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National magazine gives props to Charlotte neighborhood

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A national magazine is recognizing one Charlotte neighborhood.

Southern Living magazine calls the Plaza Midwood community "the next great neighborhood" and "a revived slice of the city" in its November issue.

"It's nice to see a national publication giving Plaza Midwood the recognition it deserves," said Andy Kastanas, co-owner of the Soul Gastrolounge.

The publication gives the popular restaurant located at the corner of Central and Pecan Avenues a shout out in the spread calling it a 'must try'.

"It's definitely a gem," said Kastanas. "It's definitely a nugget and you're in that type of gold-digging this would be your place to come."

Not bad for a community that has completely re-invented itself over the past decade.

"The arts, the culinary events that are happening here, the music has sort of gathered here and that's very exciting to be part of that right now," Kastanas said.

But it's not the only place Southern Living magazine is giving props.

The King's Kitchen, a restaurant in Uptown at the corner of Trade and Church streets also got some recognition.

"I'm just real excited to see it in there," said Jim Noble, its chef and owner.

Noble also says this kind of attention helps shape Charlotte's reputation as culinary stronghold, too.

"Just like Charleston has become a culinary hub, Charlotte will get there one day too," he said. "It took Charleston probably 20 years to get there so I see that as good things happening here in this city too."

The issue of Southern Living is on newsstands now.

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