A July 2007 trip
to Concord by butterfly53
Quote: While attending a business conference in Concord, NC, we enjoyed the sights and sounds of the speedway area!
Hotel | "Embassy Suites"
What a really nice hotel! Definitely Southern hospitality at its best. The front desk personnel were so pleasant. Unfortunately, the reason we got to know them so well was that we had to wait four hours to check-in. We arrived at the hotel at noon but check-in was not available until 4 and we really had to wait until 4. However, that is the ONLY complaint I have about this hotel.
The Loews Motor Speedway is in their neighbor and perhaps on race during the weekends, this may be a crazy place but on this mid-July weekend it was perfect.
The lobby is really pretty and welcoming with a huge atrium. All of the rooms are arranged around the atriumThe room we had for $139 night was a suite with two rooms. The first room was a living room with a huge TV and a mini-kitchen area. The couch was a pull-out sleeper queen size. It had a small refrigerator, microwave, and a sink with a coffee maker. The bathroom was nice and clean. The second room had a very comfortable king-sized bed with loads of pillows. A huge flat screen TV was also in this room.
The hotel has a convention center too. The convention center is at one end of the building and it is surrounded on all sides by nice carpeted corridors which make accessibility to all the convention rooms very easy. The best part of this hotel is that the price includes a complete breakfast buffet with cooked-to-order items and a manager’s reception in the afternoon with two included alcoholic beverages and hors d’ouevres. The breakfast both mornings included omelettes made to your liking, eggs, bacon, sausage, donuts from a local bakery, oatmeal, coffee, juice, milk, various fruits, yogurt, etc. The reception both nights had fresh popped popcorn, nachos, veggies with dip, and one night had Swedish meatballs and the other night had Buffalo wings and Spanish rice. Many people made it their supper.
Theres is also another restaurant in the premises, Rocky River Grille, and a coffee shop, Caffeina's Marketplace. There is also a spa and an indoor pool, with an adjacent sundeck. Parking is free. There are approximately 30 restaurants within a short driving distance as well as the Concord Mills. There is a 24-movie theater at the Mills (Yes, 24!) as well as a Bass Pro Shop. Website: www.embassysuitesconcord.com
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2007
Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord/Golf Resort & Spa Hotel
5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW
Concord, North Carolina 28027
This restaurant is part of a small chain but it probably fits in here in Concord better than any other place due to its theme and Concord’s location of the speedway.
The restaurant’s decor is garage. There are actual cars elevated above you and you are seated under the car as if you are giving a lube job. It’s kind of neat if you are a gear head or a grease monkey. It’s fun for race car fans, too!The hours are 11am to 1am Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 2am Friday and Sunday.
The food is excellent! Their specialties appear to be wings and ribs; we tried both and we loved them. Jim had the wing and rib combo which consisted of half a rack of ribs and 6 Jumbo wings served with fries for $11.99. I had the ribs and O-Rings which were a half rack of ribs and one-inch thick onion rings at $10.99. They give you a choice of sauces ranging from ranch at very mild to Atomic which is described at 150,000 SHU. What is an SHU? It is a scoville heat unit which is the number of units of water it takes to make a unit of chile pepper lose all traces of heat!Jim and I both had the BBQ sauce at 90 SHU which was described as finger lickin’ hickory smoked sweet sauce. Delicious! Also, on the menu are steaks, burgers, salads, etc. but we went with the specialties.
Our waitress was a lovely young Russian woman in America for the summer. She told us about her journeys around the US this summer and was quite charming.
You can have a great filling meal for two for under $30.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 31, 2007
Quaker Steak and Lube
7731 Gateway Lane NW
Concord, North Carolina
Their website reads: "Car racing is an important part of the North Carolina culture, and here at Texas Roadhouse, things are no different. Throughout our restaurant, we sport a variety of racing memorabilia from many famous drivers. We also sponsor five area drivers, including Curt Andrews (Legends), Terry Bunn (Dirt Car/Late Modified), Kyle Peterson (Midget), Chris Taylor(Dirt Car/Late Modified), Robbie Wells (Mini-Stock)."
Indeed there is a plethora of racing stuff at this restaurant, but this does not tell one what this place is really all about.From the moment we walked in, we felt welcomed. The hostess greeted us with a huge smile and the girl who accompanied us to our table, upon learning it was our first visit, was overjoyed to give us a spiel about the whole place, what to order, what she liked best and lastly just a great wish to totally enjoy ourselves!
The menu is very full of all kinds of great American food. I chose the Dallas Filet* 6 ounce for $14. I am very picky about my filet mignon. This was easily one of the best I have ever had. Add mushrooms sauteed to perfection and a sweet potato with lots of butter and I was in heaven. I also liked the fact that they give you two little cups, one of brown sugar and one of, cinnamon, which you can load on your sweet potato to your liking. For 99 cents you can "load" your sweet potato with caramel and marshmallow. It was definitely too sweet for me, but if you need a way to make your kids eat this vegetable, well there you go!
Jim had Ft. WorthRibeye 14 ounce for $14.99 with sauteed onions and mushrooms and a HUGE baked potato.We did not have dessert but the apple dessert looked really tempting!Enjoyable, tasty meal. Go for it!
Hours of OperationMon - Thurs: 4pm-10pmFri & Sat: 11am-11pmSun: 11am-10pm
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2007
7801 Gateway Lane
Concord, North Carolina 28025
Winsted , Connecticut