2015 Winners

BEST All Wrapped Up (Wrap)


At Picante, their mission is simple. We provide our valued customers with an upbeat and friendly environment, using 100% fresh ingredients, lower prices, and great customer service.

1500 W. Morehead, Ste SA
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.375.6000

Nan and Bryon’s is the newest creation from the team that brought us 5Church. They are located in the heart of South End in the former Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar. With an open air dining experience and a late night scene it’s a one of a kind establishment.

1714 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.224.7492

Charlotte’s only AUTHENTIC NYC pizzeria & Italian Kitchen serving to customers at three local Charlotte locations. Libretto’s offers family dining, catering and the best in pizza in Charlotte! A private party room is also available.

Multiple Locations

This urban, trendy and upbeat lounge is one of Charlotte’s hottest fusion restaurants. With a menu inspired by a variety of cuisines including Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Spanish and Latin, guests will experience a nirvana of exotic flavors.

1716 Kenilworth Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.358.9688



Chef Mike Theimer reigns over the kitchen and has crafted an extraordinary menu based on quality food that straddles the line between traditional barbecue and creative new Southern cuisine.

16139 Lancaster Hwy.
Charlotte | 28277 | 980.819.7711

BEST Bed & Breakfast


803 Elizabeth is a Bed & Breakfast located in quiet, suburban Matthews, 12 miles from Charlotte and all of its attractions. Situated on five acres, the inn provides a quiet respite. Much of the acreage is wooded but the yard is maintained with a rural flavor. Seasonal gardens of roses, flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits surround the spacious home.

803 Elizabeth Ln.
Mathews | 28105 | 704.841.8900

While they revere the time-honored traditions of the Southern cook, you will find their take on the Southern plate a little different. Their transformation of just about everything Southern – from fried chicken to sweet potatoes to catfish – is decidedly spirited, independent, and frequently unscripted.

1820 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.225.9167

BEST Blended And Chilled (Smoothies)


Carolina Smoothie tag line is “Get Juiced Drink Fruit!”, they are located in Dilworth. In addition to smoothies you can get every type of granola or protein bars.

1408 E. Blvd., Ste D
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.358.0006

BEST Brazilian Steakhouse


Located in beautiful Center City Charlotte on 4th & Tryon, a few blocks from Belk Theatre, Overstreet Mall and The Bobcats Arena. Chima offers authentic Brazilian cuisine and a chic dining experience. Enjoy cocktails and the best view of Uptown.

139 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.225.5000

Toast is about experience. Extraordinary food, combined with a home style atmosphere and exceptional service, will leave you in anticipation of your next visit. Come in, enjoy a great meal, get to know the staff and become part of our family. They promise to make your first visit the first of many. See you at Toast!

Multiple Locations

BEST Buffalo As In Wings


What started as an idea for a small family restaurant/bar quickly became a hot gathering spot for all things Charlotte. Their unique space allows them to host multiple, large events in addition to our everyday lunch and dining hours.

911 E. Morehead St., Ste 200
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.377.3808

BEST Caribbean Soul


In 1968 Dr. Tony Martin born in British Guyana, immigrated to the United States, bringing with him secret recipes handed down to him through generations of his family. He moved to Charlotte in 1986 and opened a small cafe with a menu straight from the heart of the Caribbean. It is named for his mother, Ann, and himself, Tony.

2001 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28269 | 704.342.0749

BEST Catering Your Affair


The Chrome Toaster takes on the American classic sandwiches (Po’boys, Lobster rolls, Philly’s) and puts a spin on them. Keeping them healthy, trendy and seasonal. They also offer catering so be sure to view their website for additional information.

Food Truck | 602.619.7467

Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina hosts an engaging atmosphere, specialty Mexican fare and hospitality alongside handcrafted cocktails, an extensive list of tequilas and their signature Skinny Margaritas. Vida is evolved Mexican cuisine.

210 E. Trade St., Ste 104A
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.971.8432

BEST Chocolates Heaven


Leave it to the Dietz and Ciodia families for all your chocolate needs. Together, they’ve created beautifully crafted and sinfully indulging chocolates and truffles that will leave you wanting more.

2935 Providence Rd., Ste 104
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.323.8178

Enjoy some of the finest hand-crafted Italian espresso coffee. They offera new European taste in a contemporary atmosphere – refreshingly unique among Charlotte coffee shops. Whether it’s a meet-up with friends, co-workers or a new client, we’ve got the perfect environment for a productive and energetic visit.

