From Free to Fancy: Dates to Celebrate Any Occasion in Elizabeth
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From Free to Fancy: Dates to Celebrate Any Occasion in Elizabeth

By Emma Speckman
Wednesday, Dec 20 2017

Whether you're planning to propose, prepping for date numero uno or you're somewhere in between, Elizabeth has a date option to fit your need. Home to one of the most popular spots to propose (also Oprah's preferred spot in the QC), a booming food scene and one of the most creative concepts in town, there're no shortage of places to go and, bonus, at every price point. Now, you only have to worry about getting that perfect match on Bumble.

Take a Walk Around Independence Park at Independence Park
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1. Take a Walk Around Independence Park

Take advantage of a gorgeous day in the Queen City with a walk around Independence Park. This 24-acre urban park is the perfect location for an active couple to run, bike or walk the dog together.

Take a Walk Around Independence Park
Free   .  Independence Park   .  Charlotte
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Get Melt-in-Your-Mouth Treats at Elizabeth Creamery at Elizabeth Creamery Ice Cream
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2. Get Melt-in-Your-Mouth Treats at Elizabeth Creamery

There’s nothing better than ice cream on a hot summer day (or during an unseasonably warm winter in Charlotte). When the craving hits, head to Elizabeth Creamery on Elizabeth Ave. This mom-and-pop ice cream shop serves up classics like mint chocolate chip and butter pecan as well as a few surprising options like ginger and green tea.

Get Melt-in-Your-Mouth Treats at Elizabeth Creamery
$   .  Elizabeth Creamery Ice Cream   .  Charlotte
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Savor Latin Street Food at Sabor at Sabor Latin Street Grill
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3. Savor Latin Street Food at Sabor

Drop into Sabor on Hawthorne for quick and delicious Latin American street food. Try their daily food and drink specials, like $4 margarita Fridays and $1 tacos on Tuesdays. Their Supreme Nachos and Carne Asada Fries are perfect for sharing!

Savor Latin Street Food at Sabor
$   .  Sabor Latin Street Grill   .  Charlotte
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Add Some Sunshine to Your Day at Sunflour Baking at Sunflour Baking Company
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4. Make it a Brunch Date at Sunflour Baking

Nothing wakes you up (or cures a hangover) better than a latte and breakfast sandwich from Sunflour Bakery. This local gem serves up some of the best breakfast grub in Charlotte. Get there early to snag a warm cheddar biscuit or croissant—these two tend to sell out fast! It can get busy on the weekends, so you may want to take your meal to go.

Add Some Sunshine to Your Day at Sunflour Baking
$   .  Sunflour Baking Company   .  Charlotte
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Browse Bikes and Drink Beer at The Spoke Easy at The Spoke Easy
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5. Browse Bikes and Drink Beer at The Spoke Easy

Show off your creative side at one of the most interesting places in Charlotte, The Spoke Easy is all about niche interests. It’s part bar, part bike shop, part architecture firm and one of the easiest ways to kill a Saturday. Grab a beer and post up at a table or browse some of the gorgeous bikes in the shop. Keep an ear out for upcoming events —the team at The Spoke Easy is always planning a ride or charity event in the city. Plus, you can check out some of the work from Cluck Design Collective, the architecture firm that shares a space with Spoke Easy. Talk about a modern workplace.

Browse Bikes and Drink Beer at The Spoke Easy
$-$$$   .  The Spoke Easy   .  Charlotte
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Taste Peruvian Goodness at Viva Chicken at Viva Chicken
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6. Grab Lunch at Viva Chicken

Looking for something healthy and filling for lunch? Viva Chicken hits the spot. This Peruvian rotisserie chicken chain cemented its position as a Charlotte fave with its amazing sides (try the fried plantains!) and perfectly spiced quarter, half and whole chickens. It’s a great, cheap meal that’s perfect for a casual lunch date.

Taste Peruvian Goodness at Viva Chicken
$$   .  Viva Chicken   .  Charlotte
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Catch a Show at The Visulite at The Visulite Theatre
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7. Plan a Group Date at The Visulite

The Visulite is one of Charlotte's favorite music venues for a reason. Local and touring bands play here every weekend, and thanks to the design of the theater, you have a great line of sight to the stage from anywhere in the venue. Watch your favorite band play, then head to a bar nearby for a nightcap.

Catch a Show at The Visulite
$$   .  The Visulite Theatre   .  Charlotte
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Shop Gourmet Grub at Earl's Grocery at Earl's Grocery
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8. Shop Gourmet Grub at Earl's Grocery

Who says running errands can’t be fun and romantic? This shop on Elizabeth Avenue is filled with interesting artisan foods that make perfect hostess gifts. When you’re done picking up goodies for others, reward yourself for your hard work and generosity by splitting one of their incredible sandwiches and a bottle of wine.

Shop Gourmet Grub at Earl's Grocery
$   .  Earl's Grocery   .  Charlotte
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Fill Up on Pizza and Beer at Hawthorne’s at Hawthorne's New York Pizza and Bar 7th Street
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9. Fill Up on Pizza and Beer at Hawthorne’s

Are you in the mood for a huge slice of pizza? Hawthorne's New York Pizza and Bar has great news for you. This Charlotte institution serves up some of the best pizza in the QC and always has great local beers on tap. If you’re super hungry or with a big group of people, try the Sicilian Pizza. It’s an 18-inch square, thick-cut pizza that’s out of this world. Fun fact for the parents-to-be reading this: legend has it that the buffalo chicken pizza at Hawthorne’s induces labor. Not kidding.

Fill Up on Pizza and Beer at Hawthorne’s
$$   .  Hawthorne's New York Pizza and Bar 7th Street   .  Charlotte
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Have a Royal Feast at Cajun Queen at Cajun Queen
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10. Have a Royal Feast at Cajun Queen

Pretend you’re in The Big Easy for a night at one of Charlotte’s oldest and most beloved restaurants. Cajun Queen on 7th Street serves delightfully flavorful and spicy Cajun food. Cajun Queen is the kind of place you can easily spend your whole night. They bring in live jazz music every day of the week. Choose a table near the music, or head to the upstairs bar for a nightcap to watch and dance.

Have a Royal Feast at Cajun Queen
$$   .  Cajun Queen   .  Charlotte
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CLOSED: Luca Modern Italian Kitchen at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen
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11. Kick It Up a Notch at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen

Celebrating something? Pop a bottle of bubbly and taste some of Chef Annunziata’s latest creations at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen. Formerly known as Passion 8, Luca Modern Italian Kitchen has some of the most creative and delicious Italian food in Charlotte. Split a few of their Italian tapas or go all in on entrees like the Mediterranean sea bass and amazing homemade pasta. Be sure to ask your waiter for a wine pairing recommendation.

CLOSED: Luca Modern Italian Kitchen
$$$   .  Luca Modern Italian Kitchen   .  Charlotte
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Pull Out All the Stops at The Fig Tree at The Fig Tree Restaurant
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12. Pull Out All the Stops at The Fig Tree

Take your date out for a decadent dinner at The Fig Tree in Elizabeth. It's as renowned for the ambiance as it is for amazing meals, like the signature elk chop. Make your reservation in advance!

Pull Out All the Stops at The Fig Tree
$$$$   .  The Fig Tree Restaurant   .  Charlotte
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From Free to Fancy: Dates to Celebrate Any Occasion in Elizabeth
From Free to Fancy: Dates to Celebrate Any Occasion in Elizabeth