Baoding offers a special menu for $19.95 per person, with an appetizer of salt and pepper calamari, then salad and entree choices that range from pineapple flounder to jumbo shrimp on skewers. 4722 Sharon Road; 704-552-8899.
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.