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.
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.
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.
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).
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.'"
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.
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.