Big Daddy’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
An old school fish camp delivering much more than average fried seafood
News and events not to miss this week
On Veteran’s Day, we thank those who have served our country for their bravery and sacrifice. It’s easy for us to forget as we sit comfortably at home that there are men and women halfway across the world living a nightmare so we can be safe. Today, we all take the time to remember that.
For a story spotlighting veterans in the Charlotte restaurant industry, we asked several veterans about their service and how it translates to what they do now. One thing that stood out in different ways across the interviews was how seeing combat changes you. Even those who are no longer in active service continue fighting the battles brought home with them.
Restaurant kitchens are often painted as homes to a counter-culture, employing lovable misfits that band together to create an adopted family. There are demons, sure, but there is also the type of camaraderie needed to successfully feed a full restaurant on a Friday night. There’s a need for people who can keep their cool under pressure, who can push through and keep going even after something goes wrong. Sounds like a veteran to me.
To those working in kitchens and out of them, thank you for your sacrifice. —Kristen Wile
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… Meet four veterans in the Charlotte restaurant industry
… Behind on your Thanksgiving shopping? Here’s where to reserve a locally sourced turkey
… In last week’s Q&A, we shared our thoughts on NYC’s foie gras ban
… Our running list of options for dining out on Thanksgiving is now live
… Changes to the health code this year have caused restaurants to spend big to keep up
Elsewhere: Terrace Cafe has closed both of its locations, according to Charlotte Five; an upscale Korean barbecue joint is opening in an Uptown tower, according to Charlotte Agenda
In our inbox: Sushi Guru is now also closed in SouthPark, following the Plaza Midwood location’s closure; Halcyon has launched $1 Bloody Marys during Saturday and Sunday brunch; Soul Food Sessions will be the next guest on local food documentary series OrderFire, which screens on Sunday at Free Range Brewing
Read all of our latest news.
MONDAY: WSOC has a long list of dining deals for veterans in and around Charlotte. Find it here.
TUESDAY: The Fig Tree hosts one of its most popular dinners of the year, its Wild Game Dinner. $90, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Corkbuzz pours eight wines comparing Bordeaux and Napa in a Raid the Cellar event. $85, 6:30 p.m.
See our full calendar of events.
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