Though Charlotte, North Carolina is known for banking, the city is not all work and no play. There’s a wealth of phenomenal restaurants to keep tourists fed when they’re not exploring the museums and theme parks in the city. Here, we list the 10 best places to eat in the east side of the Queen’s city.
With a daily changing twelve-course tasting menu, Heirloom always keeps guests on their toes. Guests are able to choose any item they like a la carte that can be added on at any point in the meal. Items available range from bok choy to fried chicken with a huge variety in between. Five, seven, and nine course meals are available for those looking for a lighter meal.
Hot Rod’s is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Their specialty is low maintenance American food, meaning they specialize in burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast food. All their menu items are comfort food to the highest, and very straight forward. Hot Rods is the perfect antidote to travel stress.
With Kickstand Burgers-N-Bar, it’s all in the name. The cuisine is all-American to the extreme, offering nachos, wings, burgers, and sandwiches. The bicycle-themed restaurant even has build-your-own burger and/or hotdog options. Visit this family-friendly restaurant if you’re in need of some calories and a lively environment.
This is the restaurant to visit if you’re craving a place that feels like home. The reigning champion of comfort food, Dish serves wholesome meals like pot roast. Their must-try shrimp and grits consist of shrimp in a creole cream sauce with wilted spinach, andouille sausage and diced tomatoes on grits. The building has a longstanding history in the community, as a restaurant originally opened there in the 1950s. At Dish you’ll find the comfort of home in Charlotte.
Dressler’s is a beautiful restaurant with amazing food and an even better view of Charlotte. Their artfully prepared filet mignon is made with roasted mushroom demi glace and served with mashed potatoes. Shrimp and lobster linguine is another standout meal, served with roasted grape tomatoes and Parmesan cream. Diners can often enjoy live music outside while taking in the view.
When it comes to Asian food, Wild East has almost too many options to count. In addition to soups, sushi, and an entire menu of special rolls, they offer house specialties that are only available from the restaurant. A standout house specialty is their black pepper steak, prepared with their black pepper sauce and served with potato, carrots, and broccoli.
The Fig Tree is located inside a 1913 house named Lucas House after its original owners. Seating is available in five beautiful dining rooms inside, on the veranda, and on the patio. The Fig Tree has a beautiful selection of wines available from their full service bar to go with their delicious meals. Their decadent menu includes options such as artfully prepared ostrich, rabbit, and sea scallop.
Carpe Diem boasts a New American cuisine; all of the amazing dishes common in America with a new twist. Located in the Elizabeth neighborhood near downtown Charlotte, their restaurant features daily specials in addition to classic options. One of the phenomenal options is seared sea scallops with pancetta, Brussels sprouts, parsnip puree, and orange-truffle vinaigrette.
Le Kebab is a Mediterranean grill dedicated to serving fresh authentic food. The owner has been preparing his mother’s own recipes for thirty years and is well versed in what makes a great Middle Eastern dish. In addition to kebabs, the grill’s selections include gyros, filets, and lamb chomps.
Known for their fresh seafood and dry-cooked steaks, The Capital Grille has the additional benefit of world-class wines and a lovely ambiance. With a selection of perfectly cooked meats including a New York strip and sirloin steak, customers never leave dissatisfied. The Capital Grille also offers fresh lobster imported from Maine that is broiled in order to enhance its flavor.