Global has turned 6 years old -- "hard to believe," says chef-owner Bernard Brunet -- and among the current menu offerings are beef tartare with pickled baby squash from New Town Farms (above) and heirloom tomato salad. The rest of the menu is here. 3520 Toringdon Way; 704-248-0866.
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.