Having grown up in Charlotte seeing it go from a small town to the 2012 DNC site has been incredible. When my parents bought their house in the South Park area, there was no mall, only a cow pasture, clearly, a lot has changed.
Happily the restaurant scene in Charlotte has grown, as well, and Bistro La Bon is a fabulous addition to the city's expanding culinary tastes. Its location is one that is unexpected, and makes the experience a bit adventurous, as though one just has to be in on a little secret in order to know where some of the best food in the greater Charlotte area is being served.
All of the dishes I have tried are absolute stars, but the one that first pops into my head is the pan seared halloumi appetizer. The word succulent doesn't often come to mind when describing cheese, but succulent is, indeed, what this dish is! It's savory, warm, buttery, and hearty all at the same time, and as a contrast, the halloumi is accompanied by delicate, fresh greens, as well as, sweet figs.
The pan seared scallops are a must, they are cooked to perfection, and having not been such a huge fan of scallops prior to trying Bistro La Bon's dish, my mind has been forever changed. They are tender, and juicy, never trespassing into the dreaded "rubber zone."
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the saffron risotto with roasted seasonal vegetables. If you are longing for some really great comfort food the creamy warm risotto is the way to go.
The first time I dined at Bistro La Bon was during the summer when their seasonal dessert, peach tarte tartin, was on the menu. All I can say is that this dish so rightly deserves the "best desert" award it was given by "Creative Loafing." If the peach tarte tartin is not an option when you visit, I recommend the bourbon brioche bread pudding; it's scrumptious.