These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

These 4 new restaurants will tempt your tastebuds

Locally based restaurants offering Indian street food, Latin American street food, Southern fare and American comfort food and have opened recently in University City. Here are the details.   Chatpatay Casual Indian Kitchen Chatpatay opened its second Charlotte location last fall at 9211 N. Tryon St. close to the JW Clay Blvd Lynx Station. “We are a casual Indian restaurant where we bring the street food straight from Mumbai Chaupaati to Charlotte,” says the restaurant website, which describes Chaupaati as “one of the most famous public beaches in Mumbai where food enthusiasts enjoy a vast selection of street food from the “Thelas” or food carts.” The website has much more detail about the inspirations for its dishes, the people who will prepare your meal and the ambiance you’ll experience while dining. Most of the 78 reviews so far on Yelp for the University City location are enthusiastic. “An unassuming gem, tucked into a strip mall, this place is BURSTING with flavor,” reviewer Elise posted on Jan. 28. “As far as the food goes, it was AMAZING!!! Very tasty and different from the traditional Indian food,” Rick from California wrote after his visit on Jan. 2. The original Chatpatay is at 9101 Pineville Matthews Road in Pineville. Chatpatay at a glance 9211 N. Tryon St. (the former Kohl’s shopping center across from UNC Charlotte). Directions 980-875-7775 Open 11 am-3 pm and 5-9:30 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 11 am-3 pm and 4-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays; Closed Tuesdays. Services: Order online. Catering. Delivery Website Yelp page   Cuzzo’s Cuisine University A food truck proclaiming “World Famous Lobster Mac-n-Cheese” has...
Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Restaurant opens in JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck

Retail space at the JW Clay Blvd LYNX parking deck has its second tenant. Sabor Latin Street Grill opened in December on the JW Clay Boulevard side of the building. Atrium Health Urgent Care University City opened in October. Sabor is a locally owned fast-food chain featuring foods from several Latin American countries, plus beer, wine and cocktails. The University store at 9325 JW Clay Blvd. is Sabor’s 14th location and its first at a light-rail stop. The restaurant is open 11 am-9 pm daily. The parking decks at the JW Clay Blvd and University City Blvd transit stops are the first parking facilities along the LYNX line to offer commercial space for lease. Visit...
Coming soon in University City

Coming soon in University City

New retail, dining, apartment homes and a police station are coming soon to University City. Here are the details.   City approves $9.5 million to build new University City police station The future home of the University City Police Division took a big step forward in August, when Charlotte City Council approved spending more than $9.5 million for its construction. The new building will be at 8452 N. Tryon Street at Ken Hoffman Drive, within a quarter mile of the McCullough Drive LYNX station and next to Charlotte Fire Station 27. The building will have 16,081 square feet of space. The University City Division currently has its headquarters nearby at University Executive Park. More   Grand opening on Oct. 3 of new Chick-fil-A University Place The seemingly always busy Chick-fil-A University Place is relocating to its new and much bigger home nearby, at 8700 University Executive Park Drive. at West W.T. Harris Blvd. The grand opening is set for Oct. 3. The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. The new restaurant building and grounds will be double the size of the current store on J.W. Clay Boulevard, including both a much bigger kitchen and a high-volume drive-through system with two lanes capable of holding up to 34 vehicles. The University Place location will close for good on Saturday, Sept. 28. Chick-fil-A worked with city and University City Partners planners on site design issues such as vehicle screening and sidewalks. Follow Chick-fil-A University Place’s Facebook page for details regarding the grand opening. Worship Night on Oct. 1 at the Chick-fil-A University Place The public is invited...
Dining scene: Top rankings for 2 restaurants – plus 6 openings

