Italian food is well-loved by all, but who serves the best authentic Italian fare? Mama Ricotta's is one strong contender for this coveted honor. The Italian soul believes in hearty meals and lavish spreads of well seasoned and mouth-watering food. Mama Ricotta certainly seems to achieve that. This eatery is a quaint little place which serves up the most genuine of Italian food. The food is created out of made-from-scratch mozzarella cheese, fresh seasonal veggies and soft breads. Drinks, to go with the food are also stocked at the bar. Mama Ricotta's also hosts private events and caters for off site occasions.
A name to reckon with in the local dining scene, Paco's Taco & Tequila is known for its flair in preparing a delicious spread of Tex-Mex cuisine to diners. Sit back at one of the tables and savor the rich taste and medley of flavors that are a part of the tacos. The specialties include the Beef Brisket Taco and the unique Criminal Combo fajitas, suggested by the chef. Tequila serves as a befitting accompaniment adding to the liveliness of the menu. Try the huge variety of the drink (60 kinds to be precise) that is offered here. Dining outside in the patio gives you the opportunity to gaze at the local passers-by.
In the heart of the famous NoDa district, Brooks Sandwich House has been serving up delicious Burgers and Hot-dogs for over 40 years. A real Charlotte institution, the restaurant is popular with locals who come in for a hearty breakfast sandwich or a quick lunch. Famous for it's Chilli, drop by for a tasty American-style meal. If you're in the mood why not go all-out and order a Burger 'All the way' for a really indulgent experience. This no frills eatery won't leave you disappointed.
JackBeagle is known for providing a comfortable space to settle in with a group of friends for a night food, drinks and fun. This spot is located in prime real estate in Charlotte's up-and-coming NoDa neighborhood and serves up a wide range of beer in addition to freshly prepped foods, such as signature burgers, hot dogs and a side of mac n cheese, for those who feel like eating like a kid again. JackBeagle is also a can't-miss destination for brunch.
Known for their lip-smacking burgers, this wonderful BBQ restaurant serves a delicious and cheap fast food menu. While all their burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs are delectable, the Chopped Pork Buger steals the show. A simple preparation, this iconic burger is made by combining Chopped Pork with vinegar sauce and coleslaw, which is then put on to a regular bun. However, the more simple it is, the more delicious it tastes. The quality of meat, vegetables and breads used in all their products are of top-notch quality and flavor. Other crowd-pleasers include Ocean Perch Filet Plate, Chuck Wagon Steak and Country Ham Sandwich.
Being such a classically bohemian arts community, NoDa would not be NoDa without a laid-back neighborhood coffee shop. Smelly Cat is it. Cozy and warm, locals file in each day for nourishment. A wide array of coffees and teas are available, as are smoothies, ice cream drinks, pastries, and bagels. Some folks grab some goodies on the run; others pull up a chair and read, write, or chat for a bit.
Green's Lunch is an unpretentious, casual and relaxed joint that serves fast food. Ever since it started in 1926, this place has been selling hot dogs and sandwiches. For a light meal you could also order eggs, toast and a coffee. This eatery serves lunch and breakfast from Monday to Saturday and is extremely cheap on your pocket. Bon appetit!
What do you do when you want slices of crusty pizza with lots of cheese, and bell peppers, and chicken, and Cajun sauce? Head straight to Fuel Pizza's Hearst Tower location! The options here will blow your mind—you can opt for anything from a lasagna pie to the "white" pizza, a classic New York-style preparation with blended mozzarella, shredded tomato, chevre goat cheese and just a touch of garlic. You can even pig out on chicken fingers and boneless buffalo wings. Kids' meals are available too. Catering can be arranged for parties and events with prior intimation.
Voted as Charlotte's Best Caterer and winner of multiple awards, TIN Kitchen is a moving kitchen of delectable food. If you want to take a break from dining out without compromising on the taste and quality, TIN Kitchen can be a great option. Adorably named as Ferdinand (The Bull), Wilbur (The Pig) and Bessie (The Cow), these three trucks serve amazing street food. You can try Tacos, Sliders and Quesadillas from their menu. You can hire them for any private event as well. Taste some great food on the streets of Charlotte and decide what award would your appetite like to give them.
Hazelnuts Creperie is a local cafe that specializes in sweet and savory crepes. The restaurant serves over 30 mouth-watering variations of these filled paper-thin pancakes. You'll even find vegetarian options on the menu, and anything with chicken can be prepared with tofu. The restaurant is a good place to enjoy a relaxed breakfast, brunch or quick lunch. A must-try here is the Maple Dream - bacon, cheese, eggs and maple syrup - it is decadence personified. Other favorites include the Chipotle Chicken and Berry Delight. Located in the lobby in a corporate building, you may be tempted to give it a miss - don't! Step in and enjoy one of the best meals Uptown has to offer.
This is a popular hot-dog joint in the heart of city which every foodie would like to visit. Vic, the man behind the food stall dishes out delicious hot dogs ranging from traditional favorites, to vegan hot dogs, to gourmet selections like his Bahn You, Bahn Mi dog, PBBj dog and the Pho-Q Dog. Open between Tuesdays through Friday during lunch hours, customers from the corporate world to construction site workers, all line up for a bite of their favorite hot dog.
Catering to the lunchtime crowd, Johnny Burrito (JB for short) is set up to crank out cheap, good Mexican food. The menu doesn't get past burritos and nacho salads, but if that wasn't what you wanted, then why did you come? Whatever you do get, don't let the speed with which it's produced fool you -- you will be satisfied. The restaurant closes early and isn't open on weekends, so go while you can. The website lets you fax in orders, and they'll deliver if you want at least 10 burritos.