14815 Ballantyne Village Way, Ste 140
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.369.5120

BEST Comfort Food


Mert’s distinguishes itself from traditional soul food restaurants by offering Low Country and Gullah-inspired dishes such as shrimp and grits, Charleston red rice, and award-winning macaroni and cheese.

214 N. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.342.4222

BEST Cupcake Shop


What started out as a hobby for Andy Jackson has turned into an exciting new business! His goal was to make different and exciting cupcakes with unusual flavors. He has been successful in this search! Everyone has fallen in love with this daring new way to enjoy cupcakes.

826 Lamar Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.817.4134

BEST Deep Fried With Out The Hole (Doughnuts)


It’s worth the drive if you are coming from Charlotte. The donuts are light and soft and you get free donut holes with your purchase.

325 S. Polk St.
Pineville | 28134 | 704.889.5427

BEST Dining On A Budget


Whether you are on a budget or not Little Village Grill is a hidden secret in the Gateway area of Center City. Their menu has it all, customer service is one of the best and you can’t beat the low prices and the speed that you get your food.

710 W. Trade St., Ste G
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.347.2184

BEST Down In The Bayou - Cajun and Creole


Boudreaux serves authentic Cajun & Creole food in the heart of NoDa. They also cater for any occasion or size of event in the greater Charlotte area.

501 E. 36th St.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.331.9898

Leroy Fox is the historic Cotswold neighborhood’s favorite place to enjoy golden fried chicken in an inviting Southern atmosphere. Mixing old Southern values with a fresh contemporary vibe, Leroy Fox Kitchen & Cocktails marries the perfect combination of service and flavor.

705 S. Sharon Amity Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.3232

Cook Out specializes in grilled hamburgers and hotdogs (cook-out style), chicken sandwiches, and North Carolina barbecue. Cook Out is also known for its variety of “Creamery Premium” milkshakes with choices like “Banana Pudding” and “Chocolate Cherry”.

Multiple Locations

BEST Endless Options (Buffet)


Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge has a huge menu with unique options like the Bobcats roll, as well as more traditional rolls like the California and the Philly. With daily drink specials, lunch specials, and options for non-sushi eaters, Pisces is sure to please any palate.

1100 E. Metropolitan Ave., S120
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.334.0009

BEST Favorite Restaurant For Groups


Looking for good food and a good time? Nikko’s is the place to be. The dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation. The atmosphere is fun, sophisticated and classy. Nikko’s is one of Charlotte’s more upscale sushi delights.

1300 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.0100

Crave Dessert Bar represents a new breed of Charlotte evening entertainment. A progressive dessert boutique that evolves nightly into an upscale lounge catering to the desires of Charlotte’s late night enthusiasts.

500 W. 5th St., Ste 120
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.335.0588

BEST Fish and Chips


At Valhalla Pub & Eatery, you will enjoy a selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and all day breakfasts. From dressings, burgers and hand-battered fish and chicken, we make everything from scratch daily. No pre-fab junk here!

317 S. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.3273

BEST Foodie Event


A great dining experience by exploring Charlotte through its culinary artisans! They have food tours in Historic South End, Uptown, Plaza Midwood, and in Historic NoDa They also offer Private Group Tours and Events.
For a list of upcoming food tours check them out at their website.

Charlotte | 980.258.9992

BEST Foot Long (Sub Sandwich)


Penn Station has developed a unique product line that demonstrates, in full customer view, the true quality of their products. Their menu features an array of mouth watering Grilled East Coast Style submarine sandwiches, fresh-cut fries and hand-squeezed lemonade.

Multiple Locations

BEST French Cuisine


Lumiere French Kitchen is located in the heart of Myers Park in Charlotte, NC. Owned an operated by Chef Tom Condron and Matthew Pera, Lumiere brings modern French cuisine to the Queen City.

1039 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28207 | 704.372.3335

The Liberty is Charlotte's first Gastropub. Their goal is to provide great food and drink at a reasonable cost without an ounce of pretension. Best Burger in Charlotte!!! Their Philosophy is Eat Well. Drink Well.

1812 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.8830

Owen’s is Charlotte's HOME of the steamed bagel sandwich. Authentic NY bagels, Boar's Head meat, house-made cream cheeses, local coffee.

