1. King’s Kitchen Makes Shrimp And Grits As Common as a Side of Fries.
King’s Kitchen is a farm to table Southern delight. This not for profit restaurant does more than just serve up some of the best shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and mac-n-cheese, it also donates 100% of its profits to feed the poor and provides job-training to its local community members. Win! Win!
2. Midnight Diner’s Chicken and Waffles Just Might Be the Best Thing North of Louisiana.
The biggest decision you have to make when you walk into the Midnight Diner is whether you want gravy or not with your chicken and waffles. And, if you are taking advantage of their 24/7 services at the stroke of midnight, this might be the best decision of your day. But, don’t shy away from their other cuisine. Their powdered sugar french toast is to die for.
3. BBQ Junkies Will Have Withdrawals After Leaving Midwood Smokehouse
We all know that the South knows BBQ and Midwood Smokehouse doesn’t disappoint. Best BBQ this side of the Mississippi according to the locals. For all you thrill seekers out there, you won’t regret a rack of tangy ribs with a side of bacon wrapped jalapenos. But, leave yourself some time, because there’s a good chance you might encounter a line.
Grab yourself a friend, because the meals are enough to share–and that’s a GOOD thing!
4. You Can Get Your Hump Day Hot Dog at Vic The Chili Man’s Food Cart
Since Wednesdays have recently been deemed National Hump Day Hot Dog Day, Vic is Charlotte’s go to man to get your fix. You can find him on 4th Street dishing up high quality hot dogs with unique toppings and a side of hospitality. He is a one man show, but his specialty dogs such as the ‘life changer’ and the ‘traffic light’ topped with his very own spicy mustard steal the show.
The Chicago Dog has nothing on him. And, he is vegan friendly too!
5. The Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding at Savannah Red is the Best Aphrodisiac on Earth
100 W Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28205
Yelp: 4 Stars; 103 Reviews
Savannah Red has taken three of the best ingredients known to man and created the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. Chef Jean-Pierre Marechal combines North Carolina’s pride and joy: the soft, melt-in-your-mouth, Krispy Kreme doughnut with a sweet, warm caramel and Maker’s Mark bourbon sauce, and sets it ablaze to create this masterpiece. So naughty. At Savannah Red, it’s okay to break the rules and order dessert first.
But, if you must resist living on the edge, you won’t regret ordering the jumbo lump crab cake first. Buen apetito!
6. Nothing Says Comfort Food Like a Warm Bowl of Deliciousness at Dish.
It’s no wonder that Guy Fieri made his way to Dish to try their version of the South’s chicken and dumplings. If you want a dress nice, be served like you are ‘somebody special’, this is not your place. But, if you want a hip place, delicious comfort food with a Mexican, Cajun flare, and great ambiance, try Dish. Nothing says comfort like a warm hug from a bowl of Dish’s chicken and dumplings.
But, don’t stop there, the cajun meatloaf on mashed potatoes and an ice cold bottle of Cheerwine, will make you think that you have died and gone to heaven.
7. Cajun Queen Ain’t Your Grandma’s Kitchen. It’s Way Better.
Everyone in the South has their version of the ‘fried green tomato’, but no one does it like the Cajun Queen. The Queen’s fried green tomatoes begin in the garden. They choose green firm, succulent tomatoes, season them perfectly, do a quick flash fry; and to top it off, they drizzle it with an aioli remoulade.
When you walk into the Cajun Queen, you will think you’ve been transported to New Orleans circa 1920; meals are served family style and live jazz music is performed daily.
8. JackBeagles Makes Creating Your Own Mac-n-Cheese an Art Form
3213 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Yelp: 4.3 Stars; 166 Reviews
When you feel a mac attack coming on, head to JackBeagles for the best create your own mac-n-cheese in the state. Try the blue-black mac. It includes bacon and five kinds of cheese. It is a flavor attack that doesn’t hold back! Don’t just stop at the mac, they have great burgers and an extensive beer selection too.
9. Your Prescription For Perfect Pecan Pie Can Be Filled at Andersons
What do fresh pecans, gooey sugar, and a dollop of whip cream have in common? Yep, Andersons Pecan Pie! Possibly the world’s best pecan pie can be picked up or delivered right to your door. You are in for a fantastic treat considering Andersons has been perfecting their pecan pie since 1946.
10. Mert’s Puts the Heart in Heart & Soul
Chef James Bazzelle is your go to guy for mouth watering soul food. From crispy fried catfish seasoned to perfection, to the south’s famous collard greens, Chef Bazzelle does it all. He even makes his own butter. You will feel right at home when you walk through Mert’s doors and it’s easy on the wallet too.
11. The Buttermilk Biscuits at The Flying Biscuit Cafe Bring All the Boys to the Yard
Grits, gravy, jam, jelly, and apple butter are just a couple of options to slather all over your buttermilk biscuit at the Flying Biscuit Cafe. Their biscuits are always served warm with a soft inside and crisp outside. Plan on a food coma for at least an hour after your meal, because their biscuit plates are as big as your head.
The biggest question of your meal will be one biscuit or two? And don’t worry if you don’t arise when the cock crows, they serve breakfast all day.
12. Bourbon, Burgers & Bacon – The Undeniably Perfect Combination at Cowbell
Charlotte’s three coveted loves: bourbon, burgers, and bacon are found throughout the Cowbell Burger & Whiskey Bar’s creative menu. The GFY is a must try burger and don’t forget to order a side of the sweet potato tots. If you’re not in the mood for a burger, dive into the custom made corn dogs with a hint of cinnamon.
Leave yourself some time if you want to wet your whistle with one (or two) of their authentic whiskey flights.
13. Get Your Southern Fix at Bill Spoon’s BBQ
The best hush puppies always come from a BBQ joint. Bill Spoon’s BBQ has been providing excellent food for 50 years. So, it’s no wonder that they have the best hush puppies in Charlotte. Of course, you wouldn’t just order a basket of hush puppies at a place that knows you have to cook the whole pig to get the best BBQ.
Do yourself a favor and get some pit smoked, chopped BBQ with their famous vinegar base. And don’t forget to wash it down with an ice cold glass of their famous sweet tea.
14. Three Amigos Restaurant Has Arguably the Best Mexican Food in a Five-State Radius
When you need to give your taste buds a tickle with some Mexican fare, search no further than the Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant and Fare. Local lore says that Three Amigos competes with the best Mexican fare out of Southern California. They even have an ‘all you can eat’ Enchilada Hall of Fame.
If that doesn’t strike your fancy, their beef tacos can’t be beat. And, who doesn’t have love for a $5 margarita!
15. You Might Never Look at Crawfish The Same After Eating at Flamin’ Crawfish
You don’t have to go to the deep South to get your crawfish boil on. The Flamin’ Crawfish in Charlotte has the freshest seafood around. With daily specials ranging from fresh blue crab and shrimp, you’re sure to find something to sink your teeth into. No matter what time of day it is, you can always ‘get crackin’ at the Flamin’ Crawfish.