On The Road: Charlotte Restaurant Week

By Liz Horton - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Restaurants all over Charlotte are gearing up for the Queen's Feast and this month there's no shortage of choices.

"It's a gastronomic stimulus package," said Bruce Hensley. "Indian, Chinese, Italian, Sushi, Japanese, of course."

Hensley, and his wife Jill own and execute Charlotte Restaurant week. They started the event in 2008 with just 49 restaurants. Today it's grown.

"We have 83 restaurants spread over a huge area, and they are all offering three courses for 30 dollars from January 21 through 30th," he said.

This week I visited two local restaurants to see the effort that goes into preparing for this huge event.

My first stop, Copper Indian Cuisine. There, visitors will explore exotic Indian flavors, in a modern setting. Their focus-- bright bold colors, and an artistic look.

The next stop, Paco's Taco's and Tequila. I feasted on a few of the dishes of restaurant week. Guacamole, shrimp, and margaritas are all big hits, but nothing beats their signature taco made with delicious tender brisket.   

Owner Frank Scibelli says they couldn't resist the offer to be included.

"We did it last year with Mama Ricottas and it was unbelievably popular, and we figured we'd try it with all the restaurants, and we look forward to doing it," Scibelli said.

"In July we had 88 restaurants serving over 80 thousand dinners for an economic impact of 3.76 million dollars, so it's significant," remarked Hensley.

It's a great way to support local businesses and expand your foodie horizons.

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