Charlotte’s restaurant scene continues to explode – adding 20 hot, new restaurant concepts in 2016.
Here’s a map of these new hotspots along with the top 5 (ranked) and a list of 15 honorable mentions (A-Z).
Simple Mediterranean fare with bold Middle Eastern flavors.
What To Order: Shawarma Bowl ($10.99) – Shawarma chicken, tzatziki, cucumber & tomato salad, tahini, sumac onion and schug.
Agenda Scoop: YAFO is planning a second location in Plaza Midwood.
Sushi and small plates. Asian cuisine with a Southern approach.
Neighborhood: South End
What To Order: Salmon Tartare ($16) – truffled microgreens, wasabi, guacamole, yuzu tobiko + Potato Roll ($13) – tempura shrimp, avocado, kiwi, black tobiko.
Agenda Pro Tip: There are about 10 seats at the sushi bar in the back right which is a great spot to sit for a date night.
Agenda Story: Look at mouthwatering sushi inside South End’s new spot
#3 Kid Cashew
Mediterranean and new American food with a focus on wood-fired dishes.
What To Order: Spanish Octopus ($9.75) + Lamb Burger ($12.75) with Mac & Five-Cheese Gratin ($5).
Agenda Pro Tip: Go with the $33 carafe of the Goat’s Breast Milk cocktail and sit on the patio overlooking East Blvd.
Agenda Story: We ate most of the Kid Cashew menu for you
#4 Sea Level
Farm to table seafood and oyster bar with craft cocktails and craft beer.
What To Order: Lobster Roll with French Fries ($18)
Agenda Pro Tip: About a dozen outside patio tables that make for a great happy hour oyster spot for the Uptown work crowd.
Gastropub with small plates and craft cocktail bar.
What To Order: Butter Chicken ($12) – chicken marinated in indian spices, herb tomato sauce, micro cilantro with garlic naan.
Agenda Pro Tip: Sit in one of the 10 deep leather bar seats and enjoy an Italian Old Fashion ($11) served in a heavy glass before dinner.
15 Honorable Mentions
Here’s a list of the other hot restaurants that opened in 2016 (A-Z, description copy is directly from restaurants).
204 North (Uptown) – Farm to table, craft cocktail-focused concept with modern Southern food.
Babalu (Dilworth) – Tacos and tapas restaurant serving authentic, gourmet tacos and Spanish style tapas with a southern twist.
Burton’s (Park Road Shopping Center) – Upscale bar and grill chain featuring an extensive menu of American fare in a stylish dining room.
Comida (Plaza Midwood) – Elevated take on Mexican food offering a modern perspective on an ancient cuisine.
Coaltrane’s (Uptown) – Casual, industrial-chic new American restaurant offering rotisserie chicken, salads and sandwiches.
Flight (Uptown) – American pub food made with local ingredients.
Ink N Ivy (Uptown) – Southern-leaning American fare paired with cocktails in funky-chic digs.
Inizio Pizza Napoletana (South Charlotte) – Industrial-chic pizzeria serving pies made with high-quality ingredients at communal tables.
Midwood Smokeshack (Matthews) – Casual-chic counter-serve hangout for BBQ plates and sandwiches.
Moo & Brew (Plaza Midwood) – A long list of burgers and craft beer served in a chill space with frequent live music events.
Murphy’s (Uptown) – Irish gastropub serving comfort food, beer and cocktails in traditional digs with two patios.
Poplar Street Tapas Cafe & Bar (Uptown) – Sophisticated cafe serving panini, salads and baked goods in the historic Morrison House.
Seoul Food (South End) – Casual restaurant serving Korean, Japanese and Asian fusion eats in a former gas station.
Stoke (Uptown) – A swanky all-day option for seasonal wood-fired plates, local craft beer and artisanal cocktails.
Tavolo (Uptown) – A modern rustic eatery and lounge serving classic Italian cuisine paired with wine.