2041 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.5385

BEST Frozen Yogurt


The beauty behind Cherry Berry is you are in complete control over your dessert experience. Upon entering you simply grab a cup and start mixing as many flavors as you like. After you have filled your cup you weigh your creation and pay by the ounce.

1100 Metropolitan Ave., Ste 160
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.375.9999

BEST Gnocchi


Rudy & Luisa invite you to visit Dolce and embark on a journey through the rolling hills of their country into a captivating Trattoria where the sights, sounds and aroma of authentic Italian cuisine are recreated fresh every day.

1710 Kenilworth Ave., Ste 230
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7525

BEST Gourmet Restaurant


Sommelier, David Soper has carefully hand-selected some fabulous wines by the glass that will pair perfectly with the delicious new American menu with large plates, small plates, and excellent desserts.

231 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.376.8463

BEST Greek Opal


Virtually everything on the menu is prepared in-house; from the bread to the mouthwatering desserts. The fresh herbs grown in the front patio, including oregano, basil, rosemary and mint, provide the distinctive scent of the Greek mountains and the delectable tastes and presentation of the dishes.

200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.444.9000

BEST Guacamole


Cantina is where foodies flock for authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Our spacious, decorative settings reflect the spirit of the festive country makes it the perfect place to gather for memorable meals and great times.

4721 B-Park Rd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.331.9222
7708 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.752.9797

BEST Health Food Market


7th Street Public Market’s mission is to celebrate the food culture of the Carolinas and promote local and regional farmers, food artisans, and entrepreneurs. The Market helps mitigate food deserts in surrounding neighborhoods addressing access, health & food education, and cost.

224 E. 7th St.
Charlotte 28203

BEST Hot Dog


Let’s get this straight; JJ’s Red Hots is not a restaurant. It’s a hot dog joint that serves what they believe are the best hot dogs on the planet. It is a place where service and value still mean something. They also believe strongly in the quality of the products they serve.

1514 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.225.8880

BEST Ice Cream


Two trucks mean double the deliciousness and double the fun. A visit from either one of their trucks will make your next event even more special. Whether you are looking for the perfect addition to a child’s birthday party or a sophisticated truck offering gourmet soft-serve treats, Sticks & Cones is the truck for you!

Mint Hill | 28277 | 704.545.7823

BEST Indian Cuisine


Since 2000, Bombay Grille, conveniently located in the Tower Place Shopping Center on Highway 51, has been serving South Charlotte’s best traditional Indian dining experience. Bombay Grille specializes in Northern Indian Cuisine, and the centuries-old style of Tandoori (clay oven) cooking.

8706 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Ste 170
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.542.3933

Basil is the lifelong realization of the lifelong dream of brothers Henry and Chai Eang who immigrated to the United States from the turbulent 1970’s Cambodia. Basil’s infectious atmosphere centers around a dynamic kitchen as the sound of heat to metal, blade to board and liquid to flame resonate throughout the restaurant.

210 N. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.7212
7800 Rea Rd., Ste A
Charlotte | 28227 | 704.900-6522

BEST Korean


The Thai Orchid opened in 1994 by owners Opheth Vongsa and Ed Waters, to the delight of locals and visitors who enjoy fine Thai dining. These two, along with Chef Pho Vongsa — who has been with the restaurant since the beginning — are the reasons for the long-term success of Thai Orchid.

4223 Providence Rd., U7
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.469.4465

BEST Lakeside Dining


Open daily for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday, the North Harbor Club offers incredible cuisine using only the freshest ingredients with interesting and fun combinations.

100-D N. Harbor Pl.
Davidson | 28036 | 704.896.5559

BEST Latino (Other Than Mexican)


At Sabor, they are passionate about their food and their community. They take every opportunity to support local producers and brewers. It is their true belief that deeply rooting themselves into the community helps strengthen the environment and economy which ultimately promotes the greatest experience for all.

415 Hawthorne Ln.
Charlotte | 28204 | 980.237.0308

A local café in Fort Mill, brought to you by Amy and Jon Fortes who have been on top of the Charlotte food scene for seven years, bringing you local, creative and killer food at a value.

