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Tupelo Honey Comes to Charlotte

In all the visits I have made to Asheville I have never visited one of its most iconic restaurants, Tupelo Honey. The restaurant is located downtown and serves “nouveau Southern” cuisine. The lines are always crazy long so I never visited while visiting Asheville.

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Tupelo Honey has been expanding in recent years and now has locations in Greenville, Knoxville, Johnson City, Chattanooga and as of last weekend, Charlotte! I was invited to the preview night before the grand opening and eagerly accepted the invite.

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You were greeted by a loud, lively and entertaining Jazz band that was playing out on the porch. Tupelo Honey is located in Southend Charlotte in the old Pewter Rose space. They did a complete renovation of the space and it’s big, airy and very well decorated. High ceilings and exposed brick. It’s warm and inviting.

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There was food for tasting everywhere!

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My first plate was fried okra, mashed sweet potatoes, cheesy cauliflower mash, pork chop and tenderloin. Faves on this plate were the cauliflower and tenderloin.

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Veggie table with brussels sprouts, beets, asparagus and more.

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Shrimp and goat cheese grits.

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Crab cakes.

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My final plate of the evening. Shrimp and goat cheese grits, brussels sprouts, seared scallop and a crab cake. This plate was incredible. The shrimp and grits were perfect with lots of roasted red pepper and goat cheese, the scallop was cooked perfectly and the crab cake was a spot on mix of filler and crab with a spicy sauce to top it off.

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I left with a Tupelo Honey Cookbook. I can’t wait to browse through it and try some of the recipes. Growing up in south Georgia, I’m a big fan of southern comfort food. My Sunday tradition with my grandmother was always church and then a meat and three. And I can’t wait to get back to Tupelo Honey to try their brunch. Word on the street is that they’ll serve breakfast all day!

What’s your favorite Southern food? This is a tough one for me but I’ll go with cornbread, stewed okra and tomatoes, pecan pie and about a million other things including braised cabbage, collard greens, pineapple casserole, cheese grits…

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  • 1
    colleen December 9, 2013, 9:22 pm

    You know, growing up in B’ham and now living in an even more southern city, I am actually not a fan of true southern food! So odd b/c I am all about the south in every other aspect. I prefer southern “gulf” food….fresh fish and shrimp! 😉

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    Teri [a foodie stays fit] December 9, 2013, 9:37 pm

    oh yum! I finally went to Tupelo Honey Cafe on my last visit to Asheville – so good! I LOVE hushpuppies. I had no idea what they were when I moved to the South five years ago. haha! They are tasty little buggers.

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    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 9, 2013, 9:43 pm

    I love collards, corn bread, and fried okra! Delicious! Other than that all the other southern foods are “so so” to me.

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    Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine December 9, 2013, 9:55 pm

    This is SO exciting! I know there is one in Greenville, SC but I have never tried it out. It looks wonderful and I can’t wait to visit! mmmm! 🙂

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    Annie @ herightfit.com December 10, 2013, 12:19 am

    This looks so good! I love trying new restaurants!

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    Whitney December 10, 2013, 10:39 am

    Ahhh My husband and I were at Mac’s over the weekend and were wondering what was in the Pewter Rose space! Looks yumm.. will have to give it a try! 🙂

  • 7
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit December 10, 2013, 11:11 am

    love all that food! fried okra….yummmmmmy!

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    Emily December 10, 2013, 3:50 pm

    I tried collard greens for the first time a few weeks back (I’ve been here 5 years)… so good!

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    Sarah December 10, 2013, 6:25 pm

    I have been to the Asheville one… and it is so worth it. Their biscuits are HUGE and soft and warm and buttery and I can’t rave enough about just EVERYTHING I ate there… ahhh

  • 10
    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More December 10, 2013, 8:39 pm

    I want to try those goat cheese grits!

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    Ali December 10, 2013, 9:30 pm

    I’m from Asheville and there are actually two locations there. One downtown and one in South Asheville. The food is great in both places but the ambiance is obviously better downtown.

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      Jen December 10, 2013, 9:33 pm

      yep! saw that on the website!

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