The New Spots From Our 2021 Best Restaurants List
These places debuted over the past year
Based on 50 Best Restaurants in Charlotte: 2021.
Mico at The Grand Bohemian
201 W. Trade St.
The South American-inspired menu is full of complex flavors and unexpected mash-ups like harissa creamed spinach and brown butter bread crumbs.
Try This: Lamb Kofta kebabs + Flourless Chocolate Cake
Red Salt by David Burke
555 S. McDowell St.
Celebrity chef David Burke is known for his Himalayan salt aging process for beef, and avant-garde approach to food presentation is on full display with bites like the maple-glazed bacon clothesline.
Try This: 32-oz. Dry-Aged Porterhouse for Two
1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100
The team behind Bardo opened this rustic dining experience in 2020. Chef Michael Noll offers a blend of tapas and shareable plates in this open kitchen spot, and Amanda Britton reflects the wood-fired theme in her cocktails.
Try This: Quail (with Tandoori marinade, buttermilk, and chili oil)
The Goodyear House
3032 N. Davidson St.
Grab a table in the botanist room or the open patio on a warm night, and enjoy elevated comfort food like smoked cashew mac and cheese and guinea hen stew.
Get This To Go: The Goopy Burger with a Shaken Fry bag
Leah & Louise
301 Camp Rd.
A James Beard-nominated chef and Soul Food Sessions co-founder Greg Collier serves the dishes he grew up on, like hot fried quail and dirty grits, in a space modeled after a Memphis-style juke joint.
Try This: Bird is the Word sandwich
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
Easy Like Sunday
1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., Ste. 100
The fried chicken and cornmeal pancakes are worth standing in line for, but if you’d rather skip the weekend rush, go in the evening and have a boozy brunch after dark.
Try This: Fried Chicken and Cornmeal Pancakes
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
8410 Rea Rd., Ste. 100
This is sushi for true sushi aficionados. The Luke Lobster roll is a delectable mouthful of lobster meat, spicy tuna, avocado, and eel sauce topped with sweet potato strings.
Try This: Black Jack Roll