440 Griffith Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone: (704) 525-0747
Fax: (704) 522-0968
Customers don't come in here to stare at the lone mural, but for the succulent meat chunks served up by this eatery. And Bill Spoon's has had a loyal clientele since 1963. The seasoning is just right, not too tangy, not too spicy, quite the way locals love it. Tomatoes doesn't even make a special appearance here—instead, you have the in-house zingy vinegar sauce! Sweet tea makes for a nice follow-up.
Tucked away in Charlotte's South End, the Villa Antonio Ristorante is unknown to many locals. In light of its inviting dance floor and classic take on Italian cuisine, it would seem Villa Antonio deserves much more attention. The tuxedo-clad servers manage to give you space and still attend to your every need. Every night there is live Italian-style guitar and piano music. Occasional wine tastings can be turned into informal, inexpensive meals, what with the complimentary buffets. Villa Antonio also has reservable dining facilities, with banquet-style seating for up to 100 guests. See website for tasting calendar and reservation information.
McKoy's Smokehouse offers ultra-authentic Southern cuisine from their iconic smokehouse location, letting locals get in on the secret family recipes that have made this barbecue beacon a Charlotte sensation. Named for the owners' grandfather, McKoy's keeps its focus on simple family-style cooking with a wide range of savory barbecue selections spanning from their signature smokehouse wings to a diverse selection of Southern sides such as mac and cheese, collard greens and fried okra. For a great taste of real Charlotte barbecue, McKoy's smokehouse is one of the best options in town.
Take a break from dieting and relish this steakhouse's exotic food. Fabulous dishes make up for the plain and drab interiors. Regulars will vouch for the huge chunks of beef in your meals. Ask for a wine, or beer to go along with your food, and enjoy the complete Beef & Bottle experience. Although not a fancy place, this restaurant remains crowded at all times due to its unpretentious attitude and delicious preparations. Reservations are a must.
Located in South Park, Maverick Rock Taco showcases home-style South of the Border cooking. Inspired by street-side taquerías in Mexico, bare bricks and fairy lights in its decor are a deliberate attempt to mimic the local vibe. On the menu are staples like shark tacos, queso fundido skillet and chimichurri steak. Wash down the spice with beer, wine or specialty cocktails.
Bedder Bedder & Moore offers its full service deli options from the Montford Shopping Center. Primarily known for their phenomenal catering options, Bedder Bedder & Moore commands a massive list of offerings, mostly permutations of deli meat and cheese housed in a carbohydrate of your choice, or in salad form. Despite this ubiquity, there are some surprising combinations such as the Black and Blue chicken sandwich and the jalapeno roast beef wrap that provide some more unique alternatives. For dine-in customers, the deli offers a complimentary cup of soup.
AZN Azian Cuizine is a reference point for Pan Asian fusion cuisine in Charlotte. This restaurant is a melting pot of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Korean flavors. Savor their sushi, stir fries, rice, noodles and steak in an elegant ambiance. Spread over two floors in SouthPark’s Piedmont Town Center, take a seat indoors or one outside on their lovely patio. They also host private dining and special events.
Georges Brasserie is a great place in Charlotte for a quintessential French meal. This brasserie features traditional as well as contemporary French fare in an elegant setting. Savor classics like pommes frites, coq au vin, raw oysters, soup and charcuterie. Complement your meal with a selection from their exquisite wine list. Occasional live music and private dining make this restaurant a popular favorite among locals and tourists alike. A visit here truly transports you to a brasserie in Paris.
Given their dedicated service, a fine wine menu and carefully chosen sides, J. Sam's has emerged as a popular wine bar in town. One can find locals sipping the drinks as they dig into the charcuterie and dishes. They also drop by in the evenings for a post-dinner drink or to catch up with friends. A good place to sample some rare wines, do head here for a novel experience.
Terrace Cafe is a great place to begin your day. It is famous among Charlotte locals for its breakfast and brunch, and has also won several awards for the same. Patrons revisit for their great service, inventive menu as well as sublime cocktails and spirits. For something savory, their sandwiches and egg specialties are a great option. For sweet tooth in the house, French Toast and Red Velvet Waffles are bestsellers.
Nolen's Kitchen is a trendy Bar & Restaurant with a generous, shaded patio which makes it a hot spot. On a warm spring day, the patio is the perfect place to have brunch with friends and family. Part of the Xenia Hospitality Group, Nolen's is a trendy looking place without being too heavy on your wallet. The food served is Contemporary American along with spirits of extensive variety decked up in the bar.
Little Spoon is a charming cafe located on Selwyn Avenue in Myers Park. It welcomes guests for breakfast and brunch put together by chef Miles Payne from Charlotte. Their daily specials menu represents some of the finest locally-grown produce that advocates the farm-to-fork culinary approach. Select from Hot Pocket, a calzone of scrambled eggs and ham; Egg White Jalapeño Sandwich; Pop Tart, a dough filled with three types of fruit jam; Shrimp Roll and Cinnamon Toast Brulee, served with generous pourings of coffee in a cup sized like a bowl. The decor is replete with rustic exposed brick walls and slate grey furnishings.