Review of Big View Diner Located in Charlotte, NC
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Review of Big View Diner Located in Charlotte, NC

Visit Big View Diner in Charlotte, NC for great meal and a little piece of Americana

Mention the word "diner" and immediately my thoughts drift to a plate the size of a hubcap piled high with french fries and a juicy burger served alongside a chocolate malt. I'd probably imagine myself sitting on a stool at a long, shiny stainless steel counter or maybe in a high-back booth surrounded by pop art photographs on the wall.

The first mention in history of what we now know as a diner was in 1872 when Walter Scott sold food from a horse-drawn freight wagon in Providence, RI. Eventually, progress led way to railroad cars being outfitted for food service ~ the word "diner" itself is actually derived from "dining car." Later on, diners were prefabricated in factories and then moved in sections and assembled at the location. The classic diner, once the symbol of American optimism, has earned its rightful place in history and continues to influence American culture today.

Big View Diner, located at 16637 Lancaster Hwy, Charlotte, NC, may not be influencing American culture as a whole but they are certainly influencing the way Ballantyne residents eat and drink. As soon as you approach Big View Diner, you're greeted by a large, comfortable outdoor patio equipped with flat screen TVs and just inside the door your sweet tooth will ache as you peer into the bakery cases overflowing with decadent desserts and pastries prepared on-premise by award-winning pastry chef Frank Kaltsounis. The decor is somewhat retro in a classy, art deco kind of way and "real" chefs have breathed new life into the traditional diner menu favorites. Order a hand-crafted milkshake if you want, but I'm headed straight to the bar!

The bar/lounge area has ample space and great atmosphere for meeting and hanging with your friends and coworkers. They've revised their bar menu since I last visited, but I'm sure the bartender would be most happy to shake up a key lime martini like the one that inspired this recipe or a tasty peach Charlatini if you asked ever so kindly. Either way, you'll still find a fabulous selection of bottled and draft beers and wine on their menu and they also feature some refreshing summer martini favorites such as watermelon, cucumber, kiwi coconut and a pineapple upside down martini. Cocktail items are moderately priced from $7.50 to $8.75.

Bellying up to the bar for a martini may not be the first thing you think of when contemplating dinner at a diner, but Big View is not a typical's far better because they have a bar! Visit their website and most importantly, visit them for great food and a little piece of Americana.


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Sounds like a place I would like to visit and it is not far from Raleigh...nice article...voted