Dig into down-home southern cooking in Uptown Charlotte. Mert's has been a community favorite since 1998, serving some of the best fried green tomatoes, cornbread and collard greens Queen City natives have ever seen. Always bustling during the lunch hour, Mert's offers great rotating specials alongside a glass of their refreshing sweet tea, while dinner features mainstays like the Barbeque Beef Ribs, famous Salmon Cakes and Shrimp Creole and Catfish.

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Not only is Basil one of the best spots to grab a meal in Uptown, it's also one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. Lunch customers arrive early to beat the rush and indulge in house specialties such as the Basil, served in a Thai chili sauce, and the Pad Thai. Dinner starters like the Tom Kha Gai soup are served with flair and fire, while refreshing cocktails keep palates cool.

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Tucked away in the Fourth Ward and one of Uptown's best-kept secrets, "Al Mike's," as regulars know it, is the perfect neighborhood restaurant & tavern. Setting its food apart from other subpar pubs, Al Mike's boasts dishes like the What It Is pasta and London Broil Sandwich, which locals rave about. Typical bar favorites like nachos and fried pickles won't disappoint either, and import and microbrew selections provide diners with many choices to sip on.

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