38 iconic restaurants that have been serving Charlotte for 20+ years

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Here’s a quick look at some classic Charlotte restaurants that have been operating for two decades or more — in some cases a lot more. The oldest is a seasoned 92-year-old hot dog counter in the heart of Uptown.

And you thought Charlotte lacked history.

This isn’t an exhaustive list. Know one that should be on here? Email me: katie@charlotteagenda.com.

1998: Mert’s Heart & Soul

Low Country and Gullah-inspired soul food in Uptown

1997: Eddie’s Place

Casual Cotswold diner famous for its She Crab soup

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1996: Sir Edmond Halley’s

Quirky basement-level pub in the backlot at Park Road Shopping Center

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1995: Mimosa Grill

Banker-approved, Southern-inspired restaurant in the Wells Fargo Atrium 

1992: Mama Ricotta’s

Homestyle Italian food 

1992: Red Rocks

Upscale American cuisine in a casual, family-friend setting

1991: Luisa’s Pizza

Family-friendly pizzeria in Montford with an $8 all-you-can-eat weekday buffet

1990: Selwyn Pub

Quintessential Myers Park hangout in repurposed old house with a great front patio

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Selwyn Pub was established in 1990 in a what was an old house on the eastern edge of Myers Park.

1990: Lang Van

Popular family-run Vietnamese restaurant on the east side

1988: Thai Taste

Charlotte’s first Thai restaurant

1987: Lupie’s Cafe

No-frills diner known for its four types of chili — Texas, Cincinnati, Vegetarian and Southern

1986: French Quarter

Uptown favorite in historic Brevard Court with a crazy popular baked chicken lunch special that draws a crowd on Thursdays

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1986: Floyd’s Soul Food

Homestyle Southern favorites passed down through generations. Founder Otis Floyd Jr.’s mother, Mrs. Cattie-Bell Floyd, is honored with a mosaic monument on Freedom Drive.

1986: 300 East

Eclectic American dining in a historic 1900-era Victorian home in Dilworth

1984: Cajun Queen

Charlotte’s spot for New Orleans-inspired food and live jazz in a 100-year-old house

1984: Fenwick’s

Quaint Myers Park staple serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch

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1983: Alexander Michael’s

Cozy neighborhood tavern in Fourth Ward “where everybody knows your name”

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1978: House of Pizza

The Central Avenue classic has been closed for renovations for nearly a year but is expected to reopen soon

1977: Bojangles’

Charlotte’s beloved spot for Seasoned Fried Chicken and Legendary Iced Tea. The restaurant even has its own Bojangles’ Day in Charlotte on June 13. Start with the Cajun Filet Biscuit.

1976: Art’s BBQ

Casual diner and barbecue restaurant open for breakfast and lunch in Dilworth. Everything on the menu is under $8.

1976: Carolina Family Restaurant

Family-run diner on the west side near the airport

1975: Zack’s Hamburgers

Retro cool burger joint on South Boulevard

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1973: Brooks’ Sandwich House

Humble burger shack in NoDa — get the cheeseburger “all the way”

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1969: Gus’ Sir Beef

Endearing Oakhurst restaurant with a forever perplexing “Fresh My Farm Vegetables” tagline proudly displayed on the sign and painted on the building

1967: Mr. K’s

Classic South Boulevard ice cream shop and grill 

1963: Bill Spoon’s

Eastern NC-style BBQ made from family recipes

1962: Price’s Chicken Coop

Legendary South End fried chicken shack frequented by celebs and politicians when they’re in town

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1962: Riccio’s

Family-run Italian restaurant

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1959: South 21

Old school burger drive-in on Independence Boulevard

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1959: Bar B Q King

Retro curb service barbecue drive in on the west side

1958: Beef N Bottle

Special occasion steakhouse in an unassuming little building on South Boulevard

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1952: The Open Kitchen

Eye-catching Italian restaurant in Wesley Heights

1952: Original Chicken ‘n Ribs

Simple to-go counter featuring made-to-order burgers, fried chicken, seafood and more

1947: Greystone Pub

Longstanding family-run pub passed down through generations

1945: The Diamond

Charming retro diner in Plaza Midwood

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1933: Providence Road Sundries

Landmark family-friendly Myers Park restaurant and bar

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1928: Reid’s Fine Foods

The gourmet grocer has evolved over time — passing through different buildings and ownership throughout the years — but the original location opened on Morehead in 1928

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1926: Green’s Lunch

Iconic Uptown hot dog counter

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