A friend of ours wanted to try a new place off Central Ave in Charlotte, NC called Kickstand, so we decided to tag along. Afterall, RJ being the cycling enthusiast and me being a lover of eating at restaurants – it was a no brainer. In preparation, we checked out the menu online. You can see it here: http://kickstandcharlotte.com/
They are self labeled Burgers-n-Beer, and you’ll agree that their menu has a heavy focus on burgers. It’s in a good location – right next to Loco Lime, they share the same building actually. It’s a sporty place with TVs and some games, a decent bar area and plenty of seating for those focused on lunch instead of brews. Rj complained that there wasn’t ENOUGH bikes in the place to warrant the name Kickstand, but I thought it was fine. Why over do it?
Most of their meals have a cycling theme and they offer some unique burger experiences including the THE BURGER POCKET PRESS (seriously, Google it) and something called the Hungover Cyclist which RJ ordered because it sounded pretty funny: it’s described as a burger and tomato sandwiched between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches. I mean really, who can resist? RJ said that the meal was pretty simple, but tasty considering he was eating 4 pieces of bread and only 1 vegetable.
Now, I am not really a red meat eater, so I was scouring the menu for something fun and not beefy. They have some vegetarian options including a veggie burger and one turkey burger option on the menu. They also had some chicken sandwiches to choose from, but none of them sounded “fun” like the burger options. I ended up choosing the MAMA & PAPA GUERCIOTTI, which i couldn’t pronounce but the waitress didn’t hold it against me. Guerciotti is a cyclo-cross race held in Milan, Italy. The burger has Fresh mozzarella, pesto spread, and marinara sauce served on a Ciabatta roll and you could switch it out for chicken if you wanted. It was very much like chicken Parmesan on a Ciabatta. I found it to be messy but delicious!
I want to spend a little time reflecting on the side options because I think they were the best part of the meal. They have sweet potato fries as well as sweet potato TOTS. Yes, you read that correctly. And they were delicious. They serve them with this brown sugar syrupy goodness. I think the sweet potato fries/tots were my fav. And if you aren’t sure – you can get combo tots so you can both the regular tots and sweet potato ones. Great idea!
We also had the Onion Tanglers as an appetizer, which was a smallish size portion but tasty. Nothing super extraordinarily, just what you would expect: fried onions with a spicy chipotle dipping sauce. The sauce was surprisingly spicy!
As for the beer selection – they have a few craft beers that you wouldn’t find at any ole bar, but they also have your basics. The special when we went was Fat Tire Drafts and buckets of beer which seemed pretty typical for a bar. Here’s the beer menu in case you find something you fancy: http://kickstandcharlotte.com/beer-menu/
I’m not sure I’d go to this place just to have a few drinks with friends at the bar. Maybe the atmosphere is different at night time, but it seemed more like a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon place to grab a burger and fries in your non fancy clothes. RJ and I both had a beer and got out of there for under $30 bucks. Semi pricey for burgers and fries, but it was was a decent atmosphere and they had some fun options if you enjoy red meat.
I’d say give it a try. And if you don’t dig it – walk on over to Loco Lime, it’s literally 5 feet from Kickstand!