SouthPark/Park Road

Where Charlotte - - DINING -

AQUA E VINO—

Ital­ian. Chef Gabriele Grigolon, who has worked for the likes of the great Alain Du­casse and Char­lotte restau­rant Luce, brings a bold Ital­ian menu to this re­cently ren­o­vated space. But there are other hints of the globe on his menu, too, such as grilled Spanish oc­to­pus with ar­ti­chokes and crispy ca­pers and North Carolina fresh shrimp fritto with gar­lic aioli. D (Tu-Sa). www.aquaevino.com. 4219 Prov­i­dence Road, 704.364.4445. Map 1 D7

AZTECA—

Mex­i­can. This Mex­i­can restau­rant serves up huge por­tions fam­ily-style and su­perb, au­then­tic fla­vors in a fes­tive at­mos­phere. L and D (daily). www.aztecarestau­rantchar­lotte.com. 7340 Smith Cor­ners Blvd., 704.598.4068. Map 1 C3; 116 E. Wood­lawn Road, 704.525.5110. Map 1 C7; 9709 E. In­de­pen­denceBlvd.,704.814.9877. Map1G7; 1863 W Franklin Blvd., 704.866.7574.

BAKU—

Ja­panese. This swanky, SouthPark-area lounge and restau­rant beck­ons with wafts of Ro­bata-style char­coal-grilled Ja­panese de­lights, such as Yak­i­tori skew­ers (ev­ery­thing from beef to chicken livers) and its fresh, in­ter­est­ing maki rolls and sashimi. A small-bites smor­gas­bord makes Baku a great spot for a date, a treat af­ter a busi­ness day, or a girls night out, as there are plenty of op­tions to suit ev­ery taste. D (M-Sa). www.baku-restau­rant. com. 4515 Sharon Road, 704.817.7173.

DOG­WOOD SOUTH­ERN TA­BLE & BAR—

South­ern. This farm-to-fork restau­rant serves re­gional cuisine, us­ing as many Carolina prod­ucts as pos­si­ble. So din­ers can ex­pect to find such dishes as roasted Her­itage Farms pork shoul­der in banana leaf, and smoked bar­be­cue NC Shrimp with charred okra and to­ma­toes. The South­ern-in­spired space with brick walls, re­claimed wood and re­stored fire­places also serves up a re­gion­ally spir­ited craft-cock­tail pro­gram, global wines and Carolina craft beers. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Su). www.dog­wood­south­erntable.com. 4905 Ash­ley Park Lane, 704.910.4919. Map 1 C7

HIBIS­CUS—

Thai. Healthy food at mod­er­ate prices is at the core of this Thai-Korean fu­sion menu, with creamy cur­ries, Thai clas­sics and sushi all ex­pertly crafted. The South­east-Asian com­fort foods pair nicely with fresh cock­tails like a ly­chee mar­tini or a straw­berry lemon drop. L and D (TuSu). www.hibis­cus-char­lotte.com. 1600 E. Wood­lawn Road, 980.256.4380.

SIR EDMOND HAL­LEY’S—

Bri­tish. For An­glophiles, it doesn’t get any bet­ter than this—lots of taps of tra­di­tional English brews, hearty, tra­di­tional Bri­tish and not-so-Bri­tish en­trees and a lovely shaded out­door pa­tio. L (M-Sa), D (daily). www.hal­leyspub.com. 4151 Park Road, 704.525.7775. Map 1 C6

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