Elevate Lifestyle Awards 2012: DINING WINNERS
Apr 04, 2012
BEST All Wrapped Up (Wrap)
Light, healthy and all wrapped up, Zoe's Kitchen offers simple, fresh-from-the-garden sensibility with Mediterranean-inspired comfort dishes that are not only wholesome in quality, but also generous in quantity.
1055 Metropolitan Ave., S110
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.347.5858
9848 Rea Rd., SG
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.2124
16735 Cranlyn Rd., SD
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.655.2636
BEST Any Night Of The Week Spot
If it's burger night for you, then Kickstand it is. Kickstand offers lunch and dinner with a full bar, and TVs for you sports fanatics. The burger selection is wide and unique with numerous sides to choose from.
1101 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.1010
BEST Any Way You Slice It (Pizza Place)
Are you and your friends in the mood for pizza? If so, Libretto's Pizzeria is the right place! Libretto's Pizzeria offers numerous specialty pizzas along with a full menu that includes Italian dinners, salads, soups, gyros and calzones.
210 E. Trade St., S164D
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.9088
15205 John J. Delaney Dr.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.714.1442
BEST Asian (Other Than Chinese)
PISCES SUSHI BAR AND LOUNGE
Located at the Metropolitan, this sushi bar and lounge has a huge menu with unique options like the Bobcats roll, as well as more traditional rolls like the California and the Philly. With daily drink specials, lunch specials, and options for non-sushi eaters, Pisces is sure to please any palate.
1100 E. Metropolitan Ave., S120
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.0009
BEST Assortment Of Condiments
Finally a restaurant that has something for all you sushi lovers, and non-sushi lovers! Check out CowFish for an awesome experience you can't find anywhere else in town. The atmosphere is great and so is the food.
4310 Sharon Rd., SX05
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.365.1924
BEST BBQ Place
FS Food Group founder Frank Scibelli traveled to several locations in North and South Carolina; Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; and Florida to learn from pit masters and gain inspiration for Midwood Smokehouse's mouthwatering menu. The Smokehouse presents BBQ at its best.
1401 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.295.4227
BEST Bed & Breakfast
VICTORIAN VILLA BED & BREAKFAST INN
Escape to Charlotte's most tranquil bed and breakfast for a peaceful retreat. Beautiful and private, the secluded villa is located only minutes away from downtown Charlotte. Leave the stress and chaos of your daily schedule and come relax at the Victorian Villa Bed and Breakfast Inn.
10925 Windy Grove Rd.
Charlotte | 28278 | 704.394.5545
FLYING BISCUIT CAFÉ
Great atmosphere, great food, great biscuits! This cafe offers an all-day breakfast menu that consists of unique breakfast dishes. Along with their all-day breakfast menu, they have signature salads, sandwiches, and super suppers.
4241 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.714.3400
7930 Rea Rd., SA
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.295.4440
BEST Blended And Chilled (Smoothies)
With the weather finally warming up, a cold, fresh, fruity smoothie is only necessary! Smoothie King offers a huge variety of healthy, flavored smoothies. You can choose from their custom menu or build your own.
1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., S220
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.0999
1235 East Blvd., SH
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.2200
301 S. College St., S265
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.374.0200
210 E. Trade St., S500
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.979.6911
2907 Providence Rd., S101
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.362.6700
7510 Pineville Matthews Rd., S11A
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.543.3773
14130 Rivergate Pkwy., S100
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.587.6001
9405 Bryant Farms Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.5031
9831 Rea Rd., SA
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.845.6811
8710 Krefeld Dr.
Charlotte | 28227 | 704.846.1665
8022 Providence Rd., S400
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.540.2303
14825 John J. Delaney Dr., S185
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.4374
9605 N. Tryon St., SV
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.503.5122
1636 Sardis Rd. N, S125
Charlotte │ 28270 │ 704.846.1665
BEST Brazilian Steakhouse
CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE
This prestigious restaurant offers a one-of-a-kind experience. The steakhouse offers a selection of 14 meats and an excellent salad bar. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting and the closest to Brazil you can get in Charlotte!
