You can’t stay on top of the Charlotte dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.
The focus is on the beer at this Ayrsley offshoot of the Matthews beer and bottle shop from local brew guru Rob Jacik (Temple Mojo, Seaboard) offering 26 rotating taps–half of which are regional Carolina drafts–over 300 beers by the can and bottle and several wines by the glass in a chill space with communal tables and a few TVs.
Adventurous palates delight at this trendy revamped bar in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton hotel where inventive, high-level cocktails (think smoked, flasked and infused with seasonal ingredients) meet gourmet tapas-style bar bites like caviar-topped deviled eggs and angus beef sliders. Traditionalists can also find basic beers, wine and spirits behind the swanky bar surrounded by dark wood furnishings and sleek metal accents.
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Gelato, sorbet and frozen yogurt is served up on a stick and dipped in toppings like melted flavored chocolate, sprinkles, coconut and pistachios at this NoDa offshoot of an NYC original. The basic digs are counter-serve with no seating.
Everything from the food to the furniture is locally sourced at this NoDa Southern stop, spotlighting fried chicken paired with classic sides like mac ’n’ cheese, charred okra, kale grits and biscuits, all washed down with cocktails from the soapstone bar. Gray brick walls enclose the rustic-chic space, complete with handcrafted tables made of reclaimed wood and mood lighting from hanging copper bulbs.
Craft beer served in a relaxed atmosphere is what it's about at this Plaza Midwood bar and bottle shop. Exposed ceiling beams, white brick walls and hanging Edison bulbs above the wooden bar create an industrial-chic look.
From its name–Mexican slang for 'what's up'–to its casual street eats, including tacos, tortas and burritos, along with its deep list of tequila, this hangout brings a playful sensibility to Uptown. Dark woods and steel furniture create an industrial-meets-rustic vibe, while colorful pop art adds a touch of whimsy.
Homestyle Italian cooking is on the menu at this Uptown destination for risotto, pasta, wood-fired pizza and entrees like veal Parmesan and chicken Marsala, all paired with a deep wine list. The bi-level space features a main dining room on the ground level and a loungey area upstairs, all decorated with lots of dark wood and pops of red.
Sushi gets a Southern spin at this South End offshoot of a lauded Charleston spot offering Japanese fare such as spicy teriyaki pork belly and red snapper crudo alongside cocktails, beer, wine and sake. Exposed-brick walls, high ceilings and decorative manzanita branches headline the chic, rustic-industrial space.
Korean fried chicken is what it's about at this Parktowne Village outpost of the international chain, also serving up classic dishes like bibimbop and pork buns in a laid-back space with signature red walls, industrial-chic lighting and a few tables out front.
From the Midwood Smokehouse crew comes this counter-serve offshoot dishing up a concise menu of BBQ favorites like smoked brisket, sandwiches, and chicken and pork plates paired with wine and beer. The casual space features modern-rustic decor with lots of light wood furnishings and white subway tiles in the open kitchen.