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Charlotte’s restaurant scene has grown rapidly in recent years, often following national trends. Recently, the city has seen an influx in spots focused on locally focused fare, creative dishes, and craft cocktails. The top new addition to this crowd is Block & Grinder.
This Providence Road spot is part restaurant, part wine store, part butcher shop, and does all three very well. If you’re stopping in for a shopping trip you’ll find a well curated selection of wines by the bottle (these can also be purchased by patrons of the restaurant) and one of the most impressive meat counters in town.
However, the restaurant and its inventive dishes tends to steal the spotlight. Start your meal at the small, L-shaped bar with tasty craft cocktails like the bright green basil smash. A charcuterie plate features rich offerings like a creamy pate topped in a fig compote alongside house cured sausages.
Entrees are elegant dishes ranging from rabbit over stone ground grits to a seared duck topped in a sweet cherry and brandy glace. If you’re in the mood for something more casual, opt for one of the decadent burgers like the shitake and gruyere topped with roasted shitake mushrooms, garlic aioli, and gruyere cheese.
One of the best times to visit Block & Grinder though may be for the restaurant’s Sunday brunch. Dishes like the Crawfish and grits and the corned beef hash with fried egg are prepared exceptionally well—and pair well with the restaurant’s house made bellinis or sriracha bloody marys.