From a secret society to a bar with breathtaking views, Charlotte is now home to a host of new restaurants that, once again, do not disappoint. For the last few years the Queen City has upped the ante when it comes to the food scene, and this latest round of openings just adds to the crown. And of course, this wouldn’t be Charlotte if there weren’t some new beers (and breweries) on tap.
New Charlotte Restaurants
325 East Ninth St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The secret is out about uptown Charlotte’s coolest new coffee/gift shop. Subsecreto “magick” and coffee shop is the strange and unusual brainchild of local creatives Caleb Clark and Corri Smith. It opened in August near First Ward Park. The retail store serves craft coffees and curiosity – complete with a secret society pin for certain members. Co-owner Corri Smith says Subsecreto (meaning “in secret” in Latin) was inspired by secrets and created as a special place for the offbeat, eccentric thinkers and doers.
2433 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight
They’ve only had their soft opening, but already the owners of the uber popular BBQ joint Mac’s Speed Shop are getting a ton of buzz for their newest restaurant concept: SouthBound, which they just happened to open right next door to the original Mac’s in South End. That might be because Dale Jr. leaked the fact that Jimmie Johnson is part owner of the new Southern California-style restaurant on Twitter, and legions of fans promptly came to sip tequila and taste the tacos at the taqueria. The relaxed vibe and made-from-scratch Southern California street food highlights a menu loaded with locally sourced vegetables, handmade corn masa, slow roasted mole and fresh pressed juices.
2911 Griffith St., Charlotte, NC 28203
The Suffolk Punch hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner — 5 p.m. to midnight.
A hybrid culinary cafe, taphouse, coffee bar and fermentation lab, there’s a little something for everyone here. Whether you’re an early riser looking for a cup of coffee, or you and your colleagues are in search of a lunch spot or after-work drinks and a dinner destination, this place really has it all. There’s a seasonal dinner menu but you can always find staples like the house burger and veggie burger, croquettes and house-cut fries.
SB TIP: The restaurant has been packed since opening and they suggest you use the Nowait app to help get you in for dinner. Or you can grab a group and sit at one of the many picnic tables out on the heated patio. But heads up: You can’t order food outside.
300 N. College St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The folks at Tavolo like to say they offer food your mother would make. The Italian-American menu incorporates traditional family-style fare, and their bestseller is the Arancini, a light and flavorful blend of creamy risotto and fontina cheese, rosemary and white wine, which is rolled into a bite-sized two-bite ball and fried to golden crispy perfection. (Fried cheese. Period.) Combine that and their motto “A tavola non si invecchia,” which translates to “at the table no one grows old,” and you’ve got a win-win.
Grabbing a bite at The Toasting Co. is like sitting by a campfire – only better. The Toasting Co. is a mobile food cart (picture a hotdog vendor) offering three different types of s’mores each day. The signature menu item is the classic s’more, made with homemade honey graham crackers, milk chocolate and handcrafted vanilla marshmallows. You can actually watch as they use a handheld kitchen torch to toast the marshmallows. Bonus: a Charlotte high school senior came up with the concept!
303 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202
*Set to open any day now. (Breakfast and dinner and eventually lunch)
Just across from Romare Bearden Park and inside the brand-new Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, you’ll find this modern American-Italian restaurant. The menu focuses on rustic, seasonally driven, inventive cuisine with simple, flavorful dishes like roasted branzino with roasted red pepper coulis, Parisian gnocchi, green onion emulsion and salmon roe. You can also count on daily house-made bread and pasta as well.
303 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202
*Set to open any day now. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Everybody loves a rooftop bar and this one does not disappoint. Merchant & Trade is pure sophistication and located 19 stories above uptown Charlotte inside the Kimpton. The rooftop bar and lounge offers light bites and expertly crafted cocktails, all to be enjoyed with stunning city views. Look for dishes like raised lamb belly steam bun with house kimchi and mung bean sprouts, fritto misto with fried calamari, shrimp, and oysters.
SB TIP: There is also a VIP private terrace and a semi-private events lawn perfect for chic gatherings.
Southern Tier and Victory Brewing Companies
With plans to open next year, Southern Tier and Victory Brewing Companies will actually bring two known brewers under one roof. Located in the South End (already home to a host of other popular breweries), the 28,000-square-foot facility will feature a brewhouse, tasting room, front patio with skyline view and indoor/outdoor private event space. Look for fan favorites from each brand such as Southern Tier’s Nu Skool IPA and Pumking alongside classic Victory beers like Golden Monkey and Prima Pils.
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