The Story: Stoke Charlotte, located inside the Marriott in Uptown, is the latest venture of 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 died 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.
What’s New: Stoke has fired-up their 600-degree wood-fired oven for BRUNCH! Every weekend you can now find an extravagant buffet with a rotating selection of meat, seafood, vegetables, casseroles, platters of house-baked goodies, and omelets made to order.
Craving yo’ carbs? Stoke’s got you covered. Guests will be greeted with an array of granola, yogurt, muffins, biscuits, and toast with compound butters, jams, and jellies. Oh, along with some cheese for good measure.
Since Mr. Brunch and Miss Mimosa are best friends, Stoke has created a one of a kind build-your-own Mimosa bar, featuring an array of ingredients (including fresh fruits and syrups) to customize your glass of bubbly to your likings. Yes, please!
For those of you who need a caffeine fix, make sure to order a pint of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Stoke Bar (think Guinness meets coffee). This Andante Blend Brew is sourced from Forte Legato Roasting Company in Fort Mill, SC. We had the pleasure of visiting their roasting facility last week and I’m hooked. I’ve even ordered some of their coffee from their website to brew at home. Ooh la-la.
The Deets: Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 7am – 3pm. 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 tell them Jess sent you!
Stoke is located at 100 W Trade St, Charlotte NC.
**Photos of Brunch items were provided to me by Stoke Charlotte.