Charlotte is an up-and-coming city and this doesn’t exclude the restaurant scene. There are many great established eateries but sometimes it’s nice to try somewhere new. So, here are few suggestions to help broaden your culinary horizons.

Suffolk Punch

2911 Griffith Street Charlotte, NC 28203

(704)319-8650

The Suffolk Punch is a Culinary Café, Coffee Bar, Taphouse, and Fermentation Lab. Born from the Hyde Brewing philosophy of melding art and science to inspire thought and challenge expectations. Suffolk Punch curates libations, food, and products for those who understand the value of craft and embrace new experiences. The Suffolk Punch embodies the craft spirit in every drink served, every meal we prepared, and every conversation fostered.

TheSuffolkPunch.com

YUME Bistro

1508 South Mint Street Charlotte, NC 28203

YUME Bistro is scheduled for a late November opening in South End’s Gold District. It will offer many of the same items that can be found on the menu at it’s sister location in Matthews such as authentic ramen, rice bowls, Japanese street foods and appetizers along with other options. Tony Yum (chef) and Rosena Tong (manager) are husband-and-wife owners and Tony worked under a Japanese chef for 8 years to hone his craft.

Sophia’s Lounge

127 North Tryon Street, Suite D Charlotte, NC 28202

(980)260-3227

Sophia’s Lounge is an elevated gathering place in The Ivey’s Hotel with a vintage feel serving cocktails & small plates. The space is described as “opulence meets a vintage touch and vibrant European flair”. The lounge is operated and managed by Patrick Whalen, Alejandro Torio, and Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch of 5Church. Prices range from $10-$24 for the small plates and valet parking is available.

SophiasLounge.com

Bardo

1508 South Mint Street Charlotte, NC 28203

(704)574-5198

Bardo is another new restaurant coming to the Gold District of South End with a scheduled opening in October. It is a small plate concept with plans of an open kitchen and seasonal “progressive American” cuisine. The co-owners are Jayson Whiteside and Chef Michael

Noll who have more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant and beverage industry. Prices will range from $7 – $27

Dot Dot Dot

4237 Park Road, Unit B Charlotte, NC 28209

(704)817-3710

Dot Dot Dot is in Myers Park and is a membership-only, prohibition-style speakeasy that describes itself as a culinary driven bar experience. The partners behind this are Stefan Huebner, a 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry and Conrad James Hunter, an 8th generation Charlotte native. The menu features small plates made of seasonal ingredients from local purveyors and craft cocktails. Memberships cost $10.

DotDotDotCharlotte.com

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