Charlotte, Nc November 17th 2020 Mico Restaurant Int He Grand Bohemian Hotel. Chef Whitney Thomas. Pampas Cake Garnished In Gold Leaf With Vanilla Ice Cream Lamb Kofta Kebabs Caramelized Queen Scallops Beef Ribeye ($39) Mashed Sweet Plantains And B

Chef de Cuisine Whitney Thomas garnishes dishes like lamb kofta kebabs with edible flowers at Mico. Photo by Peter Taylor.


The Asbury
235 N. Tryon St.
Chef Mike Long’s inventive menu mixes countryside favorites like biscuits and deviled eggs with bold flavors and contemporary techniques.
Try This: The Chicken Sandwich and Sticky Biscuits

Sea Level NC
129 E. 5th St.
Concrete beams and rustic brick give an industrial feel to this seafood restaurant, which serves up dishes that are accessible, inventive, and sustainably sourced.
Get This To Go: Weeknight Seafood Supper (3 courses)

127 N. Tryon St.
Top Chef alum Jamie Lynch’s innovative, seasonal menu includes morel mushroom flatbread and mint crusted lamb loin.
Try This: Yellowfin Tuna Sushi Tots

McNinch House
511 N. Church St.
Guests order from a daily prix fixe menu (ranging from five courses to nine courses), choose their wine and entrées, and the staff takes care of the rest.
Try This: Rosemary & Dijon Crusted Rack of New Zealand Lamb

Fin & Fino
135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, Ste. 100 
Come for the raw bar, but stay for bartender Brittany Kellum’s drinks. Then splurge on a slice of cheesecake.
Get This To Go: Lobster & Shrimp Roll + To-Go Cocktail Kit

225 S. Poplar St. 
Enjoy locally and seasonally inspired dishes from North Carolina chef William Dissen in this bright, stylish space next to Romare Bearden Park.
Try This: Billy D’s Fried Chicken Sandwich

Alexander Michael’s
401 W. 9th St.
The blackened catfish is cooked just right, the Cajun pasta is piping hot, and chatter fills the no-reservations dining room.
Try This: What It Is (blackened chicken breast over rotini in Cajun cream sauce)

230 N. College St.
Chef Luca Annunziata serves lasagna just like his mom made it and carbonara as it’s served in Rome.
Try This: Fagatoni (stuffed crepe purses with Maine lobster and mascarpone, vodka sauce, and Parmesan cheese)

100 N. Tryon St.
This restaurant serves up an extensive Italian menu in an elegant, modern space.

Get This To Go: Pasta Dinner For Two
(2 Caesar Salads, 1 Grandma B’s Lasagna, 1 Spaghetti + Giant Meatball, 2 Tiramisu, bread + beans)

Mico at The Grand Bohemian 
201 W. Trade St.
The South American-inspired menu is full of complex flavors and unexpected mash-ups like harissa creamed spinach and brown butter bread crumbs.
Try This: Lamb Kofta kebabs + Flourless Chocolate Cake
* Best New Restaurant

Red Salt by David Burke
555 S. McDowell St.
Celebrity chef David Burke is known for his Himalayan salt aging process for beef, and avant-garde approach to food presentation is on full display with bites like the maple-glazed bacon clothesline.
Try This: 32-oz. Dry-Aged Porterhouse for Two
* Best New Restaurant

Inizio Pizza Napoletana , Charlotte, Nc Sous Chef Chris Reinhart Pizzas Margherita D.o.p. Pizza Diavola Pizza Bianca Salad Caprese Photo By Petertaylor On 09july16

Domed pizza ovens burn oak logs at 1,000 degrees at Inizio. Photo by Peter Taylor.


311 East Blvd.
Ease into Indian cuisine with standard dishes like chicken tikka masala, or be more adventurous with the spicy seafood medley “anjeeri.”
Try This: Masala-Chili Cauliflower Florets

300 East
300 East Blvd.
The interior of this old house-turned-restaurant is welcoming, as is the menu of familiar and surprising sandwiches, salads, and entrées. Save room for dessert by pastry chef Laney Jahkel-Parrish.
Get This To Go: Chicken Biscuit Picnic Box for Two

YUME Ramen Sushi & Bar
1508 S. Mint St. 
The excellence of this spot’s ramen and sushi thankfully carry over to the to-go format, with Yume’s In-Home Ramen and Gyoza Kit among its innovations.
Try This: The Sakura Roll

1508 S. Mint St.
This foodie destination shifted its small plate offerings to a tasting menu format this year, available in three, five, seven, and 12 courses.
Try This: Three Course Tasting (squash, Hamachi fish, and beef cheek)

1829 Cleveland Ave. 
Its setting may be a historic Southern church, but Bonterra serves up modern Southern flavors with top-notch service. Wine lovers will be impressed by the more than 200 wines by the glass.