139 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.601.4141
BEST Breakfast Nook
Set apart from other restaurants, Terrace Cafe strives to create a place where friends and family can gather to savor eyebrow-raising meals. Always made from scratch with the finest ingredients, Terrace Café is incomparable.
14815 Ballantyne Village Way, S150
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5190
4625 Piedmont Row Dr., S105
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.554.6177
BEST Buffalo As In Wings
WILD WING CAFÉ
Great wings, beer and sports! Wild Wing Café has a numerous selection of tasty wings and select beers with huge TVs for sports fanatics! It also has a fun and relaxed atmosphere that's great for family and friends.
210 E. Trade St., S262D
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.9464
2132 Ayrsley Town Blvd.
Charlotte | 28273 | 980.297.7000
9539 Pinnacle Dr.
Charlotte | 28269 | 704.708.9453
BEST Caribbean Soul
ANNTONY’S CARIBBEAN CAFÉ
Anntony's brings the Caribbean taste right to you. They have numerous traditional dishes and a full bar. Anntony's home-style Caribbean dishes are sure to leave you with a taste of Caribbean soul.
6434 W. Sugar Creek Rd., SF
Charlotte | 28269 | 704.598.6863
2001 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.342.0749
BEST Catering Your Affair
DEAN & DELUCA
This all-in-one shop offers the very best in service, quality and of course, selection. Epicurean treats for cooking, eating and entertaining abound even as they did in the original DEAN & DELUCA back in the '70s. DEAN & DELUCA has a team of international food experts who search for the best and newest food products from around the globe.
6903 Phillips Place Ct.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.643.6868
201 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.377.0037
BEST Chips and Salsa
At either location, whether girls’ night out, family gathering, or a casual business dinner, Cantina 1511 is the perfect place to bring your friends, family and especially your appetite.
1511 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.331.9222
7708 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.9797
BEST Chocolates Heaven
THE SECRET CHOCOLATIER
Leave it to the Dietz and Ciodia families for all your chocolate needs. Together, they've created beautifully crafted and sinfully indulging chocolates and truffles that will leave you wanting more. Along with the boxed collections, they also provide other sweet treats including cake-in-a-jar, brownies, and sauces.
2935 Providence Rd., S104
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.323.8178
BEST Coffee House To Kick Back
Art, gifts, coffee, and snacks—this café is your one stop for cultural accented relaxation. With works of art covering every corner of the café, guests are able to observe and absorb the creations of local artists. All pieces are available for purchase, and they're always welcoming new additions.
2820 Selwyn Ave., S180
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.900.2430
BEST Comfort Food
MERT’S HEART AND SOUL
If you're lookin' for soul food, you've found the right place. Mert's has been serving up some of the best southern soul food in Charlotte for years.
214 N. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.4222
POLKA DOT BAKE SHOP
Feel a sweet tooth coming on? Satisfy your craving with some of the best cupcakes in town. Polka Dot Bakery offers a wide variety of cupcakes to choose from, as well as other baked treats.
1730 E. Woodlawn Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.5001
BEST Deep Fried With Out The Hole (Doughnuts)
If you have a sweet tooth that can't be satisfied with a generic snack, then head down to Suarez Bakery. Here you'll find freshly baked doughnuts, cookies, pastries, breads, and cakes.
4245 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.0145
BEST Dining On A Budget
Welcome NODA’s newest neighborhood bar. They serve fresh, never frozen burgers, dogs, cheese steaks and wings; plus fresh chopped salads, chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, daily blue plate specials, and daily drink specials that won't hurt your wallet.
3213 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.334.5140
BEST Down In The Bayou - Cajun and Creole
Spice things up and experience the sensation of true New Orleans cuisine. With live music, friendly service, and good food, you and your appetite won't be disappointed!
1800 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.9017
BEST Dressed-Up Lemonade
BITE YOUR TONGUE
Bite Your Tongue offers Charlotte "Gourmet-To-Go" Cajun dinners that will make your stomach happy and your soul warm. Their menu features authentic New Orleans style cuisine. Although toned down for Charlotteans’ tastes, the authentic version can be sampled just by asking for "original recipe."
