A South End fixture for over 30 years, this family-run hamburger joint takes you back in time with soft-serve ice cream dipped in chocolate (with or without nuts), corn dogs, thick milk shakes, and onion rings. The main headliner is the Big K, a quarter-pound hamburger grilled to perfection and topped with cheese and all the trimmings.
Sure, everybody knows about Starbucks and Seattle's Best, but Dilworth Coffee House is widely known as Charlotte's best! As soon as you walk in, inviting scents and a warm interior encourage you to take a seat and drift off to another place – a feat made easier if you happened to load some Miles Davis on your player. The coffee is fantastic, and the service is even better. This location is the original, but since their start in 1989, the company has expanded to multiple locations, most of which are in Charlotte.
If a hot dog is what you're craving, you gotta go to Greens! For 70 years, Green's has served up all kinds of dogs, plain or dressed with slaw, onions, chili, or all the way. At Green's prices, you'll have enough pocket change left over for the house dessert, better known as an ice cream sandwich. On fair weather days, look for the Green's pushcart at First Union Plaza.
Ask anyone from newcomers to long time locals, "Where is the best Mexican restaurant?" The answer is always La Paz. You can order the usual Mexican fare of tacos or chicken enchiladas, or for the more daring diners, try the blue corn tamales with spinach. The tortilla soup is prepared with just enough spice to justify the fabulous and grande margaritas. Seafood and vegan dishes are also available. The atmosphere is one of a fiesta, and the outdoor dining makes it a great choice for the family.
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.
This popular spot boasts a family-friendly atmosphere and fabulous Italian fare. Start off with garlic bread with cheese and perhaps the mussels marinara. With over 15 pastas available and a variety of specialty dishes, dinner offers quite the works. Dig into baked lasagna or stuffed eggplant, or order a calzone, pizza or Italian sub. A cannoli or tiramisu makes for a pleasing final course.
If you slept in late but still want to start the day right, this is the place to go! In addition to receiving high marks for its fun, family-friendly atmosphere, the joint serves breakfast eats and downhome favs like she-crab soup and shrimp-n-grits all day long (that qualifies as brunch, right?). When you go, be prepared to see all walks of life – from judges and CEO's to working men and women – as just about everyone claims Eddie's one of their favorite places for breakfast and brunch.
Step back in time when you enter the Hotel Charlotte through the old speakeasy exterior. Its interior is actually furnished from the old Hotel Charlotte that existed in the early days. The bar is 130 years old and boasts an extensive selection of beers from around the world. Cajun and Creole dishes are the specialty, and when in season, the oyster stew is marvelous. Steaks, chicken, burgers and salads are mainstays, and parents will be delighted with the kids' menu.
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.
Located in the bustling Arboretum shopping complex, New South Kitchen is a pleasant retreat away from the crowds. The menu focuses on upscale Southern Cuisine, complemented by delicious, hot breads and desserts made in-house. Large wine list.