Charlotte, North Carolina is home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Since there are so many delicious eating establishments to choose from, let me help guide you. Here are five delectable restaurants that Wherever I May Roam Blog recommends for your culinary pleasure. We are sure that you will find the food in Charlotte to be some of the best southern eats you have ever experienced.
Appetizing Food in Charlotte
#1 The Cellar at Duckworth’s
This restaurant can be found in a 1900’s site that was a pharmacy turned speakeasy during the prohibition. The Cellar at Duckworth’s is a step out of your comfort zone and into an era gone by with hefty cocktails, brilliant bartenders, and lethal food combinations. Nearly every table in the restaurant has a Hard Chai (made with rye whiskey and served in a mini-glass flask) on it. The Blackberry Mezcal Mule is a recent cocktail addition due to the country’s craze for mules. The Cellar at Duckworth’s also offers 150 craft beers. Drafts on tap range between three different temperatures, depending on the styling.
I recommend the Waffle Cones appetizer, three decadent cones featuring three unique food combos. Coconut Shrimp, Chicken with Bacon and Sriracha, and Poke Tuna with Macadamia Nuts and Avocado are sure to please with their creativity, beautiful serving presentation, and impressive recipes.
Two gastropub dinner choices are the Filet Mignon, grilled to perfection with a crusty outside and loads of flavor locked in on the inside, and the Grilled Shrimp with Old Mill Cheddar Grits. The Cellar at Duckworth’s take on this classic Southern meal is bumped up a notch with sliced soft boiled egg topping the dish. Delicious!
#2 Brunch from Passion8
Passion8 is a trendy dining spot for foodies who not only appreciate 3+ course dinner offerings, but those who want to indulge in one of the most beautiful restaurants in town. Stylish and cosmopolitan, the decor at Passion8 will blow your mind. They have outdone themselves with the aesthetics of this eatery and the European hospitality.
The glass cube luxury Chef’s table is the crème de la crème of the restaurant. Other noteworthy features are the swanky bar, second floor Mezzanine that can be used for special occasions or corporate groups, and Feast Room, which can hold up to 50 guests.
Although Passion8’s brunch menu has only a few menu choices, they are good ones with high quality ingredients. Try a coffee press specialty drink paired with one of Passion8’s special beignets. The Beignets are so yummy that you will want to order more. Since you do not see a Breakfast Burger very often, I recommend trying it. The burger is topped with House Made Burrata, Proscruitto, and a Fried Egg. If this is not your style, opt for Passion8’s Benedicts.
#3 City Smoke
This premier barbecue restaurant is located in the Bank of America Corporate Center. It boasts gorgeous restaurant fixtures, an open floor and kitchen plan, plus a very cool Barbecue sign. Do not miss the Charcuterie platter; the succulent Italian meats, vegetables, and artisan cheeses are wonderful. The whipped cheeses make a nice addition and pair nicely with the crispy crackers provided. Not Your Mama’s Deviled Eggs are an excellent starter as well.
Dinner options include all of your traditional barbecue combinations. City Smoke uses flavor styles from Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. For meat, I recommend the pulled pork, brisket, and ribs. All of City Smoke’s side dishes are wonderful! Macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, and grits are my top picks. All meals come with cornbread and a variety of barbecue sauces are available. Save room for dessert, because the tasty and photogenic Classic Banana Pudding dessert is worth the calories. Its meringue is baked to perfection and drizzled with ooey gooey caramel.
I liked the vibe at City Smoke: casual and comfy. In the mood for alcohol? Order a Mango Arnold Palmer (Mango Vodka, house squeezed Lemonade, and Sweet Tea). Note: City Smoke offers complimentary valet parking beginning at 6PM.
#4 The King’s Kitchen
The King’s Kitchen is the latest creation by Chef Jim Noble. He pairs delicious Southern-inspired cuisine with feeding Charlotte’s homeless in this food based mission. The King’s Kitchen is a lovely restaurant, nestled on at the corner of a busy city block. It has dozens of windows, all etched with Southern food menu ingredients. The interior at The King’s Kitchen includes a bar, booth and table seating, plus a huge wrap around outdoor patio.
Do not miss The King’s Kitchen’s starters. The Pimento Cheese with baguette slices is a great way to begin your dining experience. Lunch options include Southern favorites, like Barbecue Chicken and Braised Beef. Side items include Green Beans, excellent Macaroni & Cheese, Creamed Corn, Potato Salad, and Collard Greens that will knock your socks of! As with all restaurants serving soul food, a biscuit or cornbread accompanies your meal. The biscuit is soft and heavenly while the cornbread has perfect crispy edges and oozes fresh kernel corn.
#5 Breakfast at Evoke
Evoke was voted Best Steakhouse in Charlotte in 2015. This stylish restaurant is located inside of the luxury Le Méridian Hotel. After being seated for breakfast, your server will bring a complimentary eye opener. This is typically Orange Juice paired with a flavored syrup such as Lavender; quite a nice touch. Evoke uses top quality, local ingredients to prepare thought provoking breakfast dishes. Try the House-Made Granola and Berry Parfait, bursting with huge amounts of fresh berries. Heavier appetites may prefer the Goat Cheese Omelet, with a hint of ash and side salad. This omelet requires a little extra prep time, but it is worth the wait.
I hope that you will enjoy these 5 delicious restaurants offering tasty and appetizing food in Charlotte. The city certainly is a leader in setting the bar high for Northeastern eateries. You will find Charlotte’s culinary options not only yummy and memorable, but nested in swanky and impressive restaurant decor as well.
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I would like to thank the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority for our hosted trip. We were not otherwise compensated for this post. As always, all opinions and suggestions are uniquely mine.