Barcelona Wine Bar is a new restaurant addition to the South End neighborhood of Charlotte, NC. They are located at 101 W. Worthington Ave. Suite 110 and open daily from 4 p.m. to late night. Barcelona serves Mediterranean cuisine centered around tapas and shareable plates. They offer a plethora of wines by the glass and an additional wine list for ordering bottles. The restaurant is centered around a large, full bar with indoor and outdoor seating available. Currently, Barcelona does not accept table reservations. You must be present to join a wait list.
The wines by the glass list contains a large assortment of wines from Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, and Chile. While the vast number of choices may be overwhelming, I am sure you will find something to your liking. There are many varietals available for white and red wine lovers. I recommend the Cabernet Franc/Malbec Quieto if you are interested in heavier reds.
The highlight of my recent visit was the food. Their menu includes charcuterie, tapas, ensaladas, and entrees for two or more people. The tapas dishes were the highlight of my recent visit. Our server recommended two or three tapas per person due to portion sizes. One point worth noting is they can add an extra piece to some plates for a small charge. For example, the oysters come with three, but there were four of us dining together. While everything we had was great, our favorite tapas were the Grilled Hanger Steak, Jamon & Machego Croquetas, and Pork Belly.
We had an opportunity to try a few of the desserts at Barcelona. Ashley loves Olive Oil Cake and was excited it was on the menu. She asked if they had any Spanish Churros, but the manager informed us they were not available. Instead, he gave us complimentary dessert for the inconvenience. The Olive Oil Cake, Mango Sorbet, and Cheesecake were fantastic. I normally abstain from ordering dessert, but I definitely recommend trying them at Barcelona.
Everything we had regarding food, wine, and service were great. The staff at Barcelona offer a phenomenal level of service for a brand new restaurant. It is a true challenge providing a high level of service to customers when there is a constant wait list and fully seated bar. I highly recommend Barcelona for any occasion. It is a great addition to South End and a new favorite of mine.
CO located in Park Road Shopping Center is a restaurant serving Southeast Asian cuisine. They offer a large assortment of sushi, noodle dishes, salads, dumplings, etc. CO features a full-size bar centered in the middle of the restaurant as a focal point for gatherings and happy hours. The moderately prices dishes, drinks, and location make it a great spot for a date night or meal with friends.
Whether you love Thai, sushi, or Vietnamese cuisine; CO has something for you. My friend, Jeff, enjoys the Curry Laksa dish featuring chicken and vegetables in a spicy coconut broth. Ashley is a big fan of the Pad Thai and Pork Gyoza. I ordered the Vietnamese Ramen this past visit. I personally love Pho and ramen noodle dishes. We enjoy the variety of dishes and appetizers available at CO.
The drink options at CO are what you would expect from a full size bar. They offer a variety of specialty cocktails, wine, and beer. Their prices are reasonable; especially, ordering a bottle of wine to share. You should not have an issue finding something to drink at CO.
Whether you dine during lunch or dinner, CO has you covered with plenty of options and dependable service. We had a great experience during our last visit. I recommend trying CO for your next social gathering in a modern and casual setting.
One of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte, NC is The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. Cowfish's menu contains a large variety of offerings focused around sushi and burgers. They also have a full-size bar with great beverage options including my favorite Hitachino Nest Beer. The popularity of the restaurant has surged over the last few years. If you try to visit for dinner on a Friday or Saturday, you should expect a wait time of over an hour. However, you can get on their wait list via a phone application before heading over.
Ashley and I took my brother, Austin, to Cowfish last month. We went on a Sunday evening to avoid the usual weekend crowd. We waited about 20 minutes for a table and were seated on the heated patio. Funny enough, we have never been able to sit outside during previous attempts. Whenever I go to Cowfish, I always order one of the Colossal Onion Rings. They are the most amazing panko and coconut encrusted onion rings you will ever eat. The Thai chili and horseradish aioli dipping sauces are great compliments. I recommend asking for extras of both.
The food menu can feel quite overwhelming with nearly endless options of sushi and burgers. This is especially true with the Burgushi options and custom sushi rolls. For a first time visit, I recommend ordering one of the bento boxes to try a little bit of everything. Ashley and I usually order two or three rolls to share. Our favorite roll on the menu is the Tropical Storm Roll. It is a traditional California Roll topped with salmon, tuna, and yellowtail with three kinds of tobiko. We decided to branch out and share a Black Truffle Cheese Burger on our last visit. I really like the quality level of the meat and bun used for Cowfish's burgers. A great tasting burger starts with the ingredients. My brother ordered one of the sushi combinations and enjoyed it.
Cowfish offers a nice selection of alcoholic beverages. My brother I and enjoyed Sapporo drafts while my wife had a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. I typically order a Japanese beer during each visit. Cowfish offers a full range of liquor options as well. I hear the martinis are excellent. We had a great evening at Cowfish and were happy to share a great meal with my brother.