great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

8 Great Places to Eat in Charlotte North Carolina

After a couple of visits to Charlotte, North Carolina, I am positively astonished by the culinary scene and will return any time to do more food research!

Here are some great places to eat in Charlotte North Carolina, listed in alphabetical order. This is just a sampling from the hundreds of great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Go visit Charlotte and do your own research! #CharlottesGotalot

8 Great Places to Eat in Charlotte North Carolina

Bonterra

Bonterra occupies a historic church in Charlotte’s Dilworth Historic District and serves the largest selection of wines by the glass on the US East coast. Over 200 options includes some wines not served by the glass anywhere else. Their Blackened Watermelon Pork Belly appears prominently in my dreams. Rather than using gas or electric, chef Blake Hartwick cooks everything over natural wood. Ask about the painting over the bar (fascinating history).

Bonterra: 1829 Cleveland Avenue | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

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pork belly at Bonterra, Charlotte, NC. Photo by Karyn Locke of Sand and Snow

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

chef Blake Hartwick of Bonterra, Charlotte

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

bar at Bonterra in Charlotte, North Carolina

Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit is located on the 21st floor, above the Hyatt Place and Skye condos. Visit Fahrenheit for remarkable views of Charlotte (from one of Queen City’s top rooftop spots), creative drinks (I had the Mastodon), and incredible food. My amazing lobster roll appetizer and scallop dinner only paved the way for the scrumptious dessert—a massive peanut butter candy bar with salted caramel ice cream.

Fahrenheit: 222 South Caldwell Street | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

sunset view of downtown Charlotte from Fahrenheit rooftop

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

“candy bar” dessert at Fahrenheit Charlotte

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

night view of Charlotte from Fahrenheit rooftop

Fidelli Kitchen

Two words: Meatball Cone. It is remarkable. Want a second opinion? Well, Fidelli won the “best new bite” award in the recent Taste of Charlotte contest. Fidelli Kitchen does have other cones if you must. Other options include building your own pasta bowl, ordering house made soups or sandwiches or desserts, and buying wine by the taste, small glass, full glass, or bottle. “Blurring the line between fast and fancy” is their motto.

Fidelli Kitchen: 1616 Camden Road | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Meatball Cone and Chicken Alfredo Cone at Fidelli Kitchen

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

the wine wall at Fidelli Kitchen in Charlotte, NC

5Church Charlotte

5Church occupies part of The Ivey’s Hotel, a new upscale boutique hotel in uptown Charlotte. Visit them for a popular Sunday brunch with local sustainable food. My shrimp and grits was delicious and my side salad was much larger than expected with super fresh ingredients.

5Church Charlotte: Corner of 5th and Church | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

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“The Art of War” text on ceiling of 5Church in Charlotte

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shrimp & grits, 5Church, Charlotte, NC

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

5Church in Charlotte, North Carolina

Papi Queso // Sycamore Brewing

Papi Queso’s claim to fame is rocking the Charlotte food truck scene and appearing on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives but they recently opened up a pop up kitchen inside Sycamore Brewing in South End. Um, GO! Papi serves simply amazing grilled cheese combos but the Cubano (when available) is #DroptheMic incredible.

Papi Queso: 2161 Hawkins Street | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

River’s Edge // US National Whitewater Center

First of all, when you visit Charlotte, you better go to USNWC. It is called an adventure playground for adults. I loved rafting, zip lining, mountain biking there, even with a couple of minor injuries. Hey, play hard, eat well! After working up an appetite getting thrown from a raft in Class IV rapids, I really enjoyed my bison Mexicali burger at River’s Edge. On a prior visit, my wife and I shared a remarkable quinoa salad and local craft beers.

River’s Edge at US National Whitewater Center: 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

7th Street Public Market

I love a repurposed building! 7th Street Public Market operates as an incubator for up and coming culinary startups in Charlotte, supporting local farmers and artisans. The muffin of the day at Local Loaf was a sinful orange butterscotch crumble. I bought the last one during a break from a super fun Charlotte Segway tour. I must return to 7th Street and try the tempting crusts at Pure Pizza. Any recommendations?

7th Street Public Market: 224 East 7th Street | websiteFacebook | Instagram

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

7th Street Public Market in Charlotte, North Carolina

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Pure Pizza sign in 7th Street Public Market Charlotte

Stoke

Stoke is located inside the revamped Charlotte Marriott City Center, a sleek modern concept hotel unlike any other Marriott. Only a dozen steps from Independence Square, Stoke epitomizes relaxed luxury dining. Order the delectable deviled eggs and the magnificent sticky pork shank.

Stoke: 100 West Trade Street | websiteFacebook | Instagram

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charcuterie and deviled eggs at Stoke in Charlotte

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Stoke restaurant, Charlotte, North Carolina

great places to eat in Charlotte, North Carolina. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

amazing pork at Stoke in Charlotte, North Carolina

For more information about Charlotte, North Carolina:

Charlotte Visitor Center: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

FEAST Food Tours (visit several foodie stops on one tour!): website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Independence Square Charlotte, North Carolina by Sand and Snow

What are your favorite places to eat in Charlotte North Carolina?

I was a hosted guest of Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority and Travel Media Showcase but this content is carefully crafted with the McCool Travel audience in mind.

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One Response to “8 Great Places to Eat in Charlotte North Carolina”

  1. Duke Stewart September 1, 2017 at 9:02 am #

    Dang, man! You ate well in Charlotte. I’ve really gotta spend more time there and especially explore its breweries, like Sycamore. Thanks for sharing this and I hope you can make it our way someday:)

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