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Sep 30, 2019

All You Can Eat: Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Where To Eat

Charlotteans love a cool, new concept restaurant and Rockin’ Rolls is just that.

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express had a quiet opening in Elizabeth a few weeks ago. This location is their third, following the Raleigh and Durham spots.

Their lunch hours are Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm. Monday-Thursday dinner is served from 5pm-9:30pm and the weekends have more extended hours.

Now, let’s get to the important part. The all-you-can-eat sushi is only $12.99 for lunch and $16.99 for dinner. The menu consists of 50 different rolls and other Japanese dishes that circle by on the conveyor belt.


Photo credit: Alissa DeRogatis

When you walk in, you’ll pay (and tip) first. Then, you’ll make your way to grab all the condiment necessities like soy sauce, wasabi, a drink and some utensils.

You can sit and order your favorite rolls and dishes from one of the iPads, or try a new dish from the conveyor belt. All around, it’s a super fun and unique experience!

Sep 24, 2019

5 Places You Probably Didn't Know You Could Grab a Drink At

Posted by Amanda Erskine • Where To Drink

Sometimes the best places to kick back and relax with a nice cold drink, are the ones that you least expect to be able to grab a drink at. Imagine, you’re strolling through the mall, and trying not to run into or get run over by the hundreds of other determined shoppers and mall walkers, when you see a sign in a coffee shop, saying “beer on tap.” Maybe you weren’t thinking of grabbing a drink before, but now, that sounds like exactly what you need to take the edge off of the rest of your shopping excursion. 

If you’re someone who likes to be surprised with the presence of alcohol, then we guarantee that you’ll enjoy this list of some of the places that you didn’t know you could grab a drink at.

  1. McGill Rose Garden: A new addition to the list of places that you can grab a drink at, this city-funded garden recently got a new addition in the form of Rosie’s Wine Bar, which now offers wine, beer, and mimosas for you to sip on while you stroll around the lush and art-filled garden. 

  2. Bartique: Located on N. Davidson in downtown NoDa, Bartique stands as a unique space where you can shop for 70’s style clothing, and also grab a cold beverage. This is the perfect spot to go, if you are a boyfriend who has been dragged along on a shopping trip, or if you’re someone who just likes to pair your shopping trip with some alcohol. 

  3. Dilworth Coffee: Located in South Park Mall, next to Belk, is a small, unassuming coffee shop that offers delicious coffee, as well as a handful of alcoholic beverages. Grab a glass of wine on your next shopping trip, or write this down as a place to visit during the holiday shopping season, you’re gonna need it!

  4. Harris Teeter: While it’s advised not to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry, no one ever said you shouldn’t go when you’re thirsty! Harris Teeter is improving your grocery shopping experience, one drink at a time with their locations that are equipped with bars for your drinking pleasure. Walk around with your drink, or take a seat at the bar and enjoy! You can find a Harris Teeter bar at the Myers Park location and South End location.

Another Round Disc Golf and Tap Room: Located on 36th street in NoDa, this Disc Golf  shop doubles as a tap room, with 4 rotating beers on tap! If you’re looking to get into the sport, or just want to grab a drink and learn more about it, check out Another Round!

Sep 11, 2019

Your Guide to 20 Charlotte Breweries by Neighborhood

Posted by Alissa DeRogatis • Where To Drink


Brewers at 4001 Yancey

4001 Yancey Rd

2 breweries in one place, now that’s what I call easy bar hopping! Southern Tier and Victory Brewing is the newest LoSo go-to hang out. I mean, have you seen their food menu?

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

4150 Yancey Rd

If you haven’t been to Olde Meck, you haven’t lived. This German inspired brewery has a huge Biergarten that’s a perfect day drinking hangout spot. Dogs and kids are welcome too!

Sugar Creek Brewing Company

215 Southside Dr

The brewery might look small, but their beers are mighty! Sugar Creek is a great place to go for a casual night out, but can also be the go-to for hosting events.


Heist Brewery Facebook


Birdsong Brewing Company

1016 North Davidson St

Home to the infamous Birdsong Jalapeno Pale Ale, this location has been a staple in Charlotte since 2011! Fun fact: every “Thurstyday” they feature a new flavor release on their website!

