Charlotte-area McDonald's will give customers a free snack-size package of Chicken McBites from 5 to 8 p.m. July 17 -- no purchase necessary, and you don't need a coupon. There are 133 in the "Charlotte area," including some S.C. locations, say McDonald's PR folks; if you're not sure about whether your local one is included, give the place a call.
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.