, this charming café now offers a weekend brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with choices like Walnut Cranberry Stuffed French Toast and Strawberry Waffles. The newest lunch and dinner selections include hand-tossed salads (Classic Greek or Chicken Fiesta), a Chicken Fiesta Flatbread and Turkey Berry Panini. Its light-as-a-feather cupcakes consistently win awards.


Macaroni Grill

10706 Providence Road

(704) 841-2511

Dine in, take out, curbside to go, catering, patio dining


The warm, family-friendly atmosphere of this beautiful Italian ristorante rich in its culture includes a primo patio dining spot and the only place where opera/Broadway singers perform tableside at your request. Tantalizing new dishes: Sizzling Shrimp Scampi over Linguini and a “Create Your Own Pasta” with endless possibilities. Another great deal is its family-style curbside pickup menu of favorites that serve 8 to 10. Freshest new greens: Insalata Blu, now with a choice of steak or chicken. A dessert that started out as a featured item but was so popular the restaurant had to add it to the menu: Three-Berry Tiramisu. Entrees from $8.99 to $17.99.


On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina

10710 Providence Road

(704) 847-4080

Dine in, take out, patio seating


There’s lots new here: a Bordersmart healthier menu, along with appetizers and salads. Start off with Chicken Chipotle Rolls in jalapeño dipping sauce, followed by Grilled Steak Ensalada in its new house dressing, Chipotle Vinaigrette. Best sellers: Smothered Steak Fajitas, topped with mushrooms, onions and cheese, and steak ranchiladas. The Tequila Sunrise crowd hits the bar early. Entrees from $9.99 to $12.99.



Sushi 101

5355 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Building D, Ste. 500

(704) 845-5244

Dine in, take out


It’s a sushi bar and a dining room, all in one restaurant. Eat at the sushi bar, and watch the expertly trained chefs construct culinary art in the form of sushi rolls, nigiri, sashimi and more. Sushi 101 encourages relaxation, meeting up with friends and fine dining.


The Q Shack

10822 Providence Road

(704) 542-5959

Dine in, take out, patio seating, catering


BBQ central: succulent pork, beef brisket, ribs, turkey, chicken and all-beef sausage doused in hot rubs and slow-cooked over hickory and mesquite wood. Number-one item: pork sandwich with one side and hush puppies. SC natives love the weekend special: mixed pork BBQ with mustard base. Dessert fix: homemade banana cream pudding. Kids eat for $1 on Wednesday nights.


Robeks Juice

5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

(704) 814-4382


Health food nuts can power up at this smoothie spot with an inventive drink combining garden fresh veggies, fruits, exotic juices and extracts.


Wolfgang Puck

Carolina Bistro

5349 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

(704) 708-5802

Dine in, take out, patio dining, catering


The new bistro format here focuses on service at dinner from 5 p.m. on and 20 new menu items. Appetizers include Asian Tacos: teriyaki pork with sesame seeds and onions in a small butter-lettuce cup. Entrees worth trying: Wolfgang’s Meatloaf, all Niman Ranch ground pork and beef seasoned with garlicky mushrooms wrapped in bacon and served in a port wine sauce and the rigatoni with chicken Bolognese. Best new sandwich: chicken tortilla on fire-roasted focaccia. For dessert, order the warm Belgian chocolate brownie in raspberry sauce.


Providence Plaza



10612 A Providence Road

(704) 847-0334

Dine in, take out, catering


Showmars fills the gap between fast food and good service by providing fresh food that appeals to everyone. Regulars come back for its all-American pita burgers, famous flounder filet with coleslaw and hush puppies, salads in a crispy shell and original Greek specialties. Specials every day; good kids’ menu too.


Wolfman Pizza

10620 Providence Road

(704) 845-9888

Dine in, carry out, take and bake, patio seating


Pizza maniacs go for the California-style pies, such as the White Wolf (garlic butter topped with three cheese and herbs). New: Baked Potato Pizza (roasted red potatoes in garlic butter sauce, bacon and cheese served with sour cream). Back by popular demand: the Roasted Veggie Pizza. Popular new panini include the chicken and prosciutto.





8136 Providence Road

(704) 541-8799


A family-friendly restaurant serving lunch and dinner at affordable prices. In addition to their big burgers, you can also order health-conscious dishes such as grilled salmon or black bean burgers. Dine in, take out. Patio seating.


Lee Garden

8200 Providence Road

(704) 540-3779


This new Chinese restaurant offers a wide selection of regional dishes prepared with flare, at affordable prices. Also on the menu: low calorie steamers and an all-day chicken wing special menu. Dine in, take out, free delivery with $15 minimum order.