222 E. Bland St., S1A
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.5730
BEST Drive Thru (Best Fast Food)
BEST Tall Glass of Milk (Milkshakes)
As one of the region's most beloved novelties, this fast food joint is not only fast, but it's also open all night long! They serve southern favorites such as BBQ plates, burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and corn dogs. They have great hush puppies, French fries, and hand-made milkshakes.
13317 York Center Dr.
Charlotte | 28273 | 980.875.9085
6438 Albemarle Rd.
Charlotte | 28212 | 704.568.1205
1301 W. Sugar Creek Rd.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.921.8787
5715 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte | 28216 | 704.537.5455
4333 Sunset Rd.
Charlotte | 28216 | 704.394.7760
2540 Freedom Dr.
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.393.3191
BEST Endless Options (Buffet)
BISTRO LA BON
This eatery offers exceptionally tasteful Mediterranean and European cuisine. They have a brunch, lunch and dinner menu with a full bar. Bistro La Bon shops locally to purchase their produce from local farmers markets.
1322 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.4646
BEST Finger Licking Good (Chicken)
PRICE’S CHICKEN COOP
Serving Charlotte for many years, Price's Chicken Coop is the place to be when looking for good ole' southern fried chicken. They have numerous other plates and sides to go with them! Price's is guaranteed to leave you with a taste of southern soul.
1614 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.9866
BEST Fish and Chips
BIG BEN BRITISH PUB
This British pub is one of the only places in Charlotte where you can get delicious British cuisine and ale. The warm atmosphere and authentic food will transport you over the Atlantic straight to the UK.
2000 South Blvd., S530
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.817.9697
BEST French Cuisine
George Bakatsias' interpretation of French cuisine and tradition comes to life, offering joyful elegance and hospitality to guests. The Brasserie welcomes you into an atmosphere of warmth, radiance and delight. Guests can enjoy the ambiance, food and music in any one of their areas: Main Dining Room, Social Bar, Patio Seating, Raw Bar and Private Dining Room.
4620 Piedmont Row Dr.
Charlotte | 28210 | 980.219.7409
BEST French Fries
Their unique brand of casual dining, lively bar atmosphere, and sports enthusiasm provides the perfect destination no matter what the time of day. Plus, with numerous area locations, there is sure to be one close by!
12210 Copper Way, S212
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.295.9009
9010 Harris Corners Pkwy
Charlotte | 28269 | 704.921.4466
2005 E. Arbors Dr.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.295.9001
11504 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.847.4408
13545 Steelecroft Pkwy.
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.494.7360
1100 Metropolitan Ave., S170
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.5155
9526 Birkdale Crossings Dr., S30
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.897.8490
1925 Hoffman Rd.
Gastonia | 28056 | 704.9170450
115 Morrison Plantation Pkwy.
Mooresville | 28117 | 704.660.9793
BEST Fresh As Can Be (Delicatessen)
Looking for a fast, fresh, and tasty lunch? Try Jason's Deli, where customers are given a variety of deliciously prepared menu items such as soups, hot or cold subs, and a fresh salad bar all for a reasonable price. Jason's Deli is one of Charlotte's best spots for lunch.
210 E. Trade St., S240C
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.688.1004
3509 David Cox Rd., SA
Charlotte | 28269 | 704.921.1545
1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., S200
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.676.5858
16639 Birkdale Commons, S120
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.895.2505
10610 Centrum Pkwy.
Pineville | 28134 | 704.541.1228
BEST Frozen Yogurt
Not all frozen yogurt is created equal. Tasty-Yo makes it their mission to ensure that their yogurt is not only of the highest quality, value, freshness, nutrition, and seasonality, but they also provide a clean, comfortable, healthy and well-maintained environment for their guests and staff. Their yogurt is truly a healthy snack.
3116 N. Davidson St., S130
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.4551
225 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.650.0226
Charlotte's very first gastro-pub offers great food, a great selection of craft beers and unique menu items that are served daily. Check them out and don't forget to try an order of their gnocchi!
