Last month I scooted back down to Charlotte for a weekend to visit my bestie. I have a feeling it’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship with the Queen City (As Charlotte is often referred to). For those of you looking to travel there, just check back every few months to find more reviews and travel tips. And for those of you reading from the Charlotte area looking for great spots to try out, I’m happy to share your city! If you missed out on my big foodie find from my September trip, here it is (Midwood Smoke House).
Charlotte is such a charming little town. In the two short visits I have had, I already feel like I am fairly familiar with the set-up and neighborhoods. I’m hoping after a few more visits I will be able to compile a great list of activities in and around the area. I already have short list in hand. But, until then I’ll continue to share my favorite food experience from each trip. This time around it was at a little cozy pub called The Workman’s Friend.
The Workman’s Friend has become like a second home for my Charlotte friends. They go in multiple times a week, know all of the staff, and have taste tested just about every item on the menu. I love going to other people’s favorite everyday restaurants. It gives a window into what type of food experience is most comforting to them. The Workman’s Friend gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling right when you walk in. Picture a fire lit in the back of the restaurant and the wooden tables and chairs.
The food selection ranged from traditional Irish fare to classic comfort food. Our table went with a mix for this particular meal. The bangers and grits was the fan favorite. The dish comes out in an old fashioned handled steel pot. The grits were flavorful and the bangers (sausages) were sizeable. Served with toast and fruit, this dish could tide you off for the full day! I went for an open face turkey sandwich (at the dismay of my fellow diners). I couldn’t decide which Irish dish to do so I went in the opposite direction!
The thick crusty bread was topped with melted brie, thick slabs of fresh roasted turkey and lots of greens. I could have done with less greens and more apple for some contrast but overall it was an enjoyable lunch. The thick cut fries that were paired with my sandwich are particularly good when you get an extra crispy one. I should also mention that I dared to add a side of mac and cheese. It was creamy and delicious.
Lastly, my other friend had a bowl of tomato soup paired with their gourmet grilled cheese that sits on thick toasty bread with Kerrygold cheddar and white American. While I did not taste test the sandwich, the soup was one of those good for the soul classics!
The Workman’s Friend has elevated the Irish pub experience. Taking their own liberties has served them right. The local pub food in my town certainly doesn’t live up to this. If you’re looking for a casual night out with friends, a hearty brunch after a long night (Their Bloody Mary’s are great!), or just an after work bite this is your spot!
…all for the love of the dish