Where to Eat in Charlotte Right Now
The gist: Charlotte’s first food hall located in the Optimist Park neighborhood just outside of the bustling NoDa neighborhood. Tenants offer everything from coffee to cocktails and sweet treats to spicy dumplings.
The food: Go from stall to stall and sample food and drinks from local and national restaurants and artisans. Charlotte staples The Dumpling Lady (dumplings, noodles, and Sichuan street food), Papi Queso (delicious variations of grilled cheese sandwiches), and Suarez Bakery share space with national brands such as Velvet Taco, soon-to-be-open mezeh, and Honeysuckle Gelato.
The cost: Prices vary from tenant to tenant, but you could spend $1 on a shortbread treat from Suarez, or$55 for a family combo meal including four ramen bowls from Bao and Broth, an Asian street food-inspired concept.