Ben & Jerry’s

8200 Providence Road

(704) 543-8333


Scoops with great flavors, plus cakes, and smoothies. They also cater parties.


Charlotte Café

8200 Providence Road

(704) 542-9006


Home cooked foods, including over 36 vegetables. Locals love their Sly Scotty, an English muffin topped with broccoli, turkey, cheese, cranberry, and hollandaise sauce. Beer and wine available. Dine in, take-out, nice patio seating area.



3217 Pineville-Matthews Road

(704) 541-9979


At Chick-fil-A, nutritious and tasty are one and the same. We prepare all our chicken products and salads by hand. We’ve always cooked our signature Chicken sandwich and now our fries in 100% fully refined peanut oil that is cholesterol-and transfat-free.



8200 Providence Road

(704) 542-9975


We’ve been roasting our own beans locally in Charlotte since 1990, and this is our only location. Coffee shop, smoothies, along with croissants and pastries. Wi-fi hot spot. Patio seating.


Five Guys Burgers & Fries

8020 Providence Road

(704) 544-5996


This Zagat-rated restaurant goes all out to make the tastiest burgers around. Its two styles of fries – Cajun and Five Guys – are fried in cholesterol-free peanut oil. Dine in, take out, patio seating.

Firehouse Subs

8020 Providence Road

(704) 341-4299


Dine in, take out, patio seating, catering, online ordering.


Manhattan Bagel

8040 Providence Road

(704) 541-0833


Big city food with Manhattan coffee, perfect for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. Catering, too.



8824 Pineville-Matthews Road

(704) 541-0063


Noodles and Company

8016 Providence Road

(704) 752-7803


This fresh sauté and grill serves Asian, Mediterranean, American and you name it style food, and you can even customize your dish. Fresh salads and soups, too. Dine in, take out, patio seating.


Pizza Hut

8206 Providence Road

(704) 540-0369


Take out, order online, and delivery only at this location.


Qdoba Mexican Grill

8200 Providence Road

(704) 295-0605


Mexican standards like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, either as signature items or build-your-own.


Smoothie King

8022 Providence Road

(704) 540-2303


Custom-blended smoothies with real fruit, pure juices, and nutritional supplements. This is strictly a to-go location.


SushiYa Japan

8200 Providence Road

(704) 295-7633


Traditional Japanese fare, including a sizeable Sushi offering, Bento Boxes, and Hibachi

lunches and dinners. Dine in, take-out, catering.


Akropolis Café

(704) 541-5099

Dine in, take out


A Greek café specializing in Middle Eastern food, like spanakopita, pitas and falafel sandwiches. Favorites include the Greek chicken salad, and sliced beef gyro. Top choice: the chicken or tenderloin souvlaki shish kabob.


Avanti Italian Specialities

8128 Providence Road, Ste. 100

(704) 541-3354

Dine in, take out, delivery, catering


This self-service restaurant is known for its pizza, pasta, stromboli and heroes. Locals favor its Frutta di Mare, with shrimp, scallops and mussels over linguini. Baked ziti, lasagna and its New York‑style Sicilian cheese pizzas are also popular. Fresh soups daily.


Cajun Yard Dog

8036 Providence Road

(704) 752-1750

Dine in, take out, catering, live music


Cajun and Creole cooking fanatics insist its fried chicken and jambalaya is the best this side of the Big Easy. Kick the meal off with its BBQ shrimp appetizer. Also done right: blackened mahi mahi or salmon. The mac and cheese is its number one side.


Cherry Blossom

8206 Providence Road

(704) 543-9569

Dine-in, delivery over $15


This Chinese restaurant is dedicated to healthy, nutritious food in an authentic, cozy, welcoming atmosphere. Menu items include healthful tofu, six tasty varieties of udon and meat, seafood and vegetable combinations. All entrees are affordably priced under $10.



Chinese Cuisine

8200 Providence Road

(704) 540-3779


Specialties in this Chinese restaurant include honey walnut chicken and shrimp. Its Peking duck is one of the best around, as is the tasty teriyaki bourbon chicken. Health-food junkies will also find a good selection of dishes to their liking.


Le Peep

8140 Providence Road

(704) 540-0470


For breakfast or brunch with a French twist, this is the place to be. Every imaginable version of crepes, pancakes, omelets and pan-handled skillet specialties is made to order. Try its Irish Eggs Benedict with corned beef hash, a curry chicken salad, the portabella mushroom panini or a toasted chicken sesame wrap. Never-fails: down-home sausage pie, strawberry fields smoothie and café Vienna.


