photo credit: Joshua Bannen
Everybody loves to talk about consistency when it comes to their favorite restaurant. Counter says f*ck that. The restaurant puts together constantly changing 10- and 14-course tasting menus that are fully immersive experiences guaranteed to be a highlight of your year. Each meal is themed, and each course is served with a corresponding music playlist—some recent dinner themes were Prince and Night at the Symphony. Each meal is open to only 16 guests, who are seated at a U-shaped counter around the kitchen. You’ll definitely need a reservation (they fill up fast), but it’s worth it to fight for one: the food and service are always excellent, and this place is unlike anything else in Charlotte.