To the east of Charlotte’s Uptown lies the quirky neighborhood of Plaza Midwood— originally a dirt road next to some strawberry farms, and later developed into a streetcar suburb that merged two major subdivisions. Now, Plaza Midwood clearly forms a single neighborhood, and represents a mixing pot of cultures, brought through by way of streetcars that previously occupied the streets. Today, we celebrate Plaza Midwood for its original, spunky food, local artists and performances, and a welcoming, down-to-earth community who is always ready to party!
Here’s what do in Plaza Midwood by Day
Moxie Mercantile – Boutique
Need a new accessory? How about a birthday gift for your niece? Maybe some fresh, handmade soap. Moxie Mercantile has all these and more. The cozy interior and attention to detail in every product makes for a fun, comfortable shopping experience. They even host live art reception celebrations!
moxiemercantile.com / @moxymodernmercantile
Undercurrent Coffee – Cafe
Owned and managed by Erin and Todd Huber is a specialty coffee shop called Undercurrent, that just celebrated their one year anniversary in Plaza-Midwood! They pride themselves on being close with the community, and the community loves them right back. Undercurrent also just announced new Barista and Brewing certification programs. Stop in to try their on-tap cold brew or a Golden Milk Latte. Mmm!
undercurrentcoffee.com / @undercurrentcoffee
Zada Jane’s – Quirky Café
Eating at Zada Jane’s is an experience in itself. Local art and paintings (that you can buy!) fill the interior, and delicious, health-conscious entrees cover all the bases from Breakfast to Dinner. You can’t miss its bright green exterior and large shuffleboards on the corner of Thomas and Central Avenues.
zadajanes.com / @zadajanes
The Greener Apple – Specialty Grocery
Located inside Book Buyers at Central Ave and The Plaza is The Greener Apple, a specialty grocery store supplying diet-specific foods, vegan, cruelty-free products, and all sorts of other goodies! When you make a stop here, keep your eyes open through Book Buyers for your next read…
thegreenerapple.com / @greenerapple
Buffalo Exchange – “New and Recycled Fashion”
While there are many locations of Buffalo Exchange across the country, the clothes found at the Plaza Midwood location are especially hip and stylish, adding necessary spice and flair to any wardrobe. You will not want to pass up the opportunity for a new signature vintage piece.
buffaloexchange.com / @buffaloexchange
Lunchbox Records – Groovy Record Shop
Lunchbox Records owner Scott believes music is for everyone, which is why he took over ownership of what started as a 1990 Atlanta Punk scene label. Now, Lunchbox collects and sells thousands of records, CDs, and DVDs. They even host local band concerts open to the public, regardless of age, asking the community for nothing but donations in return. lunchboxrecords.com / @lunchboxrecords
Here’s what to do in Plaza Midwood by Night
Diamond Restaurant – Diner
The Diamond Restaurant is a yummy, original option in Plaza-Midwood. Introduced to the neighborhood in 1945, Diamond makes Southern comfort food, with Italian and Greek influences. From gyros to “NC Style Crab Cakes,” Diamond’s lengthy menu will surely satisfy the pickiest eater you brought. They serve breakfast through dinner, and will even be open until 4am on Friday and Saturday for your late night cravings! Check out their website for a fun song of the day.
diamondcharlotte.com / @diamondclt
Soul Gastrolounge – “Succulent Eats | Luscious Beats | Liquid Treats”
Soul’s slogan says it all: They have yummy food (Dirty South Nachos and Rocky Mountain Oysters, to name a few), Resident DJs for every night of the week, and mind-blowing drinks. The Tourist Trap cocktail really does convince you to stay forever… soulgastrolounge.com/@soulgastro
Kiki & Tattoo
Located at 1500-A Central Avenue in the spaces formerly occupied by Twenty Two wine bar and art gallery and Alternative Arts Tattoo shop. Owners Andy and Lesa Kastanas also are behind Soul Gastrolounge. The stylish space is divided into three separate sections — the main dining room and bar, a pocket rooftop terrace overlooking Central Avenue, and an intimate cocktail lounge to the left of the entrance called Tattoo.
Dish – Restaurant
Also covering a huge range of options, Dish offers breakfast through dinner, mexican food, cajun food, and vegan and gluten free options. In 1980, the property was rumored to be a secret Chinese gambling hall, and was torn down and rebuilt. Its eccentric history contributes to every flavorful bite.
eatatdish.com / @eatdish
Workman’s Friend – Irish Pub and Eatery
There is no improper reason to visit Workman’s! Fantastic brunch options and small plates are available through late night munchies. Workman’s sports cozy indoor and outdoor spaces, with garage-style doors that open to a vast new patio (that you can book for a party!). Delicious, refreshing cocktails, friendly staff, upbeat vibe, and an unbeatable cheese plate combine for an unforgettable experience. Workman’s adorable outdoor garden and patio space make for a cozy summer’s eve gathering with friends.
theworkmansfriend.com / @workmansfriend