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FALL 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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F A B F A R E Mussel Strength Pearlz specializes in raw oysters, eclectic menu By Michelle Boudin | Photos by Ray Sepesy Seafood Smorgasbord Oysters, shrimp, oyster shooters and more make for a mouth-watering menu. T hey call it the eclectic little oyster bar, and there's good reason why. Pearlz serves up a smorgasbord of seafood, regional dishes and craft cocktails. The restaurant's focal point is a raw bar where you can sit and watch as workers shuck and prepare your oysters. The original Pearlz Oyster Bar opened in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on East Bay Street more than 10 years ago and has been popular in that foodie capital. That's why the folks behind the StoneCrest shopping center reached out to the owners of Pearlz two years ago, asking them to set up shop there. They opened six months later. "It seemed like a great fit. We love the area — it's just wonderful," says Pearlz Marketing Manager Liza Millsaps. While Pearlz is part of a larger restaurant group, it feels more like a local hot spot thanks to its laidback, comfy vibe. You'll see families, business people and homemakers attired in everything from tights and jeans to suits and ties. While other Pearlz locations (there's another in the Charleston suburbs and one in Columbia, South Carolina) are only open in the evenings, the StoneCrest location is open at lunch. Happy hour, though, is when the place really draws a crowd. The bar offers a mix of cold beers and craft cocktails and tends to fill up quickly with the after-work set. There are nightly specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the week. BALLANTYNE FALL 2017 47 Fab Fare

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