Plaza Mid­wood/ East Char­lotte

Where Charlotte - - DINING -

COMIDA—

Latin Amer­i­can. Owner Ale­sha Sin Vanata’s dream con­cept came to fruition with Comida, a high-en­ery, hip spot that com­bines the lo­cal food move­ment and Latin Amer­i­can fla­vors. Masa is ground in-house and is certified or­ganic and non-GMO while crispy duck breast, grilled Cor­nish game hen and carne asada sup­port the philoso- phy of us­ing sim­ple in­gre­di­ents in big ways. D (Tu-Su). www.co­mi­da­clt.com. 1205 Thomas Ave., 980.498.6576.

SOUL GAS­TROLOUNGE—

Con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can. The “lounge” part of the name is represented by moody light­ing and the thump­ing of ur­ban beats in the back­ground mu­sic, but it’s the “gas­tro” part that keeps lo­cals com­ing back for more. It’s an un­der­ground fa­vorite for sushi lovers, but it also serves up in­ven­tive small plates like grilled Caesar salad and Asian glazed pork belly tacos. Cock­tails are smooth and ex­pertly made. D (daily). www. soul­gas­trolounge.com. 1500B Central Ave., 704.348.1848. Map 1 D6

THE PE­CU­LIAR RAB­BIT—

Gas­tropub. This sis­ter restau­rant to Jack­a­lope Jack’s on 7th Street, lives up to its strange name—in a good way. Lo­cated in a ren­o­vated three-story build­ing for­merly home to a night­club and a church in Plaza Mid­wood, the gas­tropub of­fers up twists on pub food, such as the lamb burger with fig aioli, arugula, boursin cheese and smoked to­mato on flat­bread. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-

Su). www.thep­e­cu­liarrab­bit.com. 1212 Pecan Ave., 704.333.9197. Map 1 D6

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