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Hawkers, an Orlando-based Asian restaurant inspired by hawker stalls of southeast Asia, plans to open on February 5th (Chinese New Year) in South End near Jeni’s and Superica.

Hawkers’ menu features “The best and most popular street foods from all over Asia.” The menu is divided into five main categories: small plates, noodle soups, salads, noodles, and rice dishes.

Inside, you’ll find 165 seats including a 40 seat indoor/outdoor bar, 1,000 Asian street posters, neon lights, cool wok lights overhead, open kitchen and 4 glass accordion walls that will open to a 25 seat patio when the weather warms up. Expect a Seoul Food Meat Co vibe.

Hours will likely be Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight. The exact address is 1930 Camden Road, Suite 260.

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Hawkers CEO and all around good dude, Kaleb Harrell

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Future home of 40-seat, indoor/outdoor bar

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Hawkers Charlotte rendering

There are 6 Hawkers locations in Florida and one in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward.

Charlotte has a huge opportunity in Asian food, thus my recent column — Is it just me, or are you also struggling to find a go-to Chinese restaurant in Charlotte?

I expect Hawkers to be a huge hit, immediately.

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Hawkers’ menu features “the best and most popular street foods from all over Asia,” including Singapore “Chilli” crab, Filipino-style crispy chicken skins and noodle soups.

The menu is divided into five main categories: small plates, noodle soups, salads, noodles, and rice dishes.

Small plates options (33 total) include: Korean twice fried wings, golden wontons, street skewers, lettuce wraps,coconut shrimp and steamed buns.

Noodles (10 options) include classic like lo mein, pad thai (very popular) and curry duck noodles. Yes, they will also have ramen.

Signature dishes include their Singapore ‘Chili’ Crab (a national dish of Singapore), soft-shelled crab, house-made chili garlic sauce and a fried bao bun and their Roti Canai small plate (most popular), a Malaysian flat bread served with a side of our signature curry sauce.

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Roti Canai

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Hawkers’ beverage menu features 10 classic Asian-inspired cocktails, a curated sake list, Japanese whiskey, wine and local/Asian beer.

Whiskey lover? Hawker’s offers a Japanese whiskey flight where you can try 3.

Don’t forget, above the Hawkers bar will be a giant collage of neon signage and expect it to turn lounge-like from 10:30 – late.

Here are their three most popular cocktails:

  • Gin Rickshaw – Hendrick’s gin, fresh lime and cucumber juice, lightly sweetened, topped with bubbles
  • Malaysian Mule – Nolet’s gin, turmeric-infused simple, lime juice, Fever Tree ginger beer and candied ginger
  • Margari-Thai – Peligroso tequila, Cointreau, mangosteen, Thai Chili simple, coconut water, house-made sour and a lemon-salt rim
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All images via eathawkers.com, Nutmeg ImageWorks, my iPhone or their Facebook page

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