Charlotte is full of bustling neighborhoods. Every part of town is eclectic in its own way, boasting successful businesses, restaurants and plenty of culture. Historic South End is no exception.
A short walk from Uptown, South End, the city’s first suburb, is a charming combination of old and new — with a lot more focus going toward the new these days. There’s always construction on just about every corner. However, there are still remnants of yesteryear that blend in. Just drive down South Boulevard and you’ll see the red brick buildings of Atherton Mill that were once home to the area’s booming textile and cotton mills in the 1800s. Now the buildings have been transformed into markets, restaurants and apartments, but the historic structures are still the heart of the area.
Make a point of checking out this part of Charlotte — we’ll make it easy! Here’s where to go and what to do in Historic South End.
WHERE TO EAT
There’s absolutely no shortage of delicious places to eat in South End. Looking for a specific cuisine? You name it, they’ve got it. But we’ll stick to a few of the tried-and-true Charlotte staples so as to not overwhelm you.
Price’s Chicken Coop
1614 Camden R0ad, Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 333-9866
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You’re likely to see a line outside of Price’s Chicken Coop every day they’re open. The Charlotte staple has been a lunchtime favorite since its opening in 1962. The menu is simple and features their famous fried chicken, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken livers and gizzards. You’ll also find your typical Southern sides like potato salad, cole slaw and hushpuppies. Locals aren’t the only ones who love the chicken joint; Price’s is listed as one of the Food Network’s top places to eat. The Travel Channel’s “Man V. Food” even stopped in for a bite!
Pike’s Soda Shop
1930 Camden Road, Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 372- 0092
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Take a step back in time at Pike’s Soda Shop, where you can enjoy an old-fashioned float, sundae or banana split at the lunch counter. The restaurant encapsulates everything that makes up an old ice cream parlor, from the red swivel bar stools to the soda fountain itself. The food is good, the atmosphere is light-hearted and you definitely won’t leave hungry.
FUN FACT: Pike’s was the soda shop used in the movie Shallow Hal starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black.
300 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 332-6507
Hours: Brunch — Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Lunch — Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dinner — Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Located in one of the area’s historic homes on East Boulevard, 300 East is always a good idea. Whether you have family in town visiting, you’re looking for somewhere to take a date or just want a really fulfilling meal, you can’t go wrong at 300 East. You’ll enjoy warm and inviting ambience as well as the menu, which features entrees like Chesapeake-style crab cakes, a grilled gorgonzola-stuffed filet mignon and bronzed sesame salmon. While you’re there, order one of their specialty drinks, the Matilda Wong, a fruity concoction served in a pitcher that tastes like a Sweetart! 300 East has also been featured on the Food Network on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream
2107 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 375-4318
Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To satisfy a sweet tooth, stop into Mr. K’s for some of the best soft-serve ice cream in town. Serving the community since 1967, Mr. K’s is known for its milkshakes, floats and hand-dipped ice creams. With flavors like butterscotch, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate, how could they not be?
WHERE TO DRINK
South End is brimming with craft breweries. You can spend an entire day checking them all out and sampling their tasting flights — responsibly of course! Here’s where to go:
2161 Hawkins St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 910-3821
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
Sycamore Brewing has quickly become one of the Queen City’s most popular breweries because of its expansive outdoor area. There are countless picnic tables, corn hole boards, a fire pit and usually a live band for people to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors drinking a local brew. The taproom is an open space with high ceilings, a long wooden bar and a view inside the brewhouse. Sycamore’s 28 taps are constantly rotating, giving guests plenty of options.
Triple C Brewing
2900 Griffith St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 372-3212
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Don’t be fooled by its industrial look and bars on the windows, Triple C Brewing Co. is a popular destination for locals to head after work and on the weekends. If you like strong beer, this is the place to go. It’s home to heavy hitters like the Up All Night, a breakfast porter aged in bourbon barrels that pours at 10% ABV, and the Baby Maker, a double IPA that hits 8.5% ABV. There’s lots of indoor seating with long communal tables, so you’ll probably end up leaving with a few new friends. (There’s plenty of outdoor seating, too.) There are also several TVs throughout the taproom making it a great place to catch a Panthers game during football season.
The Unknown Brewing Co.
1327 South Mint St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 237-2628
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
The Unknown Brewing Co. taproom is extremely spacious and full of games like foosball, ping pong, corn hole and cards. We honestly can’t think of a better place to enjoy a rainy day with friends! Sipping beer and a little friendly competition? You can’t beat it.
Wooden Robot Brewery
1440 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 819-7875
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
One of South End’s newest breweries, Wooden Robot offers a wide variety of beer that ranges from sour saisons and IPAs to porters and a coffee vanilla blonde ale. What really sets Wooden Robot apart from other breweries is having the Twisted Eats food truck parked outside the brewery every Tuesday through Saturday evening. The menu was specifically created with beer-infused recipes! Just thinking about the beer-boiled macaroni and cheese egg rolls makes us hungry!
Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room
1320 South Church St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (980) 207-3716
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. t0 10 p.m.; Tuesday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
While Craft isn’t a traditional brewery making its own beer, it’s a great place to visit and try brews from all over North Carolina as well as beer from all over the world. With 36 rotating taps, it’s easy to find something for everyone. They’ve also got an incredible menu of light bites including, delicious flatbreads, salads and charcuterie boards full of local meats and cheeses.
Not into beer? Grab a glass of wine at …
2000 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 307-5565
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
We’ve been searching for a great wine bar, and now we’ve finally found it with Vin Master. Whether you want a glass of wine, bottle or a tasting, they do it all. The staff is really helpful answering any questions you may have, and the wine selection is really diverse with over 100 different offerings from all over the world. You are sure to find something you like. They also serve small plates of local cheeses that pair really well with the wine.
WHAT TO DO
Don’t worry there are plenty of other activities to enjoy in South End that don’t involve drinking. Here are a few to get you started:
2120 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 779-6476
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Atherton Mill and Market is a great way to experience a taste of Charlotte all in one location. You can grab a cup of coffee at Not Just Coffee, buy a ton of local goods like cheese, tonics and honey at Queen City Pantry and pick up a beautiful bouquet of flowers at Bookout Blooms. Chef Alyssa’s popular cooking classes also take place inside the market.
Lark and Key Gallery and Boutique
128 East Park Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 334-4616
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Enjoy works of art from local and regional artists at Lark and Key. From paintings and pottery to local jewelers and greeting cards, you’ll see (and buy!) all sorts of unique and creative pieces.
The Gin Mill
1411 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 373-0782
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight (noon to midnight during football season)
From concerts to karaoke, you can catch all kinds of music at The Gin Mill. Enjoy free live music every Friday and Saturday.
Get in some sight-seeing while your there by walking the Greenway or taking a quick trip on the LYNX light rail. Click here for the light rail schedule and pricing.
Go ahead, get out to South End and explore!
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