3150 US-21
Fort Mill | 29715 | 803.802.1711

BEST Local Grown Produce


Before joining their customer base, take the first step by checking to see if your shipping address is located within any of their delivery areas. They currently deliver local and sustainably grown produce to residents throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

963 N. Harrison Ave., Ste 106
Cary | 27513 | 704.451.5526

BEST Lots Of Noodles (Italian)


Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano is a venerable institution that proudly serves family styles creations inspired by rich traditions on Naples, the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Northern Italy.

2137 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.819.9984

BEST Low-Carb Lunch


At Tropical Smoothie Café, they believe there’s no better way to make a great meal than with fresh, natural, quality ingredients.

1111 Metropolitan Ave., Ste 110
Charlotte | 28204 | 980.237.4813
5349 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Ste 400
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.246.8993

Bringing the Middle Eastern tastes to you, Kabob Grill does an excellent job of providing its customers with dishes that are true to Middle Eastern cuisine, giving you an experience you can’t find anywhere else in Charlotte.

1235 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.371.8984
7828 Rea Rd., Ste B
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.543.1234

BEST Most Inviting Ambiance


The staff of Bonterra invites you to a dining experience filled with fresh local flavors of Contemporary American cuisine, delectable desserts and a diverse wine selection featuring over 200 wines by the glass and another 300 from the private cellar.

1829 Cleveland Ave.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.9463

BEST No Flesh (Vegetarian)


Luna’s supports local, organic farmers, buying seasonal produce multiple times a week from farmers markets and individual, family-owned farms. By putting living food on your plate, they hope to give life to your day and energy to your body.

200 South Blvd., Ste 300
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.333.0008

Dogwood provides delicious regional cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. They use as many local food products from the Carolinas as possible in a Chef-driven environment. They are here to feed you well, treat you well, and have you leave happy.

4905 Ashley Park Ln., Ste D
Charlotte | 28210 | 704.910.4919

FUEL is powered by an energetic team of hard-workers that deliver REAL Pizza, Perfect Wings, Fresh Salads and Tasty Sandwiches to all of our guests.

Multiple Locations

The philosophy at Dressler’s Restaurants is simple; everyone who walks through our doors is either already a friend or will be. By embracing that theory, the Dressler’s know that every guest will have exceptional service, and outstanding food.

1100 E. Metropolitan Ave., S125
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.909.6295
8630 Lindholm Dr.
Huntersville | 28078 | 704.987.1779

Ilios Noche offers a private dining room for special occasions such as corporate outings, family reunions and holiday gatherings and our expanded dining room allows you to enjoy your favorite meal among friends. Both of their locations have beautiful outdoor patios for dining which is always a favorite amongst guests.

11508 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.814.9882

The Summit Room, located in Dilworth, is a dinner only concept that serves Southern inspired plates and specialty cocktails.

1531 East Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 980.237.2227

Located on beautiful Lake Norman in Cornelius, NC, the Rusty Rudder is the lake’s hottest restaurant/bar attracting locals and tourists alike. Come on down and try the great cuisine at the Rusty Rudder. Live entertainment from the best local and regional bands every weekend.

20210 Henderson Rd., Ste 101
Cornelius | 28031 | 704.892.9195

They have evolved traditional recipes by using simple ingredients, supporting our belief that food is fuel. Nothing is fried, nothing is unnatural. It's not fast food, it's just good food fast. Everything they serve is designed to energize you for anything from running 10 miles to running your kids to practice.

3335 Siskey Pkwy.
Mathews | 28105 | 980.245.8818

RuRu's is Charlotte's newest 'hot' spot. A taco and tequila bar located in the historic Myers Park neighborhood.

715 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28207 | 704.332.7933

FAVORITE Restaurant In (NoDa)


Amélie’s is a French bakery and café in historic NoDa, an arts district north of uptown Charlotte. Along with award-winning pastries and desserts, the bakery offers soups, tartines and sandwiches. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

2424 N. Davidson, Ste 102
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.376.1781

They feature Argentinian, American, and European-influenced tapas and entrées, custom crafted desserts, and beer-inspired cuisine. The majority of their products are organically and locally grown, and prepared in house! They have 34 taps, over 40 bottled beers, custom cocktails, and excellent selection of wine.

1226 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 980.237.9108

Crispy Crêpe prides itself in providing you the most wholesome food possible where portions are bountiful and the presentation reflects the care and effort they put into their creations.

