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The ideal itinerary for: Out-of-town college friends
Why she loves Charlotte: I really like the people here. They’re super friendly. I also love the accessibility to the mountains and the beach.
What have you missed the most during the pandemic? I went to Lost & Found quite a bit before the pandemic hit. Being in close proximity with people in that kind of environment is something I really miss. I’ve also really missed going to Hornets games. That’s another thing I’m looking forward to now that they’re letting a small percentage of fans back in.
Friday: Mexican food and margs
I used to live in Miami before I moved to Charlotte, and I have a friend who comes up here to really indulge in Charlotte. If she came in on a Friday, I would definitely take her to dinner at Three Amigos. Those margaritas can’t be beat. I’d get the chicken burrito smothered in queso, and obviously two to three rounds of margaritas.
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After dinner, I’d take her to Lost & Found. It would just be a fun night out, you know, drinks and dancing, meeting up with friends, and just hanging out.
Saturday: Brunch, burgers, and NoDa nights
The next day, we’d go to Superica for brunch. I’d get the pancakes.
I really love Sleepy Poet. This specific friend that I mentioned I’ve got in mind as I’m planning this is obsessed with Charlotte’s thrift and consignment stores, so if she were visiting I’d take her there.
For lunch, we’d go to Ace No. 3. I’d get the regular Ace burger and fries. And maybe also a boozy milkshake.
In the evening, we’d get a glass of wine or two at Rosie’s Wine Garden (in Optimist Park).
Then we’d head to Haberdish for dinner. We’d get the fried chicken with a side of Alabama white sauce, and then I’d 100 percent recommend the mac and cheese with crispy chicken skins.
Sunday: A Camp North End send-off
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