Author: Gail Martin

House of Leng

House of Leng, located in the Mallard Crossing plaza at the corner of Mallard Creek Road and Mallard Creek Church Road, is easy to overlook. Tucked down at one end, past the Harris Teeter, House of Leng has an understated entrance. Don’t let that fool you. This family-owned restaurant serves up consistently good food with flavors that pop.

Sticky Fingers Rib House

Sticky Fingers, based in Charleston, S.C., has two locations in the Charlotte area: on Johnston Road near Ballantyne and next to Concord Mills.

Just Next Door: Statesville

Just up I-77 from Charlotte, Statesville is a medium-sized town of just under 11,000 people. with a big heart. Located in Iredell County, Statesville’s a growing area with a mix of industries that boasts three public high schools, four private high schools and easy access to a variety of colleges and universities. Statesville is a young town, with ties to the old North Carolina industries of textiles and furniture, and to the new industries of NASCAR and technology.