Get This To Go: Cheese & Charcuterie Board for Two

Futo Buta
222 E. Bland St. 
This ramen house promises authenticity, irreverence, and delightful, salty bowls of the hot noodle.
Try This: The Buta Bowl

2230 Park Rd., Ste. 01
(Second location on Providence Road)
Two words: pistachio pizza. Seriously, try it. Then grab a spot on the patio beneath the bistro lights and enjoy a bottle of wine with friends.
Get This To Go: Diavolo pizza

1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100
The team behind Bardo opened this rustic dining experience in 2020. Chef Michael Noll offers a blend of tapas and shareable plates in this open kitchen spot, and Amanda Britton reflects the wood-fired theme in her cocktails.
Try This: Quail (with Tandoori marinade, buttermilk, and chili oil)
* Best New Restaurant


Noble Smoke
1508 S. Mint St.
Feast on Carolina-style pork and Texas-style brisket, and grab a drink at the “Legends Counter” with custom plaques for Southern barbecue icons.
Get This To Go: Prime Beef Brisket for 4

Charlotte, Nc March 12th Food And Staff Including Chef Greg Collier At Leah And Louise. Photographed In Charlotte Nc On March 12th, 2020. Photo By Peter Taylor

Smoked lamb rib at Leah & Louise. Photo by Peter Taylor.


3106 N. Davidson St.
Southern appetizers, fried chicken, and apothecary cocktails from Colleen Hughes draw a hip crowd to this mill town southern kitchen.
Try This: Fried Chicken Whole 

131 N. Main St.
Chef Joe Kindred, a James Beard Award semifinalist, serves homemade pasta dishes and creative small plates in historic downtown Davidson.
Try This: Smoked Pheasant Gumbo + milk bread

Hello, Sailor
20210 Henderson Rd.
Davidson’s sweethearts, Joe and Katy Kindred, opened this lakefront spot. Expect Carolina classics like fried catfish and seafood platters, as well as tiki drinks.
Get This To Go: The Lobster Roll (served on milk bread)

The Goodyear House 
3032 N. Davidson St.
Grab a table in the botanist room or the open patio on a warm night, and enjoy elevated comfort food like smoked cashew mac and cheese and guinea hen stew.
Get This To Go: The Goopy Burger with a Shaken Fry bag
* Best New Restaurant

Leah & Louise 
301 Camp Rd.
A James Beard-nominated chef and Soul Food Sessions co-founder Greg Collier serves the dishes he grew up on, like hot fried quail and dirty grits, in a space modeled after a Memphis-style juke joint.
Try This: Bird is the Word sandwich
* Best New Restaurant

Charlotte Nc June 11: Nc Red And Chef Andrew Dodd In Charlotte North Carolina On June 11, 2019. Photo By Peter Taylor

A spread at N.C. Red. Photo by Peter Taylor.


Midwood Smokehouse
1401 Central Ave. (additional locations in Ballantyne, Birkdale Village, and Park Road Shopping Center)
With North Carolina pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, and dry or sauced ribs, there’s a ’cue for everyone—and traditional sides to pair.
Get This To Go: Party Pack To-Go (choose 2 meats + 2 sides)

1427 E. 10th St. 
Even the pickiest eater can find something to order here, with menu options ranging from burgers and pizzas to cabbage rolls and stuffed peppers.
Try This: Piroska (Balkan-style stuffed pizza)

Soul Gastrolounge
1500 Central Ave.
Expect to wait a while at this no-reservations spot, known for small plates like pork belly tacos with compressed watermelon, and a rotating list of craft cocktails.
Try This: Supernova Roll

Bistro La Bon
1322 Central Ave.
This Plaza Midwood favorite recently expanded to a second location in Cotswold. Dinner favorites include the swedish meatballs, lavender chicken, and other tapas-style selections.
Try This: Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon

The Fig Tree Restaurant
1601 E. 7th St. 
The Fig Tree specializes in fresh and flavorful cuisine with an emphasis on wine pairing in a 1913 bungalow.
Try This: Braised Wagyu Short Rib

1601 Elizabeth Ave. 
Owner and executive chef Trey Wilson uses top-notch, seasonal ingredients to create fresh takes on American cuisine in a hip, rustic atmosphere.
Try This: BBQ Octopus & Carolina Shrimp

NC Red
1205 Thomas Ave.
The fourth restaurant from Bruce Moffett serves a mix of Rhode Island shore food, like oysters and stuffed clams, and southern comforts, like fried chicken and mac and cheese.
Get This To Go: A Whole Nash Chicken

The Stanley
1961 E. 7th St.
Chef Paul Verica’s menu reflects a respect of seasonal produce, with playful dishes such as “Asparagus—as many ways as we could think of,” and a more robust cocktail program.
Get This To Go: Chicken Pot Pie

Sweet Lew’s BBQ
923 Belmont Ave.
Demand for Lewis Donald’s barbecue hasn’t wavered since the “shack” opened in 2018; it’s not uncommon for Sweet Lew’s to sell out of its brisket and chopped pork shoulder.
Get This To Go: #homegatepackage (2-pound whole hog, buns, 18 whole wings, red slaw, and two sides); feeds 6-8 people)

Charlotte, Nc December 11th 2020 Southern Pecan Restaurant. Roasted Corn Cakes Lousiana Bbq Shrimp W Toasty Bread Po’ Boy With Fried Shrimp, Chicken And Dumplings Southern Pecan Shrimp Boil Catfish Nuggets With Your Choice Of A Side And Sauce Des

Chicken and Dumplings with broccolini and a side of succotash at Southern Pecan. Photo by Peter Taylor.


