Let JFK take you to dinner in Charlotte:
Thanks to Jackie K and her taste for all things vogue, the White House kitchen’s cuisine was a la Françoise for most of JFK’s meals. Often, JFK had to put aside his favorite Yankee meals – New England clam chowder and Boston baked beans – in favor of quiches, custards, and poulet au champagne. But, he did so willingly. In fact, vichyssoise quickly became Kennedy’s most frequently ordered meal. Fortunately for Jack, nestled in Charlotte’s artsy NoDa district is Amelie’s French Bakery. With an array of French foods to satisfy his newly adopted Bourgeoisie flavor, Amelie’s is JFK’s café of choice for the days when all he wants is a bowl of vichyssoise after a long day of fighting Cuban crises and Khrushchevian Communism. And, in true French bakery fashion, Amelie’s is open all night, perfect for nursing a hangover from Loft1523.
What does some ice, a couple ounces of white rum, a squeeze of fresh lime, and a squirt of simple syrup get you? JFK’s cocktail of choice, and his favorite pre-dinner drink. Many these days would argue that the daiquiri has garnered a rather feminine reputation, but JFK has garnered more the reputation of a womanizer than a woman. Indeed, our youngest president loved to entertain, and was known for his rebellious, almost frat-boyish habits during his younger days. (In high school, he once exploded a toilet seat with a firecracker, and he later started The Muckers Club, an organization we can only hope was similar to The Marauders from Harry Potter.) And, being a huge fan of the 007 series, Kennedy is often found taking blonde bombshells out on the town at 5Church.
With décor as bold and defined as JFK’s jawline and sharing in his desire to be “New American,” 5Church has become JFK’s favorite for after-dinner drinks. The establishment featuring a unique cocktail list and full bar (where JFK could surely get his favored daiquiri), as well as a full menu of bubbly drinks for his female companions.
Their food has also garnered rave reviews (although it’s a bit more expensive than the drinks), and their menu satisfies JFK’s New England homesickness with sautéed Maine skate and seared sea scallops. As diverse as the nation Kennedy was striving to create, 5Church sometime seems an upscale restaurant, sometimes a foodie bar, and sometimes an electrifying club. Who can blame JFk for becoming a regular?
Famously the first and only Catholic U.S. President, JFK was incredibly proud of his Irish heritage and pretty damn passionate about beer. After all, what’s more Irish than drinking? And car bomb cupcakes, why not? The Dandelion Market offers plenty of both, and takes its name from a famous outdoor market in Dublin. Keeping in the spirit of its namesake, it’s become one of the favorite pubs in Charlotte for those who want a gastro pub without the pretentiousness of a gastro pub. With a down-home, cozy feel and impressive local and foreign beer menu, The Dandelion Market is perfect for those nights JFK needs a break from taking out Marilyn Monroe or Jackie. And, if one of them do happen to follow him there, The Dandelion Market also has a few one-of-a-kind cocktails and an en extensive wine list.