1812 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.8830
BEST Gourmet Restaurant
131 MAIN offers fresh food and an inviting setting to meet friends, family and business associates. The menu caters to several different dietary needs, all the while portraying the definition of quality and taste.
1315 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.343.0131
9886 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.0131
17830 N. Statesville Rd.
Cornelius | 28031 | 704.896.0131
BEST Greek Opal
"Once you go Greek, it's every night of the week!" With many Greek specialty dishes to choose from that each originate from different parts of Greece, Greek Isles Restaurant does an excellent job of bringing a taste of Greece to Charlotte.
200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.444.9000
BEST Group Outing
NIKKO JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR
Looking for good food and a good time? Nikko's is the place to be. The dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation. The atmosphere is fun, sophisticated and classy. Nikko's is one of Charlotte's more upscale sushi delights.
1300 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.0100
BEST Health Food Market
If you're looking for a place to find organic products, look no further. Trader Joe's is the perfect place to find organic products to choose from leaving you satisfied and healthy!
1133 Metropolitan Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.0737
1820 E. Arbors Dr.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.688.9578
6418 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.5249
BEST Hot Dog
This famous drive-in is a landmark restaurant in the heart of Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. Family owned since 1954, The Penguin has been one of America’s most legendary drive-in Restaurants. Go and experience their wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, and of course, their famous Penguin Fried Pickles!
1921 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.1925
BEST Ice Cream
Are you in need of a wonderful treat? This neighborhood favorite creamery offers homemade ice cream with 48 different flavors! They also have milkshakes, malts, smoothies, cakes and pies.
1601 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.332.7776
BEST Indian Cuisine
Without losing a single spice from the ancient Indian traditions, Copper brings you a dining experience that is distinctly modern and delightfully upscale. Intimate seating, contemporary Indian art and music, top-shelf spirits, and a superb wine list are a few examples of the Copper experience.
311 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.0063
BEST Kingdom Of Thai
When in the mood for Thai, check out Thai Taste. They have a wide selection of Thai dishes to choose from and they prepare each dish true to its origin, giving you the real Thai experience.
324 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.0001
2025 E. Arbors Dr., S230
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.688.9179
BEST Lakeside Dining
THE RUSTY RUDDER
Located on beautiful Lake Norman, the Rusty Rudder is the lake's hottest restaurant/bar attracting locals and tourists alike. Come on down and try the great cuisine along with live entertainment from the best local and regional bands every weekend.
20210 Henderson Rd.
Cornelius | 28031 | 704.892.9195
BEST Late Night Eats
Who doesn't love a classic diner with good food? This authentic diner is one of few in the region. They offer numerous options that are sure to satisfy any craving, regardless of when it’s calling.
115 E. Carson Blvd.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.207.3641
BEST Latino (Other Than Mexican)
CABO FISH TACO
This popular eatery is the combination of concepts from three completely different people, who share the same idea of what makes a restaurant great. Unlike most Baja styled restaurants, Cabo Fish Taco combines coastal Mexican cuisine with a unique healthy California feel. The food and atmosphere of Cabo is an impeccable infusion of very different styles.
3201 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.332.8868
BEST Little Known Restaurant
Al Mikes offers a good selection of beer and simple, fresh, well-prepared food that gives you value for your dollar, served by a friendly, attentive service staff in a neighborhood tavern atmosphere.
401 W. 9th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.6789
BEST Local Grown Produce
HARVEST MOON GRILLE
At the core of its existence, Harvest Moon Grille is a "farm to table" restaurant. Their cuisine features the best of local produce, meats, cheeses and flavors. The private setting and sophisticated fare of the restaurant provide the perfect venue for business lunches or specialty dinners.
235 N. Tyron St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.1193
BEST Lots Of Noodles (Italian)
Experiencing a big Italian craving? Try Mama Ricotta's restaurant. The menu consists of numerous deliciously prepared Italian dishes that are sure to satisfy your craving and have you coming back for more.
