Best Value

Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Charlotte, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Bentley's on 27 and Pewter Rose. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal.

Bubba's Barbecue
If you're prone to let appearances fool you, then you may miss one of Charlotte's most genuine culinary gems: Bubba's Barbecue. Renowned all over the Southeast, Bubba's doesn't try to impress customers with smoke and mirrors — no, what you get here are a few tables, wood panel walls, some metal chairs and, of course, awesome hickory-smoked Eastern North Carolina BBQ. From ribs to pulled pork, hushpuppies to Southern-style coleslaw, for many a meal at Bubba's is nothing short of life-changing. And if you're in need of directions, just follow I-77 north to exit 16-B ... as the saying goes, "The 'B' stands for 'Bubba.'" (704-393-2000)

Sonoma Modern American
This contemporary, urban restaurant brings a touch of California panache to the Uptown dining scene, complete with creative martinis, an impressive wine list and impeccable champagne cocktails. Confident and even a touch daring, Sonoma's fare fits right in with the sleek setting, as evidenced by dishes like Kurobuto center-cut pork chop with goat cheese mac n' cheese, Black Angus NY strip with rosemary-parmesan fries, and caramelized halibut with asparagus and fava beans. (704-332-1132)

Lupie's Café
Looking for a place with old-school appeal? Lupie's has been filling that niche since 1987. In the years since its debut, this friendly, red-brick dining room has given folks from all walks of life a warm, friendly place where they can gather for great-tasting comfort food, wings, and Texas-style chili, along with a few after-work brews. From Southern classics like chicken & dumplings to fettucini alfredo, daily specials are hand-written on a chalkboard that hangs just outside the kitchen. (704-374-1232)

Thai Orchid
Located behind the Fresh Market, this authentic Thai café offers everything from pad Thai to exciting stir-fry blends and signature seafood dishes. Service is quick and accurate in simple but pleasing surroundings. Reservations for five and up available. (704-364-1134)

Bentley's on 27
Perched on the 27th floor of Charlotte Plaza, Bentley's is sure to impress with its panoramic views of the impressive Uptown skyline. The scene inside features sharp, contemporary angles, recessed lighting and smartly appointed tables. The influence of France, meanwhile, shines through in dishes like veal chop with snow peas and bacon-whipped potatoes or mahi mahi with crimini mushrooms and carrot-ginger sauce. In addition, Bentley's employs a guéridon (a cart used for tableside cooking) to add a touch of theater to the dining experience. (704-343-9201)

Price's Chicken Coop
Behind Uptown Charlotte and near the railroad tracks, Price's has been in business since 1962, and it hasn't changed much since opening. Price's is famous for having the city's best deep-fried chicken and flounder plates, served with coleslaw, hushpuppies, and French fries. Two can easily share one plate. Although it's take-out only, you can call up to half an hour ahead with your order. (704-333-9866)

Bill Spoon's Barbecue
Eastern North Carolina style, South Carolina style, forget the distinctions...this is just plain "suey-perb" barbecue. The meat is slow roasted for a smoky, rich and tender culinary experience. You add the sauce (however much or little) you prefer. The hushpuppies are hot, the tea is sweet, and the staff is pleasing! So, bring your appetite and save room for some "nanner puddin'" (banana pudding). (704-525-8865)

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300 East
300 East has a sophisticated European feel — a bit Bohemian, a bit Champs-Elysées — and always makes for a memorable evening. The antique mahogany bar is where you'll find one of the best martinis anywhere, and, unlike some bars, 300 East's food is the perfect complement to your libations. They also boast a full Sunday brunch menu, including veggie eggs Benedict and a light breakfast of bagels and fruit. Sandwiches, salads and selected entrées are also available. On seasonable days, snag a table on the outside patio surrounded by cascading lantana and black-eyed susans. (704-332-6507)

Maps and Directions

Bubba's Barbecue 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Regional, Soul Food
Neighborhood: Sugar Creek
Cost: $
Sonoma Modern American 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, California, New American
Neighborhood: Uptown
Cost: $$
Lupie's Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Elizabeth
Cost: $
Thai Orchid 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Neighborhood: Southpark
Cost: $$
Bentley's on 27 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, New American
Neighborhood: Uptown
Cost: $$$
Price's Chicken Coop 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Soul Food
Neighborhood: South End
Cost: $
Bill Spoon's Barbecue 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Neighborhood: South Boulevard
Cost: $
300 East 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, New American
Neighborhood: South End
Cost: $$
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