Hang in historic Dilworth for the charm, the cool and the eats at spots like 300 East. (Photos: Courtesy 300 East)
If you live in Charlotte, N.C., you want to live in Dilworth because of its oak-lined streets, gorgeous turn-of-the-century houses and quaint down-home feel. If you are visiting Charlotte, you’ll gravitate to this ‘hood, designated as a National Historic District, for the same reasons. Not to mention its super charming shops and booming restaurant scene. Here’s where to go:
Think you could hold your own in the “Chopped” kitchen? Don’t miss a chance to stop in at Pour Olive. This family-owned-and-operated artisanal oil and vinegar shop showcases olive oil and vinegar creations you didn’t know your kitchen was missing. Choosing among the more than 40 selections of olive oils and vinegars can be a challenge; smart shoppers rely on the staff for their recommendations and take advantage of the tasting options.
What to Buy: Flavors explode on the tongue as you sample the black cherry balsamic vinegar or blood orange infused olive oil. You’ll never look at a salad the same way again.
The renovated turn-of-the-century house in Dilworth at 300 East Boulevard is better known as 300 East, a family-owned restaurant drawing rave reviews for its service and food. Make your reservations and request a window seat, or celebrate warm weather with a meal on the patio. The locally sourced menu ranges from a seared Ahi tuna salad with organic greens and sesame dressing to sweet potato ravioli.
What to Drink: If you’re inclined to sample the house libation, check out their signature, Matilda Wong. You’ll be served a pitcher with a single straw for this 32-ounce potent potable. The boozy concoction is made with Triple Sec, rum, brandy and plenty of gin topped off with fresh juices.
Successfully melding a historic setting in an early 20th-century bungalow with authentic and contemporary Indian cuisine, Copper proves the two add up to something special. The signature architectural elements of the bungalow are enhanced by bold colors and a spare design aesthetic. This keeps the focus on the menu and an extensive wine list, which won an Award of Excellence from The Wine Spectator. What to Order: The murgh tikka masala consistently pleases, as does the garlic naan. Don’t worry about the spice level, since you can ask them to adjust it.
You’ll find yourself in the thick of Charlotte’s thriving creative community at Paper Skyscraper, an all-are-welcome space which has thrived in the heart of historic Dilworth for more than two decades. Pop in to peruse shelves of books, unique gifts (think candles, funky socks and even dog toys) as well as cards for most every occasion.
Whether you need to escape the heat, stretch your legs or simply unwind with a book and blanket, Freedom Park delivers. You can’t miss the sprawling lake that lies in the center of this 98-acre park, and active visitors can take a jog along paved trails, play a match on tennis and volleyball courts, or bring the little ones to climb on playground equipment. Plan a visit during summer when free films and live performances are held on the grounds, or better yet, in September, during the five-day-long Festival in the Park.
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