McAlister’s Deli

8046 D Providence Road

(704) 752-9665

Dine in, take out


Customers love the consistency of this cheerful deli’s fresh sandwiches, salads and subs. Repeat orders include its Spud Max (two pounds of Idaho potato loaded with everything but the kitchen sink), the McAlister’s Club, and its sinfully rich brownie delight.


Mickey & Mooch

8128 Providence Road

(704) 752-8080

Dine in, take out, patio seating, live music Fri and Sat; $5 martini nights on Wednesdays


An upscale casual restaurant, Mickey & Mooch’s has restyled its menu, keeping the fine cuts of prime beef, while adding favorites like crab cakes, mini lobster tail and even Bleu Cheese Slaw Burgers at an affordable price. One entree regulars crave: Chicken Medici, two chicken breasts topped with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella, finished in a Marsala wine sauce with salad and grilled asparagus for $15.95. Monthly wine tastings. Entrees from $10 to $35.


New South

8410 Providence Road

(704) 541-9990

Dine in, take out, catering, patio seating, live music Tues night, 7 pm. to 10 p.m.


Chris Edward’s flair is again on display with new dishes, like the Short Rib Panini with white cheddar, picked onions and horseradish sauce. It’s also added a Sunday brunch buffet for only $13 (half-priced for children under 13), with choices like Brioche French Toast, Crabmeat Eggs Benedict, Fried Turkey, and Pepper Bacon and Sausage with potatoes, creamy cheese grits and assorted muffins. Dinner entree mainstays: its collards and meatloaf. Tip: No corkage fee on Sunday nights.


Phil and Tony’s

Brick Oven Pizza Bar

8136 Providence Road

(704) 541-3111

Dine in, take out, delivery, patio seating, catering, live music


This restaurant is known for its penne ala vodka, hot Italian panini, tiramisu, fresh calamari, brick-oven pizza and rolled lasagna. There are drink specials and live entertainment every day. Party trays for off-site entertainment are now available.


Carmel Village


Bonefish Grill

7520 Pineville-Matthews Road

(704) 541-6659


A topnotch selection of fresh fish creatively prepared to your specific taste. The menu, which also includes chicken, beef, and pork chops, changes seasonally. An expansive wine list and great ambiance have made this a regular dining spot for locals.


The Marble Slab

7510 Pineville-Matthews Road

Suite 5A

(704) 540-5299


Every batch of premium ice cream is homemade, and their fresh-baked waffle cones hand-rolled in each store. Choose from an endless array of mixin’s, including fresh fruit, nuts, candies and cookies to create a one-of-a-kind cool treat.


Panera Bread

7510 Pineville-Matthews Road

(704) 540-0309

(704) 540-0310 Fax


A bakery-café featuring fresh-baked breads, muffins, and pastries. At lunch, select from healthy soups, paninis, hand-tossed salads and desserts. They sell their dipping oil for breads. Free wi-fi, catering, fax/take-out and patio seating.


Rotelli Pizza and Pasta

7510 Pineville-Matthews Road

(704) 541-1850

Sun–Thurs, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Fri and Sat, 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Dine in, take out, patio seating, delivery within five miles, catering


Rotelli’s dishes up market fresh pastas, pizza, subs, hearty soups and salads tossed to order. All stars: San Remo gourmet pie and Angel Hair Alla Rotelli with mushrooms, artichokes, peas and sun-dried tomatoes in a basil-garlic wine sauce. Tip: Tuesday patio seating, it offers large cheese pizzas for only $6.78.



Urbana Cityspa

and Teabar

7510 Pineville-Matthews Road

(704) 543-1700


Charlotte’s massage-only Spa and Teabar. A chic, New-York-style loft space that lets you forget the world outside. The focus is on ultra-modern massage therapies in rooms (including three for couples) equipped with state-of-the-art sound system.



Old Lancaster

Town Center


Café Nirvana

15025 Old Lancaster Highway

(704) 752-3556

Dine in, take out, catering, patio dining


Its Indian fusion, or Jugal Bandhi, creates marvelous options: Tandoor lamb chops accompanied with mint potatoes, or Shrimp Rangoli complemented with coconut rice and creamed tomato sauce. A good vegetarian menu, too. Lunch is served buffet style and is quick and convenient. For dessert: apricot bread pudding with a dollop of crème anglaise. Entrees from $12 to $20.