601 S. Kings Dr.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.343.0148
BEST Low-Carb Lunch
This joint is perfect for those who are carb-conscious. You won't be able to find an easier place to grab a tasty, healthy, low-carb meal along with a tasty beverage. They use only whole unprocessed ingredients and organic products whenever possible.
101 S. Tryon St., S1
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.1094
550 S. Tryon St., S120
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.355.0240
BEST Mexican - South of the Border
VIDA MEXICAN KITCHEN Y CANTINA
This lively kitchen serves traditional, old-world-style Mexican cuisine presented with refreshing style, alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas, and their signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida's inviting atmosphere, specialty Mexican fare, hospitality, and impeccable service offer a distinctive experience for all guests.
210 E. Trade St., S104A
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.8432
BEST Middle Eastern
Bringing the Middle Eastern tastes to you, Kabob Grill does an excellent job of providing its customers with dishes that are true to Middle Eastern cuisine, giving you an experience you can't find anywhere else in Charlotte.
1235 East Blvd., SG
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.8984
7828 Rea Rd., SB
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.1234
BEST Most Inviting Ambiance
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth is a celebration of artisanal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond. It's a true seasonal dining experience.
500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.910.0865
BEST Neighborhood Restaurant
This neighborhood restaurant specializes in a casual, elegant atmosphere, with a menu that features comfort foods and items you crave. In addition to the delicious menu, there is a full service bar complete with an extensive wine and martini list.
14142 Rivergate Pkwy.
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.504.8888
7828 E. Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.8587
4331 Barclay Downs Dr.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.543.8587
BEST No Flesh (Vegetarian)
This unique niche in the Charlotte community is a dining haven to please both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian palate. Though the entire menu is meat-free, meat eaters will still enjoy the fresh, seasonal dishes that are crafted to perfection.
1323 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.377.1825
BEST Outdoor Dining With A View
Located in the Metropolitan area of Charlotte, Vivace serves a full menu of Italian favorites. They also have a full bar and the interior decor is very stylish. Vivace's dishes are some of the best Italian dishes around.
1100 Metropolitan Ave., S100
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.370.7755
BEST Overall Menu
GOOD FOOD ON MONTFORD
This tapas inspired restaurant has a distinct focus on local and organic products, comfortably humble decor, and undeniable passion. These components come together to only be described as Good Food on Montford.
1701 Montford Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.0881
BEST Pies On Wheels (Delivery)
Running out of fuel and need to fill up? Look no further than FUEL Pizza. Your perfect pie is their mission. With an extensive list of fresh ingredients, you can enjoy your favorite comfort food in the comfort of your home.
1501 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.3835
14145 Rivergate Pkwy.
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.588.5333
1801 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.335.7375
500 S. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.370.2755
4267 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.525.3220
Corner of 6th & College
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.350.1680
404 S. Main St.
Davidson | 28036 | 704.655.3835
1910 Cinema Dr.
Rock Hill | 29730 | 803.327.2244
BEST Restaurant That Opened in 2011
As one of the newer additions to the Charlotte restaurant community, Table 274 deserves a lot of love. They've brought American cuisine with a Carolina influence. Their support for local agriculture and education provides a casual and heart-felt dining experience.
274 S. Sharon Amity Rd,
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.817.9721
BEST Restaurant To Network In
BLACKFINN AMERICAN SALOON
On the second level of the restaurant, BlackFinn offers a classic saloon environment that complements its dining spaces. Dozens of flat-panel televisions and a state-of-the-art sound system surround the floor, making it the ultimate sports-viewing venue. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect to unwind and socialize.
210 E. Trade St., S120B
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.4440
BEST Roll It Up (Sushi)
ENSO ASIAN BISTRO AND SUSHI BAR
When trying to find a place to dine with a group of friends, you should check out the trendy and delicious Enso. They have an awesome menu and numerous Asian dishes to choose from along with a cool atmosphere, and a lot of room for big parties.
210 E. Trade St., S108A
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.3676
BEST Sake Selection
Over the years, Ru Sans has become one of Charlotte's favorite sushi restaurants. From the fresh menu to the notable sake selection, you can't go wrong with this classic.
