2121 Shamrock Drive
Owner: Letty Ketner
Letty’s opened December 2012 in the original Pike’s Soda Shop locale and features classic southern favorites as well as bistro style cuisine.
The restaurant itself is warm and inviting opening to a vintage style bar area with the main dining room to the left. They recently opened a patio as well complete with umbrellaed tables and plenty of greenery for diners who prefer the outdoors.
With her own place Letty wanted to create a friendly, comfortable environment. Nothing fancy, just a place where neighbors, friends and families can catch up over a good meal at a good price. No pretentiousness here, as Letty jokes “All the desserts are homemade and boy don’t they look it!”
Letty spent her entire career in the business and is a seasoned veteran of the local restaurant scene. Making her way to Charlotte in 1985, she spent twenty years as catering and dining room manager at Hotel Charlotte then moved to Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community before the opportunity to open her own place presented itself.
Letty’s menu includes classics like burgers and dogs served with a southern flair, think pimento cheese, chili and slaw. Signature items include Hummachos, a unique hummus/nacho mash up and a honey bourbon glazed salmon. Standard southern fare like shrimp and grits, chicken salad and flat iron steak can also be had. The honey pecan chicken is a menu favorite and one of Elizabeth Pike’s original recipes.
The creative talents of chef Thomas Gilewski highlighted in items such as the eggs salchicas, an open faced biscuit topped with sausage, eggs and gravy featured on the brunch menu and in the daily specials like the BBQ glazed pork sliders with fried onions served recently.
Letty’s is open for lunch and dinner daily. Brunch is served on the weekends. Dishes range from $5 to $13.
– Profile written by Kelly Reddecliff