Charleston may be the Southern city that gets all the foodie buzz, but Charlotte has really upped its game in the last five years. Even Zagat agrees, recently naming the Queen City one of the hottest food cities of 2016. That’s because new restaurants with interesting themes and flavors now open here on a regular basis. Here, we run down some of the most buzzed about, and you can feel good about eating out at these places — all are locally owned!
7 New Restaurants in Charlotte to Check Out
3106 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC 28205 • (704) 817-1084
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight (chicken & biscuit night!); Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (chicken & waffles all day!)
Jeff Tonidandel, the Davidson grad who also owns the popular Crepe Cellar Kitchen and Pub and Growlers Pourhouse, opened this restaurant in an old NoDa Mill. “The way we serve our food is on a jumble of plates – offering meats and vegetables and sides to your table. Think of it like a potluck family gathering with only your favorites,” Jeff says. The restaurant also claims to have the best fried chicken in town and highlights that with an actual night dedicated to chicken and biscuits. What more could a girl ask for?
500 E. Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 503-9696
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – until; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Deedee Mills already runs perennial favorites The Summit Room and The Mayobird, so we can’t wait to see what The Packhouse is like. Situated right next to the Dowd YMCA on Morehead, The Packhouse offers local Southern dishes with a creative flair. We’re talking house-made Cracker Jacks, horseradish deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes — all housed in a tobacco barn-inspired, rustic-chic setting. Lunch includes chicken pot hand pie, skillet tomato pie and barbecue chicken sandwiches. The restaurant opened July 6th to rave reviews, and we can’t wait to try it for ourselves!
300 East Tremont St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 595-3337
Hours: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This neighborhood hangout took over the space that was home to the legendary Dilworth Billiard’s. The patio is more like a secret garden and one of the best in the city. Food offerings include warm focaccia and spreads, Margherita panini, Espana flat bread and, of course, charcuterie platters.
1523 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204 (704) 910-3161
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
With their most recent endeavor, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Luca Annunziata and his wife Jessica combine traditional classic Italian fare with modern creativity to create a special dinner destination that’s a little bit more affordable. (The couple previously owned Passion 8 Bistro and rebranded and reopened as Luca.) The authentic Italian menu includes tapas, soups, salads, antipastis and a variety of entrees.
1520 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 207-0991
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The owners of Deejai Thai launched this new restaurant in the heart of SouthEnd offering authentic traditional Thai street food, sushi and other Asian inspired dishes.
720 Gov Morrison St., Charlotte, NC 28211 • (704) 365-7130
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This Middle Eastern fast casual restaurant has been so popular since opening in SouthPark late last year, the owners are already considering a second location in Plaza Midwood set to open next year. They’re known for vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, hormone-free selections, shawarma-spiced rotisserie chicken, hummus made from organic chickpeas and homemade items, such as pickled cauliflower and preserved lemon.
4420A Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205 (980) 498-0523
Hours: Store — Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to midnight • Deli: Breakfast — Monday through Saturday, 6:30 to 11 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (brunch ends at 1 p.m.); Lunch — Sunday through Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; “Fancy Schmancy Nite Food” — Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There was a collective sigh across the city when the Common Market closed its South End location because of new development in the area. And there was an audible gasp when we learned the owners had found a new location not far from the first. Originally conceived as a modern take on the old general store, each market now boasts a deli, a bar and, of course, the funky fun products you’ve come to love in what has truly become a neighborhood mainstay. The Cotswold location just opened, and the new South End one is expected to open this fall.
AND FOR DESSERT …
We’ve got you covered for dessert as well. For the best sweets in town, you’ve got two new options – both new locations for already wildly successful bakeries. Amelie’s is set to open at the end of the month in Park Road Shopping Center, and just across the street Cupcrazed recently opened in May. The popular Baxter Village sweets shop, known as much for their Food Network appearances as for their red velvet cupcake, opened their first Charlotte location. SB Tip: Don’t miss Two for Tuesdays when every cupcake is $2 until they run out!
235 W. Tremont Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Zeppelin won’t be open until the fall, but it’s already getting some great buzz. Set to open next to the new Common Market location by the old Tremont Music Hall, Zeppelin will offer small plates and craft cocktails and should be funky since we’re told it will have a steam punk theme, while weaving in design inspirations from historical Charlotte references.
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