Ballantyne Magazine

SPRING 2019

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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barbecue and mango habanero. Minty mojitos pair perfectly with island fare, but it's fun to change things up with a Bermuda Bushwacker blended from tropical rums and liqueurs. Depending on what's in season, raw bar offerings will vary while Taco Tuesdays feature mahi and shrimp tacos. The restaurant posts each day's "fresh catch" specials on its website. Bougard is the pastry chef behind the authentic Key lime pie, coconut flan, baked bananas, flourless chocolate cake and banana brownies, all of which give a sweet, final touch to a meal. With the influx of Floridians to the Carolinas, people who are homesick for fish chowders and barbecue- sauced shrimp are finding their way to Island Thyme. The restaurant is tucked away at The Fountains, but it's easy to spot when the colorful umbrellas and deck chairs on the patio come into view. That's partly a nod to a long-standing Caribbean tradition of seeking out places that are off the beaten path. But how does this slower pace of doing things play out in a punctual, business town like Charlotte? The proprietors tell diners, "Good food isn't fast, and fast food isn't good." (There's a painted sign in the dining room as a reminder.) "People are picking up on that more and more," says Bougard. And as spring and summer days grow longer and more leisurely, that attitude is coming at the best possible time. Island Thyme 8129 Ardrey Kell Road Charlotte 28277 980-339-7187 islandthymepub.com The island vibe extends to the patio. I see more than a bundle. While other insurers just see your home and car as a bundle or a combo deal, I take the time to see what they mean to you and give them the protection they deserve. LET'S TALK TODAY. 1706808 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Bloomington, IL Wil Brooks, Agent 12610 N. Community House Rd. Charlotte, NC 28277 Bus: 704-542-0825 wil.brooks.gjcl@statefarm.com Mon-Fri 8:30am to 5:00pm Evenings and Sat. by appt. BALLANTYNE SPRING 2019 50 Fab Fare

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