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Andrew Cebulka

10 Hottest Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

From grilled oysters to charcuterie boards

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Oyster at Mizu.
| Andrew Cebulka

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What’s everyone talking about? Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz. Folks are asking, “Have you been yet?” Try one of these new spots in Charlotte today.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. What The Fries

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10707 Park Rd Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28210
(980) 207-4814
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Mac and cheese on french fries? “Why not,” says newcomer What the Fries. The popular Charlotte food truck became a brick-and-mortar restaurant this year. Know for gourmet french fries, tots, and irresistible burgers, fans will no longer need to chase down the mobile kitchen to feed their comfort food cravings.

2. Bocado Bar & Diner

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2000 South Blvd Suite 530
Charlotte, NC 28203

Atlanta transplant Bocado brings its famous double-stacked burger to Charlotte, along with new Southern American fare like fancy deviled eggs, watermelon salad, and seared chicken thighs in a Tabasco-white wine sauce.

3. Vana

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1440 S Tryon St Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 819-5913
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Wood is the star of the show at Vana. The food is cooked over wood and the dining room is covered in wood. It’s rustic. On the menu, find charred greens, carrots with burnt honey, and pork cheeks with chimichurri.

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4. Prime Fish

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11212 Providence Rd W Ste B
Charlotte, NC 28277
(980) 339-5822
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Chef Robin Anthony brings sushi and sake to Ballantyne by way of his new venture Prime Fish. Be sure to ask for wine pairings when ordering tapas or specialty rolls.

5. The Jimmy

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2839 Selwyn Ave x
Charlotte, NC 28209

Restaurateur Jim Noble goes Italian with his latest venture, the Jimmy. The menu focuses on Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, and seasonal salads.

Salsiccia pizza at the Jimmy
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6. Babe & Butcher

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301 Camp Rd Ste. 102
Charlotte, NC 28206
(980) 216-4723
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Babe & Butcher comes from Lindsay Anvik (the babe) and her partner Robert Henricks (the butcher), who had already established the brand in Charlotte with their elaborate grazing tables and charcuterie boards. The shop offers customers a chance to build their own cheese/charcuterie/crudites boards or boxes from a selection of items. Patrons pick items from behind the glass case, and employees arrange the end product, with pretty edible flowers and Instagram-worthy results. The shop offers a buffet of cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, sweet and salty snacks, spreads, pickles, and olives for customers to choose from.

Jessica Gaddy

7. Plant Joy

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1801 N Graham St Ste 101
Charlotte, NC 28206
(980) 237-4855
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Vegans rejoice — you can have everything on the menu at Camp North End stall Plant Joy. Carnivores line up for the vegetable-forward offerings as well. The falafel plate is one of the most popular dishes freshly baked pita chips, chickpeas, beet slaw, falafel crumble, pickles, and hummus served nacho-style.

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8. Mizu

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Apex Dr
Charlotte, NC 28211

Japanese restaurant Mizu sits atop the atop the Hyatt Centric in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood. The rooftop restaurant focuses on wood-fired seafood with the star of the kitchen being a robatayaki, a traditional grill often found in izakaya. The menu incorporates Japanese flavors with Southern produce and products.

Dining room at Mizu
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9. Calle Sol

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1205 Thomas Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 565-8291
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The only thing missing at sunny spot Calle Sol Latin Café and Cevicheria is the beach. This new Plaza Midwood restaurant transports patrons to the shores of Miami, Cuba, and Peru via its rum-soaked cocktail menu and classic Latin American dishes like ceviches, Cubanos, and arroz chaufa. The dining room is full of fun details and bright colors, making a festive atmosphere.

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Calle Sol Latin Café and Cevicheria

10. Supperland

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1212 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 817-7514
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Supperland is billed as “Southern steakhouse meets a church potluck,” and it delivers on that promise. The restaurant is housed in a former house of worship, though now the altar is the hickory-and-oak-fired kitchen. Bring friends to sample the sharable items like the wagyu pot roast, a cheffed-up seven-layer salad, and oysters with smoked butter (poured tableside).

