Just take a look at a few of these beauties from recent visits, all within the last few weeks…

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Cornmeal dusted fried oysters at JAKE’S GOOD EATS, a very out-of-the-way location for very delicious food.  If you happen to be driving THROUGH Charlotte via 485, its only about a mile off of the Albemarle Road exit, and well worth a detour!

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MIRO’S SPANISH GRILL in Stonecrest Shopping Center is surprisingly good, although for lunch I would have liked to have had tapas options.  I’m not compaining though…this pork tenderloin with chimmicurri sauce, rice, beans and plantains for under $10 was a huge deal, and very tasty.

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My daughter had the shrimp with angel hair pasta…

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And for dessert, we couldn’t pass up the housemade tres leches cake with espresso (served properly with a twist of lemon).

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Uptown at DANDELION MARKET for some ‘small plates’ like the butter sauteed sea scallops with pomegranate reduction…

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Or the red pepper artichoke dip, which was enough for 4 people, and came with a thoughtful assortment of pita bread, fried and au natural for dipping.

But the best food was what I made at home for my man’s birthday.  He requested something really chocolatey, so I made these individual warm double-chocolate brownie cakes for his special day (from Food & Wine Feb. 2009) served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Now that’s what I’m talking about!

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