If there’s one thing we know our readers want to know it’s, “Where should we eat this weekend?” If you’re curious about what everyone is talking about when it comes to the dining scene in Charlotte, then look no further than this guide where we’ve compiled 10 of the hottest restaurants. We hope this guide will tell a story about what the Charlotte restaurant scene is like, who are the main hitters, and what type of food Charlotte is best at. Here are 10 of the hottest restaurants for you to dine on this November in Charlotte.
Supperland comes to us from long time spouses and restauranteurs, Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown, who renovated an old midcentury church to make this brand new hot spot here in Charlotte. Everything is colorful, whimsical, and has a unique vintage-garden-party theme. The dishes are hearty (think Wagyu Pot Roast, Bone Marrow Broccoli, and Miso Mac & Cheese) and are inspired by old favorites done in a contemporary fashion. P.S., they’ve even got an old-fashioned absinthe fountain. All-in-all, this is a must-try.
Where: 1212 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
James-Beared nominated Chef, Greg Collier and business partner/wife, Subrina Collier, have brought a modern twist on Southern classics to Charlotte, and have become one of the best restaurants in the city. Whether you make a reservation (and we highly recommend you do) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they’ve got a full menu to choose from. Some of our favorite dishes include the Sweeter The Bush, a breakfast oat waffle topped with sweet potato butter and smoked bourbon maple, their Rich Boys fried oyster sliders, and their Wit’ Cheese, a beefy, double burger.
Where: 301 Camp Rd, Charlotte, NC 28206
Voted as the “sexiest restaurant in Charlotte, the place to see and be seen” 5Church has got quite the reputation as being one of Charlotte’s hottest restaurants. The loft-like spot is located within the Ivey, a boutique hotel here in Charlotte, and 5Church itself is stylish enough on its own with its high ceilings and black leather couches. The chef, Top Chef alumn, Jamie Lynch, is also not pulling any stops when it comes to the food. Their menu features special Lamb Burgers, Herb Roasted Chicken, and Wasabi-Crusted Salmon, just to name a few things on the menu. They’ve also got a special Thanksgiving menu so better make reservations, and quick.
Where: 127 N Tryon St Suite 8, Charlotte, NC 28202
Over a ways in Davidson, you have Kindred, a restaurant that changes its menu with the seasons. They recently won a spot on the New York Time’s coveted, 50 best restaurants in America list this year, so if that’s not reason enough to head over, we don’t know what is. Try their Gnocchi Lobster with sweet corn or their snapper crudo with coconut milk and cane sugar for a fresh and interesting spin.
Where: 131 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036
The GoodYear House is an old historic 1900s mill building reimagined as a contemporary space to dine. Head to NoDa once you’ve made your reservation, and take a look at the unique and imaginative choices on the menu, like the Winner Winner, with crispy bbq poussin, butter beans, miso-mushroom broth, and cornbread or the Green Monster Sammie with a smashed butter bean salad spread across grilled bread and topped with kimchi slaw and avocado and coming with a side of fries.
Where: 3032 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Suffolk is a unique one-stop shop for all your dining needs. Coffee Shop, Brewery, Restaurant, and even Fermentation Lab all in one place. From their restaurant, every dish is made in house with ingredients sourced sustainably from local farms, which is quite impressive considering how expansive the menus if. From burgers to flatbreads, curry wurst and donor kebab tacos, plus a list of greens and seasonable veggie dishes, they’ve got a little bit of everything going on. Don’t leave without trying one of their 50 beers on tap as well, or try their own concoctions brewed in-house.
Where: 2911 Griffith St, Charlotte, NC 28203
Though not particular to Charlotte, the Charlotte Park Road location is one of the most beautiful restaurants we’ve laid eyes on, so we had to include it. Their food is also magnificent, with a modern take on Southern Asian recipes. Their menu is rather extensive and covers all the bases you might want–bahn mis, wok noodles, broth noodles, and rice dishes.
Where: 4201 Park Rd D, Charlotte, NC 28209
If there’s a pattern we’re seeing, it’s that Charlotte restaurants really love their globally-inspired, flavor-infused small plates. Good Food on Montford is not different, though they are providing their own unique spin on the concept. Choose from their land, pasta, or sea sections of their menu, like their Korean beef, Mussels, or Gnocchi, respectively, all made with simple but well-incorporating ingredients. We’d also highly recommend checking out their harvest section with fall squash, brussels sprouts, or falafel.
Where: 1701 Montford Dr, Charlotte, NC 28209
Head to SouthPark if you’re interested in checking out this hot restaurant, Peppervine, serving up progressive plates, select wine, and craft cocktails. Some of their signature small plates include dishes like roasted mushrooms, Thai spare ribs, and yellowfin tartare. If you’re really hungry, order a large plate of chicken sausage gnocchi, boar bolognese, or grilled mahi-mahi.
Where: 4620 Piedmont Row Dr Suite 170B, Charlotte, NC 28210
The Cellar at Duckworth’s is the ultimate gastro bar with chef-driven dishes, a tap list of speciality and rare beers, and expert mixologists creating signature cocktails. The space is dark and intimate, with signature dishes that include full-sized tomahawk steaks grilled to perfection, trios of waffle cones filled with mac and cheese, fries, and other ingredients, and a cocktail that combines flavor with a smokey show to feast on before taking your first sip.
Where: 330 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
[featured image by 5churchcharlotte via instagram]