Maddi's Southern Bistro runs St. Patrick's Day specials through March 20: corned beef and cabbage with marmalade whiskey glaze and colcannon and more, plus Guinness and Harp bottles for$2.50. 16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway; 704-987-7762.
Tapas to tacos, foie gras to fries, Helen Schwab has written about food in and around Charlotte for more than 20 years. Her related experience includes traveling (pizza in Naples to pizza in New York), waitressing (she understands about tipping from both sides), journalism (a B.S. from Northwestern University), and cooking at home, the less said about which the better.