The Redbud Group Agents Guide To Favorite Charlotte Area Restaurants
The Queen City is quickly becoming known nationally for more than just banking and NASCAR. With its diverse and rapidly growing population, our young, up-and-coming-city is on its way to becoming one of the country’s best food cities!
Our neighbors, old and new to the Charlotte-area, are educated, creative, and adventurous individuals with a passion for food!
As a result:
Unique new restaurants are popping up every week (look for Tompkins Hall, a new food hall/rooftop bar/taproom type of space opening this year!).
Existing restaurants are winning national awards (see Kindred, named one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast and one of The Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appetit!)
The city is gaining national media attention for its diverse and delicious food options (we ranked #9 on Zagat.com’s list of America’s Best Food Cities, beating out food capitals like San Fran, Charleston, even NYC!).
We’re more than just real estate agents, we’re local QC residents! So it was easy to pick our favorite Charlotte-area restaurants. Here are a few of our top answers:
“I’m a fan of Haberdish.”
Is it because of their carefully crafted cocktails or their delicious tapas style southern fare? You'll just have to go to find out.
Their extensive cocktail list and liquors make it a nice place to sit down and nosh on a few items and be perfectly fine. It can be great for family brunch or a date night with the significant other.
Their fried chicken is why you go (chicken tenders especially)... but the sweet potato gnocchi is why you come back. I didn't order them the first time I went and I've been regretting it ever since. The sage and brown butter pair perfectly with the doughiness of the gnocchi. Anything home pickled there is amazeballs and their homemade sauces are also delicious.
The only problem with this place is the parking... Noda is notorious for limited parking, but for Haberdish, it's worth it!
“I LOVE Cabo Fish Taco.”
Why? Their soy glazed salmon taco and their tuna taco is so amazing that I can't even put it into words (that tortilla, though!). And just when you think, nothing is better, you try their avocado pasta salad, and your taste buds explode!!
The food mixed with the NoDa atmosphere makes this place one of my favorite spots in Charlotte!
“Sitting in the middle of the fully-planned Ayrsley Town Center is The Corner Bar.”
This local watering hole at first glance looks like a gentrified space that will provide a run of the mill fare but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Above all, the service is excellent and you are left feeling like a regular even if it’s your first time. The custom cocktails are unique and creative, as well as beer on draft and old standards. The food is imaginative and more importantly, delicious. The Brussel Sprouts (yes, I know brussel sprouts ...) are one of the best things on the menu and most importantly the fare is consistently good and tasty.
“Heirloom is by far the best restaurant in Charlotte for a foodie.”
The restaurant prides itself on being ‘farm to fork’ by highlighting local N.C. ingredients. The food is marvelous, and the staff is exquisite. You MUST do the chefs tasting menu with wine pairing, you would be doing a disservice to your taste buds if you go a la carte.
Head Chef Clark Barlowe graduated from Johnson and Wales in Charlotte. Barlowe has worked in two of the top Michelin restaurants in the world, The French Laundry, and El Bulli. Having those on your resume is enough to impress.
The restaurant can be found on the west side of Charlotte. Yes, you read that right not in Uptown and not in Ballantyne. So it may not be close to the majority of Charlotteans, but the drive or uber out there will not be a disappointment.
What makes The Redbud Group so good at what we do is how well we know the Charlotte area. We spend free time exploring Charlotte’s uniquely different neighborhoods, meeting new people, and of course enjoying the great food.
Have you checked out our Charlotte Community guide? It’s worth a look if you’re considering moving to a Charlotte neighborhood.
And if you find a favorite Charlotte restaurant you think our team should try, tell us about it.