Where to Eat in Charlotte Right Now
The gist: Bardo is the older, fancier sister restaurant of VANA. Perfect for dates and special occasions, Bardo specializes in shareable and unique dishes.
The food: Chef Michael Noll and his team can be seen from the exposed kitchen at the back of the dining room preparing small plate dishes such as sea trout with compressed watermelon and delectable desserts like the brown butter cake served with charred pineapple and white chocolate ice cream. Bartender Amanda Britton creates cocktails meant to bring out the flavors of Noll’s dishes, such as the Paradise Paloma made with Illegal Mezcal, kombu, watermelon, and lime.
The cost: Dishes, meant to be tapas-style or not if you don’t want to share, range from $10-25. Cocktails are about $13, and beer and wine run from $4-17.