Where to Grab Lunch in Charlotte: 2023
Solutions for your midday-meal doldrums
FEATURED RESTAURANT: YAFO KITCHEN
This fast-casual eatery from FS Food Group serves Middle Eastern- and Mediterranean-inspired fare in wraps, salads, and grain bowls. Customers order from a menu board and work their way down the line, choosing grains, proteins, and sides as they go. Items like rotisserie chicken and roasted potatoes appeal to more straightforward palates, while vegetarians and vegans can feast on falafel and cauliflower with tahini.
CAPISHE: REAL ITALIAN KITCHEN
This fast-casual joint slings fresh, handmade Neapolitan pizzas that cook in less than 120 seconds.
FAT CAT BURGERS + BAKESHOP
2410 Park Road
Order maple-bacon doughnuts and confetti cookies at the walk-up window or come inside for loaded burgers, sandwiches, and salads.
This casual eatery, known for its fried chicken, serves Southern classics and upscale pub grub.
PROVIDENCE ROAD SUNDRIES
1522 Providence Road
Classic bar food and friendly service have made this a neighborhood hangout for generations.
CABO FISH TACO
This “Baja seagrill” serves up the title dish as well as quesadillas, burritos, and salads in a fun, surf-themed atmosphere.
1115 N. Brevard St.
Expect all the staples from the popular food truck, along with new grilled cheeses, mac and cheese, and melts from this brick-and-mortar location in Optimist Hall.
ACE NO. 3
This counter-service burger joint from the team behind Sea Level and The Waterman has a straightforward menu of burgers, fries, and shakes.
2001 Commonwealth Ave.
Structured like Chipotle, this restaurant offers build-your-own meals with a base starch (egg noodles, vermicelli noodles, white rice, or fried rice), one protein, and five toppings.
This market and deli serves quick and delicious sandwiches, snacks, sweets, and more.
RHINO MARKET & DELI
This neighborhood deli and provisions shop has a wide selection of craft beers, wine, and snacks, plus a variety of soups and made-to-order sandwiches.
2718 Monroe Road
Come to this cozy spot on a cold day and warm up with a handmade burger, slice of meatloaf, or a heaping bowl of chili.
ILIOS CRAFTED GREEK
1514 S. Church St.
Build a dish with your choice of roasted chicken, lamb, or pork, and choose from a rotation of sides like Chickpea Salad, Aegean Slaw, and Zucchini Fritters.
6706 Phillips Place Court, Ste. C
The team behind Café Monte serves Gulf Coast-inspired cuisine like Pecan Fried Catfish, Louisiana Barbecue Shrimp, and Oyster Po’boys.
1537 Camden Road
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, paleo, or just hungry, you can find some midday fuel at this colorful eatery.
SABOR LATIN STREET GRILL
Get signature arepas, empanadas, and nachos, as well as Taco Tuesday specials, at this popular local chain.
401 N. Tryon St.
Order fresh salads, wraps, and flatbreads that won’t weigh you down but never leave you hungry.
Order your fried chicken sammie bunless or add American cheese, and pair it with a sweet tea or Cheerwine.
PINKY’S WESTSIDE GRILL
1600 W. Morehead St.
Housed in an old auto shop, this funky spot serves great burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and salads.
The counter-serve Peruvian chicken joint has options for plant-lovers and meat-eaters, with fresh salads, colorful wraps, and a rotation of sides.
Charlotte got its first “fast-casual fish camp” when the popular seafood chain opened in east Charlotte, and entrées like the Big Cat & Skrimp Po’boy taste just right.
Get Chicken Tikka Masala and Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos at this Dallas-based, fast-casual taco joint.