If you get a sense that Hotel Charlotte is filled with "regulars" you're probably right. Built 25 years ago and fitted out with fixtures rescued from Charlotte's demolished grand hotel (hence the name) this restaurant has been attracting neighbors from as far away as Atlanta for a long time. The menu has a New Orleans tilt and still offers the best gumbo around. But there are plenty of nawthern flavors, too. Most of the waitstaff has been there for at least five years and it shows. They know what they're doing and you should ask their advice. If the kitchen is missing a beat or a menu item isn't to their liking they'll tell you and steer you to the best choice. The seafood specials are usually a good bet, the prime rib is a very good deal, and they have among the best prices on wine you'll find anywhere, or choose from among 99 beers. Vegatables (unless you count red beans and rice) are not a strong suit, nor are salads. Desserts are very good, especially the bread pudding. Sunday brunch is a new venture and the food is excellent but it can be crowded. No reservations and you may have a wait but the bar is always welcoming escpecially if you;re willing to introduce yourself to your bartneder - so they'll know your name next time.
Pros: As anti-chain as a restaurant can feel these days
Cons: Can be uneven (see pro's) ask your server's advice