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Mert's Heart & Soul

Barbecue 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mainstays are shrimp and grits, fried chicken, barbecue, po' boys, and pork chops. But a mound of fixins...are the backbone. — BlackBook

A "must-try", especially "if you're visiting Charlotte", say fans of this easy-on-the-wallet Uptown Southerner. — Zagat

Everybody comes to Mert's and this little diner shows off the proof: Plastering its walls and columns are dozens of photos and posters (the latter from touring Broadway shows) all signed... — Frommer's

This stylish yet down-home eatery offers patrons simple, savory Southern, soul and Lowcountry cooking: Think award-winng mac 'n' cheese or sweet cornbread sitting alongside fried chicken,... — Where

Business executives and arts patrons make their way to Mert's—named for Myrtle, a favorite customer with a sunny disposition. — Fodor's

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The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Trendy eatery caters to two popular items: burgers and sushi. — BlackBook

"Not-to-be-missed ‘burgushi'" (sushi that uses burger ingredients and vice versa) joins other "delicious, creative spins". — Zagat

Love burgers? Love sushi? In addition to an extensive list of gourmet burgers and specialty sushi rolls, this innovative restaurant offers creative sandwiches made with sushi-inspired... — Where

Feel like burgers? Feel like sushi? How about "burgushi?" There's an entire section of the menu devoted to this concept that blends, you guessed it, burgers and sushi. — Fodor's

Cowfish offers as appetizers such Asian standards as crab Rangoon and moo shu lettuce wraps with chicken or tofu in portions made for sharing. — Gayot

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Soul Gastrolounge

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The “lounge” part of the name is represented by moody lighting and the thumping of urban beats in the background music, but it’s the “gastro” part that keeps locals coming back for more. — Where

Trendy spot for American, Mediterranean, Asian fare with attitude, all designed with sharing in mind. Spicy feta, babaganoush, hummus, tzatziki dips with pita chips, savory sashimi tacos. — BlackBook

Part Eclectic “tapas bar”, part “nightclub”, this resto-lounge in the heart of Plaza Midwood pleases a late-night crowd with its “clever” collection of small plates soundtracked by “great music”. — Zagat

In Plaza Midtown, this sultry but welcoming speakeasy serves a globally inspired selection of small plates. — Lonely Planet

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Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The light and fluffy French crepe is the perfect vehicle for all things sweet and savory. The spinach and mushroom crepe here is a can’t-miss, as are the hand-cut brie and pesto fries.... — Where

Serves budget-friendly sweet and savory crêpes – along with baguette sandwiches, steak frites and more. — Zagat

Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub in Charlotte'™s North Davidson (NoDa) arts district features a clientele as eclectic as its menu. While its main focus is on crêpes --- savory and sweet --'“... — Gayot

You don't have to go to France to get a good crêpe. Step into this European-influenced gastropub and the aroma of buckwheat crêpes will fill your nose with glee. A challenging choice... — BlackBook

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Cajun Queen

Seafood 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nightly live jazz that's "very good" – and "very loud" – lends a "fun" "French Quarter" feel to this Elizabeth N'Awlins bastion. — Zagat

This Elizabeth-area longtimer features the bold flavors and playful atmosphere of the Big Easy. Guests find another reason to smile when ice cold Dixie beer is poured. And when the fried... — Gayot

Proudly serving the Queen City for more than 30 years, this Elizabeth-based restaurant is a warm and friendly place for any occasion. There's always live jazz music in the dining area... — Where

Blackened or fried selections, whatever fits your forte. Three choices of crawfish, chicken, shrimp entrées: Diane, Creole or the ultra spicy-Etouffee. — BlackBook

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Blue Restaurant & Bar

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mediterranean flavors of sundry origins shape the menu at Blue Restaurant & Bar. Chef Gene Briggs offers North African calamari, served crispy with fried olives and peppadew peppers,... — Gayot

A "great location" for those with tickets to the symphony or a show nearby. — Zagat

Executive Chef Gene Briggs combines seasonal ingredients with Mediterranean zest. Dishes draw influences from across the globe: Morocco, France, Italy, Spain and Greece. — BlackBook

An award-winning menu (don’t pass on the scallops) and stunning décor have taken the city by storm. With owner Alex Myrick and Chef Gene Briggs at the helm, expect vibrant cuisine and an... — Where

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Carpe Diem Restaurant & Caterers

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Intricate art-deco woodwork makes for a romantic, elegant atmosphere while menu stunners like beef carpaccio, hazelnut-crusted goat cheese salad and buttermilk fried chicken woo your... — Where

The kitchen presents dishes with influences from around the globe, such as the Mediterranean yellowtail tuna with tahini lemon vinaigrette. — Gayot

Fine dining with art nouveau style décor. — BlackBook

Its "beautiful" art nouveau decor, featuring ornate woodwork, is "great for a romantic dinner". — Zagat

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Customshop: Handcrafted Food

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Creative” food issues from this New American “gem” in “hip” Elizabeth where “lots of love and care” show up in “interesting” dishes that draw inspiration from French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. — Zagat

A warm and seductive interior is the setting for the innovative cuisine of Owner and Executive Chef Trey Wilson. Seasonal dishes make use of local and organic ingredients, and the seafood... — Where

Charlotte native chef Trey Wilson has been serving a seasonally changing menu featuring produce and proteins from local farms since before doing so was trendy. — Gayot

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Basil Thai Restaurant

Thai 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sleek modern interior with large windows to expose big city hustle and bustle at all hours. — BlackBook

