1. 300 East300 East Blvd, Charlotte
2. Block & Grinder2935 Providence Rd, Charlotte
3. Earl's Grocery1609 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte
4. The King's Kitchen129 W Trade St, Charlotte
5. Le's Sandwiches and Cafe4520 N Tryon St, Charlotte
6. Luna's Living Kitchen2102 South Blvd, Charlotte
7. NoDa Bodega800 E 35th St, Charlotte
8. Pinky's Westside Grill1600 W Morehead St, Charlotte
This neighborhood restaurant has been charming locals and winning awards for over a quarter century, offering farm fresh ingredients and plenty of cozy atmosphere. Housed within an old Victorian and featuring a stunning (and private) backyard patio, the restaurant is as beautiful as the food is delicious. 300 East, owned and operated by the same family since the beginning, sources all their ingredients from local farms, including their meats. Their signature grass-fed burger uses beef and bacon from two different farms, topped with sautéed local mushrooms & leeks, and the rest of the menu features similar upscale American comfort food dishes like pizzas, sandwiches, steaks, and seafood. This inviting spot is rather popular, so make sure to make a reservation.
Block & Grinder opened in Foxcroft in 2013 and brought a relaxed farm-to-table concept to Charlotte’s dining scene. Its modern twists on traditional favorites (like fried chicken confit) may be an atypical technique, but the results are just as coveted. Fresh ingredients add immense flavor to seasonal, Southern sides, and here, every meat you’ll find on the menu has been hand-cut by the staff. Look out for constantly rotating wild game burger offerings. An added bonus: you can purchase meats cut to order at the restaurant’s butcher counter to take home with you.
This hip grocery is a place to be seen... at lunchtime, at least. Earl's has all sorts of amazing eats like hot bowls of ramen and steak tacos, plus daily features. The real winner, though, is the turkey sandwich. Yes, you heard that right, stacks of deli turkey with smoked Gouda, sun-dried tomato aioli, and avocado stuffed between two slices of lightly grilled wheat bread. It's simple perfection.
This Uptown Southern restaurant is actually a non-profit, employing Charlotteans on their way back up from challenging life circumstances, and donating 100% of its profits to feeding the poor. If that's not a reason to go get yourself one of their fantastic fried chicken sandwiches we don't know what is.
Located in the Asian Corner Mall, Mr. Le has the best bánh mì in town. Ask for the #6 — a thinly sliced, caramelized roast pork sandwich topped with freshly shredded pickled daikon, leafy cilantro, carrots, cucumber and mouth-tingling slices of jalapeño tucked into a slender French baguette — a perfect combination of sweet, savory and acidic flavors, like all the other offerings here. This pace also doubles as a boba-tea palace, so you can cool your taste buds off with a mild taro smoothie with chewy tapioca pearls.
Enlightened folks, or those looking to recover from a few bad decisions, flock to this popular raw-foods cafe centered around plant-based creations. The best thing to order at Luna's Living Kitchen in the South End is the popular rawco taco salad, which includes a generous heap of organic lettuce is topped with avocado, pico de gallo, tomatoes, cashew sour cream, and a walnut-almond crumble that could very well be taco meat. No matter what you get, make sure to slather it with Luna’s homemade hot sauce.
This bodega/sandwich shop has an artsy chalkboard with all the sandwiches named after locals, the best of which is “G-man’s G-wich” (named after a guy named Greg), it's a fiery sandwich layered with London broil, caramelized onions, melted pepper colby Jack cheese, and jalapeño bacon.
Honey-cilantro slaw, crunchy peanut butter and spicy Sriracha piled together on a burger might sound weird, but once you've had a bite of Pinky's Ding Dong Style Burger in Charlotte's Ashley Park, you'll know you've just got to trust them. And that's only one item on its incredibly diverse menu (it's not every day you see ginger tuna salad and korean pork tacos sharing a menu with reuben hot dogs and greek-style pita sandwiches). No matter what corner of the globe your meal is inspired by, it'll go perfectly with a custom margarita or one of their many quirky house cocktails.