Where to Eat in Charlotte’s South End: 2021

Longtime favorites and newcomers alike
PETER TAYLOR

YUME
The flower-shaped Sakura sushi roll is the most beautiful dish on the menu, but the Sora box sushi—a square-shaped roll with tuna, eel, and avocado—packs the most flavor. And if ramen noodles are more to your liking, the vegan ramen’s spicy miso can be adjusted to suit your taste. The drink menu doesn’t offer standard domestic beers, so instead ask your server to recommend a Japanese lager or cocktail. 1508 Mint St., Ste. A, 980-858-5678

VANA
Chef Michael Noll serves a blend of tapas and shareable plates in this open kitchen spot with a wood-fired theme. Don’t miss the quail with Tandoori marinade, buttermilk, and chili oil. 1440 S. Tryon St., Ste. 100, 980-819-5913

Barcelona Wine Bar
Nosh on Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired tapas, or customize a charcuterie board with meats and cheese from different regions in Europe. Choose from more than 400 wines, and don’t miss the olive oil cake for dessert. 101. W. Worthington Ave., Ste. 110, 704-741-0300

The Waterman Fish Bar
This South End oyster bar has all of the essentials: lobster rolls, fried fish sandwiches, and oysters four ways. Start with the Waterman’s Platter, which comes with crispy oysters, fried shrimp, crawdaddy dippers, fries, and a variety of dipping sauces such as tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, and aji verde. At sunset, head up to the rooftop terrace for a signature cocktail and views of uptown. 2729 South Blvd., 704-275-5558

PETER TAYLOR

Let’s Meat KBBQ
Marinated meats at this all-you-can-eat hangout come with Korean sides like steamed egg soufflé. 1400 S. Church St., Ste. B, 910-299-4389

O-Ku
This second location of the Charleston-based Indigo Road restaurant group’s Japanese spot has great service, a beautiful interior, and dishes full of flavor. 2000 South Blvd., Ste. 510, 704-594-1922

Futo Buta
This ramen house promises authenticity, irreverence, and delightful, salty bowls of the hot noodle soup. 222 E. Bland St., 704-376-8400

Rai Lay
This small South End spot serves delicious Thai noodle dishes in a warm environment, as well as sushi and Asian comfort food classics. Friendly service only adds to the homey experience. 1520 South Blvd., Ste. 130, 980-207-0991

 

Charlotte, Nc August 19th Eight And Sand Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich. Photographed In Charlotte, Nc On August 19, 2020. Photo By Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor

Eight + Sand Kitchen
Come here for breakfast, brunch, lunch, an afternoon snack, or an evening out. The made-from-scratch bakery has sandwiches, salads, and artisan breads, and the café serves drinks all day. 135 New Bern St. B

BOCADO Bar + Diner
The Atlanta-based restaurant’s Double Stack Burger already had a cult following when it opened in Atherton Mill—and we can confirm it lives up to the hype. BOCADO—Spanish for “bite,” “morsel,” or “mouthful”—also has a menu of small plates and craft cocktails, plus a prime location along the Rail Trail. 2000 South Blvd., Ste. 530, 704-248-4848

Bardo
This foodie destination serves seasonal small plates and creative cocktails. The dining room looks into a big, open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work. 1508 S. Mint St., Unit B. 980-585-2433

 

 

Categories: Food + Drink