Good Food on Montford
1701 Montford Dr.
Bruce Moffett’s small-plates bistro unites a variety of influences and flavors onto one menu, and each dish is worth ordering.
Try This: Pommes Frites (fries topped with truffle oil, parmesan, and herbs)

Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen
6601 Morrison Blvd. (additional location in uptown)
Chef Jim Noble’s menu features gussied-up, Southern-tinged American and European peasant fare, like hand-tossed pizzas and roasted chicken.
Get This To Go: Roasted Chicken Pizza

Dogwood Southern Table & Bar
4905 Ashley Park Ln.
Ingredients are fresh and cocktails are innovative at this spot, a sister to Dressler’s.
Try This: Crab & Chorizo Hushpuppies

Beef ’N Bottle Steakhouse
4538 South Blvd. 
An old favorite, this steak house is just what you’d expect, serving up thick and juicy cuts in a dark interior.
Try This: Trio Medallions

Little Mama’s Italian
4521 Sharon Rd. 
Think of this eatery as the prequel to Mama Ricotta’s, with family recipes and scratch-made pastas and mozzarella. Settle into one of the dining rooms with a plate of pappardelle or cozy up at the “Mozz Bar” and watch the chefs at work.
Try This: Penne alla Vodka
* Best New Restaurant

4620 Piedmont Row Dr., Ste. 170B
Chef Bill Greene serves a rotation of artistic small plates with unexpected pairings like lamb belly with kimchi porridge, or smoked butternut squash with miso.
Get This To Go: Signature Yeast Rolls

Flour Shop
530 Brandywine Rd.
Watch your pasta get prepared in the open kitchen. Chef Trey Wilson’s shared plates are great for larger groups, but if you don’t want to share, get the lamb Bolognese.
Try This: Rigatoni with Veal Bolognese 

7822 Fairview Rd.
Bruce Moffett’s first restaurant is one of the best in town, with a classic menu and stellar service.
Get This To Go: Roasted Chicken, Family-Style

Dot Dot Dot
4237 Park Rd., Ste. B
Stefan Huebner’s creative cocktails may be the main attraction at this members-only speakeasy, but chef Daniel Wheeler’s sweet potato gnocchi with bourbon glaze will convince you to stay for dinner.
Get This To Go: Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit + the Cheese & Charcuterie platter

Easy Like Sunday
1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste. 100 
The fried chicken and cornmeal pancakes are worth standing in line for, but if you’d rather skip the weekend rush, go in the evening and have a boozy brunch after dark.
Try This: Fried Chicken and Cornmeal Pancakes
* Best New Restaurant

Southern Pecan
6705 Phillips Place Ct., Ste. C
The team behind Café Monte serves Gulf Coast-inspired cuisine like pecan fried catfish, Louisiana barbecue shrimp, and oyster po’ boys.
Try This: Roasted Corn Cakes
* Best New Restaurant

Aqua E Vino, Charlotte, Nc Photographed On 21nov17. Photographs By Peter Taylor

Spanish octopus with meats, cheeses, and tarts at Aqua e Vino. Photo by Peter Taylor.


Aqua e Vino
4219 Providence Rd. 
This Italian restaurant has one of the smallest dining rooms in town, which means it can be hard to nab a reservation without planning. It also means chef Gabriele Grigolon can serve each dish, from pastas to composed plates, with textbook precision.
Try This: Gnocchi

The Porter’s House
7417 Waverly Walk Ave.
This member of the Rare Roots Hospitality Group (Dressler’s, Dogwood) is known for thick-cut steaks, modern sides, and craft cocktails.
Get This To Go: 36-ounce Prime Porterhouse, Family-Style

Red Sake
8410 Rea Rd., Ste. 100 
This is sushi for true sushi aficionados. The Luke Lobster roll is a delectable mouthful of lobster meat, spicy tuna, avocado, and eel sauce topped with sweet potato strings.
Try This: Black Jack Roll
* Best New Restaurant

The Gallery Restaurant
10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. 
Inside the Ballantyne hotel, you’ll find Southern-inspired, white-tablecloth dining with dishes sourced from local farmers.
Try This: Bison Short Rib + Gallery Mac & Cheese

OGGI Ristorante Italiano
6646 Hawfield Way Dr. 
Find comfort food like spaghetti and house meatballs and lasagna, or savor some squid ink linguini and a glass of pinot grigio on the patio.
Get This To Go: Lasagna OGGI