1608 East Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28203
This acclaimed Mediterranean restaurant in Dilworth serves mostly wood-fired small plates, which are inspired by local farmers and butchers, inside a homey space and outside on its popular expansive patio. Some must-try dishes include the chargrilled octopus with lemon vinaigrette, forbidden rice & mushroom paella, and lemon-oregano chicken. Long wooden tables with gaudy chandeliers overhead keep the ambience feeling communal and upbeat, as do the cocktails that never stop flowing -- from Kid Cashew's creations like the Thyme (bourbon, peach, honey, bitters, soda) to classics like side cars and martinis.