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The Capital Grille in Charlotte has launched their new Winter Lunch Plates menu. Like their past seasonal lunch menus, you get a 3-course lunch for $18.

New items on the menu are clam chowder, roasted red pepper soup, Waygu cheeseburger, and roasted root vegetables.

While I got to taste a smorgasbord of everything and it was all delicious, if I had to choose, I’d go with the trio combo of:

• Clam Chowder (Perfectly creamy and chunky, the soup reminds this New England girl of home.)
• Mini Tenderloin Sandwiches (Sandwiched in brioche with Boursin cheese and mushrooms, these sliders are a winner. Be sure to order them done medium rare!)
• Truffle Fries (I am an addict. Can’t. Stop. Eating. These.)

And, of course, I’d add on a dessert order of either the cheesecake or coconut cream pie.

Take a look:

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Smalls, a restaurant featuring “chef-inspired food” will be opening its doors mid-January on Elizabeth Avenue in Midtown Charlotte. The 80-seater will be family friendly before transitioning into a lounge, full with a DJ or live music on Wednesday through Saturday nights.

According to owner Joseph DiLeo, “Smalls will become a destination restaurant, lounge and bar. We designed Smalls as a family friendly restaurant with a relaxed setting through the day that will gain energy into the night, especially with our late night hours Wednesday through Saturday.”

The Small Plates portion of the menu includes Oysters; Crispy Eggplant Stack with Mozzarella, Confit Tomato, and White Balsamic; Glazed Pork Belly with Cannellini Beans; Zack’s Confit Korean Wings; Drunken Short rib on Bavarian Pretzel Bun with whole grain mustard and cornichons; Crab Cake on Old Bay Jalapeno Biscuit with Peppadew Remoulade. The slider portion of the menu includes Old Fashioned Hamburger, Pimento Burger and Blue Burger.

Entrees include Braised Short Rib with Parmesan and Bourbon Creamed Corn and Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes; Smalls Steak Burger- Leidy’s Double Smoked Bacon and Blue Cheese on an Amish Potato Roll; Crispy Chicken with Thyme Waffle and Salted Caramel Butter; Porcini Papperdelle with Oyster Mushrooms, melted leeks, caramelized baby carrots and Grana Padano and Pan Seared Scallop With Root Vegetable Puree, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Truffle Oil.

Smalls
1609 Elizabeth Avenue
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday
11:30 a.m. –  2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday
Twitter: @Smallscharlotte

The Chick-fil-A located in South End (Charlotte, NC) is hosting an open house on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m., to taste and see their newest products: Grilled Nuggets (on the Kid’s Menu) and a new ooey-gooey, chocolate chip cookie to be launched this year.

If the new items are anything like the past items CFA has launched in recent years (spicy chicken sandwich, milkshakes, etc), they’re sure to be a hit.

Chick-fil-A at South End.
3015 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: (704) 665-6371