1436 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.4440

FAVORITE Restaurant In (SouthPark)


Treehouse’s whimsical atmosphere will take you back to your childhood. Rustic cedar walls, vintage tables, and reclaimed wood from Kentucky Whiskey cellars offer a warm environment. Their enormous patio is an ideal place to enjoy dining with your friends.

4423 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 980.207.0949

FAVORITE Restaurant In (University)


The Press Box Bar and Grill provides an atmosphere and ambiance to cater to anyone, from a private business meeting to a casual dinner with the family. With a variety of options that combine the flavors of the North with the comfort of the South, there is something for everyone on their tasteful menu.

9609 N. Tryon St. Ste A
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.717.2727

Blue Restaurant & Bar is a sophisticated uptown Charlotte restaurant that offers flavors from around the Mediterranean region. Award-winning Executive Chef Gene Briggs has created a multi-cultural menu that takes fine dining in Charlotte to new heights, and your taste buds on a whirlwind tour.

206 N. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.927.2583

Barrington’s Restaurant opened in October of 2000 in the neighborhood setting of Fox Croft East in South Park. This cozy bistro style restaurant seats up to 45 people. The food is upscale American with a homey twist.

7822 Fairview Rd.
Charlotte | 28226 | 704.364.5755

Situated above the Skye Condos on the 24th floor, Chef Rocco's restaurant features amazing, unparalled views of the Queen City and inventive American cuisine. The wine list is extensive, cocktails are creatively crafted and draft beers are local.

222 S. Caldwell St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.237.6718

FAVORITE Restaurant To Network In


Outpost of upmarket steakhouse chain known for sizzling, butter-topped beef in an elegant setting. Has become a great spot for happy hour and networking among young professionals in the Charlotte area.

222 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.338.9444
6000 Fairview Rd., Ste 109
Charlotte | 20210 | 704.556.1115

The ultra-chic environment is carefully selected in every detail: massive marble statues, imported fixtures, unique lounge furniture and the hottest blend of electronic music. Enso is receiving outstanding reviews for its Vegas-like decor, atmosphere and amazing Pan-Asian menu and sushi.

210 E. Trade St., Ste 108A
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.716.3676

BEST Romantic Restaurant


Bernardin's Fine Dining is renowned for its impeccable service, elegant atmosphere and sophisticated Modern American Cuisine. Specializing in Seafood, Steaks and Wild Game with flavors from around the globe— Bernardin’s has served the Triad of North Carolina since 1992.

435 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.332.3188

BEST Sake Selection


Akahana is not your normal Sushi restaurant; with their comfortable upscale feel they feature the most expansive Asian Cuisine and Sushi menu in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte and now in Baxter Village in Ft. Mill.

1308 The Plaza
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.817.9365
940 Market St., Ste 124
Fort Mill | 29708 | 803.548.0036

BEST Serbian


Intermezzo’s serves up Charlotte’s best pizza and incredible Serbian dishes. Every dish is created using only the freshest ingredients. They hand toss every pizza and use only the freshest toppings available.

1427 E. 10th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.347.2626

BEST Served On A Tortilla (Tacos)


Authentic Mexican restaurant that serves freshly prepared dishes made to order using locally sourced ingredients.

Multiple Locations

BEST Soul Food


Nana’s Soul is Charlotte’s premiere Soul Food Restaurant Serving Buffet Style, Soul Food Specialties including but not limited to Bar B Que Chicken, Baked Chicken, Ribs, Smothered Pork Chops, Potato, Macaroni and Tuna Salad, Mac and Cheese, Collard Greens, Yams, Whiting Fish, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, and Fried Chicken.

2908 Oak Lake Blvd., Ste 106
Charlotte | 28208 | 704.357.3700

BEST Spanish


Searching for a Spanish cuisine restaurant? What about a Latin, Mediterranean and Tapas cuisine restaurant? Or maybe you want to find the best Tapas restaurant in Charlotte. If you’re in the mood for some exotic flavors, visit Miro Spanish Grille.

7804 Rea Rd., Ste A
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.540.7374

BEST Special Occasion


They offer fine dining in the style of the French Laundry. Zebra offers a world-class dining experience, similar to the restaurants of New York, San Francisco and London, but locally owned and operated in Charlotte.

4521 Sharon Rd., Ste 100
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.442.9525

BEST Steak - Meat and Potatoes


The Beef ‘ N Bottle Steakhouse has been the locals choice for fine steaks and seafood since 1958.They are located just ten minutes from the airport and uptown. They have 1/2 price wine bottles & glasses on Monday and Thursday.

