Hawkers Asian Street Food coming to South End near Superica

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Hawkers, an Orlando-based restaurant inspired by hawker stalls of southeast Asia, is coming to South End’s Design Center.

Hawkers joins hot brands like Superica (now open),  Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (opening this later this summer) and Barcelona Wine Bar (opening this fall) as new additions to South End’s Design Center — which is quickly becoming a go-to hangout spot.

Their target grand opening date is early 2019 and construction is already underway. I got a quick tour from Hawkers CEO Kaleb Harrell, who had recently became a dad.

In terms of decor, expect exposed concrete, an indoor/outdoor bar, accordion walls, street art (mural inside), and the glow of neon at night. Above the bar will be a giant collage of neon signage.

The space is 4,990 square feet and will have indoor and outdoor seating for dining. There will be roughly 160 seats. Expect it to turn lounge-like from 10:30 – 1 a.m.

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Current construction status of Hawkers in South End

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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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Future home of Hawkers outdoor patio

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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 – 1 a.m.

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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