We recently took a road trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. The drive was beautiful and the city was bigger than I expected. We only had two days for this trip so we packed in as many stops as possible.
We love trying local restaurants when we go to a new city and Charlotte was a real treat in that department. Our first food stop was The Asbury. This is a small restaurant tucked into the Dunhill Hotel downtown Charlotte.
We ordered the Cast Iron Biscuits from the For the Table portion of the menu. This was a lovely large biscuit and oh, so good.
We also ordered the Sticky Biscuits from the For the Table portion of the menu. These were excellent and I highly recommend trying them!
Next up was the Deviled Eggs from the Share with the Table portion of the menu. These were also excellent!
For our meals, I shared the Peaches and Greens Salad my niece. This was from the Starters portion of the menu.
I have to say, this was one of the best salads I have ever had!
We also shared the Asbury Burger and oh my! This was delicious!
My husband had the Pan Roasted Salmon for dinner and he said it was excellent.
I would go back to The Asbury in a heartbeat. I loved everything I tried!
Our next food stop was to O-Ku. As you may be able to tell from the name and the signage, this is an Asian cuisine restaurant but with a southern approach.
The menu focuses on unique ingredients and sophisticated presentations. Their offerings range from petite plates to sushi specialties. We went for the sushi and also ordered a number of other dishes. We were not disappointed.
We ordered the Dumpling Dim Sum (pork gyoza, shrimp shumai, ginger soy and sweet chili sauce). These were excellent.
We also ordered the Pork belly (five-spice braised, micro greens, tare)
We also ordered two sushi rolls.
Next up, The Billy Graham Library.
The Billy Graham Library is a 40,000 square-foot experience where you will discover the life and legacy of Billy Graham. Designed to reflect Billy Graham’s journey from a humble farm boy to an international ambassador of God’s love, the barn-shaped building is situated on 20 landscaped acres, only miles from where Billy Graham grew up in Charlotte, NC. This was a wonderful and unexpected experience. If you ever find yourself in the Charlotte area, I would highly recommend making time to visit the BGL.
As with any trip we take, it is not complete unless we have some dessert. We stopped at Jeni’s Ice Cream and of course, the struggle came down to which flavors to order. The struggle is real folks; the struggle is real!
We ordered one scoop of Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam, one scoop of Milkiest Chocolate and one scoop of Gooey Butter Cake. OMG! If you find yourself in a city with a Jeni’s Ice Cream, be sure to make a stop. You will not be disappointed.
Our last food stop in Charlotte was to Little Spoon. We went for breakfast and I ordered an Americano with Coconut Milk. I would say pass on this.
We ordered the Cinnamon Toast Brulee and unlike the Americano, what can I say? This fab-u-lous!
We also ordered the Egg White Raft with the whole egg. This was very good but over all, I would only go back here for the Cinnamon Toast.
While in Charlotte, we did a little bit of local shopping (of course we did)! We went to the South Park Mall and on the way out of town, we stopped at Moxie. This was a great place to pick up a gift or two for yourself or others. I would shop here again.
Our visit to Charlotte was excellent but I have the say, the highlight of our trip was our stop at the Billy Graham Library. If you find yourself in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, you must stop in and meet Bessie, the cow.
*It is worth mentioning, this trip took place before COVID-19.