2440 Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.374.0008
INTERMEZZO PIZZERIA AND CAFÉ
Intermezzo's serves up Charlotte's best pizza and incredible Serbian dishes. Every dish is created using only the freshest ingredients. They hand toss every pizza and use only the freshest toppings available.
1427 E. 10th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.2578
BEST Served On A Tortilla (Tacos)
PACO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA
Enjoy big Texas flavor in the South Park neighborhood at one of Charlotte's favorite taco joints. Founded by restaurateurs Frank Scibelli and Dennis Thompson, the restaurant serves a menu of Tex-Mex favorites made with the freshest quality ingredients.
6401 Morrison Blvd., S8A
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.716.8226
BEST Signature Appetizer
SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI, 300 EAST
300 East serves inspired cuisine in a lively, offbeat and relaxed atmosphere in a renovated house in historic Dilworth. Perfect for every occasion, whether it is a large family gathering or a quiet dinner with your significant other. Locals and visitors love the seasonal dishes, especially the irresistible sweet potato ravioli.
300 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.6507
BEST Soul Food
This new soul food restaurant brings the best of soul food to the Charlotte area. The menu is full of scrumptious classics that would bring warmth and comfort to even the coldest of days. Alongside the food menu is an extensive drink menu with incredible cocktails.
705 S. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.3232
BEST Special Occasion
THE CAPITAL GRILLE
This distinctive restaurant offers a rich, club-like atmosphere accented with hand-crafted mahogany, plush leather, distinctive art, and the savory aroma of sizzling steaks. With a wine list of over 350 wines, you're sure to find the perfect complement to your luxurious experience.
201 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.348.1400
BEST Steak (Meat and Potatoes)
BEEF & BOTTLE
Searching for the perfect steak without breaking the bank? Beef & Bottle has got you covered. Their classic steak roadhouse fare is served in an old fashioned early 60's steak roadhouse setting. Find here a fatty, hearty, satisfying splurge enjoyed by a small army of regulars.
4538 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.9977
BEST Sunday Brunch
This Sunday brunch hot spot is an eclectic casual bistro that offers international and American cuisine. Local produce, fresh seafood, poultry, beef, pork, game meats, and vegetarian items are all interpreted in a unique yet comfortable way.
1820 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.8149
LAVECCHIA’S STEAKS & SEAFOOD
In the mood for good seafood and can't seem to find it around these parts? Luckily, LaVecchia's has graced Charlotte with their presence in providing us with great seafood that's guaranteed fresh, tasty, and very satisfying.
214 N. Tryon St., SD
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.370.6776
BEST Sweet Tea
There's nothing like an ice cold glass of sweet tea on a hot summer's day. Next time you're craving the refreshment of ice cold sweet tea, stop by McAlister's and satisfy that craving. Enjoy!
4805 Park Rd., S101
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.295.9090
4130 Carmel Rd.
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.540.7199
2706 W. Mallard Creek Church Rd.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.595.9993
8943 S. Tryon St., SA
Charlotte | 28273 | 704.714.5300
8046 Providence Rd., SD
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.9665
15201 John J. Delaney Dr.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.542.0727
9864 Rea Rd., SA
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.295.9100
BEST Take Out
HAWTHORNE’S NEW YORK PIZZA
Craving a good take-out pizza? Try Hawthorne's New York Pizza. Their pizza is New York style and hand-tossed. Hawthorne's has fast and good service, a great atmosphere, and a great lunch and dinner menu, with a full bar.
1701 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.358.9339
5814 Prosperity Church Rd.
Charlotte | 28269 | 704.875.8502
4100 Carmel Rd., SA
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.544.0299
This urban, trendy and upbeat lounge is one of Charlotte's hottest fusion restaurants. With a menu inspired by a variety of cuisines including Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Spanish and Latin, guests will experience a nirvana of exotic flavors.
1716 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.358.9688
BEST Tastiest Bar Food
BRAZWELL’S PREMIUM PUB
Surround yourself with good friends and lively vibes at this bar. Strong bonds and joyous toasts are common recurrences, while appetizing food and enticing drinks are always happening.
