When I moved away from college, I really didn’t go very far. My university was just an hour and a half drive away and I would go home to visit roughly every 2-3 weeks. I didn’t have a car on campus until my senior year, after all. I’ve never not liked where I grew up, but having lived here my entire life, it was very hard for me to see the appeal for other people.
(I was born and raised in small town literally just a mile or two from the Charlotte, North Carolina city limits and I currently still live here with my parents).
To my best friend and college roommate of three years, Charlotte is practically like New York City to her, having grown up in the very rural Blue Ridge Mountains. To me, I’m always like, eh, it’s alright. We’ve got some malls and stuff.
Ever since I’ve moved home full-time after graduating and getting hired as a teacher in the local area, I’ve found myself kind of falling back in love with my hometown. There really is so much to do here and we’re so conveniently located to not only the mountains, but the beach as well. I wanted to share four of my favorite places here in the Charlotte area with you all. If you ever find yourself in town, make sure you check these places out.
1. Cabo Fish Taco – NoDa District
The second I realized that Guy Fieri had featured this place on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives (my favorite Food Network show) and it wasn’t a drive in or southern BBQ place like the other places he’s come here for, I knew I had to try this out. I mean how can you turn down fish tacos?! But seriously, this place is amazing and you’ve got to try the BBQ Mahi Tacos. Here’s the video from Guy’s visit:
2. Tupelo Honey Cafe – South End
Okay, so this isn’t a Charlotte original, but it’s just so dang good. It’s some incredible Southern food, but it’s Southern with a twist. If you go at Brunch, you have to get the Fried Chicken and Biscuits. As Guy Fieri would say, it’s MONEY.
3. Discovery Place
As a kid, this was my absolute favorite place! I went a handful of times on school field trips and a few times with my family but it is a science and nature museum right in Uptown Charlotte. This place is AWESOME. I’ve actually been battling the urge to go back and visit sometime soon.
|Image Source: DiscoverPlace.org|
4. Uptown Amphitheater – Uptown Charlotte
The Uptown Amphitheater is absolutely one of my concert venues in Charlotte. I’ve been to two concerts here; The Fray and OneRepublic. The venue is fairly intimate, despite being an outdoor venue. There’s really not a bad seat in the place and it’s small enough that you can save some money by getting a lawn ticket and not worry about not having a good view. The sound quality in this venue is great too (I’m the daughter of a musician and former sound technician…so, of course, I pick up on that). I’ve actually seen OneRepublic in concert twice and the second time was at a much larger amphitheater and while the band gave a flawless performance, I preferred the sound quality and the overall vibe of Uptown.
|Onerepublic at Uptown Amphitheater – August 2013|