Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte and to Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar
Nice covered patio!
Elizabeth is named after Anne Elizabeth Watts, the only Charlotte neighborhood named for a woman. You can read more about the history here
Interior
Dora here. Don't let this picture deceive you. We arrived right at eleven, and by the time we left, both inside and out was jammed. Hawthorne's appears to be a popular place for locals as many people walked here.

The garlic cheese bread appetizer was cheesy with just the right amount of garlic. It came out fast, the cheese bubbling and gooey, and browned to perfection. 
Garlic Cheese Bread

Dora here. This cheesy bread reminded me of our favorite pizza place in Florida. We always divided it up into equal portions because our son ravaged it. Same thing happened this time, but with our grandson. A sure sign that it was a winner. :)

We wanted to pace ourselves, so we ordered the 9” Meat Eaters pizza, and we were glad we did.
9" Meat Eaters Pizza
This pizza was loaded with meat (pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, ham, bacon) and mozzarella. In each bite, I tasted all of the different meat flavors, and they all worked together. One thing we noticed, unlike other meat pies which tend to be greasy and heavy, this pizza was light with no greasy aftereffects. 
Slice of Meat Eaters

Dora here. I really wanted to order the Sicilian, but that only comes in GIANT size, so since we were ordering cheesy bread and dessert, I compromised on this. Not my favorite pizza, but it was good. I appreciated that it wasn't heavy on the sauce or spice. 

Check out the Cannoli Plate, three mini cannolis. 
Cannolis
Dora here. We first sampled cannolis in Sicily, and loved them! Since then, we've tried the US versions, and none of them have come close to what we experienced overseas. Not that we're food snobs, but buttercream filling..really? Yuck! Hawthorne's cannolis tasted like the real deal, ricotta and cream cheese goodness in a fried pastry! Three minis were just the right size to cap off our meal. Well, Little Man didn't think so. :) 

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte and to Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar
Nice covered patio!
Elizabeth is named after Anne Elizabeth Watts, the only Charlotte neighborhood named for a woman. You can read more about the history here
Interior
Dora here. Don't let this picture deceive you. We arrived right at eleven, and by the time we left, both inside and out was jammed. Hawthorne's appears to be a popular place for locals as many people walked here.

The garlic cheese bread appetizer was cheesy with just the right amount of garlic. It came out fast, the cheese bubbling and gooey, and browned to perfection. 
Garlic Cheese Bread

Dora here. This cheesy bread reminded me of our favorite pizza place in Florida. We always divided it up into equal portions because our son ravaged it. Same thing happened this time, but with our grandson. A sure sign that it was a winner. :)

We wanted to pace ourselves, so we ordered the 9” Meat Eaters pizza, and we were glad we did.
9" Meat Eaters Pizza
This pizza was loaded with meat (pepperoni, Italian sausage, beef, ham, bacon) and mozzarella. In each bite, I tasted all of the different meat flavors, and they all worked together. One thing we noticed, unlike other meat pies which tend to be greasy and heavy, this pizza was light with no greasy aftereffects. 
Slice of Meat Eaters

Dora here. I really wanted to order the Sicilian, but that only comes in GIANT size, so since we were ordering cheesy bread and dessert, I compromised on this. Not my favorite pizza, but it was good. I appreciated that it wasn't heavy on the sauce or spice. 

Check out the Cannoli Plate, three mini cannolis. 
Cannolis
Dora here. We first sampled cannolis in Sicily, and loved them! Since then, we've tried the US versions, and none of them have come close to what we experienced overseas. Not that we're food snobs, but buttercream filling..really? Yuck! Hawthorne's cannolis tasted like the real deal, ricotta and cream cheese goodness in a fried pastry! Three minis were just the right size to cap off our meal. Well, Little Man didn't think so. :) 

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

What's your favorite pizza hangout?

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9 Comments:

At July 11, 2015 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Kirk Beard said...

Pete Skeris took me there when we were attending a class in uptown. It was great!

 
At July 11, 2015 at 12:41 PM , Blogger Ann Ellison said...

Looks like a fun place and the food looks delicious.

 
At July 11, 2015 at 1:47 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Kid friendly, too, Ann, with the stairs right in front of where they make the pizzas. :)

 
At July 11, 2015 at 1:47 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

Our first time there, too, Kirk. We would definitely go back!

 
At July 11, 2015 at 2:44 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Kirk, I bet you didn't have the cannoli's. Pizza was great.

 
At July 11, 2015 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

Thanks Ann, it is a great place.

 
At July 11, 2015 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Tanya Hanson said...

We have a place at the marina called Topper's that delivers, yay, But also a great place to take the grandkids... They love seeing the boats and also running around outside after we eat. Wow, I want one of those cannolis! ❌⭕️

 
At July 11, 2015 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Dora Hiers said...

That sounds relaxing, Tanya. Perfect!

 
At July 12, 2015 at 1:28 PM , Blogger Ernie Hiers said...

thanks Tanya, the cannolis were great.

 

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