UPDATED: April 4, 2018
The Story: Stoke Charlotte, located inside the Marriott in Uptown, is the latest venture of the locally known chef, Chris Coleman. His menu is compiled of delectable dishes made with ingredients sourced from Carolina farms and local partners.
The Vibe: As soon as you walk into the lounge circle at the Marriott, you find yourself surrounded by white marble, elegantly designed dual-level seating, and a completely open, airy atmosphere. The restaurant mimics this theme and has a fully exposed kitchen. Seriously, you can see everything. It’s amazingly beautiful and awe-inspiring to watch their skilled chefs put together your feast.
To the right, you’ll see Stoke Bar: a handsomely designed saloon that specializes in craft cocktails like no others in the city. As soon as you browse their libations menu, you’ll notice how they mix in music history, quirky phrases, and hidden messages throughout. (I love this!)
Featured here is “The Day the Music Died” made with gin, Campari, Aperol, Bianco vermouth, and grapefruit. A little history lesson: The Day the Music Died was February 3, 1959. Rock & Roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash. When you visit Stoke Charlotte, make sure to try one of their crafted cocktails because “That’ll be the day” you find your favorite indulgence.
Why Go Here?: My favorite part, THE FOOD. Stoke proudly makes every single little morsel from scratch in their open kitchen for your viewing pleasure. They source their ingredients from local farmers as much as possible and keep their menu seasonal, which means you are getting some of the highest quality, freshest elements on your plate. Make sure to use your Foodie Passport to indulge in a free dessert!
What’s New: Everyone loves a French Toast but Stoke’s chefs are taking it up a few notches with the Deep Fried Stuffed French Toast filled with UAV ricotta and strawberries, crusted with Rice Krispies and Frosted Flakes – then deep fried. Fresh berries and maple syrup complete this decadent treat. The Stoke Hash arrives in an individual skillet filled with a mix of Kennebec potatoes, roasted peppers and maitake mushrooms, crowned with an egg.
The Croque Madame, a fried ham and cheese sandwich, is topped with a fried egg and Mornay sauce, a classic Béchamel amped up with added cheese. The Stoke Benedict stacks shaved ham, egg and hollandaise on a biscuit, while Biscuits + Gravy come with Wild Turkey Farms sausage gravy. Other hearty options include Shrimp and Grits with country ham and red eye gravy; The Burger with all the trimmings and comeback sauce (ketchup, mayonnaise and chili paste); Frisee Salad with bacon, avocado, soft boiled egg and blue cheese; and Steak and Frites, while Avocado Toast with UAV straciatella or a Grain Bowl offer lighter choices. For the traditionalist, there is also The Usual with two eggs, bacon and toast.
The Deets: Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 7 am – 3 pm. Guests can look forward to pampering themselves with classics like fried chicken and waffles or eggs benedict, along with the traditional bacon, sausage, grits, gravy, breakfast potatoes, and more. Adults are $25 (or $50 for bottomless mimosas), and kids are just $12. Make sure to bring your Foodie Passport and tell them EatWorkPlayCLT sent you!
Stoke is located at 100 W Trade St, Charlotte NC.