VANA, a new restaurant from the team behind Bardo, coming to South End in late 2019

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The talented team behind Bardo, an intimate restaurant with a boundary-pushing cuisine and cocktail program, will debut its sophomore concept called VANA on Thursday, August 13 in South End.

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— Emma Way

Bourbon Cocktails Bring Added Excitement To A Classic American Spirit

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Bourbon has long been celebrated as the unofficial American spirit and has centuries of fascinating stories behind it. But bourbon is a lot more versatile than being served neat or on the rocks. It's the star of many complex cocktail favorites, including classics like the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and even the Mint Julep.

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— Aly Walansky

7 Variations of the French 75 to Drink in Bars Now

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The French 75 is named for the fast-firing 75 millimeter field gun that was utilized by the French during World War One. Consisting of gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar and Champagne, the drink is a lot friendlier than the name implies.

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— Kevin Gray

2019 BOB Awards: Eat

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Dinner and a show—the gold standard of first dates. Chef Michael Noll’s show is a little different, though. Admire Noll’s culinary expertise (peep those knife skills) with a view into its open kitchen right off the main dining area, and then taste the expert dishes you just watched him make.

2019 BOB Awards: Eat
— Magazine Staff

17 best new restaurants in Charlotte

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The Charlotte food scene exploded in 2019. We’ve covered around 100 restaurant grand openings in the past 12 months.

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— Ted Williams and Brianna Crane

Bardo: South End’s New Small Plate Destination

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Located in the South End and Wilmore neighborhoods, Bardo is all about opposites and in-betweens. It’s all casual, laid-back atmosphere, with cuisine that’s anything but everyday. It’s small, unobtrusive design, coupled with boldly flavored small plates and creative cocktails.

Bardo mixologist Amanda Britton
— Mary Elizabeth Myrick

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Review: At Bardo, Dishes Nostalgic, Yet Indulgent and Innovative

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MY FAVORITES at Bardo all eat like junk food, and I mean that in the best way. The diver scallops, with chicken skins and a fermented hot sauce, remind me of childhood road trips in which the aroma of my spicy fried pork skins filled the family station wagon. Just as I was then, I’m embarrassed—but not restrained—by my own guilty pleasures while trying the winning dishes at Bardo, chef Michael Noll’s new restaurant in Wilmore.

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— Ben Jarrell

Your guide to Bardo in South End, one of Charlotte's top new restaurants still under the radar -- SouthPark Magazine

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Over the summer, one of the city’s best new chef-driven restaurants quietly opened in South End’s emerging Gold District. It didn’t have the local chef star power of other new spots like Paul Verica’s The Stanley or the multi-million dollar build-out of Uptown’s La Belle Helene. But as the flurry of the season’s openings began to slow, there was a buzz about the creative dishes being served at a tiny newcomer led by a notable former Chicago chef.

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— southpark magazine

Top 50 restaurants in Charlotte, ranked

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After a busy year for Charlotte’s restaurant scene, this question got even more challenging. It can be overwhelming to keep up with the dozens of restaurants opening every month. How can diners tell where a meal is really worth their cash?

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— Emma Way and Ted Williams