I think the Fillmore is a great place to see a show. Partially because the venue itself is really nice, but also because of the surrounding area. The Fillmore is part of the North Carolina Music Factory. There are a handful of venues, both inside and out, clubs, and restaurants. And - this might be the best part - FREE parking. Right?!?!? When was the last time you had free parking for a show?
At any rate, the restaurants were what interested me. M and I met up with a few friends of ours who live in Charlotte (and who were kind enough to let us spend the weekend) for dinner before the show. Since we were a little pressed for time, we decided to hit one of the restaurants near the Fillmore. K, our resident Charlotte tour guide, took us to VBGB, a Beer Hall and Garden.
M and I placed our orders after checking out the menu. Then we wandered outside to hang out and sample the beer that K had picked out for us. Both of us had the Foothills Oktoberfest, which was spectacular. Nice choice by K right there. We sipped our beers and caught up with friends while sitting outside at a wooden picnic table. I loved the atmosphere of this place. Very cool, very laid back.
After a bit of a wait, our food arrived. M kept it simple and ordered a cheeseburger with a side of shepherd's salad. It was a pretty good sized meal. M said the burger was tasty, but the star of the show was definitely the salad. The salad was simple - just tomatoes, cucumbers, and dill in a red wine vinaigrette. But I have to agree with her. It was awesome. I was a little jealous that I hadn't ordered it.
|Definitely a good sized meal.|
|And a close up of the salad. Looks like there were some red onions in there as well.|
|The chicken sausage was a nice alternative to pork.|