10 classic dishes that every Charlottean should try at least once

10 classic dishes that every Charlottean should try at least once
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New to Charlotte? Here are 10 of our city’s most famous dishes. Enjoy.

(1) Asian glazed pork belly tacos at Soul Gastrolounge

Details: The Asian pork belly tacos are served on flour tortillas with watermelon salsa ($12).

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(2) Cheeseburger “all the way” at Brooks’ Sandwich House

Where: It’s the tiny red building in a gravel parking lot about 200 yards from Heist Brewery in NoDa.

Don’t forget: It’s cash only and they have no seats (standing tables out back). Oh, and don’t forget that they also serve breakfast.

First timers: Order it “all the way” which means your cheeseburger will have chili, mustard and onion on it ($4.25)

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(3) Buttermilk Fried Chicken at Carpe Diem

Details: Served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach and shallot-black pepper gravy ($21).

Kind of a big deal: It’s got its own Facebook page.

Famous salad: Carpe Diem’s grilled grape salad is arguably the #1 salad in Charlotte.

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(4) Cripsy Oysters at Kindred

Creators: Joe and Katy Kindred, a marvelous young couple with three children. Joe and Katy recently debuted their second restaurant, Hello, Sailor.

Details: Kindred’s crispy oysters are served with dill yogurt and Calabrian chile oil ($15)


(5) Salted Caramel Brownie at Amelie’s

Sales: Amélie’s has sold over 1.8 million salted caramel brownies in the past five years or so. They’ve also developed a gluten free “SCB” as insiders call it.

What to expect: Gooey on top, crunchy on the bottom.

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(6) Fried Chicken at South End’s Shell Gas Station

Details: Yes, it’s from a gas station. When you walk in, you’ll spot the fried chicken in the glass case on the left. It’s packed during the lunch rush, for obvious reasons.

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(7) Nachos at Sabor

Details: tortilla chips with refried or black beans, queso, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole and your choice of protein ($7.95)


(8) Steamed Bun at Good Food

Inside the bun: Five Spice-rubbed pork belly, hoisin, and pickled vegetables ($10). You’ll get two per order.

Small plates: Go with an intimate group of friends (or a hot date) and share a ton of small plates. You’ll probably need two to four small plates per person. It ends up being an expensive dinner, but worth it.

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(9) Elk Chop at Fig Tree

Details: Fig Tree’s famous grilled New Zealand Elk Chop is served over horseradish spaetzle with smoked bacon-braised purple cabbage and boursin-dijon sauce ($44)

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(10) BBQ Chicken at Rooster’s

It’s the sauce stupid: You’ll want to lick the sauce off of your plate.

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