As Charlotte's taken off in recent years, so has its dining scene. From high-end nouveau-style kitchens to ethnic eateries to casual grills, the city's expanded to offer something for everyone. However tradition still reigns at the core of the dining scene, and its most prized establishments generally celebrate Southern and all-American eats, even if they add a contemporary or international twist. South Park's home to some of the city's most impressive dining rooms such as Zebra Restaurant and Wine Bar, known for its delectable French-inspired cuisine and contemporary digs and the fantastic Upstream, which promises innovative seafood dishes and topnotch sushi. The busy Uptown district offers numerous options, too, from the Asian-inspired cuisine at the sleek Town Restaurant to lovely Tuscan creation at Luce, an Italian restaurant in Hearst Tower. If you're looking for something more relaxed (and easy on the wallet), be on the lookout for BBQ joints serving classic Carolina pork and homey kitchens offering everything from platters of fried chicken to shrimp and grits.
Joseph K. Hall, Jr. is an editor for 10Best, Inc. His travels have allowed him to sing for pints in Inistioge and eat octopus in Athens. He served as city editor on the 10Best Travel Guides for Atlanta, Dallas and Washington, DC. His work has also appeared in business and collegiate sports publications. In his spare time – when he has it – he serves... Read more »