15025 Lancaster Highway

(704) 542-9323

Dine in, take out, patio seating


A healthier burger joint, Topz is known for its 100 percent Angus beef burgers and air-baked fries, onion rings and nuggets. Other good picks: turkey burgers, low-fat grilled cheese on Texas toast and salads.


Bamboo 7 Asian Cuisine

15025 Old Lancaster Highway

(704) 752-7772


Organically cooked, Chinese-style organic flavors with a fusion twist. Specialties include Sizzling Wok Seafood, Classic Chinese Lo Mein, Chinese Wonton Noodle Soup and steamer fresh veggies. Beer and wine available.



11926 Providence Road West

(704) 540-2323

Dine in, take out, patio seating, catering, call-ahead seating


A family-owned and -operated neighborhood eatery, Souperchix is the place to go for rotisserie chicken, marinated then slowly fired over Brazilian oak logs. A good selection of sides, along with salads and soups made daily (try the Santa Fe Black Bean). Everything is homemade delicious. A good menu for little chicks.




Copperbean Coffee

and Smoothies

12210 Copper Way, Ste. 230

(704) 544-4995


Home of the Copper Chiller, this snazzy coffeehouse brews beans roasted exclusively by an expert in Burlington, North Carolina. While surfing on the free Wi-Fi, enjoy its most popular chiller, the Caramel, with a scrumptious blackberry muffin, made from a secret recipe. One nice touch: the family-friendly atmosphere includes a special room on the side for kids, with puzzles, games and a chalkboard.



Bean n’ Bakery

15201 John J. Delaney Drive

(704) 544-1825

Patio seating, catering, free Wi-Fi access


The locally roasted beans and made-fresh-on-the-premises baked goods attract early birds. Order a Glorious Morning Muffin (a flaky croissant with icing) or its Egg White on Whole Wheat Bagel sandwich for a healthier start to the day.


Coffee Shops



9820 Rea Road

(704) 541-0355

Patio seating, catering, T-Mobile HotSpot wireless broadband


This Starbucks is a perfect spot to enjoy the live music at the Blakeney Green on summer weekend nights.



7922 Rea Road

(704) 543-0364

Patio seating, catering, T-Mobile HotSpot wireless broadband


This Starbucks tucked behind Chick-fil-A has more seating, including a large patio area, than any other in the Ballantyne area.



13855 Conlan Circle

(704) 814-7350

Patio seating, catering, T-Mobile HotSpot wireless broadband


Anchoring Ballantyne Quad, this drive-through Starbucks is a regular pit stop for the Ballantyne corporate crowd.


Village at

Robinson Farm


Dan Morgan’s Cheese Mo’z Coal Fired Pizza

8410 Rea Road Suite 100 (Village at Robinson Farms)

(704) 544-5255

Dine in, take out, online ordering, Al fresco, catering.


This lively pizza parlor, which doubles as an ultra-sports bar with its big screen HD TVs, is the invention of former Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan and wife Ashleigh, along with The Barfly Group.  The 800 degree, clean coal fired oven that imparts a just fresh dough is the only one of its kind in the state. First Draft Pick: The Machismo, topped in Italian prosciutto, soppresetta salami, pepperoni and ground beef with mozzarella, provolone, Portobello mushrooms and scallions. Or, go for the Baked Spinach & Ricotta Rigatoni with fresh baby spinach, herbs and their homemade tomato sauce. For a sweet touch, nothing beats the seasonal Fresh Fruit Cobbler. Great children’s menu.


Cosmos Café

8420 Rea Road

Charlotte NC 28277

(704) 544-5268

Dine in, take out, al-fresco.


The successful central business district restaurant recently opened a Ballantyne-area location. Highly varied menu with some classics like Steak au Poivre plus some fascinating dishes including Tuna “Filet Mignon.” There’s also a tapas menu and late night menu. Salads, wood-fired pizza, and sandwiches available as well. Good selection of wine plus good list of wines and martinis. Highly contemporary interior and epic bar make this a place to be seen.


Sweet T’s Diner

8310 Rea Road Suite 100
(Village at Robinson Farms)

(704) 543-3955

Dine in, take out, online ordering, Al fresco (one patio is dog-friendly), catering.