"Far and away Charlotte's best Thai" cuisine comes at this "higher end" Uptown spot. — Zagat

With its prime location, this Thai option offers boldly seasoned dishes and a sleek setting. — Gayot

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Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth

American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Enjoy the skyline view and absolutely delicious farm-to-table plates at the Mint Museum's resident restaurant. Upscale yet comfortable, the environs are romantic and refined. In the... — Where

Within the Mint Museum Uptown, this contemporary American displays “beautiful” “eye candy” of its own, including artisan-crafted tableware and unique pieces like tables made from tree cross sections. — Zagat

Set in an glass-clad, second-floor space with terrific views of uptown and an exit that's right at the entrance to the Mint Museum, this effortlessly elegant eatery lives up to its name,... — Frommer's

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Upstream

Japanese 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You “can't go wrong with anything” at this SouthPark seafood spot serving “incredibly fresh” cooked fish preparations plus “great” sushi and “top-quality” oysters – and “save room for... — Zagat

Restaurateur Tom Sasser, the brain behind Mimosa Grill and other renowned eateries, bring us day-boat seafood with Pacific Rim-influenced dishes. L and D (daily), brunch (Su). — Where

A local favorite, Upstream offers a sushi and oyster bar, an extensive wine list, and a market-fresh menu of delights from the sea. — Frommer's

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Barrington's Restaurant

Pizza 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The traditional-looking dining room is quite “small” but “cozy”, service is “top-notch” and the menu “changes just enough” for frequent visitors. — Zagat

Bruce Moffett’s comfortable spot is tiny—reservations are recommended—but his work in the kitchen comes up big. The menu changes seasonally, but count on creative-yet-simple dishes with... — Where

Intimate Barrington's features contemporary dishes that offer seasonality and the occasional regional note. — Gayot

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5Church Charlotte

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The "see-and-be-seen" crowd enjoys imaginative dishes and specialty cocktails at uptown's swanky, multi-level 5Church. — Gayot

With its swanky atmosphere and extensive wine list, this uptown hotspot is sure to impress. The unique menu draws an equally eclectic crowd. Try inspired dishes like the wasabi-crusted... — Where

A soaring arched ceiling, funky modern art, creative lighting and ornate, marble bathrooms accentuate the avant-garde vibe at this sophisticated American in a converted French Quarter church. — Zagat

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Midwood Smokehouse

Barbecue 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Casual hub for various styles of BBQ — Zagat

If there’s one food North Carolina is known for, it’s barbecue. Midwood Smokehouse offers old-fashioned, wood-smoked barbecue with both traditional vinegar-based North Carolina sauces and... — Where

It's notoriously hard to find good barbecue in Charlotte, but this spot with late hours and a full bar bucks the trend. — Fodor's

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McNinch House

French 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“The consummate special-occasion spot”, this Uptown Queen Anne–style house is “the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening” lingering over multicourse flights of “flawless” Continental dishes. — Zagat

Reservations are required here and you can expect to be treated like royalty during this unique five-course meal (you choose your entrée, but everything else, including the wine, is... — Where

In 1978, original chef and owner Ellen Davis purchased the McNinch House, and over the next decade restored the Victorian home. Executive chef William Parham serves multi-course meals... — Gayot

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Mac's Speed Shop

Barbecue 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Mac's Speed Shop embraces bikers, families and barbecue lovers alike. Start out with Tabasco fried pickles, house-made pimiento cheese or a deviled egg plate, old-school style. — Gayot

Some of the “best barbecue around”, with “plenty of good sides” from collards to Brunswick stew. — Zagat

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Price's Chicken Coop

Fast Food 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The line for this Charlotte legend often stretches down the block, but the lip-smacking fried chicken is worth the wait. Takeout and cash only. L and D (Tu-Sa). — Where

If you want to know where the locals eat, just follow the scent of oil to this storefront institution in the historic South End neighborhood, just across Interstate 277 from Uptown. — Fodor's

A Charlotte institution, scruffy Price's regularly makes 'Best Fried Chicken in America' lists. — Lonely Planet

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Aria Tuscan Grille

Italian 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pierre Bader delves into classic Tuscan Italian cuisine with this Uptown venture. On the main floor, witness kitchen action through a large glass window, or sit up close and personal at a... — Where

Savory Italian fare and one of the city's best chef’s tables in this sleek staple enhanced by modern artwork. — Gayot

Posh Italian ristorante serves beguiling classics. — BlackBook

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The Asbury

81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Past and present collide at this modern Southern kitchen inside Uptown’s historic Dunhill Hotel where the focus is on Carolinian cuisine made with seasonal and heirloom ingredients... — Zagat

Named for Louis Asbury, the Charlotte architect who designed its Dunhill Hotel space, this modern Southern restaurant serves up creative twists on classic dishes. The menu changes with... — Where

Ignore the somewhat odd look—royal blue walls, oddly spaced tables and truly ugly sketches on the walls. The real artistry is taking place in the kitchen. That's thanks to chefs who take... — Frommer's

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Bill Spoon's Barbecue

Barbecue 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since 1963, this no-frills spot has been serving up eastern Carolina-style whole-hog barbecue. — Gayot

This local gem has been churning out true eastern North Carolina-style barbecue since 1963, using the whole pig and Mr. Spoon's special hot sauce. L (M-Sa), D (Th-Sa). — Where

“True Eastern-style” North Carolina pork barbecue (whole hog, cooked and chopped and served with vinegary, mustardy slaw) hits your plate at this “old-time favorite”. — Zagat

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