Tri-W Area Has Plenty Of Restaurant Options

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There are plenty of places in the Tri-W area to pull up a seat and get a bite to eat or just a cold or hot beverage, adult ones included. The Tri-W area has everything from fast food to more upscale dining and everything in between. Here is a sampling of just a few of the fine establishments in the Tri-W area.

Saveeda’s American Bistro

5922 Monroe-Weddington Rd. — Wesley Chapel

Hours: Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Upscale casual dining in a comfortable setting. Saveeda’s American Bistro features a fresh, Chef driven seasonal menu, full bar, local craft beers and a wine menu sure to please. The menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, flat breads, lunch and dinner entrees and a brunch menu. They also offer a Sunday brunch and just some of the offerings are omelets, waffles, breakfast plates and Benedicts.

“It’s a great local neighborhood restaurant that is chef-driven,” said Lincoln Sveda of the restaurant.

Stacks Kitchen

1315 N. Broome St. — Waxhaw

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stacks Kitchen’s motto is Good Food & Plenty of It! Stacks serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week and is a family-oriented restaurant using the freshest local ingredients and homemade recipes to prepare their dishes. Breakfast is served all day and the menu is extensive. The lunch menu also has many options, including Comfort Foods, burgers, sandwiches, salads and Tortilla Temptations. Stacks also caters.

Sospeso Coffee Roasters – Roastery & Tasting Room

216 W. North Main St. — Waxhaw

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sospeso Coffee Roasters are passionate about coffee and community. They source outstanding, single origin and estate grown specialty coffees from all over the world. Their coffees are chosen on the basis of their unique flavor and character, which are a direct reflection of the coffee’s varietal, growing environment, and care in cultivation and processing. They then carefully develop roasting profiles that fully express the unique flavors, aromas and body found naturally in coffee, while avoiding flavor associated with the roast. You can also buy a bag of coffee to bring home and brew yourself.

Mario’s Italian Restaurant/John’s Place Restaurant

2945 Matthews-Weddington Rd. — Matthews

Hours: Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Mario’s and John’s Place offer a family-friendly environment for casual dining, including two patios when the weather is nice. John’s Place bills itself as a gathering place for grownups. Mario’s and John’s Place offer a large selection of pizza, pasta dishes, Italian dinners, submarines and homemade desserts. Mario’s uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in all their dishes. All dinners are prepared fresh and made to order. The chefs create all dressings and sauces, including our signature marinara, from scratch on a daily basis. The pizza dough is mixed, rolled, and proofed on premises to create a delicate, crispy crust. The pizza is then hand tossed by experienced pizza makers just the way you like it. On Saturday’s, they have a delicious Prime Rib special. There is a full bar in both restaurants.

“We are a cozy neighborhood family restaurant where friends and family gather for freshly prepared foods,” said Barry Steiger of the restaurants. ‘We have the best prime rib in town on Saturday’s.”

Stuffed Olive Bar and Grille

1201 N. Broome St. — Waxhaw

Hours: Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m. 12 a.m.; Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Located in the Old Hickory Shopping Center, The Stuffed Olive offers a dining experience you can see and taste for yourself. The Stuffed Olive is dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest foods. The Stuffed Olive is family owned with family pride. There is a full bar that includes a wide selection of wine, draft beer and martinis and other cocktails. The menu has a wide variety, including Little Italy Favorites, Italian Classics, wraps and pitas, sandwiches and gourmet pizzas.

El Vallarta Mexican Grill

1201 N. Broome St. — Waxhaw

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Serving Waxhaw, El Vallarte Mexican Restaurant offers a variety of authentic Mexican dishes and a full-service bar. Free chips and salsa in a family atmosphere. Come visit El Vallarte for our Daily Food and Drink Specials. Daily specials include Taco Wednesday and Fajita Thursday. El Vallarta has been in Waxhaw for 12 years and they have two other locations in Union County, including the Monroe location that has been in business for 24 years. Catering is available.

“We have good customers and we serve good food and provide good service,” said owner Eduardo Duron. “Customers know what they are going to get when they come to El Vallarta, good food and good service.”

Don Julio Mexican Restaurant

3901 Providence Rd — Waxhaw

Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A family-owned restaurant serving authentic Mexican food with a large variety of fresh homemade dishes served in a friendly and service-oriented atmosphere. One of the most popular dishes is the Don Julio Special, which is one of the many burritos on the menu. The fajitas are also popular. Don Julio Mexican Restaurant is known for its great cocktails, especially its margaritas. Beer and wine are also available.

“Everything is made here in the restaurant,” said Chela Vergara. “The Don Juilo Special is one of our most popular burritos here. Our margaritas are very popular here. We have many different kinds of margaritas.”

Dream Dinners

3909 Providence Rd. Suite E — Waxhaw

Dream Dinners is an innovative concept in meal preparation that eliminates stress by taking away that nagging question of what am I going to make for dinner tonight? It removes all menu planning, shopping, prep-work and clean-up by moving the meal assembly process out of people’s kitchens and into specially equipped stores.

Dream Dinners’ guests preview a changing monthly menu online at and select their dinners from a menu featuring up to 17 items (depending on location) such as Steak Gorgonzola, Penne with Chicken and Peanut Sauce and Firehouse Three Cheese Pasta with Meatballs. The guest can elect to assemble 3-serving or 6-serving dinners, in any combination that works best for their families. (The minimum order per session is 36-servings.) Our guests then register to attend a meal assembly session at the nearest Dream Dinners store location and pay for their session online.

When it’s time for their session, guests bring boxes or coolers with them to the Dream Dinners store, where our friendly and knowledgeable staff greet them and explain the process. At the store, guests rotate through refrigerated recipe stations, scooping prepped ingredients into the provided baking pans or gallon-sized, zip-top bags, which they label with the appropriate cooking instructions.

After assembling their dinners, guests take the uncooked dinners home and freeze them. Each week, three meals are taken from the freezer and placed in the refrigerator to be enjoyed during the upcoming week.

Bistro D’Antonio

3909 Providence Rd. — Waxhaw

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Some of the most popular dishes at the Bistro according to Amanda Hartis, are “Lasagna, Rigatoni, Gnocchi, Cioppino, Marsala, Saltimbocca, Ossobucco, and lamb chops.” The list reads as a lineup of Italian classics.

Beginning Oct. 2, the restaurant will begin serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The family restaurant offers “Italian inspired cuisine, all dished up in a warm and relaxed dining room with old-world touches”, according to Bistro D’Antonio social media manager, Amanda Hartis.

Java’s Brewing Bakery and Cafe

1526 Providence Rd. S — Waxhaw

Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The cafe boasts a wide variety of cafe offerings, from coffee to breakfast items, to cakes and sweet treats. All of the delicious goodies are made in-house by hand by the owners Zev and Joyce Zrihan. They have become locally famous for their Napolean – a layered pastry that combines a delicious berry sauce and a sweet cream filling. Napoleon is made fresh every Thursday in the Java kitchen and has its own following.

Along with the well-loved Napolean, other best selling menu items, according to Zev, are “anything with caramel, the cakes, and the assortment of fresh baked muffins”.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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