All year long, Charlotte magazine's staff of editors and writers scour the city for the best of the best—from dining to nightlife to culture to shopping, from pampering to pets to parks. We also ask you to vote for your favorites—which you do by the tens of thousands. Then, each May, we present the BOB Awards, recognizing Charlotte's Best of the Best. Every winner since 2011—Editor's Picks and Voters' Choice—is listed in this database, which is easily searchable. Consider this your ultimate guide to Charlotte's Best of the Best.

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BOB Awards Winner's Guide

Sea Level

Map129 E. 5th St.
  • Food


When Sea Level opened in early 2016, a group of watermen from the Core Sound in the “Down East” region of North Carolina made the six-hour drive to uptown to see for themselves. These were folks from families going back generations on the water, and they’ve had their livelihoods threatened by restaurants and shops that claim to sell “local” seafood that’s actually from distant waters. Sea Level owner Paul Manley was different. He spent several years building relationships and created a partnership with oyster and clam farmers to grow a type of oyster just for his restaurant. The oyster takes about 18 to 24 months to grow, and it’s served in the heart of a city that’s never been known for seafood. The restaurant fills out the oyster menu with varieties from around the United States, but there’s only one Sea Level oyster, and here’s one more local secret about it: You can get it for $1 from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.


Oyster Selection - 2017 Seafood - 2018 Oysters - 2018

Additional Information:

Year Won: 2017
Pick: Editor's Pick
Voters' Pick
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