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Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
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16 Most Anticipated Restaurants Across the Carolinas for 2024

Expect Malaysian fare in Charleston, cheesy dinners in Carrboro, and gorditas in Durham

Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Chefs, restaurateurs, and investors in North and South Carolina continue to open restaurants and bars at an increasing pace. As always, Eater is obsessively tracking the progression of all the premiers — from menu releases to newly installed signage, come here for the latest updates. This list encapsulates the places garnering excitement this upcoming year.


ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

HAYWOOD FAMOUS

Location: 2 Westwood Place
Key Players: Eva Rodriguez-Cué
Projected Opening: Spring 2024
Entrepreneur Eva Rodriguez-Cué wants to create a Cuban coffee shop with an added emphasis on a sober nightlife experience. In an interview with the UNC-Asheville student newspaper The Blue Banner, Rodriguez-Cué says they want the cafe to be a safe space for the neurodivergent, LGBTQ communities, and younger crowds.

Also, keep an eye on:
Areta’s (Mission Hospital Area)


CARY, NORTH CAROLINA

Exterior of a dark building with windows on the corner.
A rendering of the Crawford Brothers Steakhouse.
Crawford Brothers Steakhouse

CRAWFORD BROTHERS STEAKHOUSE

Location: Mixed-use development Fenton
Key Players: Chef Scott Crawford
Projected Opening: Summer 2024
Look for American steakhouse classics at the latest restaurant from the Crawford Hospitality group (Crawford & Son, Crawford Cookshop, and Jolie).

Also, keep an eye on:
Doc B’s Restaurant (Fenton)


CARRBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

A case full of cheese.
Glass cheese case at the Cheese Shop.
Stacey Sprenz Photography

THE CHEESE SHOP EXPANSION

Location: 100B Brewer Lane
Key Players: The Cheese Shop owners Michelle and Stevie Lee Webb
Projected Opening: Summer 2024
Carrboro cheese counter the Cheese Shop will expand into a full restaurant and cheese shop in 2024. The store gained popularity for it’s hard-to-find cheeses and its pop-up Speakcheesy events, a multi-course cheese and wine dinner. The restaurant will serve rare cheeses, sandwiches, soups, and salads.


CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Green walls, art on the walls, and leather booths in a bar.
A rendering of Hazel and Apple on King Street.
Hazel and Apple

HAZEL AND APPLE

Location: 549 King Street
Key Players: Sean Muldoon and Jillian Vose of the Dead Rabbit in New York City and Prohibition owner James Walsh
Projected Opening: October 2024
Sean Muldoon and Jillian Vose left New York’s famous Dead Rabbit bar to open a new venture in Charleston. Hazel and Apple will be an “an Irish pub meets a diner” with cutting-edge cocktails.

Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
Nasi campur, or “with rice,” dishes at Makan include beef rendang, center; pajeri nenas (pineapple currry), top; ayam goreng (fried chicken with salted duck yolk and curry leaf), right, and okra in sambal.
Rey Lopez

MAKAN

Location: 210 Rutledge Avenue
Key Players: Makan chef James Wozniuk
Projected Opening: 2024
D.C.-based Malaysian restaurant Makan expands to the Lowcountry this year. Chef James Wozniuk thinks that Charleston has a place for Malaysian cuisine, stating, “It’s both unique and very approachable. There are influences from China and India that people will recognize and super-cool things people won’t, but all of it is delicious.”

PALMIRA BARBECUE

Location: 2366 Ashley River Road
Key Players: Pitmaster Hector Garate
Projected Opening: February 2, 2024
Pitmaster Hector Garate wanted to join the new wave of smoked meat aficionados putting their unique cultural spin on what is typically considered American barbecue. What started as a hobby, smoking brisket for his family, became pop-up Palmira Barbecue and is now set to be a brick-and-mortar establishment. Garate pulls the best bits of flavors and techniques from Texas, North Carolina, and his native home Puerto Rico to create his menu of juicy beef cheeks, smoky pulled pork, and rich barbacoa.

A modern looking building on the side of Morrison Drive.
The site of XO Brasserie.
Erin Perkins

XO BRASSERIE

Location: 1090 Morrison Drive
Key Players: F&B vet Herman Ng
Projected Opening: February 2024
After years of working in management in some of Charleston’s top restaurants Herman Ng wants to introduce diners to the cuisine he grew up eating in his family’s restaurant and at home. XO Brasserie will showcase a modern version of Cantonese and Sichuan fare in the NoMo neighborhood.

