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What to Eat in Charlotte

Charlotte's restaurant scene is a fair representation of its cultural identity: modern, with a bit of Southern tradition. Though it boasts its fair share of Southern comfort food, the city also shows off its flair for fine dining with a variety of sophisticated international and farm-to-fork menus.

Almost an attraction in itself, Price's Chicken Coop is a must-visit if you're hoping to experience some of the city's best Southern fried chicken. This hole-in-the-wall favorite is carry-out only (bring cash; your plastic is no good here). But what Price's lacks in ambiance it makes up for in crispy, delicious chicken. Beloved by both locals and travelers, Price's counter is consistently busy, so prepare to wait in line (especially at lunch). If you like your fried chicken paired with waffles a Southern tradition try another one of the city's cheap eat favorites, the Midnight Diner. For a taste of Carolina-style barbecue, head to Midwood Smokehouse, Queen City Q or Mac's Speed Shop.

If you're in the mood for fine dining, Charlotte's got you covered there, too. Business travelers looking to treat clients to a classic steak dinner will find plenty of chain chophouses in the Uptown area, but for a splurge-worthy meal that celebrates the bounty of the Carolinas, consider Halcyon Flavors From the Earth. If you're willing to travel outside the Uptown area, you'll find a bevy of award-winning restaurants, including Fig Tree, an eatery that occupies a Registered Historic Landmark home, Stagioni, an intimate Italian restaurant, and Good Food on Montford, a tapas-style eatery.  

You can't make reservations at Soul Gastrolounge, but you also can't leave the Queen City without trying this eclectic, perpetually busy eatery. Sushi, internationally inspired small plates and handcrafted cocktails are what keep locals and visitors coming back again and again.

And then there's the beer. Charlotte is often overlooked by craft beer aficionados in favor of Asheville's suds, but the Queen City can hold its own. New breweries are opening all of the time  in fact, North Carolina touts more craft breweries than any other state in the South. Luckily, many of them are grouped by neighborhood, making it easy to visit a few in one trip. Standouts include The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (home to one of the largest beer gardens in the city), Sycamore Brewing, Birdsong Brewing Company (don't leave without trying its Jalapeño Pale) and NoDa Brewing Company. If you don't want to venture too far outside the Uptown area, Wooden Robot Brewery and the Unknown Brewing Co. are some of the closest options.

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  • #1
    Lang Van
    #1 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 380 reviewsTripadvisor (380)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Vietnamese
    3019 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215-3003
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  • #2
    Midwood Smokehouse
    #2 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 201 reviewsTripadvisor (201)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    540 Brandywine Rd Ste C, Charlotte, NC 28209-2267
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  • #3
    The Melting Pot
    #3 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 300 reviewsTripadvisor (300)
    $$ | American, International
    901 S Kings Dr Ste 140B #140B, Charlotte, NC 28204-2916
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  • #4
    The Fig Tree Restaurant
    #4 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 754 reviewsTripadvisor (754)
    $$ | Italian, French, American
    1601 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204-2411
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  • #5
    Midwood Smokehouse
    #5 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1972 reviewsTripadvisor (1972)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Barbecue
    1401 Central Ave Ste 101, Charlotte, NC 28205-5143
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  • #6
    The Capital Grille
    #6 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1032 reviewsTripadvisor (1032)
    $$ | Steakhouse, American
    201 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2146
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  • #7
    Zen Fusion
    #7 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 334 reviewsTripadvisor (334)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Spanish, Asian, Fusion
    1716 Kenilworth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203-6085
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  • #8
    The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
    #8 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1586 reviewsTripadvisor (1586)
    $ - $$ | American, Seafood, Sushi
    4310 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211-3997
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  • #9
    Dresslers Restaurant
    #9 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 376 reviewsTripadvisor (376)
    $$ | American
    1100 Metropolitan Ave Ste 125E, Charlotte, NC 28204-3416
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  • #10
    Viva Chicken - Ballantyne
    #10 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 584 reviewsTripadvisor (584)
    $ | Peruvian, Latin, South American
    12206 Copper Way, Charlotte, NC 28277-3555
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  • #11
    Amelie's French Bakery
    #11 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2002 reviewsTripadvisor (2002)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe
    2424 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205-2382
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  • #12
    Amelie's
    #12 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 236 reviewsTripadvisor (236)
    $ - $$ | French, Cafe
    380 S College St On Th Corner of S College St. And Mlk Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202-1976
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  • #13
    Alexander Michael's
    #13 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripadvisor (240)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub
    401 W 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202-1972
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  • #14
    Pinky's Westside Grill
    #14 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 621 reviewsTripadvisor (621)
    $ | American, Bar
    1600 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208-5222
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  • #15
    Luce Restaurant & Bar
    #15 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 292 reviewsTripadvisor (292)
    $$ | Italian
    214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-1078
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  • #16
    Midwood Smokehouse
    #16 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 292 reviewsTripadvisor (292)
    $ - $$ | Barbecue, American
    12410 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277-2575
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  • #17
    Mama Ricotta's
    #17 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 670 reviewsTripadvisor (670)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    601 S Kings Dr Ste Aa, Charlotte, NC 28204-2932
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  • #18
    The King's Kitchen
    #18 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 500 reviewsTripadvisor (500)
    $ - $$ | American
    129 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2143
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  • #19
    The Original Pancake House
    #19 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 407 reviewsTripadvisor (407)
    $ - $$ | American
    4736 Sharon Rd Sharon Corners Shopping Center, Charlotte, NC 28210-3328
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  • #20
    Midnight Diner
    #20 of 2,619 Places to Eat in Charlotte
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 482 reviewsTripadvisor (482)
    $ | American, Diner
    115 E Carson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203-4030
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