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University City, located to the extreme northeast of Charlotte, was originally a rural area before it developed into the sprawling suburban district that it is today. A semi-urban neighborhood, it is centered around a "downtown" area located at the intersection of North Tryon Street and W.T. Harris Boulevard and is notorious for its backed-up, rush-hour traffic.

Home to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University City attracts a diverse group of people including college students, young professionals and families. Because of this, and the fact that it has quiet neighborhoods tucked along the side streets of W.T. Harris Boulevard, it is one of the fastest growing areas in the city.

University City is far from being the dullest area of Charlotte, but it's not popping with a hot nightlife either. With so many college students in the area you would think there would be a slew of bars and nightclubs, but University City is mostly a residential area dotted with shopping plazas and restaurants.

What's so great about University City?

"University has a great variety of restaurants," says Silk, who's lived in the University area for 4 years. "As far as the housing and actual neighborhoods, it's spread out and not right on top of each other. Easy access to 85 going towards downtown."

Favorite hangouts?

"Cheddar's restaurant is definitely one of my favorites; Friday's as well. It's a good area for shopping. It's convenient with Wal-Mart -- and that helps out a lot because by the time I leave work I'm tired; so when I'm headed in that direction toward home, I can pretty much pick up everything I need."

 

Hood Stats


Dimension Ratings

Social Dimension: ............................................Low

Crime Dimension:.............................................Low

Physical Dimension:.........................................Low

Economic Dimension:......................................Medium

Profile NSA City

Population......................................................... 5,674 656,983

Youth Population...............................................1,269 168,188

Number of Housing Units.................................2,812 281,358

Area (Acres)......................................................1,501 150,093

Median Household Income...............................$59,682 $46,082

Average House Value........................................ $131,417 $192,844

Number of Organizations...................................1 N/A

Unemployment Index.........................................Medium N/A

 

Hood Attractions


Restaurants and Bars

AMALFI ITALIAN CUISINE, 8542 University City Blvd., 704-547-8651. Small, family-owned Italian eatery with a loyal following. The owner, a native of Naples, prepares generous portions of simple and tasty Southern Italian fare, everything from pasta to pizzas. Closed Monday.

BOARDWALK BILLY'S, 9005-2 J.M. Keynes Dr., 704-503-7427. This beach-style place may look like a bar, but offers much more. The Billy's Steam Party (enough for two) is filled with steamed shrimp, oysters, clams, crab legs, potatoes and corn on the cob. Serves food until late.

BOMBAY CUISINE, 230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., 704-503-5888. Exquisite Northern and Southern Indian dishes set before you in a setting where every detail has been noted.

CHAAT 'N' CHAI, 9609 N. Tryon St., 704-780-1423. Premium Indian "fast food" offering favorite snacks, appetizers and entrées of India.

CIRO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, 8927 J.M. Keynes Dr., 704-510-0012. Simple, New York styled, southern Italian red and white cuisine served in a lively Italian wedding/happy family atmosphere. Enormous portions, steaming fresh backed bread, marvelous marinara, reasonable prices.

The FLYING SAUCER, 9605 N. Tryon St., Suite A, 704-568-7253.

GRANDMA'S COUNTRY KITCHEN, 6615 N. Tryon St., 704-598-1221. Small, make-yourself-at-home place featuring Southern country cooking. Excellent freshly baked Johnny cakes with molasses. Menu roster changes daily, but look for fried croaker, meatloaf, veggie burgers, tuna melts, fried okra, macaroni and cheese with as many as eight cheeses, collard greens, and homemade desserts.

MELTING POT, 230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., 704-548-2432, www.meltingpotcharlotte.com. A Florida based restaurant that has been around since 1975, but is now primed again to catch the latest fondue wave. You will find all kinds of fondues: cheese, beef, chicken, seafood, and chocolate.

MIDTOWN SUNDRIES RESTAURANT AND BAR, 3425 David Cox Rd. 704-597-7413.

NONA'S SWEETS: DOLCI ALLA NONA, 9601 N. Tryon St., 704-717-6144. The place in town to buy sfogliatelle, Italian wedding cookies, biscotti, anise sprinkle cookies, pizelle, cannoli, and Italian cheesecake. Also on hand are celebratory cakes, including wedding, other pastries, scones, homemade fudge and candies and Belgian chocolates. Catering. Birthday party specials.

OLD HICKORY HOUSE, 6538 N. Tryon St. 704-596-8014. Western-N.C.-styled barbecue at its finest. Sliced or chopped, served on a paper wrapping, in a dining room that features a smoky hickory pit and a 60's (and TV's Bonanza) ambience.

UDIPI PURE VEGETARIAN CUISINE, 9510 University City Blvd., 704-549-0600. Located in a sparse space, Udipi presents well-crafted dishes. The lunch buffet offers dozens of vegetarian selection from Northern, Southern, and Western India as well as a few Indo-Chinese dishes. Dinner is a la carte. Of note are the dosas, idlis, and rasam.

 

Entertainment and Cultural Venues

BUCK WILD, 10008 University City Blvd., 704-595-0193.

CHARLOTTE BOTANICAL GARDENS, 9201 University City Blvd., 704-687-2364.

WINE VAULT, 9009-1 J.M. Keynes Dr., 704-548-9463. Buy a bottle of wine and chill with your friends. This hangout offers excellent people watching and good times.

 

Parks and Recreation

HIGHLAND CREEK GOLF CLUB, 7001 Highland Creek Parkway, 704-875-9000.

MALLARD CREEK COMMUNITY PARK, 3001 Johnston-Oehler Rd., 704-548-8234. Park with 515-acres including: four softball fields, five soccer fields and a volleyball court.

REEDY CREEK PARK, 2900 Rocky River Rd., 704-598-8857. One of Charlotte's best: 116-acre park with 10 miles of hiking trails located in adjacent 727-acre nature preserve; dog park, 18-hole disc golf course, 3 ponds and various playing fields.

THE TRADITION, 3800 Prosperity Church Rd., 704-503-7529.

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