Things to do/eat – [ Charlotte, NC ]

I can’t believe this has taken me so long to post, but better late than never, right?

Anytime I go to a new(er) city, I do a bunch of research to find new, popular or unique places to eat and drink and things to do. Below are some of the top spots I visited during my most recent weekend trip to Charlotte, NC.

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Fit Atelier

This fitness and retail boutique located in the Dilworth neighborhood of downtown Charlotte carries high-end, modern activewear and partners with local studios and trainers to put on workout classes exclusively developed for Fit Atelier. Obsessed with this concept. 

Trainers include SCLPT Method creator Abby Wilson, former NFL Cheerleader, owner + lead trainer at West Kept Secret Marissa West and WKS Master Trainer Heidi Schmidt. Expect a combination of cardio, pilates, core work and body weight. Fit Atelier also has a Celebrity Trainer Series. This month you can sweat with former NBA dancer + creator of Sculpt Society, Megan Roup.

Fit Atelier carries an impressive collection of activewear suitable for the barre, bike or even just running errands. Brands include Ultracor, P.E. Nation, Michi, Olympia, ALALA, Varley, Wear It To Heart and KORAL.

Sunflour Baking Company

This cute bakery is right down the street from Fit Atelier – so you can pop in after you shop + sweat. Everything here is made from scratch, in small batches and they support local vendors whenever possible. Baked goods range from breakfast pastries to cakes, cookies and other deserts. Vegan and gluten free options too. I got the Vegan/GF Lemon Blueberry scone and it was on point.

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O-Ku

This south end restaurant takes a southern approach to authentic asian cuisine. Expect unique ingredients and flavor combinations from Chef Michael Chanthavong. They also were super accommodating to my gluten restricted diet – basically anything on the menu is fair game sans spicy tuna, spicy mayo, eel sauce, imperial crab and anything tempura. They even have gluten free soy sauce!

For starters, we got pink himalayan salt and truffle oil edamame and two of the chef specialities – Crudo and Lobster Temaki (butter-poached lobster hand rolls with asparagus, chives, cilantro aioli*, and black volcanic salt). The Crudo was light and refreshing and the lobster temaki was my favorite dish on the menu.

*cilantro aioli is not gluten free

Moving onto the rolls – we got Salmon and Lemon (swap crab salad for snow crab to make it gluten free for a $3 up charge), Tuna Wrapped roll (swap spicy tuna for tuna and hold the aioli + eel sauce) and Rainbow Roll (seafood wrapped, filled with snow crab. cucumber, avocado, masago and shiso dust).

I also highly recommend checking out their cocktail list. My recommendation is the Lychee Martini – Vodka, Lychee juice, lime, cranberry and simple syrup.

Good Food on Montford

Good Food is part of Moffett Restaurants, a collection of restaurants owned by award-winning chef, Bruce Moffett. This tapas-style restaurant was featured in New York Times dining section as a top place to dine in Charlotte and was a James Beard semi-finalist for best new restaurant. No reservations here, but download the no wait app to get on the list.

The exposed brick walls, wood ceiling beams and funky light fixtures here make this the perfect spot for your next date night or get together with friends.

My recommendations? Start with the arugula salad (strawberries, almonds and champagne vinaigrette), then then pork carnitas, Prince Edward Island mussels and pan seared scallops. All can be made gluten free upon request and are a tie for my favorites on the menu.

YAFO Kitchen

Shoutout to my friend Alyssa for this recommendation. This fast-casual, Mediterranean inspired restaurant has gluten free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. Build your own bowl, salad or wrap and choose from an extensive variety of toppings including roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, falafel, hummus, feta and taziki.

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