Lunch is Calling: 6 Places in Charlotte To Head To On Your Next Lunch Break

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King's Kitchen photo by Lunahzon

When that mid-day hunger hits, the question always seems the same: “Where should we go for lunch?”

Whether you’re new to town or are just looking to switch up your midday routine, we can assist you with your lunch-time dilemma. Take a few minutes out of the office to enjoy the Queen City food scene with your coworkers and go check out our suggestions for your next weekday Charlotte lunch break.

If you are in the mood for a seafood lunch, Upstream’s elegant ambiance and fresh dishes is the right choice. Upstream is an acclaimed, award-winning eatery. They have received the OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award, and a Wine Spectacular ‘Best Wine’ award. Make sure you try some of the freshly prepared sushi rolls, bento boxes or really any of the sandwiches, soups, and salads.

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The King’s Kitchen
For a small price, you can fill your stomach as well as someone else’s at the King’s Kitchen. This non-profit restaurant offers delectable and affordable meals that help give back to the people of Charlotte and every plate is constructed from local Carolina farm ingredients. It’s a classic southern kitchen and a quintessential Charlotte lunch; you can choose anything from a top-notch burger to a fried chicken sandwich, sourdough panini, grilled salmon or braised pot roast.

Dandelion Market
Inspired by the markets in Dublin, this quaint, unique spot is perfect for a tasty lunch. Dandelion Market is centered around food, friends and family. The unique green exterior invites guests for an unforgettable lunch break in a down to earth Irish restaurant. The lunch menu includes, sandwiches, soups, salads, and flatbreads. Try the basil parmesan chicken sandwich, the black bean sliders, or the Mediterranean salad.

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Evoke Photo by Jamey Price

For a classy steakhouse feel, pick up something at Evoke located in Le Meridien Charlotte Hotel. The warm lighting and cushion-y seating will put you in the best mood for when you return to work. For lunch, try a homemade pasta like the chestnut garganelli or something more hearty like the pork tenderloin. Evoke serves fish, angus beef, sandwiches, and salads for lunch as well.

Nolen Kitchen
Nolen Kitchen offers an eclectic feel with spacious seating and even an outdoor patio for dining. Bring work friends to try Nolen’s excellent wine list or come by yourself for a quiet lunch. With a diverse menu offering salads, sandwiches, and main dishes you will be sure to find something tasty here. Nolen Kitchen has a little something for everyone with dishes like the BBQ turkey cobb salad and the creole shrimp and grits. They even have tacos, wraps, and appetizers.

Vapiano Charlotte
For an out of the box lunch break check out Vapiano Charlotte in uptown. This Italian restaurant allows you to choose from different stations including, pasta, pizza, and salad. With tons of plates and an amazon-like ambiance, Vapiano is a relaxing place to catch a bite. Some popular dishes to try include the bruschetta and the reef ’n beef dish.