Free Range Brewing

2320 North Davidson St

Located just outside of NoDa, this cozy, casual taproom is a go-to for live music. Plus on the way out you can hit up Amelies!

Heist Brewery

2909 North Davidson St

Heist is one of Charlotte’s most classic spots. If you have out of town guests, Heist’s brunch is a must! 

NoDa Brewing Company

2921 North Tryon St

A well known, and well loved, Charlotte favorite. Home to flavors like Jam Session and Hop Drop ‘n Roll, this brewery is basically a historic landmark for the city.

Salud Cerveceria

3306 North Davidson St

An inhouse brewery/coffee shop? Say no more.

Wooden Robot Brewery, The Chamber

416 E 36th St

Home to Good Morning Vietnam, Wooden Robot now has 2 locations (that are always packed)! This brewery is one of the best spots in Charlotte. It’s a great time with great beers!



Plaza Midwood:

Legion Brewing

1906 Commonwealth Ave

Best known for their infamous Juicy Jay, Legion is now home to 2 Charlotte locations! It’s Plaza Midwood location is a comfortable neighborhood favorite.

Pilot Brewing 1331 Central Ave

A nano-brewery that’s newer to Charlotte features small batches. Definitely a great quaint and cozy neighborhood hang out.

Resident Culture Brewing Company

2101 Central Ave

Resident Culture brings a different vibe to the casual Plaza neighborhood. Good news, they also serve wine! And it’s half price by the bottle on Thursdays.




Legion Brewing

4350 Congress St

Best known for their infamous Juicy Jay, Legion is now home to 2 Charlotte locations! It’s new SouthPark location (and the first brewery SouthPark has ever seen) gives off a natural and open, but cozy vibe. 


Sycamore Brewing Facebook

South End:

Suffolk Punch

2911 Griffith St

One of South End’s most popular spots! Suffolk Punch is known for their cozy taproom, large outdoor area and amazing food menu. Did I mention they have $3 beers on Thursdays and Sundays?

Sycamore Brewing

2161 Hawkins St

A true staple of Charlotte, Sycamore is always a great choice for a day drinking spot or just a casual night out. Sycamore hosts a lot of events and great food trucks, be sure to bring your dog when you stop by!

Unknown Brewing Co.

1327 South Mint St

A rooftop brewery with a view of uptown, great inhouse pizza and beer, and live music. Unknown Brewery is South End’s greatest triple threat. It’s also a great place to hang on game days, since it’s walking distance to the Bank of American stadium.

Wooden Robot Brewery

1440 South Tryon St

Home to Good Morning Vietnam, Wooden Robot now has 2 locations (that are always packed)! This brewery is one of the best spots in Charlotte. It’s a great time with great beers!


Armored Cow Brewing Co. Facebook

University City:

Armored Cow Brewing

8821 JW Clay Blvd

University City’s own brewery! This 3,500 square feet location is home to both regular and gluten free beers.


Town Brewing Company Facebook

West End + FreeMore West:

Blue Blaze Brewing

538 South Turner Ave

Nestled just West of uptown, Blue Blaze is a chill taproom that features a large selection of American, English and German beer.

Town Brewing Co.

800 Grandin Rd

Wesley Heights first (and only) brewery. Town Brewing has a large outside area great for dogs and bigger get togethers. They also serve great food (which is always a plus)!

Sep 09, 2019

Charlotte All-You-Can-Eat-Sushi and Sake Specials

Posted by Dara Brewton • Where To Eat

If you are looking to stuff yourself with fresh and delicious sushi rolls, Charlotte has quite a few places where you can sit and indulge. This list includes the all-you-can-eat menus as well as a handful of sake specials to help you wash down all that fish and rice.

Pisces Sushi Bar and Lounge

Pisces is located in Metropolitan squeezed in between Dressler’s and Vivace. They have an all-you-can-eat lunch every day of the week until 2:30, and it includes tons of rolls and nigiri choices. You can also mix it up with some appetizers or hibachi if you want. If it is sake you are after, Tuesday nights will be the night for you when sake is half off. 

