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5 stops on one perfect weekend in Charlotte

Nick and I are major homebodies, but this past weekend we’ve been particularly active with a spontaneous Friday dinner date and a full Saturday exploring on our bikes. People ask me all the time what to do when they visit Charlotte so here are 5 highly recommended suggestions.

NoDa Company Store

We are obsessed with the extremely chill vibe in this neighborhood bar and market. It’s like hanging out at a friend’s house. Try the house sangria ($7); it’s strong as hell, has no added sugar and is as close to the real deal as I’ve ever had outside Spain. This is how we filled the 45-minute wait for a table at Haberdish down the street (they text you when your table is ready).

Haberdish

Holy hell. This modern Southern mill kitchen is everything that’s right with new Charlotte — casually exceptional, trendy without trying too hard and respectful of the region’s culinary history. Fried chicken is the main focus but they’ve got vegetarians covered with a fried cauliflower steak that is out of this world. And the biscuits changed my life. I didn’t know biscuits could be that good.

Rico’s Acai

After yoga on Saturday morning I couldn’t think of anything but a big fat acai bowl covered in fruit so I made a rare splurge on the overpriced treat. I like the Rainbow bowl with almond butter.

Blue Blaze Brewery

I am not a brewery person at all but Blue Blaze still flies far enough off the radar that it’s not a madhouse on the weekends. We were able to claim comfortable rocking chair territory on the deck on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. I also can’t get over how much I love that Blaze provides free snacks (goldfish crackers, animal crackers and peanuts) and free s’mores supplies to use in the bonfire pits out back. Brilliant.

Rhino Market

This deli counter and market is one of our favorites for a quick sandwich. I always get the Tofu You and he always gets the Sicilian. We rode our bikes over from Blue Blaze – an easy trip along the Stewart Creek Greenway.

Glad we crammed all that in on Friday and Saturday because today is a rainy, depressing mess. Hope you had a great weekend!

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