Also, keep an eye on:
Allora (Downtown)
Chameleon Club (Downtown)
Clarence Foster’s Cookery & Saloon (Downtown)
Jack’s Cafe (Downtown)
Soho House (Downtown)


CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

A white building with large windows facing a blue sky.
3rd & Fernwood comes from the same group behind Leah & Louise.
3rd & Fernwood

3RD & FERNWOOD

Location: 1100 Metropolitan Avenue
Key Players: Restaurateurs Greg and Subrina Collier
Projected Opening: 2024
Bayhaven Restaurant Group (of Uptown Yolk and Leah and Louise fame) takes on the meat-and-three meal. Menu examples include grilled catfish with roasted okra gravy, hambone grits, and creamed collards.

Albertine will add a more feminine touch to Uptown.
Albertine

ALBERTINE

Location: 525 South Tryon Street
Key Players: Restaurateurs Joe and Katy Kindred
Projected Opening: 2024
The team from Kindred and Milkbread will bring more fine dining to Uptown with the opening of Albertine. The sophisticated space will marry Mediterranean cuisine with influences from the American South.

LELUIA HALL

Location: 1829 Cleveland Avenue
Key Players: Tonidandel-Brown Restaurant Group
Projected Opening: 2024
The group behind Charlotte favorites like Ever Andalo, Haberdish, and Supperland is opening a surf-and-turf spot in a historic church in Dilworth.

MANEKI

Location: 320 S. Tryon Street
Key Players: Chef Sam Hart and chef Kenny Do
Projected Opening: March 2024
Chef Sam Hart, of Counter, will team up with chef Kenny Do to bring a late-night Japanese food stall to Charlotte. Maneki will serve charcoal-grilled skewers of local protein and produce with various dipping sauces. There will be a small bar in the 475 square-foot with opportunities to reserve an omakase experience.

Also, keep an eye on:
Chief’s (NoDa)
El Mano (Plaza Midwood)
Soul Gastrolounge (NoDa)
Spaghett (Uptown)


DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

Birria tacos, tortas, gorditas, and tacos on a table.
Fonda Lupita expands to Durham this year.
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FONDA LUPITA

Location: 905 West Main Street
Key Players: Restaurateur Biridiana Frausto
Projected Opening: 2024
Durham dwellers won’t have to drive all the way to Sanford for a taste of expertly crafted quesabirria, gorditas, and tortas. Fonda Lupita, an Eater Best New Restaurant in 2021, will expand to the Triangle this year.

Also, keep an eye on:
Emmy Squared (Downtown)
Max Jr.’s (Brightleaf District)


RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Lamb peka, potatoes, carrots, fennel, and olives in a ceramic bowl.
Lamb peka, potatoes, carrots, fennel, and olives.
Brodeto

BRODETO

Location: Raleigh Iron Works, 2200 Atlantic Avenue
Key Players: Chef Scott Crawford
Projected Opening: Early 2024
Acclaimed chef Scott Crawford (Crawford & Son and Jolie) wants to bring the flavors of the Adriatic Sea to the Triangle. Expect live-fire cooking with Croatian and Italian flavors.

FIGULINA

Location: 317 South Harrington Street
Key Players: Chef David Ellis
Projected Opening: Early 2024
David Ellis, former chef de cuisine of Poole’s Diner, will combine traditional Italian pasta with North Carolina flavors. It’s bringing a big bowl of comfort to downtown Raleigh.

MALA PATA

Location: 2411 Crabtree Blvd
Key Players: Angela Salamanca and Marshall Davis of Ex-Voto and Eric Montagne and Zack Grag of Locals Seafood
Projected Opening: Early 2024
The owners of Ex-Voto and Locals Seafood are teaming up to bring “really good fish tacos” and more to Gateway Plaza. Expect plenty of mezcal cocktails and more flavors from Mexico.

Plates from upcoming Tamasha.
Harsha Sipani

TAMASHA

Location: 4200 Six Forks Road
Key Players: Entrepreneurs Mike Kathrani and Tina Vora and chef Bhavin Chhatwani
Projected Opening: February 9, 2024
Entrepreneurs Mike Kathrani and Tina Vora have brought on chef Bhavin Chhatwani to achieve their goal of creating “North Carolina’s most elevated Indian restaurant” in Raleigh. “Our goal is for Tamasha to be the pinnacle of excellence within the Indian dining scene, setting high standards for culinary artistry, polished service, and an inviting atmosphere,” says Vora, “We’re so proud of Indian cuisine, and its vast traditions and flavors, and can’t wait to celebrate it in all its beauty in a sophisticated and fine dining setting.”

Keep an eye on:
Sapo and Coqui (Unknown)
The Preserve (Unknown)
Village Tavern (North Hills)


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