4538 South Blvd.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.523.9977

BEST Sunday Brunch


Best known for their delectable breakfast menu Zada Jane’s also serves lunch and dinner. This eclectic small restaurant is a Plaza Midwood favorite spot.

1601 Central Ave.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.332.3663

BEST Surf'n'Turf


The day’s freshest catch is turned into innovative, spectacular cuisine each night at Upstream. Chef de Cuisine Brian Williams, features only the freshest day boat seafood and the best sushi.

Charlotte | 28210 | 704.556.7730

BEST Take Out


Has the best take out sushi in Charlotte. It is quick and easy but they do not sacrifice freshness or flavor.

230 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.7757

At Smashburger, they believe... scratch that, THEY KNOW that smashing is better. Their handcrafted burgers are smashed, seared and seasoned to order, using fresh, never frozen 100% Certified Angus Beef®.

4400 Randolph Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.626.1110

BEST Tapas


The Japanese cuisine is prepared in the open kitchen on Robata and Yakitori grills. The sushi and sashimi are of the highest quality and are served in exquisite plate presentations. The restaurant has an extensive array of premium sakes, in addition to cocktails, the wine list and beers on tap – all selected to pair perfectly with the cuisine.

4515 Sharon Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.817.7173

BEST Tastiest Bar Food


Popular Southend Bar & Restaurant open seven Days a Week from 11am to 2am. Whether you’re stopping in for their weekly “Happy Hour” from 4pm to 6pm with half price appetizers or daily and monthly drink specials, you’re sure to have a great time with friends.

200 E. Bland St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.370.2000

BEST Tasty Side Dishes


Mac’s Speed Shop opened its doors in 2005 and quickly became one of the most well-loved barbecue joints in Charlotte. Patrons of food and fun pack in because they treat their guests to an entirely new barbecue experience.

Multiple Locations

Mellow Mushroom features Mellow’s famous menu of pizza, sandwiches, salads, etc., plus a full bar offering over 36 draft beers and over 50 bottled beers.

Multiple Locations

BEST The Freshest Catch (Seafood)


Lure Oyster Bar is a casual-upscale, full-service restaurant committed to excellence in service and entertaining our guests w/ the best in food & beverage.

8420 Rea Rd.
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.544.5268

Phat Burrito serves up huge, no-nonsense Southwestern style favorites and nothing else. The namesake “phat” burrito measures an intimidating 7” X 3” and is packed with your favorite fillings. Look for the lime, blue and yellow walls to get the best burrito of your life.

1537 Camden Rd.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.332.7428

BEST Thing Between Two Buns (Hamburger)


Charlotte's gourmet burger joint and whiskey bar. Uptown location, rock and roll vibe. From the creators of Mortimer's Cafe & Pub and Leroy Fox Kitchen.Gulp & Graze 'til the Cows Come Home.

201 N Tryon St S1010
Charlotte | 28202 | 980.224.8674

BEST Traditional Diner


Mattie’s is a neighborhood diner that is here for everyone to enjoy remembering the way things used to be and create memories for the future.

915 Hamilton St.
Charlotte | 28206 | 704.376.1020

3019 Shamrock Dr.
Charlotte | 28215 | 704.531.9525

This hidden gem in the south end of Charlotte offers , simple Vietnamese whose portions are large and flavorful served with classic flare. Saigon has friendly staff that serves bubble teas, lunch specials, and Sunday buffet in its leafy décor.

5215 South Blvd
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.529.0098

BEST Your Best Dough (Bagel)


It is a small family business owned by Ronnie Rippner and his parents Leslie aka “Poppy” and Georgeana. After relocating to Charlotte from New York, Ronnie missed the bagels from his hometown. He felt this sentiment was shared by many of his friends and neighbors, so he sought to create the best bagel he could south of the Mason Dixon Line.

2921 Providence Rd.
Charlotte | 28211 | 704.366.8146

Viva Chicken is a quick serve restaurant focusing on Peruvian flavors, with the signature dish being “Pollo alla Brasa” (Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken). All of their chicken is free range, and cooked in a custom ‘green’ oven straight from Peru.

1617 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte | 28204 | 980.335.0176
12206 Copper Way
Charlotte | 28277 | 704.341.8174