Best underrated menu items at 14 of your favorite Charlotte restaurants

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I’m all for ordering ordering popular dishes, but sometimes you’ve got to mix it up. Here are best underrated menu items at 14 favorite Charlotte restaurants.


Pinky’s

Your typical order: Cheeseburger with waffle french fries

Underrated order: Kinda Fried Turkey Sandwich — herb coated turkey breast on a big bun, topped with melted provolone, bacon, basil, tomato & garlic-parmesan spread ($7.25)

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Viva Chicken

Your typical order: 1/4 Chicken with cilantro infused rice and plantains ($8.95)

Underrated order: Arroz Chafu (Peruvian fried rice) — jasmine rice, red peppers, green onions, red onion, egg soy sauce and ginger ($6.95)

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Midwood Smokehouse

Your typical order: Carolina pork BBQ plate with crinkle cut fries, mac and cheese, hushpuppies and pickled onions ($13)

Underrated order: The roadhouse burger — custom chuck & brisket burger patty with ketchup, mustard, pickles American cheese, lettuce and tomato on a bun ($8.99)

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Haberdish

Your typical order: Fried chicken tenders and mac and cheese

Underrated order: Cast iron NC trout with dill and scallion compound butter ($22)

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Mama Ricotta’s

Your typical order: Lasagna — Southern Italian style lasagna made with layers of ground beef, veal, homemade sausage and a blend of three cheeses ($13)

Underrated order: Pizza (in general) — New Haven style with a thin crust thats crisp/bubbly and cooked in a wood-burning oven

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Paco’s Tacos

Your typical order: Tacos (they have 11 different types)

Underrated order: Too big taco salad — crispy wheat and flour tortilla triangles, black beans, chili con queso, romaine, corn, tomatoes and mixed cheese tossed in a creamy chili lime dressing — topped with seasoned ground beef and garnished with sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole ($11)

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Showmars

Your typical order: Gyro pita seasoned rotisserie gyro with tomato, onions and our tzatziki pita sauce

Underrated order: All-American pita burger — two fresh beef patties in a pita with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo

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Thai Taste

Your typical order: Chicken Pad Thai — oodles sautéed with eggs, bean sprouts, green onions, ground peanuts and Thai spices ($10.95)

Underrated order: Pad Gra Lum — Fresh green cabbage stir-fried with green onions, onions, mushrooms, carrots, and egg ($9.59)

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Roasting Company (RoCo)

Your typical order: 1/4 rotisserie chicken with squash casserole and collared greens

Underrated order: Southern BBQ wrap – roasted Boston butt, rice, coleslaw, cheese and jaco sauce, wrapped in a sundried tomato tortilla ($9.25 )

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Rooster’s

Your typical order: BBQ chicken ($12/$15)

Underrated order: Chicken salad sandwich ($11)

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Cowfish

Your typical order: Burgooshi

Underrated order: Heavenly veggie burger — housemade veggie burger, roasted red peppers, sliced avocado, red onion, baby spinach on 7-grain wheat bun with your choice of side ($13)

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Famous Toastery

Your typical order: Scrambled eggs, potatoes, grits and toast

Underrated order: Huevos Rancheros – Two eggs any style served over black beans, cheddar & feta cheese, with crispy tortilla strips, topped with cilantro, pico de gallo and avocado slices ($10.99)

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Yafo

Your typical order: Yafo shawarma bowl — shwarma chicken, tzatziki cucuber and tomato salad, tahini, sumac onion and schug ($10.99)

Underrated order: Greek lemon chicken

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Shake Shack

Your typical order: ShackBurger — single or double cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce

Underrated order: ‘Shroom Burger — crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce.

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