1. The Fig Tree Is A Fusion Of All Your Foodie Dreams
One of the finest restaurants in the state, the Fig Tree in Charlotte has a menu filled with the perfect mix of new American, French, and Italian cuisine. It’s one of the fancier restaurants on this list, but worth every penny. A few of the local favorites include the elk chop in a gorgonzola cream sauce and the scallops. Just make sure you don’t leave without trying a beignet for dessert.
2. These Burgers Will Blow You Away
The winner of Charlotte’s Best Burger award at the 2015 Moo & Brew Fest, Bang Bang Burgers doesn’t mess around when it comes to their sandwiches. With a wide range of options, every menu item here is a winner. However, no burger is complete without a side of their sweet potato fries and maple sauce.
3. If This Place Is Improper, I Don’t Want To Be Right
Home to all the Southern meat staples, the Improper Pig is one of the best places in town to get your Carolina barbecue fix. While they’ve got it all, the chicken dishes are definitely a stand-out. Plus they’ve got tons of great sides to complete your plate of meat, like sweet potato hash, mac n’ cheese, and spicy green beans. This place can’t be skipped.
4. The Perfect Pub
One of the best pubs in town, the Davidson Street Public House has perfected every aspect of the “night on the town.” They’ve got great drinks, great food, and an atmosphere that’s sure to make this place an instant hit. The entire menu is loaded with awesome options, but a few of the most popular dishes include the corn and jalapeno fritters and their skewers.
5. Burgers + Sushi = Genius
Based around a very unique food innovation called “burgushi,” Cowfish specializes in combining flavors from both dishes. While they have a list of burgers and a list of typical sushi rolls on the menu, the combos are a must try. One favorite to start you off is the “Taste Explosion Roll”, a baked roll consisting of ground beef, bacon, jalapenos, spicy mayo, tempura flakes, pepper jack cheese, Roma tomatoes, and a cashew cilantro pesto. You’ve never had anything like this before.
6. Nothing Beats Good Food
Another great place in Charlotte for amateur foodies, the dishes that come out of the kitchen at Good Food on Montford never lack in creativity. And there are plenty of small plates in addition to entrees that make this menu perfect for sharing. Two local favorites you have to try are the steamed buns and the Korean Beef dish. You’ll fall in love at first bite.
7. You’ll Definitely Want A Slice Of This Pie
Nestled in Charlotte’s 1st Ward district, Pure Pizza has perfected the art of crafting this planet’s greatest food. With perfectly chewy crusts and the perfect bake every time, you’ll quickly become addicted to the pies that leave the oven here, like the Chorizo Pizza, loaded with heaping portions of meat and flavor. However, keep in mind that no pie is complete without a side of their extremely popular garlic knots and one or two of their dipping sauces.
8. Lumiere Lights Up Charlotte Cuisine
Regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with French cuisine, you’ll love every trip to Lumiere. A few highlights on the menu include the duck entrees, the lobster bisque, and pretty much anything featuring rabbit. Of course, it doesn’t really matter what you order…any trip here will be a memorable experience.
9. A Mediterranean Meal Minus The Airfare
Little Village Grill
710 – G W Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202
Yelp: 4.5 Stars; 59 Reviews.
Quick, affordable, and delicious, Little Village Grill is the perfect place to head if you’re looking for an easy Greek meal. Their gyro is absolutely amazing and their fries are oddly some of the best in town. There’s no doubt about it, after one trip here you’ll be recommending it to all of your friends.
10. Dogwood Is Proof The South Has The Best Food
With a kitchen that has perfected the art of serving up Southern-style cuisine, Dogwood Southern Table is a must-try. A few of their most popular dishes include the pork loin on grits and a rib-eye that comes with a healthy portion of au gratin potatoes. If you’re looking for stellar versions of the classic dishes you grew up with, look no further.
11. Don’t Be Afraid To Get A Little Saucy
Another great barbecue place in Charlotte, Sauceman’s has some of the most authentic eastern-style barbecue in the country. Their most delicious meat here is probably the chopped pork, but every cut is great. Looking to add a few sides? Go for the white slaw or the hush puppies.
12. You Had Me At “Burrito Factory”
The Burrito Factory
5920 South Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28217
Yelp: 4 Stars; 93 Reviews.
Sometimes a restaurant will have a name that just begs you to give it a try. The Burrito Factory more than lives up to the hype. Serving up delicious burrito after delicious burrito, it’s no wonder how this Tex-Mex place earned the awesome reputation around town that it has. An all-around great restaurant, the Burrito Factory will have no problem keeping you coming back for more.
13. Summa This Food Is Good For The Soul
Another great Charlotte place to go when you’re craving Southern cooking, the Summit Room will never let you down. A couple of the favorites here include the stuffed cod, the barbecue shrimp, and the mussels, but of course everything on the menu is awesome. Your first trip here surely won’t be your last.
14. Home To The Best Cuts Around
Butcher shop meets restaurant, the Block & Grinder is another great place in Charlotte to find a protein packed meal. If you’re not sure what you want, the pork belly is pretty unstoppable. Of course, you’ll be happy with anything you get. Everything is super high quality and they’ll have any normal cut you can think of.
15. Flag Down This Food Truck
As seen on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” with host Guy Fieri, the TIN Kitchen is one of the best food trucks in the country. With a wide range of cuisine that tends to change on a regular basis, every stop at the TIN Kitchen is an exciting one. Two favorites include the pork belly taco and the buffalo cauliflower sliders, but anything you order will have your stomach smiling.
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