Welcome to another edition of the Grand Prix Charlotte countdown blog! Today, we’re going to talk turkey – literally! If there is one thing I know about
Magic players, they love their food, and GP Charlotte has a bevy of food options and choices to please all palates!
Food Options in/around GP Charlotte Location
Delish Food Court –
located within the Charlotte Convention Center.
If you need to grab a quick refill on energy between rounds but don’t want to stray too far from the venue, then the Delish Food Court is where you want to
go! Located within the convention center on the ballroom and meeting room level, the Delish Food Court has three different dining options for you to choose
from: Bojangles’, Buon Cibo, and Einstein Bros. Bagels .
is a famous for their southern-style “Cajun” fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. Founded in Charlotte, Bojangles’ has a variety of southern dishes,
including dirty rice, Cajun pinto and beans, and Sweet Tea, to go along with their fried chicken to fill you up and satisfy your cravings between rounds!
Buon Cibo (Italian for ‘good food’) is a hometown restaurant that offers pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and salads – all uniquely homemade using locally-grown
ingredients. For those looking for healthier options, try their Caesar Salad with either chicken or shrimp or their Panini with pasta salad as a side.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
is your stop for breakfast, which is, as we all know, the most important meal of the day! A variety of bagels, muffins, yogurts, and more are readymade for
you to start your day off right!
A Starbucks Coffee is also located in the Delish Food Court. Hours vary depending on location, so please make sure
to check once you arrive at the convention center.
Brazilian Steakhouses – Brazz Carvery and Brazilian Steakhouse & Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
After a long day of slinging cardboard, maybe you and your friends would like to celebrate by gorging yourself on some finest cuts of meat. Well, you are
in luck, as Charlotte has not just one, but two, critically acclaimed Brazilian steakhouses ready to serve your carnivorous appetite!
Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse
is located just northwest of the Charlotte Convention Center, and serves up to ten different cuts of meats that are carved tableside; from pork, lamb,
beef, chicken, scallops, salmon, and even fried alligator! Brazz is open on Friday and Saturday from 5pm – 10pm, and Sunday from 5pm – 9pm. Get your
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
is located a few blocks north of the convention center, and as several different cuts of meat, including filet mignon wrapped in bacon, swordfish, parmesan
pork loin, sausage, and more! Their hours of operation are Friday from 5:30pm – 10pm, Saturday from 5pm – 10pm, and Sunday from 4pm – 9 pm!
Fujo Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar
Perhaps you and your friends would like to recreate the now infamous “Sushi Draft” from GP Chiba, going the
obvious Tuna over Mackerel route? If so, you should head over to Fujo Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, located just
north of the Charlotte Convention Center. There you will find your choice between several Asian food staples, such as rice bowls, or your choice from over
70 types of sushi! They are open Friday from 11am – 10pm and Saturday from 11:30am – 10 pm. They even have delivery!
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth
If you’re looking for interesting dishes, made from artisanal farms, dairies, and wineries, then look no further than Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth! Located within the Mint Museum Uptown, just northwest of the convention
center, Halcyon has some of the most creative and eccentric flavors in the Charlotte area! With healthier options, such as the Wild Mushroom Salad and Bleu
Cheese Souffle, to foods you won’t get anywhere else, such as the Venison Backstrap or the Carolina Grit Rice Risotto, Halcyon has unique flavors and
variety ready for your consumption! Friday and Saturday they are open from 11am-10pm, and Sunday they are open from 11am-3pm!
Perhaps you want to explore the city of Charlotte after finishing up your day playing Magic. If that’s the case, maybe look into these amazing options!
NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open to the public, seven days a week, from 10am – 6pm. Sharing a walkway with the
Charlotte Convention Center, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is an easily accessible location for you to enjoy and learn about this sport. With their own Pit Stop
Café for food choices and a Simulator Ride to pretend like you’re in the race, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is the best place for those that have the need for
The Charlotte Squawks
Located in the Blumenthal Performing Arts center, the Charlotte Squawks are
Saturday Night Live meets Broadway! Come see them perform live and make fun of pop culture, sports, life, politics, and so much more! Their shows start
Friday and Saturday at 8pm!
Museums – The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Mint Museum UPTOWN, and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
For those of you looking to learn as well as entertain yourself, try any of these three museums!
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a four-story, 46,490-square-foot building
housing several exhibits of African-American history, culture, and art, including the east wing wall, which has the Divergent Threads, Lucent Memories work by David Wilson, made of quilts that recall the history of Brooklyn. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for
African-American Arts + Culture is open Friday and Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm.
Mint Museum UPTOWN
showcases international art, live performances, and educational programming for all ages. Current exhibits include Body Embellishment, a look at the
artistic expression of body extension and augmentation, including jewelry, tattoos, and fashion; and Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede, an exhibition
that unites the work of Roy Halston Frowick and Andy Warhol. Mint Museum UPTOWN is open from 11am – 6pm on Friday and Saturday and 1pm – 5pm on Sunday.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
is a four-story building filled with modern art from the mid-20th century. Current exhibits include the Art Books of Henri Matisse and Modernism
+Film. Museum hours are Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.
As always, StarCityGames.com has picked a prime location for GP Charlotte, with plenty of cool eats and hot attractions for all your non-Magic needs!
Tomorrow, Nick Miller will be here to wrap-up everything you need to know about GP Charlotte! We can’t wait to see you there!
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