The Most Unique Dishes to Try During Charlotte Restaurant Week

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When it comes to taste testing a variety of restaurants, there’s no better time than the semi-annual Charlotte Restaurant Week. The 10-day celebration encompasses more than 130 restaurants across nine counties. And while there are plenty of traditional options at multiple restaurants (steak, chicken, salad and so on), we scanned all the menus to find the less-traditional items you might not otherwise try. Check out the roundup!

And for a full list of restaurants participating, click here. Charlotte Restaurant Week runs from January 18th through the 27th.

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Classic Lobster Cappuccino

Where: Webb Custom Kitchen, 182 South Street, Gastonia, NC 28052

What is it?: According to newengland.com, “The soup is called cappuccino because it has a thick cap of froth, just like the one on the drink.

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Wild Boar Belly

Where: BLOCK Bistro, 13812 Cinnabar Place, Huntersville, NC 28078

What is it?: Similar to pork belly, but way cooler sounding

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Wood Grilled Octopus

Where: Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, 1829 Cleveland Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203

What is it?: It’s octopus. Really. Would you eat octopus? Give it a try at Bonterra.

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Southern Egg Rolls

Where: On the Nines Neighborhood Bistro & Cocktails, 205 Golf Course Drive, Mooresville, NC 28115

What is it?: This is a fun, southern spin on a typical Asian food favorite. Inside these egg rolls is slow-smoked chicken, collard greens & oven cured tomatoes with peach chutney & Asian mustard.

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Stuffed Grape Leaves

Where: Essex Bar and Bistro, 101 S. Tryon Street, Suite 14, Charlotte, NC 28202
ilios noche, 8426 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210

What is it?: The leaves off a grape vine traditionally stuffed with rice and herbs. Essex also has beef with feta yogurt. They’re also serving it at ilios noche with citrus, dill and rice.

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Candied Beet Pops

Where: Evoke, 555 S. McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

What is it?: I’ll be honest. I have no idea what this is. It sounds unique, though. I imagine candied beets on a stick. (If they’re not a stick, it’ll be disappointing.)

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Red Bean Ice Cream

Where: Nikko Restaurant. 325 Arlington Avenue, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28203

What is it?: This ice cream is made with a red bean paste, but don’t worry – it’s still sweet enough to be considered a dessert!

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