Mr Tokyo

Mr Tokyo has three locations in the Charlotte area: Pineville, Matthews, and Prosperity Village. You will find an all-you-can-eat menu at all three of the locations, and there are both lunch and dinner options. There are so many options including classic rolls, nigiri, and several chef’s specialty rolls.

Umami Sushi & Grill

Umami is located in Matthews and is open Tuesday through Sunday. The all-you-can-eat menu includes unlimited nigiri, classic rolls, and specialty rolls. You can also add on some appetizers, soup, and salad. 

Ru San’s Charlotte

You will find Ru San’s off of Park Road in the Dilworth area. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is available Monday-Saturday, and it includes nigiri and fresh sushi rolls as well as plenty of hot dishes. If you are interested in the liquid options, Ru San’s has an extensive sake menu with a ton of sake cocktails such as the Kiwi Lady Killer and the Blue Carolina.

Sky Asian Bistro

Tucked around the corner from Carolina Place Mall, Sky Asian Bistro is easy to overlook but the unlimited lunch and dinner buffets should not be forgotten. You can choose from a variety of sushi options, but you can also add a few Kobe beef sliders into the mix as well. They are open every day except Mondays.

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi

This new eatery is located on Elizabeth Ave near Carpe Diem, and is the third location for Rockin’ Rolls Sushi (there’s one in Durham and one in Raleigh.) It is an all-you-can-eat menu where the food comes out continuously on a conveyor belt, and you just grab the rolls that appeal to you. There are little iPads at the seats as well so you can request hot items from the kitchen like hibachi or spring rolls. It is an interesting concept that may just end up being your favorite way to eat sushi.

Nikko Restaurant

Nikko doesn’t offer an all-you-can-eat menu, but it is definitely a good place to sample a sake menu. On Monday nights, carafes are half off and on the weekends you can join the party with a few sake bombs. The drink menu is extensive. In addition to sake, you will find wine, beers, and specialty cocktails.

Sep 04, 2019

Spend the Fall on the Optimist Hall Deck

Posted by Dara Brewton • NoDa Nightlife

If you’re already a fan of the 7th Street Market in Uptown, then you are going to love the newly opened Optimist Hall. 

Located on Brevard Street, Optimist Hall is 15k square feet of food and drink vendors as well as retail shops inside an old factory building. Not all of the spaces are up and running yet, but there is already enough going on to make a visit well worth it.

The stalls that are currently open for business include:

  • Undercurrent Coffee

  • Zukku Sushi

  • Bao and Broth

  • Honeysuckle Gelato

  • The Spindle Bar

  • The Dumpling Lady

There are a few others that are in the process of loading in like Papi Queso, Suarez Bakery, and Fonta Flora Brewery.


The whole vibe of the place is great. The super high ceilings combined with the ample indoor and outdoor seating options will keep it from feeling too crowded even after business really gets booming. 

There are a lot of long tables to encourage community seating or for accommodating large groups. Plus, those that need a little more seclusion will find a partitioned section of seating, some with comfortable chairs or small couches. 


Optimist Hall is also dog-friendly, and it has an excellent deck area that offers a view of Uptown. With the eateries that are already open and The offerings at The Spindle Bar, an after-work happy hour should definitely be on your social calendar. Plus, the food court style set up of the food vendors ensures that everyone can get exactly what they want--no compromises needed. 


On my trip to the Hall, I opted for lunch at Bao and Broth which I 100% recommend. The miso ramen was flavorful with just enough of a kick. I also sampled three of the buns: Belly Bun (Chashu pork bell with chili crisp, daikon, and scallion), Bulgogi Bun (bulgogi beef with cucumbers and gochujang), and the Falafel Bun (falafel with seasoned cucumbers, cilantro, and tzatziki). All three buns were delicious but the Belly Bun was top-notch. 

Unfortunately, The Spindle Bar was still in the process of setting up shop during my visit, so I had to settle for a glass of water, but I was able to snag a photo of their cocktail menu. 


Optimist Hall is open until 9 pm on weekdays and 10 pm on weekends, and it can be reached via the light rail, just get off on the Parkwood Street Station and make a right.