1627 Montford Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.3500
BEST Tasty Side Dishes
RED ROCKS CAFÉ, BAR & BAKERY
Hosted by local owners, catered with American cuisine, and served by a friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, Red Rocks is sure to please everyone. The restaurant's side dishes are distinctively tempting from their macaroni and cheese to their parmesan potato cakes.
4223 Providence Rd., SB
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.364.0402
BEST The Freshest Catch (Seafood)
The day's freshest catch is turned into innovative, spectacular cuisine each night at Upstream. The restaurant's award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine is matched only by its innovative wine list and cool, soothing ambience.
6902 Phillips Place Ct.
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.556.7730
BEST The Other Wrap (Burrito)
This South End favorite serves up huge, no-nonsense Southwestern-style favorites and nothing else. The namesake "phat" burrito measures an intimidating 7" X 3" and is packed with your favorite fillings. Look for the lime, blue and yellow walls to get the best burrito of your life.
1537 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7428
BEST Thing Between Two Buns (Hamburger)
BAD DADDY’S BURGER BAR
They offer exactly what their name suggests—amazing burgers, a killer bar, and it's all very, very good. Tucked perfectly into Charlotte's Dilworth and Ballantyne neighborhoods, they love serving you amazing food in a lively, laid-back atmosphere.
1626 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.714.4888
15105-A John J. Delaney Dr.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.919.2700
BEST To Die For Desserts
CRAVE DESSERT BAR
The best spot in Charlotte for the best desserts! Crave has numerous delicious sweet treats to offer their customers, promising nothing but satisfaction! It's guaranteed that after one of Crave's sweet treats, you'll be coming back for more.
500 W. 5th St., S120
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.335.0588
BEST Toppings For Your Pie
This memorable eatery is more than just pizza and beer. They seek to provide you with an experience filled with colorful art, eclectic music and food that comforts your soul. Eat, drink, and mellow out.
14835 Ballantyne Village Way
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5300
2820 Selwyn Ave., S100
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.966.7499
BEST Traditional Diner
This classic diner offers mouthwatering southern comforts such as fried chicken, fried pickles, and fried catfish. Beyond the fried favorites are veggie burgers, gyros and breakfast. The countless options make it easy for anyone to find something delicious and satisfying.
1901 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.375.8959
When it comes to pho, Pho Real is an experienced provider. The menu features several pho entrees with a variety of different meats. Degree of authenticity and portion sizes make Pho Real a great place to satisfy any Vietnamese craving. They also feature vegetarian options for those who choose not to indulge in the classic meat-packed dish.
440 E. McCullough Dr.
Charlotte | 28262 | 704.717.2500
BEST Wok On The Wild Side (Chinese)
This pleasant, contemporary atmosphere is perfect for casual Chinese dining with family and friends. The menu features a great selection of dishes that are made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. If you're trying to stay in, you're in luck because they also deliver!
214 N. Tryon St., S110
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.5189
BEST Worth Tipping (Best Service In Town)
This restaurant, with impeccable service, embodies the rich tradition of fine American steakhouses. They serve only the best hand-cut steaks, chops and freshest seafood including Australian cold water lobster tails. They use fresh ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes.
4725 Piedmont Row Dr., S170
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.552.5502
BEST Dough (Bagel)
EINSTEIN BROS. BAGELS
Einstein Bagels has been a favorite of Charlotte for many years and continues to satisfy local bagel and coffee lovers. They have a variety of bagels, 'shmears', juices, and coffee drinks to choose from. For good bagels and coffee, check out Einstein's Bagels.
101 S. Tryon St., S8
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.4015
501 S. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.339.6058
1501 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.4370
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte | 28223 | 704.687.7049
BEST Your Local Lunch Spot
THE ROASTING COMPANY
This casual dining restaurant is the perfect spot for a delicious, quick lunch. The menu features their outstanding rotisserie chicken, fresh vegetables and macaroni and cheese, all at a great price!
1601 Montford Dr.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.521.8188