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1. What The Fries

10707 Park Rd Suite F, Charlotte, NC 28210

Mac and cheese on french fries? “Why not,” says newcomer What the Fries. The popular Charlotte food truck became a brick-and-mortar restaurant this year. Know for gourmet french fries, tots, and irresistible burgers, fans will no longer need to chase down the mobile kitchen to feed their comfort food cravings.

10707 Park Rd Suite F
Charlotte, NC 28210

2. Bocado Bar & Diner

2000 South Blvd Suite 530, Charlotte, NC 28203

Atlanta transplant Bocado brings its famous double-stacked burger to Charlotte, along with new Southern American fare like fancy deviled eggs, watermelon salad, and seared chicken thighs in a Tabasco-white wine sauce.

2000 South Blvd Suite 530
Charlotte, NC 28203

3. Vana

1440 S Tryon St Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28203
Vana/Facebook

Wood is the star of the show at Vana. The food is cooked over wood and the dining room is covered in wood. It’s rustic. On the menu, find charred greens, carrots with burnt honey, and pork cheeks with chimichurri.

1440 S Tryon St Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28203

4. Prime Fish

11212 Providence Rd W Ste B, Charlotte, NC 28277

Chef Robin Anthony brings sushi and sake to Ballantyne by way of his new venture Prime Fish. Be sure to ask for wine pairings when ordering tapas or specialty rolls.

11212 Providence Rd W Ste B
Charlotte, NC 28277

5. The Jimmy

2839 Selwyn Ave x, Charlotte, NC 28209
Salsiccia pizza at the Jimmy
The Jimmy/Facebook

Restaurateur Jim Noble goes Italian with his latest venture, the Jimmy. The menu focuses on Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, and seasonal salads.

2839 Selwyn Ave x
Charlotte, NC 28209

6. Babe & Butcher

301 Camp Rd Ste. 102, Charlotte, NC 28206
Jessica Gaddy

Babe & Butcher comes from Lindsay Anvik (the babe) and her partner Robert Henricks (the butcher), who had already established the brand in Charlotte with their elaborate grazing tables and charcuterie boards. The shop offers customers a chance to build their own cheese/charcuterie/crudites boards or boxes from a selection of items. Patrons pick items from behind the glass case, and employees arrange the end product, with pretty edible flowers and Instagram-worthy results. The shop offers a buffet of cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, sweet and salty snacks, spreads, pickles, and olives for customers to choose from.

301 Camp Rd Ste. 102
Charlotte, NC 28206

7. Plant Joy

1801 N Graham St Ste 101, Charlotte, NC 28206
Plant Joy/Facebook

Vegans rejoice — you can have everything on the menu at Camp North End stall Plant Joy. Carnivores line up for the vegetable-forward offerings as well. The falafel plate is one of the most popular dishes freshly baked pita chips, chickpeas, beet slaw, falafel crumble, pickles, and hummus served nacho-style.

1801 N Graham St Ste 101
Charlotte, NC 28206

8. Mizu

Apex Dr, Charlotte, NC 28211
Dining room at Mizu
Kenty Chung

Japanese restaurant Mizu sits atop the atop the Hyatt Centric in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood. The rooftop restaurant focuses on wood-fired seafood with the star of the kitchen being a robatayaki, a traditional grill often found in izakaya. The menu incorporates Japanese flavors with Southern produce and products.

Apex Dr
Charlotte, NC 28211

9. Calle Sol

1205 Thomas Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
Spread at Calle Sol Latin Café and Cevicheria
Calle Sol Latin Café and Cevicheria

The only thing missing at sunny spot Calle Sol Latin Café and Cevicheria is the beach. This new Plaza Midwood restaurant transports patrons to the shores of Miami, Cuba, and Peru via its rum-soaked cocktail menu and classic Latin American dishes like ceviches, Cubanos, and arroz chaufa. The dining room is full of fun details and bright colors, making a festive atmosphere.

1205 Thomas Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205

10. Supperland

1212 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
Spread at Supperland
Supperland/Facebook

Supperland is billed as “Southern steakhouse meets a church potluck,” and it delivers on that promise. The restaurant is housed in a former house of worship, though now the altar is the hickory-and-oak-fired kitchen. Bring friends to sample the sharable items like the wagyu pot roast, a cheffed-up seven-layer salad, and oysters with smoked butter (poured tableside).

1212 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205

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