If you’re in town for a Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Knights, or Charlotte Hornets game, but don’t want to eat in Uptown, head a couple miles over to Central Avenue. In the heart of the trendy, but still cool Plaza-Midwood neighborhood, you’ll find a variety of restaurants. One restaurant that I recommend is Kickstand Burger Bar. It shares a parking lot and waiting area with La Unica, so parking can be a little tight depending on the time you go. It’s worth it.
The bar is in the middle of the restaurant, surrounded by booths. Just past the bar, you’ll find a few more booths along with tables in the middle. There are TVs lining the walls. The booths at the front of the restaurant have personal mini TVs. There’s also a large jukebox by the kitchen doors. Much like the rest of Plaza-Midwood, the restaurant has a very laid back vibe. The staff is friendly and attentive.Kickstand Burger Bar is near Uptown Charlotte & has dietary-restriction friendly menu items Click To Tweet
Gluten-free options can be found on the menu. Menu items sans soy are harder to come by. My dad took Nikki & I to Kickstand for Nikki’s birthday dinner. After discussing menu items with the waitress, Nikki selected a grilled chicken sandwich with salad. Shortly after placing the order, the manager came to our table & informed us that the waitress was mistaken about the chicken being soy-free. The chicken was marinated in oil that contained soy. The chicken is marinated in the soy in the mornings, so unfortunately they didn’t have any chicken not marinated with soy.
The manager offered Nikki a vegan or turkey burger. Nikki chose a regular burger with lettuce & a gluten-free bun. Though my dad suggested just using water as dressing, Nikki opted for balsamic dressing on her side salad.
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I built my own burger (bacon cheeseburger with pickles; it came with a dill pickle. One can never have too many pickles.) and had tater tots. Always get the tots.
My dad tried their Beer Can Burger special. It changes weekly. This burger had chicken, cheese, and bacon. It was lit. He also had the tots.
The food tastes even better than the pictures look! Make sure to stop by Kickstand whenever you’re in Charlotte!
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