I haven’t had time to post many new recipes lately, but I am providing more restaurant reviews and ideas around Charlotte! All opinions are my own, and nothing is sponsored. Because I record almost everything I eat, including when we go to restaurants, I want to share my eating-out recommendations. I posted some fancier, foodie options last week. Today, however, I am switching gears and giving a list of healthy, casual places. And I am also including a catering company that I have worked with and personally recommend.
Luna’s Living Kitchen. Todd took me here for my birthday lunch last year. It is plant-based, organic, local, mostly raw food in a bright and pretty setting. The atmosphere and food were both great. I had an almond milk chai latte that was really really tasty. It has been awhile since eating there, and I’m ready to go back soon!
Juice Bar. Charlotte has 2 locations, one on Providence and one in Park Rd shopping center. I have personally only been to the one on Park Rd, but I am sure they are both equally great! I am a healthy eater, but for some reason I was scared to try fresh green juice. But now I wish I had tried it sooner! And I especially wish one of those locations was right down the street from my house! I have had the Sweet Greens, the Orange You Glad, and the Sniffle Stopper shot – all fantastic. They also offer spring rolls, salads, smoothies, and other snacks.
Viva Chicken. Unfortunately I always forget to snap a picture when we eat Viva Chicken! We all love this restaurant, which is a huge bonus as a parent. We typically order the Peruvian rotisserie chicken with sides (their green beans are my favorite) and get plenty of the dipping sauces. If you only need one reason to try this place, let that reason be the sauces! We also love the Quinoa Stuffed Avocado. And most recently we tried their salads. The Andina Quinoa Salad was amazing. The Herbal Limeade was another hit – it is fresh and has lime, mint, rosemary, and basil!
Chop’t. Todd and I ate lunch at Chop’t in New York when we were there a couple of years ago. One just recently opened very close to our house and we couldn’t wait to go! On a recent day when we were having a bunch of work done on our house, and Davis was in school, we took a little salad lunch break to get away from the chaos. We were very impressed by the service and the food. I love their salad concept – they toss all of the ingredients together, then chop them up as finely as you prefer. Everything is evenly mixed and you don’t have huge pieces of lettuce hanging from your fork! Todd tried one of their Hot-Top Salads, the Braised Greek (spicy Greek chicken and quinoa, millet, lentils; served hot over feta, olives, pita chips, kale, spinach, and cabbage). I made my own salad and included kale/leafy greens/cabbage mix, broccoli, tomato, cucumber, dried cranberries, blue cheese, chicken, and some kind of nuts. So good! Oh, and don’t forget to check out their creative wallpaper!
Reid’s. Changing gears a bit and discussing a wonderful catering option in Charlotte! Reid’s Fine Foods has been around Charlotte for years, but they have expanded their brand. I have worked with their catering division on two events recently, and I was very pleased both times! The food, service, and presentation were all wonderful. I wanted to post it here in case anyone needs a suggestion for an upcoming event, work function, or wedding. If you’d like my contact person, I will be happy to share! Here are a couple of the photos of food they did for the recent CURATEclt gathering.