Where to Eat in Charlotte’s SouthPark Neighborhood: 2022
From American cuisine to Italian joints
These picks are based on our BOB Awards and our 50 Best Restaurants list.
Owner and sommelier Jaffer Kovic, who renovated the old Dilworth Billiards space on East Tremont Avenue in 2016, opened the second DTR in February 2021 in what was Corkbuzz’s spot in Sharon Square in SouthPark. It has a more expansive interior, with a patio in front instead of a cozy nook in back, but the focus remains on “low-production” wines; the list of bottles alone takes up eight pages in a leather-bound binder, always a good sign. 4905 Ashley Park Lane, Ste. J, 980-938-4959
Order This: The Seared Salmon ($27), with a spiced honey glaze atop a generous side of vegetable fried rice.
Good Food on Montford
1701 Montford Dr.
Bruce Moffett’s small-plates bistro unites a variety of influences and flavors onto one menu, and each dish is worth ordering.
Try This: Pommes Frites (fries topped with truffle oil, parmesan, and herbs)
Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen
6601 Morrison Blvd. (additional location in uptown)
Chef Jim Noble’s menu features gussied-up, Southern-tinged American and European peasant fare, like hand-tossed pizzas and roasted chicken.
Get This To Go: Roasted Chicken Pizza
3100 Apex Drive, 9th Floor of the Hyatt Centric SouthPark
Mizu, which translates to “water” in Japanese, is the rooftop restaurant and bar SouthPark didn’t know it needed. Since it opened in late August, it’s been nearly impossible to snag a Saturday night dinner reservation. Chef Michael Chanthavong (formerly of O-Ku) serves a seafood-focused menu that uses a centuries-old Japanese barbecue method. Grab a seat at the chef’s counter to watch the Robata grill sizzle with lobster, duck breast, and charred vegetables.
Order This: Splurge on the Robata-Grilled Lobster Tail ($30).
Dogwood Southern Table & Bar
4905 Ashley Park Ln.
Ingredients are fresh and cocktails are innovative at this spot, a sister to Dressler’s.
Try This: Crab Hushpuppies
Taqueria Mal Pan
4625 Piedmont Row Drive, Ste. 115D
Owner Andre Lomeli brings a Mexican and West Coast-inspired menu from his former restaurant in San Diego; his tacos, burritos, and enchiladas have the pizzazz of a food truck’s and the flavors of his native Yucatan Peninsula. The blue corn tortillas loaded with shredded chicken punch up a typical Taco Tuesday.
Try this: The torta de cochinita pibil, a traditional Mexican sandwich, is stuffed with braised pork, black beans, queso, guacamole, and all sorts of sauces and spices you probably wouldn’t think to put on a fluffy white roll.
4425 Sharon Rd.
Steak 48 had a buzzy December opening at Apex SouthPark, and this upscale steakhouse with locations in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Houston is worth the hype.
Try This: Bone-In Ribeye topped with black truffle sautéed Maine lobster
Little Mama’s Italian
4521 Sharon Rd.
Think of this eatery as the prequel to Mama Ricotta’s, with family recipes and scratch-made pastas and mozzarella. Settle into one of the dining rooms with a plate of pappardelle or cozy up at the “Mozz Bar” and watch the chefs at work.
Try This: Penne alla Vodka
4620 Piedmont Row Dr., Ste. 170B
Chef Bill Greene serves a rotation of artistic small plates with unexpected pairings like lamb belly with kimchi porridge, or smoked butternut squash with miso.
Get This To Go: Signature Yeast Rolls
530 Brandywine Rd.
Watch your pasta get prepared in the open kitchen. Chef Trey Wilson’s shared plates are great for larger groups, but if you don’t want to share, get the lamb Bolognese.
Try This: Rigatoni with Veal Bolognese
7822 Fairview Rd.
Bruce Moffett’s first restaurant is one of the best in town, with a classic menu and stellar service.
Get This To Go: Roasted Chicken, Family-Style
Dot Dot Dot
4237 Park Rd., Ste. B
Stefan Huebner’s creative cocktails may be the main attraction at this members-only speakeasy, but the sweet potato gnocchi with bourbon glaze will convince you to stay for dinner.
Get This To Go: Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit + the Cheese & Charcuterie platter
6705 Phillips Place Ct., Ste. C
The team behind Café Monte serves Gulf Coast-inspired cuisine like pecan fried catfish, Louisiana barbecue shrimp, and oyster po’ boys.
Try This: Roasted Corn Cakes
Paco’s Tacos and Tequila
6401 Carnegie Blvd., Ste. 8A
This Tex-Mex spot has all of the essentials: chips and guacamole, quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas, and eight kinds of tacos. You’ll also find more than 140 kinds of tequila behind the bar, so don’t leave without trying one of their seasonal margaritas.
Try This: Shake Down Shrimp Tacos