Julia Child, the culinary queen of the twentieth century, once said that “people who love to eat are always the best people.” Whether a home cooking connoisseur or an avid restaurant explorer, Charlotte’s food scene has a little something for every foodie. Here is a list covering some of the best and most unique food-related activities Charlotte has to offer, from mouthwatering BBQ hangouts to friendly farmers markets.
Life in the South just isn’t complete without a taste of some authentic North Carolina BBQ. Not only is it the most popular meal in the state, but it is also the most divisive! Many NC natives remain loyal to one of two types of BBQ: Western or Eastern. If you are new to life in NC, be sure to try both and decide for yourself. Charlotte is dominated by a multitude of excellent Eastern BBQ restaurants, so unfortunately if you’re looking for Western BBQ you may have to drive a little closer to the beach. Experience some of the best (and award-winning) BBQ in Charlotte at Bill Spoon’s Barbecue, or at Bubba’s Barbecue where meat is cooked in a 33-hour process.
Charlotte’s Best Diners
Diners are the perfect spot for breakfast lovers and night owls, and with their unique atmosphere there was no way we could leave diners off this list. Midnight Diner serves as the most classic diner in Charlotte, with its retro black-and-white tiles, red chairs, and comfort food. Metro Diner, Landmark Diner, and Pike’s Old-Fashioned Soda Shop are all excellent spots for a quick breakfast or late-night meal as well.
Throughout the year, Charlotte is home to several food-themed festivals. Festivals such as Taste of Charlotte, which occurs each year in early June, offer a wide-ranging selection of snacks and dishes. However, don’t underestimate some of the more niche festivals, like the popular Homegrown Tomato Festival that is held every year at the end of July. For those who enjoy pairing dishes with wine, keep your eyes out for the annual Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend in April.
Plant-based diets have become more popular than ever, and Charlotte is representative of that. Fern, Flavors from the Garden is a great place to enjoy a vegan meal in a sophisticated setting and provides an opportunity for vegans and vegetarians to enjoy popular southern foods (such as biscuits and gravy) without having to worry about eating meat. Another option is Living Kitchen, an organic and health focused spot with a wide-ranging smoothie, breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu that is entirely plant-based.
Farmers markets are an excellent choice for those who enjoy shopping locally and cooking delicious meals with seasonal vegetables. Open every day but Monday, the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is state-operated and home to an assortment of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, and plants. The popular NoDa Farmers Market is open only on Saturday’s but provides a variety of tasty produce and an even greater sense of community.
Farm to Table
Enjoy eating local outside of the kitchen? Then be sure to check out these unique and appetizing farm-to-table restaurants in Charlotte. Heirloom is Charlotte’s most popular locally sourced restaurant, but don’t miss out on an opportunity to enjoy southern cuisine from the King’s Kitchen, a restaurant that also serves as a non-profit.
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