Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery begins its fall seasonal menu and seasonal beer (Rocktoberfest, naturally) Sept. 18 with a tapping party, at which you can taste both. Among the list: chicken spinach sliders, sausage mac 'n cheese, beer-glazed pork chop, German sausage platter (that's it, above) and more. 401 N. Tryon St.; 704-334-2739.
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.