Dining scene: Top rankings for 2 restaurants – plus 6 openings

Looking for new dining destinations? Our growing global restaurant scene has highly ranked choices and several new additions.   No. 1 rankings King Fish Poke and Le Kabab Grill both scored No. 1 rankings this fall from local media. Coincidentally, the two restaurants are neighbors at 350 McCullough Drive in the McCullough Commons center at North Tryon Street and East W.T. Harris Blvd. WCNC says that King Fish Poke is No. 1 among “Charlotte’s 4 favorite spots to find affordable Japanese eats.” Another University City restaurant, Hanaya Garden, is No. 4. MORE LeKebab Grill came in tops on Trip Advisor’s list of Middle Eastern Restaurants. Le Kabab also received 4.5 stars on Charlottesgotalot.com.   Favorites for football fans Not a Panthers fan? You’ll find plenty of Chicago Bears buddies at the Wild Wing Café – University and the Dallas Cowboys crazies at the Mallard Creek Hickory Tavern, says charlottefive.com in its new list of “best spots to watch NFL games in Charlotte, no matter which team you support.”   New places to try These six new restaurants offer authentic flavors from Turkey, Mexico, the Mediterranean, Carolinas Low Country and 1950s Charlotte! Leo’s 49 Deli & Bar – 7801 University City Blvd. A taste of Charlotte circa 1950 has been reborn in University City, at Leo’s 49 Deli & Bar.  MORE Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill – Mi Pueblo offers much more than the classic Mexican fare, thanks to Jesus and Maria Ruiz. 7003 University City Blvd. near IKEA. MORE Peno Mediterranean Grill – Peno is new to University City and Charlotte but already a hit in its hometown of Wilmington. In The...
Historic uptown deli is reborn at Leo’s 49 Deli & Bar

Historic uptown deli is reborn at Leo’s 49 Deli & Bar

A taste of Charlotte circa 1950 has been reborn in University City, with the opening earlier this year of Leo’s 49 Deli & Bar at 7801 University City Blvd. Owner Angelo Spero has recreated and updated the foods that people enjoyed for decades at the original Leo’s Deli on Elizabeth Avenue near uptown. And Spero definitely knows the Leo’s Deli menu. He owned the old deli for more than 20 years.   Dishes spanning the decades The new Leo’s offers many of the classic deli sandwiches and dishes – like corned beef on rye; a Hebrew National hot dog served with chili, cheese, onions, slaw and mustard; and New York cheesecake! Diners will also find plenty of contemporary fare, too, like loaded potato skins, sliders and quesadillas. Thirsty? The full bar will take care of that.   A bit of University City dining history, too The location for the new restaurant has an historical twist of its own. The building was the longtime home of the Sandwich Construction Co. There was a time in the late 1980s through mid-1990s when the Sandwich Construction Co. restaurant was THE place to eat and hang out with NASCAR teams.   Yelp readers rate Leo’s Leo’s 49 Deli and Bar scores Yelp rating of 4.5 by 17 reviewers. “Excellent service and food. So many choices!” wrote Donna on Oct. 10. “A great find! I ordered the fried pickles and medium wings, and both were delicious,” wrote Hillary on Aug. 24. “A lot of people don’t know this place exists. That’s a shame – because it’s great. Not only is it one of the...
Mi Pueblo opens at Belgate Center near IKEA

Mi Pueblo opens at Belgate Center near IKEA

Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill has opened in the Belgate Center at 7003 University City Blvd., near IKEA. This regional chain of restaurants began 20 years ago in Winston Salem – the realization of a longtime dream by Jesus and Maria Ruiz. Mi Pueblo now has 10 locations statewide, offering a broad selection of lunch and dinner entrees. Diners will find the usual Fajitas, burritos and enchiladas, along with vegetarian dishes, seafood dishes such as Camarones Acapulquenos (shrimp cooked in Mi Pueblo’s special sauce) and numerous chicken and beef dishes. University City’s Mi Pueblo is open for lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be added soon, the website says.   Visitor reviews Yelp visitors have given the new restaurant a 4-star rating across 18 reviews. “The menu has a ton of options and there were some great bar offerings, as well,” Wrote Meleah on Oct. 18. “The poblano was crazy spicy and really good.” “Chips arrived warm. Salsa was spot on. Entree was superb, and I especially loved their Pantherita!” wrote Melanee on Nov. 25.   About Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill 7003 University City Blvd. near IKEA. Directions 980-299-6107 Open 11 am-10 pm Mondays-Thursdays; 11 am-10:30 pm Fridays-Saturdays; 11 am-9:30 pm Sundays Website Yelp...