Get Local~ 10 Local Restaurants You May Not Have Tried

Cheap eats, hole in the walls and local institutions

By South Charlotte Macaroni Kid October 15, 2023

Eating at locally owned small restaurants is an experience that transcends mere dining; it's a journey into the heart and soul of a community. These charming culinary gems offer a unique blend of flavors, culture, and authenticity that larger chains simply cannot replicate. From the warm greetings of familiar faces to the passion and dedication poured into each dish, every visit to a small, locally owned restaurant is an opportunity to support local entrepreneurs and savor the true essence of regional cuisine. Whether it's a cozy neighborhood diner, a family-run ethnic eatery, or a quaint bistro tucked away on a side street, dining at these establishments is a celebration of local flavors and a delightful way to connect with the vibrant tapestry of a community's culinary heritage. If you're looking for a new spot, here are 10 we can't get enough of!

Le's Sandwich's 

Le's Sandwich is a hidden gem in Charlotte, offering a menu of Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches and other delicacies. Known for their banh mi, a flavorful Vietnamese sandwich, Le's combines fresh ingredients and bold flavors to create a memorable dining experience. The casual and friendly atmosphere makes it a great spot for a quick and satisfying meal.

Cedar Land Halal Market and Restaurant

Known for its flavorful dishes, including shawarma, kebabs, and falafel, Cedar Land offers a taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of North Carolina.

Tamales La Pasadita

This family-owned eatery takes pride in crafting handmade tamales using time-honored recipes and high-quality ingredients. The menu features a variety of fillings, from pork to chicken and vegetarian options, all wrapped in corn husks. The intimate setting and authentic flavors draw in both locals and visitors seeking a taste of Mexico in the Queen City.

Little Village Grill 

Tucked away in Uptown, this Greek grill is popular with the business crowd but their food deserves attention from anyone looking for amazing Greek food at a decent price. 

Lupie's Cafe

Lupie's Cafe is a beloved Charlotte institution known for its classic American comfort food. Established in 1987, this cozy diner offers a menu filled with hearty dishes like chili, burgers, and sandwiches. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, making it a popular spot for locals seeking a satisfying meal.

Tryon House 

One of the best breakfast spots in Charlotte, their pancakes are the best in the city and I have a full summer of rating pancakes across the city with 3 teens to prove it. In addition to breakfast, their lunch and dinner options are packed with delicious comfort food. 

Lee's Hoagies 

Lee's Hoagies is a go-to spot in Charlotte for those seeking authentic Philadelphia-style hoagies. This family-owned establishment prides itself on using high-quality ingredients and freshly baked rolls to create sandwiches that transport diners to the streets of Philly. The menu also includes other classic deli offerings.

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Bagel Boat (Worth the drive!) 

Bagel Boat is a beloved local bagel shop that serves up freshly baked bagels in a variety of flavors and styles. Whether you're in the mood for a classic plain bagel with cream cheese or a specialty sandwich, Bagel Boat has something to satisfy every craving. The friendly staff and cozy atmosphere add to the charm of this neighborhood favorite

Johnny Burrito 

Johnny Burrito is a popular Mexican eatery in Charlotte known for its flavorful and customizable burritos. The menu features a wide selection of fresh ingredients, including various proteins, toppings, and salsas, allowing customers to create their own delicious combinations.

Chicken Bucket 

Chicken Bucket is a popular spot in Charlotte for those craving delicious fried chicken. This no-frills establishment is known for its crispy, golden-brown chicken that's cooked to perfection. The menu offers a variety of chicken options along with classic Southern sides like collard greens and macaroni and cheese.