One of me and my hubby’s favorite getaway places is Charlotte, NC. It’s only about 1 hr 1/2 away from us, so it’s really not that far. We try to go there as often as we can, even though it’s not as often as we’d like. Typically we go there at least 3 to 4 times a year. We have our favorite hotel we stay in when we stay for a long weekend or more, our favorite places to shop and of course to eat. There are so many great places to choose from, whether it’s for a quick lunch, or a nice dinner. One place we always try and go to is Lempira Resturant on South Boulevard. It features Latin American dishes from Honduras, Salvador, Mexico and even a few from Guatemala.
One thing you will notice when you drive into the parking lot, is that it really isn’t anything fancy, but the place stands out with the beautiful colors.
When you step inside, the first thing you will notice is the place is always packed ( at least before covid). People eating, some waiting to get a table and the mountain of to go boxes on the front counter. I can say, with out exaggeration, that I have never seen a place do so much take out. It seemed like a constant stream of people coming in to get their to go meals, some had to be for individuals and some for a whole family.
The staff there are always so friendly and helpful. Despite how busy they are, the wait staff is always right there when you have a question, or you want for anything else.
Now let’s talk about the most important part, the food. The food is amazing. Everything is reasonably priced and you definitely get your money’s worth. The first time we went there I got a chicken quesadilla.
It came with rice, beans and a salad. (Yes, I still have the picture of the first meal I had there…. don’t you keep pictures of your memorable foodie moments? If no, you really should. ) This was a lunch special…. it was so large it actually filled up the plate, and the plate was not small mind you. This was one of the best chicken quesadillas I have had. The chicken had been marinated and packed in the tortilla with lots of melty cheese. The side salad…. I am not sure what kind of dressing was on that salad, but I could have eaten that just by itself with a spoon.
Another delicious dish they have, which has become my favorite, is the chicken Chimi Flautas.
The marinated chicken is packed into the tortilla, which is rolled then fried until the tortilla is nice and crispy, then topped with cheese, sour cream and guacamole. Again, this was a lunch special and it’s huge. Let’s just say after hubby and I eat there, we are not hungry for the rest of the day.
Sadly, since the pandemic, we have not been able to make it to Charlotte at all this year. I’m hoping that because Restaurant Lempira did so well with their to go orders before the pandemic, that they are hopefully doing well during these trying times. Now that places are opening up here in SC and in NC, hubby and I are counting down the days until we can go back there once again, even if only for the day. Until then, I’ll be dreaming of those very tasty chimi flautas.