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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forget places like McDonald's and Captain D's. If you want fast food in Charlotte, get curb service from a drive-in where they've been serving real food since 1955. Known for the two-patty Super Boy Burger, a golden-crisp Fish-O-Burger, and the most sinful milkshakes you'll ever experience, South 21 is a true local legend. Don't forget to order the delicate, single-sliced onion rings – they'll melt in your mouth. Oh, and be sure to get extra napkins ... you'll need 'em!
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).
Charlotte Café's menu is what the phrase "meat and three" is all about! Choose from a list of entree dishes such as fried chicken, roast beef, ham, or turkey. Then add three vegetables or side dishes. This neighborhood diner also offers soups, salads and Italian dishes. Skip the dessert if you want, but you must order a glass of sweet tea.
The perfect place to spend time with family or friends and enjoy Charlotte's favorite for brick oven pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads. In the warmer months, ask for a table on the patio. Pastas are prepared a multitude of ways.