Homes Away From Home

New to town? Searching for a taste of home? Find it at one of these nineteen restaurants

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Anntony's Caribbean Cafe Caribbean Started in 1986 by an immigrant from British Guyana, the café's menu includes family recipes from the Caribbean. 2001 E. Seventh St., 704-342-0749,    
Beantown Tavern Boston Bostonians pack into this New England-style sports bar, started by a Beantown native, for Red Sox and Patriots games. 130 Matthews Station St., Matthews, 704-849-2023,
Bright Mart


India or England Opened by Rakesh Patel in 2005 to meet the needs of newcomers from India, this store carries a variety of Indian foods and fresh produce and rents out Bollywood films. 601 N. Polk St., Pineville, 704-889-1670
Cabo Fish Taco  California If you're seeking a Baja flavor and ambience, check out this NoDa hotspot and try the namesake fish tacos. 3201 N. Davidson St., 704-332-8868
Cajun Queen New Orleans With live jazz seven nights a week, authentic Cajun food, and Dixie lagers, this Elizabeth restaurant offers a home away from home for New Orleans natives 1800 E. Seventh St., 704-377-9017,
Conga's Cuban Cafe Miami Recently opened under new ownership, this café is striving for a Miami style, serving ropa vieja and other Cuban dishes.   5534 Albermarle Rd., 704-535-0223

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille 

Upstate New York Not only does this restaurant/bar serve chicken spiedies (a common dish in the co-owner's hometown of Endicott, N.Y.), it has Genesee beer specials on Yankees game days. 911 E. Morehead St., 704-377-3808,
Europe Food Stores Europe Owned by California transplant Sergey Kioroglo, this east-side store sells Russian, Polish, German, and Bulgarian food and serves newcomers from other regions of the United States and Europe 7022 Lawyers Rd., 704-536-3382 
Gleiberman's Kosher Mart and Restaurant Northeast The only true kosher delicatessen in North Carolina, Gleiberman's caters to the Jewish community and Jewish newcomers from the Northeast 5668-D International Dr., 704-563-8288,
Katz New York Deli
New York You can purchase deli meat from the counter or have a sit-down meal at this delicatessen, owned by New Jersey transplant Lee Katz 8045 Providence Rd., 704-543-4666 
Matt's Chicago Dog Chicago It's easy to pretend you're at a Chicago hot dog stand while chowing down on an authentic Vienna beef dog at this lunch spot, owned by Windy City transplants/mother-son duo Marlys and Matt Sielsky 425 S. Tryon St., 704-333-3650; 19732 One Norman Blvd., Cornelius, 704-892-5005 
New England Seafood
New England
Owned by a couple from Boston, this quick dining spot serves up North England-style seafood and desserts, including fried Twinkies and fried ice cream.  7825 Nations Ford Rd., 704-527-2188 
Murphy's Food & Spirits Ohio Murphy's goes all out for Ohio. It's the official home of the local chapters for Ohio State alumni and Cleveland Browns fans.  131 E. Woodlawn Rd., 704-527-8002,  
Shane's Rib Shack Ohio Ohioans love the bag-throwing backyard game cornhole and can show off their skills in Shane's cornhole tournaments. 199 Ken Hoffman Dr., 704-503-3113,  
The Steak N' Hoagie Shop
Philadelphia This quick-service spot has been serving up Philly cheesesteaks and hoagies since 1981. Co-owner Pete Pappas regularly heads up to Philly to keep up with the industry. 2620 N. Sharon Amity Rd., 704-568-1739
Tavern on the Tracks
Buffalo and Michigan With one owner from Buffalo and another from Michigan, this bar goes all out for Bills and U of M football games. Upstate New Yorkers can enjoy Buffalo wings, beef on weck, and Labatt Blue. 1411 S. Tryon St., 704-372-0782,
Tony's Pizza
New York If you're dying for thin-crust pizza, head over to a Tony's location. Italian-born New Yorkers Mario Alessio and Tony Franzese, who worked in Brooklyn pizzerias while growing up, opened the first Tony's Pizza in Goldsboro, N.C., in 1980. 14027 Conlan Circle, 704-541-8225; Huntersville, 704-394-5677; Mooresville, 704-658-1926;

Township Grille 

Upstate New York Started by a Buffalo transplant in 1987, this grill serves beef on weck, buffalo wings, homemade pot roast, and fresh fried cod. Bills fans gather on game days for a special buffet and Genesee and Labatt Blue. 10400 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, 704-847-2480
Woori Market
Asia This Asian market, which sells Korean produce and ingredients, as well as Japanese, Chinese, and Thai ingredients and food items, reopened in March 2008 under new ownership. 919 S. McDowell St., 704-375-1215 

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