This column offers a sampling of dining experiences in the area. It is not intended as a review of the restaurant other than to provide the reader with one diner's experience. It also appears in The Herald's Friday entertainment section, "Ticket."
LOCATION: 5027 Morris Field Drive, Charlotte
HOURS: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Breakfast
served 7-10:30 a.m. Monday- Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
AMBIANCE: Quick-serving, down-home diner
Tucked in at Morris Field and Airport drives near Charlotte-Douglas International is Mr. G's. The small, tan-painted diner off-the-beaten path serves a large menu of "chicken, seafood, burgers, hot dogs, salads, gyros, breakfast, etc." with a helping of friendly service and side of speed.
"Family owned since 1987," the restaurant's extended family of airport workers and nearby National Guard make this one Charlotte hot spot for lunch. The generous portions and good prices don't hurt, either.
The menu includes American staples of burgers and grilled cheese (starting at $1.75), nine-inch subs (combos with fries starting at $5.05), wings and Greek foods. Plates, such as a shrimp basket or beef tips, come with two sides for $5.40 to $5.85. Pita combos with fries include veggie for $4.20 to Philly cheese steak for $4.85. Sandwiches, starting at $1.75 for a burger or grilled cheese, include chuckwagon, bologna, patty melt and more.
Then there are the super specials with fries and sweet tea such as double cheeseburger, fish or turkey sandwich for $4.55 to a half-pound cheeseburger for $5.45.
After ordering at the counter, my sister, who used to work for the airlines and recommended the chicken, and I took a seat at a recently opened up booth. Diners come and go here as quickly as the planes next door.
She told me when Mr. G's opened it was simply a take-out stand. Now, there is plenty of seating in a non-smoking environment, as well as a front, tiled-floor patio area with ceiling fans to keep diners cool. The décor is a random mix of family photos and the restaurant's story mixed with a scenic mural, pictures of destinations and even a bugle hanging in the center of the room from the ceiling.
Our food baskets arrived quickly. My two-handed, chicken cordon bleu sandwich special was big. The juicy fried chicken topped with grilled ham and melted cheese was delicious. Their chicken rivals any chicken house. No wonder Mr. G's has such an allegiance of diners.
After devouring our food, we had to concede to the dessert sign that had taunted me -- chocolate cake or lemon bundt cake for $1.35, plus tax. Our chocolate cake slices were moist and satisfied my sweet tooth. I was stuffed for hours.
Mr. G's is a casual, quick place to grab a bite offering take-out and a second location in Monroe, N.C., with delivery and catering. Next time I'm catching a flight or picking someone up at the airport, or just looking for good food at a great price, I'm definitely making it a destination on the journey.