This second entrée by Dan Morgan and the Barfly Group focuses on scratch-made Southern comfort food, including meatloaf, country fried steak, mashed potatoes, collard greens, fried green tomatoes, along with burgers, salads, soups and sandwiches. You’ll want seconds of their homemade buttermilk-marinated fried chicken (you get a choice of two sides). Also delectable: hand-battered French Texas Toast, drizzled in honey butter and maple syrup, dusted with powdered sugar and served with your choice of a breakfast meat (available all day). Sweet tooths will find a daily selection of six pies and cakes along with shakes, malts, and pastries. Note: Cakes and pies can be purchased whole, and the bar has a selection of bottled beer and single wine servings.




Neighborhood Grill

10921 Carolina Place Parkway

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 544-0034

Call to order curbside to go


Applebee’s offers a fun, family-friendly atmosphere as well as a signature bar and grill menu. Its menu features beef, chicken and pork items, as well as burgers, pasta and seafood, with some menu items found only at Applebee’s. The Pick ‘N Pair Lunch Combos are very popular; the Weight Watchers menu is a big hit too!



Bagel Bakery

9015 Pineville Matthews Road

Pineville, NC 28134


Bruegger’s serves authentic kettle-boiled bagels that are made fresh all day long. It also serves great sandwiches, salads and soups. Or stop by for a freshly brewed cup of coffee!



Buca di Beppo

10915 Carolina Place Parkway

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 542-5146


Buca di Beppo is an authentic Italian restaurant offering flavorful Italian cuisine and dining for the entire family. You will enjoy traditional Italian foods and hospitality. Dishes are served family style and are meant to be shared. Most locations open for lunch.


China Buffet

9931 Lee Street

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-2828


“More than a meal, an experience.” China Buffet is home to the mile-long buffet, all you can eat! It offers over 100 items, including seafood, steak, sushi, chicken and much more.


China Express

315 South Polk Street # 4A

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-8868


China Express offers fine Szechuan and Hunan cuisine. Lunch Specials are served daily, with up to 23 combinations to choose from. For $5.75, you can have a delicious Chinese lunch served with an eggroll and white rice. Fast delivery service is available for the local area.


Delicias Colombianas

212 North Polk Street

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-5328


Delicias Colombianas serves Colombian and Latin American cuisine.


Don Pedro

10015 Lee Street

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-1311


Don Pedro serves traditional Mexican cuisine.


El Vallarta

123 Main Street

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-7856


Stop by El Vallarta’s if you’re looking for great Mexican food. It’s known for big portions and fast service.


Firehouse Subs

9101 Pineville Matthews Road

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 341-6116

(704) 341-6115


Firehouse Subs was created out of a love for cooking and a passion for serving customers. It serves hearty subs with high-quality meats and cheeses. No microwave use here! Try its delicious Hook & Ladder sub: smoked turkey breast and Virginia honey ham smothered with Monterey jack cheese.


Hungry Howie’s Pizza

8334 Pineville Matthews Road

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 752-7577

Takeout and delivery


Hungry Howie’s has combined the right ingredients and years of successful experience to create its delicious, high-quality flavored crust pizzas, oven-baked subs and fresh salads.



IHOP Restaurant

9940 Pineville Matthews Road

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-4467


“Come Hungry. Leave Happy.” Known for serving award-winning pancakes and other breakfast foods, IHOP also offers a great selection of lunch, dinner and snack items. Open 24 hours every weekend!


Jason’s Deli

10610 Centrum Parkway

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 541-1228

Pick-up and delivery


Lone Star Steakhouse
& Saloon

10610 Centrum Parkway

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 543-1922

Private dining available


Lone Star restaurants embrace an authentic roadhouse theme and serve mesquite-grilled steaks, hand-cut daily. Its menu includes Texas-sized portions of food in a variety of combinations. It also offers daily specials for lunch and dinner and a variety of appetizers and desserts. With a full service bar, Lone Star plays upbeat country and western music. What can we say? Stop by for a great meal and some good old Southern hospitality!



Long Horn Steakhouse

10605 Centrum Parkway

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 543-0484


Pay a visit to the Wild West at Long Horn Steakhouse with its authentic loyalty, hospitality, and, of course, great food. Long Horn works hard to capture the flavor and fun of the West. It serves the highest-quality food, and its steaks are hand-cut, hand-seasoned and carefully prepared. Its burgers are thick and juicy, and salads freshly made. Plus, you will find many other different meals to choose from, including chicken dishes and more. Great kids’ menu, too.


