Catherine Lane

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If you don’t love delicious food, I’m not sure we can be friends.  And lucky for us we live in an area that is considered one of the best up and coming large cities in the whole country for good food.  That’s not just me talking, that is according to a new report in Food and Wine.

Charlotte is among the top three big cities named in the prestigious report.  Boise, Idaho came in first, then Charlotte and Cincinnati, Ohio rounds out the top three.

Among the best restaurants is Nellie’s in Belmont.  Technically of course Belmont is not in Charlotte but close enough. It IS so good and among the places to eat that is relatively inexpensive.  Most people know this but it is owned by the Jonas family, as in the Jo Bros Mama and Daddy.  I go there quite a bit.

More good news for the Carolinas.  Greenville, South Carolina is named in the top five  smaller up and coming cities for foodies.

The 30 Top Rated Charlotte Restaurants According To Trip Advisor

  • #30. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (321 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: German, Bar
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 4150 Yancey Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217-1738
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #29. Nana Morrison's Soul Food

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (356 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 2908 Oak Lake Blvd Suite #106, Charlotte, NC 28208-7703
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #28. Bricktop's Restaurant

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (453 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Bar
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 6401 Morrison Blvd Ste 1, Charlotte, NC 28211-3800
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #27. 300 East

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (429 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, International
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 300 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203-4890
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #26. Cajun Queen

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (475 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Seafood
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 1800 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204-2416
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #25. Dandelion Market

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (383 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Bar
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 118 W 5th St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2122
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #24. Rooster's Wood Fired Kitchen

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (612 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 150 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2271
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #23. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (579 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Steakhouse
    – Price: $$$$
    – Address: 4725 Piedmont Row Dr Suite 170, Charlotte, NC 28210-4270
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #22. Sea Level NC

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (218 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Seafood
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 129 E 5th St Truist Tower, Charlotte, NC 28202-2119
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #21. The King's Kitchen

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (506 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Beer restaurants
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 129 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202-2143
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #20. Cafe Monte French Bakery And Bistro

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (465 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: French, Cafe
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 6700 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210-3324

    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #18. Paco's Tacos and Tequila

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (471 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 6401 Morrison Blvd #8a, Charlotte, NC 28211-3800
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #17. The Original Pancake House

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (414 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 4736 Sharon Rd Sharon Corners Shopping Center, Charlotte, NC 28210-3328
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #16. Miro Spanish Grille

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (458 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Latin, Seafood
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 12239 N Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277-1508
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #15. Mama Ricotta's

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (691 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Italian, Pizza
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 601 S Kings Dr Aa, Charlotte, NC 28204-2932
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #14. Midnight Diner

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (499 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Diner
    – Price: $
    – Address: 115 E Carson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203-4030
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #13. Pinky's Westside Grill

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (645 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Bar
    – Price: $
    – Address: 1600 W Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28208-5222
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #12. Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (388 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Gastropub, American
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 1626 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203-5822
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #11. Midwood Smokehouse

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (298 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Barbecue, American
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 12410 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #10. Alexander Michael's

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (248 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Bar
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 401 W 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202-1972
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #9. Luce Restaurant & Bar

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (298 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Italian
    – Price: $$$$
    – Address: 214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-1078
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #8. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,608 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Seafood
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 4310 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211-3997
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #7. Dresslers Restaurant

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (381 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American
    – Price: $$$$
    – Address: 1100 Metropolitan Ave Ste 125E, Charlotte, NC 28204-3416
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #6. The Capital Grille

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,049 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Steakhouse, American
    – Price: $$$$
    – Address: 201 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #5. Midwood Smokehouse

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (2,018 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Bar
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 1401 Central Ave Ste 101, Charlotte, NC 28205-5143
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #4. The Fig Tree Restaurant

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (764 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Italian, French
    – Price: $$$$
    – Address: 1601 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204-2411
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #3. Midwood Smokehouse

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (213 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 540 Brandywine Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #2. The Melting Pot

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (316 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
    – Type of cuisine: American, International
    – Price: $$$$
    – Address: 901 S Kings Dr Ste 140B #140b, Charlotte, NC 28204-2916
    – Read more on Tripadvisor

  • #1. Lang Van

    – Rating: 4.5 / 5 (385 reviews)
    – Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (5.0/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
    – Type of cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
    – Price: $$ – $$$
    – Address: 3019 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215
    – Read more on Tripadvisor