Buy a burger at The Liberty on May 28 -- which happens to be National Burger Day -- and you'll get one free. The offer is good all day long, on any of the restaurant's burgers (including the pub burger at right), and the restaurant's Matt Pera says Southern Living recently named the "Crunch Burger" (with pimento cheese, bacon, salt & vinegar chips) among its "Best Burgers in the South" listing. 1812 South Blvd., 704-332-8830.
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.