Maestro’s Bar & Bistro

207 Johnston Drive

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-2110

Reservations available


Maestro’s Bar and Bistro is located in a beautifully restored 110-year-old house in historic downtown Pineville. Chef Kyle graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has won Best Desserts of Charlotte for several years. Stop by to find fantastic dishes such as the rack of lamb encrusted with fresh rosemary served with a red wine demi-glace and roasted garlic mashed potatoes for $27.95. Or its light flaky tilapia pan-seared in a light lemon sauce and finished in the oven with slivered toasted almonds served with white and wild rice for $18.95. It also serves a wonderful selection of beer and wine, not to mention its amazing desserts.



Mj Donuts

325 South Polk Street

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-5427


Stop by MJ Donuts for freshly baked donuts or bagels any day!


Olive Garden

9421 Pineville Matthews Road

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 544-2334


Olive Garden wants to delight each guest with a genuine Italian dining experience. It’s proud to serve fresh, simple, delicious Italian food, complemented by a great glass of wine, served in a comfortable, home-like Italian setting where everyone is welcomed as family and friends.


Red Lobster

9415 Pineville Matthews Road

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 541-0021


Red Lobster is a dedicated, knowledgeable and committed dining staple in our communities. Always offering the freshest seafood and a dedicated staff to serve you. Every day Red Lobster offers an updated selection of fresh fish, not to mention their live Maine lobster or freshly baked Cheddar Bay Biscuits, crisp salads as well as many other fresh recipes waiting to be ordered.



Panchos Mexican Restaurant

315 South Polk Street

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 889-1515


Serving traditional Mexican cuisine.


TLC Wings & Grill

9101 Pineville Matthews Road

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 341-0901


TLC is known for its amazing wings! It offers over 20 different flavors, not to mention its great burgers and salads made fresh daily. Some of its fantastic wing sauces are sweet and sour, sparky’s delight, sea salt and extra hot. Stop in today and experience wings at their best!


Tony Romas Restaurant

9920 Leitner Drive

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 544-3302

Reservations available for parties

of seven or more


Considered a pioneer of baby back ribs and winning countless awards for its ribs and signature sauces, Tony Roma’s is committed to providing its customers with the best ribs anywhere! You will also find fresh salads, mouth-watering char-grilled steaks and its own original BBQ chicken and fantastic seafood.



Up State Pizza Inc.

(Bi-Lo Plaza)

9101 Pineville Matthews Road # I

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 540-8868


If you’re looking for great upstate New York pizza, as owner Roman Sarkisyan would say, “Let us make you a pizza you can’t refuse.” It offers Italian cuisine, as well as many American and Armenian dishes too.


Waldhorn Restaurant

12101 Lancaster Highway

Pineville, NC 28134

(704) 540-7047


Waldhorn serves authentic German and international cuisine. Stop by for some great weiner schnitzel and a truly authentic German beer.



Cedar Walk


Bagel Bin & Deli

16709 Orchard Stone Run

Suite 300

(704) 542-4848


A real New York-style bagel store and deli that offers 17 different varieties of bagels, all made fresh on the premises. They also sell sandwiches with Boars Head cold cuts made to order, side salads, and have a full line of fresh-baked pastries.



Lorenzo’s Pizzeria

16721 Orchard Stone Run

Suite 100

(704) 544-1414


A family-owned and operated restaurant committed to serving authentic Italian food in a quick-service casual family atmosphere. Pizza dough and sauce is made fresh on the premises daily. Dine in or take out available.


Shoppes at

Ardrey Kell


Rita’s Ice

16631 Lancaster Highway

(704) 542-2258


Rita’s Ice dishes up cool happiness in the form of Italian ices made fresh daily on premises, frozen custards, gelatis, Blendinis (your choice of ice, custard and cookies), and Ritaccinos (frozen coffee topped with vanilla custard). Party buckets are also available.



16631 Lancaster Highway

(704) 541-7545


A popular sandwich eatery featuring tasty subs for those on a budget, in a hurry, or counting calories. Good children’s menu too.



Big View Diner

16637 Lancaster Highway

(704) 544-0313


Your favorite classic diner dishes and comfort foods in a retro modern décor and atmosphere designed to make you feel right at home. Full breakfast for under $5. Menu options for as low as $2.99. Almost nothing over $12. A full bar up front. Vegetarian choices and a children’s menu also available. Patio seating available.


Dominos Pizza

16625 Lancaster Highway

(704) 542-6767


America’s most famous delivery/carry-out pizza parlor now offers oven-baked sandwiches and bread bowl pastas.



Mexican Eatery

16646 Hawfield Way

(704) 542-1344


A family-owned and operated restaurant where the focus is on fresh-made Mexican fare. Patio seating is now available.


Written by ballantyneweekly

December 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm

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