Charlotte, North Carolina’s food scene is so much more than southern fare and barbecue, though you can’t go wrong with either. Infused with international influence, incorporating a wealth of local ingredients and supported by enthusiastic locals, Charlotte’s food scene is one that deserves more attention from travelers. If you’re headed there soon, here are four must-try restaurants.
Enjoy a delicious menu of casual southern fare that benefits a good cause. This nonprofit restaurant invests in the local, impoverished population, providing not only food to the hungry, but also training and education to those in need of work.
At 7th Street Public Market, you’ll find an array of eateries serving delicious food at all hours. Pick up a hearty breakfast at Uptown Yolk — I highly recommend the cheesy grits and eggs — and an energizing cup of coffee at Not Just Coffee.
Bardo is an excellent spot to dine in Charlotte’s South End neighborhood. The small eatery focuses on artfully arranged small plates, with a regularly changing menu meticulously created for an impeccable dining experience. Try to grab a table near the open kitchen to watch the masterful chefs at work and don’t pass on a handcrafted cocktail from the bar.
Situated inside Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, Angeline’s offers a modern American-Italian menu in a cozy and comfortable setting. Grab a morning coffee, afternoon drink or dinner with friends or business colleagues. The menu ranges from lighter fare, such as salads, to hearty Italian dishes, like the spaghetti chitarra, with duck confit, gorgonzola, roasted mushrooms and pancetta.
BOTANIUM SMART GROWERS Indoor gardening is a great way to grow your own food, improve air quality and add a touch of natural beauty to your living space. Botanium takes the hassle out of the process thanks to a smart hydroponic system that works without soil and is impossible to overwater, a great feature for those not blessed with green thumbs. You can even leave it alone for weeks while you travel, as it takes care of the plant for you. The growers work with a number of herbs and lettuce, vegetables such as tomatoes and chili peppers, and even orchids. Botanium also sells nutrient pipettes to give your indoor garden a health boost in order to grow more of your chosen produce. From $73. botanium.se
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