Editor’s note: Travel writer Renee Wright offers a menu of selections for the best java spots in Charlotte in the second part of Local Tech Wire’s “Hot Spot” series. We’ll look at the best dinner and java spots in Atlanta on Friday and Monday followed by Research Triangle Park and the Triad. Java’s the juice that runs through the veins of the New Technology.

Charlotte abounds in spots where tech-types gather to generate ideas and forge alliances over cups of high-test. On any given day, you’ll see laptops open at coffee shops and breakfast spots around town as Charlotte pursues “the next new thing.”

Anderson’s Restaurant

Where: 1617 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte 704-333-3491
When To Go: Breakfast starts at 6 AM and they lock the doors at 3:30 in the afternoon (Monday-Friday).
What It’s Like: Great classic breakfast fare at bargain prices, followed by lunch specials, all served in a no-frills environment by waitresses with “character.” Some of them may have been working here since Anderson’s opened in 1946. Jim Roberts recommends the pecan waffles; others swear by the vegetable plate.
Who Goes: Everybody. This is the hangout of “Old School Charlotte,” the city’s closest approximation to a backroom. Mayor McCrory, Charlotte politicos and business leaders of every stripe, media figures are among the regulars.

Caribou Coffee Company

Where: 1531 East Blvd., Charlotte 704-334-3570
When To Go: The East Boulevard Caribou is happinin’ all day and well into the night. This is a congenial spot to work on a project when you don’t want to stay in the office (or don’t have one).
What It’s Like: Caribou’s Dilworth location is the busiest coffeehouse in town, with lots of java-jived business meetings, laptops in use, and locals reading the business news hanging out on the patio. The cafe provides a couple of phone jacks for internet access (BYO modem). Caribou has five similar locations in the Charlotte area.
Who Goes: Dot.com cafe techies drop by to plug in and dial up along with their morning coffee.

Dean & Deluca Market Cafe

Where: 7804 Rea Rd., Stonecrest, Charlotte 704-541-7123
When To Go: For coffee and a croissant in the morning; anytime for a European (almost) cafe experience.
What It’s Like: New York City’s favorite market underwent a radical makeover in its transition to the upscale ‘burbs, but this and the three other area locations continue to supply the top quality groceries, fresh baked goods and gourmet to-go fare that made the original famous. Great spot to provision a last-minute cocktail party. Don’t forget the foie gras.
Who Goes: The Stonecrest store is the favorite spot for Tripp Davis and other execs at Decision Point International to grab a cup of java.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Where: 1501 South Blvd., Charlotte 704-333-4370
When To Go: Easy stop on the way to work in South End or Uptown.
What It’s Like: Bagel sandwiches, soups and salads make this a good, quick choice for breakfast or lunch.
Who Goes: Jeffrey Gitomer (TrainOne.com), Chris William (Carolina Business Review), Jim Roberts (firstround.com).

Laurel Market

Where: 114 Cherokee Rd., Charlotte 704-347-4989
When To Go: In the morning for coffee and pastries, or at lunch for some of the best sandwiches in town.
What It’s Like: Located in the heart of Myers Park, Laurel Market has no seating, but people line up for custom made sandwiches to take out. Wine selection is top-notch. Reputed to have the best coffee in town. One of the city’s few “Entrepreneur Daily News” boxes sits out front.
Who Goes: Techie types headed for work stop by for coffee and the latest editions of the business papers.

Lulu’s Delicatessen

Where: 2041 South Blvd., The Pavilion at South End, Charlotte 704-376-0542
When To Go: Mornings for fresh ground coffee; at lunchtime for giant signature sandwiches such as the Wally Woo; after work for a good bottle of wine.
What It’s Like: Roomy deli has a few tables, great wine and beer selections, and a central location in South End.
Who Goes: Lori Antoniak (Executive Director, Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council) says Lulu’s does a lot of catering for the high tech crowd. She recommends the Happiness Salad with deli meat and cheese rolls: “a zone dieters dream.”

The Original Pancake House

Where: 1300 South Blvd. 704-372-7099 (South End) & 4736 Sharon Rd. 704-553-8364 (SouthPark)
When To Go: Important breakfast/lunch meetings.
What It’s Like: Two Charlotte locations satisfy the city’s need for an upscale spot to dine in the AM. Jim Roberts (firstround.com) says, “the Sourdough French Toast is hard to beat!” while Greg Hahn (Kahn Research) recommends the BLT and the potato pancakes.
Who Goes: Andy Agrawal (Morris, Manning, Martin advisory group), McGuireWoods lawyers, Frontier Capital, former iXL workers.

Starbucks Coffee

Where: 1961 East 7th St., Charlotte 704-333-5880
When To Go: In the AM for a jump start.
What It’s Like: Seattle standard dispenses its signature high-octane buzz at this and 13 other area locations. Most offer a phone jack for internet junkies.
Who Goes: The 7th Street store is the favored locale for Plaza-Midwood techies to plug in.

Tic Toc Coffee Shop

Where: 512 N. Tryon St., Charlotte 704-375-5750
When To Go: For coffee meetings below the event horizon of the uptown towers.
What It’s Like: Owned by well known Charlotte caterer and restaurateur,
Bruce Stewart, the Tic Toc dispenses gourmet deli food and breakfast specials. Its low-key location is a bit off the beaten track at the far north end of the business district.
Who Goes: Lori Antoniak (Metrolina Entrepreneurial Council); gallery owners, artists and museum workers, plus execs from the Transamerica and Hearst buildings nearby.

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