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Junction named Best of Taste

Looking for the best taste in Charlotte? Well, the demanding diner need not go far.

The Lake Wylie Junction Grille & Pub, which opened earlier this year at the intersection of N.C. 49 and 160, took home the top prize June 6 at the 2008 Taste of Charlotte competition. More than 40 restaurants from throughout greater Charlotte competed in the event that drew about 150,000 guests.

"We won best of taste, which is a big feather in our cap only being open four months," said Greg Metcalf, owner of Lake Wylie Junction.

While the 2008 taste was the first for Lake Wylie Junction, Metcalf won the taste three out of the four years he worked at City Tavern. This year's competition entries included buttermilk fried chicken served with a warm bleu cheese cole slaw and white pepper gravy, a Mediterranean pasta salad and a chocolate sack that includes just about anything someone could want for dessert.

Each of the items featured at the event are regular menu items.

"It was our biggest hit so far," Metcalf said of the event. "It's nice to let Charlotte know that there's a little bit of a culinary world down here."

Judges for the three-day event included local celebrities and culinary experts. Participating restaurants came from Davidson, Concord, Cornelius, Pineville, Matthews and Indian Trail. Steele Creek restaurants participating include, along with Lake Wylie Junction, Just Fresh Kitchen Cafe and City Tavern at RiverGate and Pressini Pressed Sandwiches at Ayrsley.

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