Still wondering where to eat next in Charlotte because you feel like you have tried “everything” in Charlotte? Branch out to some of the city’s newest and most noteworthy restaurants of 2020. Whether you want to go Uptown or to South End, or maybe you want seafood versus burgers, these new restaurants will satisfy all of your food and hunger needs.
Ruby Sunshine just popped up in South End, Charlotte and they are bringing a New Orleans twist to their breakfast. Ruby Sunshine features benedicts, biscuits, and adult cocktails inside a historic building with a modern spin. With an inviting staff and fun decor, you will want to put Ruby Sunshine on your list of where to eat next.
Bleu Barn Bistro
Bleu Barn and Bistro has just announced a permanent stall at Camp North End, bringing burgers and BLT’s to the popular spot. Previously known as a popular food truck that offered fresh and local food, the new permanent stall will have an ever changing menu that is sure to attract their loyal customers. Stop by Camp North End to visit this unique food truck.
From the owner of Juice Box Bar, Members Only Tasting Room and Social is a casual speakeasy located in the heart of the Plaza Midwood Neighborhood. Their menu consists of an array of cocktails beers, bourbons, and boutique exclusive wines. Its chic and picture-ready decor provides the perfect atmosphere for a ladies night out or an intimate gathering. A $10 annual membership is required for access to the bar.
STIR Charlotte is a new oyster and seafood cold bar, also featuring craft cocktails. Located in the RailYard in South End, the restaurant serves up fresh, scratch-made food from fish tacos to plant-based burgers. Along with the food, their famous fresh cocktails are made using artisanal ice, press juices, and sliced ingredients in-house. Go by any time of the day to try their brunch, lunch, or dinner menus.
Mico at Grand Bohemian Hotel
With the opening of the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte came Mico, the hotel’s main restaurant. Mico offers South American-inspired lunch and dinner options with a Mediterranean twist. The dress code is smart casual. The lounge menu also offers cocktails and bocaditos, or appetizers.
Nicknamed as “Charlotte’s first true seltzery,” Summit Seltzery recently opened in late September 2020. Their motto “Crafted for Adventure” stems from their belief that healthy living and having fun can go together. Their drink menu features fruity craft seltzers, draft-beers, and specialty seltzer cocktails. Stop by to enjoy one of their refreshing seltzers.
Counter isn’t your typical dining experience. Located in Wesley Heights, the reservation-only restaurant provides a 10 course tasting menu, paired with your choice of non-alcoholic, standard or reserve wine. The menu options are tailored to accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies. Chef Sam Hart will provide a unique restaurant encounter like no other, and one you’re sure to try again.
Fine & Fettle
Fine & Fettle is a farm-to-table restaurant located in Canopy South Park, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Their menu gives Southern touches to a modern dining experience. The comfortable furniture and toned-down color scheme provides a homey feel to the restaurant’s interior. Share a family-style meal, or sip on one one of the handcrafted cocktails when you go.
Who says eating healthy can’t taste good too? Check out Spoons. Spoons’ new location in South End opened this summer, providing delicious acai bowls with over 40 superfood toppings. Their bowls are made with fresh fruit, superfood powders, and natural spreads. Takeout or have delivered one of their favorite bowls, or build your own.
Easy Like Sunday
Easy Like Sunday has a globally-inspired menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Parktowne Village Shopping Center. Its casual and comforting interior makes you feel right at home as you enjoy an all-american meal, created from the owners’ experiences of places they’ve lived and traveled. Due to Covid-19, you can stop in during their new temporary hours Wed-Sun.
La Caseta, a branch off from Sabor Italian Grill has just opened a new venue at Camp North End. Similar to Sabor, you will find Latin street food passed down by many generations. The menu will consist of Pupusas, Arepas, and Empanadas adding a wide variety to the style of food they serve. Open everyday, you can share a Latin themed meal while enjoying the amenities of Camp North End.
Roy’s Kitchen and Patio
Roy’s Kitchen and Patio is serving authentic style Caribbean food in the heart of NoDa. With curry goat and oxtail stew on their menu, Roy’s Kitchen and Patio has a taste that is not common around Charlotte. You can try out the family recipes by ordering online or visiting the restaurant in person.
Saru By Bow Ramen
Saru is bringing Nagayama-style tonkotsu ramen to Charlotte from the owners of Bow Ramen in New York City. Saru offers six different styles of ramen, including vegetarian options, spicy edamame, and a few other menu items. With the weather cooling down, it’s the perfect time to stop by Saru and try authentic ramen.
The new Italian restaurant on Sharon Road serves up some of the classics without pretense. Fresh pasta, mozzarella, delicious desserts, and a wonderful selection of wine and beer make this SouthPark spot a true culinary destination.
Silverlake Ramen is a Los Angeles based ramen restaurant that is opening in the South End area, adding on to their already 12 locations around the world. Silverlake Ramen brings a modern and vibrant look to the new restaurant. While the look may be new, they are keeping with their popular dishes, including their most popular “The Blaze.” Silverlake Ramen will be opening September 23 for their soft opening, so stop in to try some LA ramen.
Alchemy C3 Lab
Alchemy C3 Lab brings art, music, and food all into one venue with their new location in South End. Walk in to an art gallery and stay for the healthy plant based food dishes that provide a unique approach to vegetarian style dishes. The art on the walls and on your plate provides for an innovative dining experience.
Krustaceans Seafood, opened by former Panthers player Marcus Lucas, opened in Charlotte bringing together a mix of lobsters and waffles to the table. Known for their lobster tails and red velvet waffles, Krustaceans Seafood brings cooking from the coast to the city. Stop in to satisfy all of your home cooking and seafood needs.
Leah & Louise
Leah and Louise are serving Mississippi River Valley food that “comes from the heart and is good for the soul.” The menu consists of modern spins on your traditional southern food, like fried oysters, grits, and catfish. Get a taste of the freshest southern food when you dine in at Leah and Louise in Charlotte today.
VANA, which translates in sanskrit to wooded area of the forest, opened in August in Southend. Wood is reflected throughout the owners’ restaurant design concept, including in the food and beverages. The restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner, ranging from vegetarian items to farm-based meals. Stop at the corner of Tyson and Summit to try this new spot.
Steak 48 (December 2020)
Steak 48, one of the newest and most awaited projects in South Park will be coming soon with some interesting features. With glass walls from floor to ceiling, Steak 48 will show their customers a true view of the kitchen while they dine in the unique atmosphere. Steak 48 will offer wagyu beef along with various seafood and side platter options to accompany your meal. Stop in to get a taste of a new dining experience opening December 2020.
The Jimmy (Winter 2020)
The Jimmy, a pastaria and pizzeria by restaurant owner Jim Noble, will be opening late 2020 in Myers Park. The restaurant will be open all day. The Jimmy’s menu is inspired by the Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy. Breakfast will serve coffee and pastries, lunch will provide light Mediterranean fare, and dinner will have Italian-inspired pastas, pizzas, and simple entrees. Make sure to check out the new restaurant when it opens in Winter 2020.
Words By: Kennedi Jackson and Jillian Mitrecic