City Smoke, the newest uptown entry from longtime Charlotte restaurateur Pierre Bader -- joined by chef Todd Townsend -- is slated to serve its first dinner Friday night. Lunch service should begin Monday, May 21. Barbecue is the ticket here, from a variety of influences, including the Carolinas, Tennessee, Kansas and Texas. 100 N. Tryon St., 704-376-2295; $8-$26. www.citysmokeclt.com.