When on Business in Charlotte, Eat at These Top Uptown Spots

From The Chicken and The Egg sandwich at Local Loaf to the Tuscan Italian cuisine at Aria, the Queen City offers a variety of restaurants for visitors and locals.

Got meetings at the convention center, but have occasional windows to wine ’n’ dine colleagues? Try these nearby spots.

Breakfast

To start your day, take the light rail to to Seventh Street Market, where a farmers market and savory shops blend perfectly into the atmosphere.

You'll find breakfast, savory, veggie, sweet or create-your-own options at Hazelnuts Crêperie, where there’s a crepe for every mood. Conventioneers take note: Breakfast is served through mid-afternoon Saturday and Sunday.

Hazelnuts crepe

Other Seventh Street Market options:

Local Loaf for Food

The popular breakfast offerings here include The Chicken and The Egg breakfast sandwich, which has been an Uptown hit since Local Loaf opened in 2013. The sandwich features lightly breaded chicken tenders with a poached egg and regionally made Cheerwine Chipotle Honey sauce. Here for lunch? Try such tasty sandwiches as the BLT or Blue Line Philly or the Local Loaf Burger, served on a brioche bun. There also are salads and a Veggie Burger. Breakfast and lunch daily. 

Not Just Coffee

At Not Just Coffee, a pour-over coffee technique caters to those seeking the truest flavors in their cup of joe. Partnering with local businesses Homeland Creamery and Counter Culture Coffee, Not Just's baristas make sure that java fix gets satisfied. 

Lunch

When you’re back around the water cooler at work next week, you’ll still be talking about that savory Southern cooking at Mert’s Heart and Soul. Starters include the Soul Roll, an egg-roll-like treat with black-eyed peas, seasoned rice, collard greens and diced chicken breast. The lip-smacking entree experience, which can include chicken, catfish, ribs, shrimp creole or Carolina barbecue, is further heightened by mini-loafs of sweet cornbread. 

Other lunchtime favorites:

Mortimer's Cafe & Pub

This neighborhood pub is on level one at The EpiCentre, in the heart of Uptown. Stop in for its classic French dip (complete with steaming hot au jus for dipping), or try another favorite, the Panthers pita, with sliced roast beef, blue cheese dressing and extra blue cheese crumbles served hot in a grilled pita.

A barbecue chicken sandwich

The King's Kitchen

This nonprofit restaurant and bakery offers on-site job training and the lessons translate to the plate with delectable menu selections like the King's Kitchen Gumbo, the barbecue baked chicken and oyster po'boy.    

Dinner

Fresh basil rolls are your starter, followed by pad thai—executed with upscale style and gourmet complexity—at the city-chic Basil Thai. Other specialties include Crispy Red Curry Duck; the Basil Tilapia, which is lightly floured, deep-fried and topped with vegetables, stir-fry sauce and fresh jalapenos; and, Basil Mixed Seafood, served with onions, bell peppers and basil leaves. 

Also reservation-worthy:

Bernardin’s

Located across the street from the Levine Center for the Arts complex, this Uptown fine-dining restaurant is the sister location to its original spot in Winston-Salem and offers interesting menu items, such as free-range bison strip loin, in a classy, convenient setting.  

Pan-seared N.C. Ostrich

Aria

Pierre Bader delves into classic Tuscan Italian cuisine with this Uptown venture. On the main floor, witness kitchen action through a large glass window, or sit up close and personal at a chef’s table inside the kitchen itself. 

Angeline's

Wood-fired pizza and tweaks to traditional cuisine marks Angeline's where "Italy meets the South." Recommendations are the housemade Whipped Ricotta, with sourdough, lavender honey and pistachio and the veal osso bucco.

Brunch

Making the ingredients stand out while highlighting a wide range of flavors is the goal at 5Church. The Maine Lobster Roll with its buttery split-top roll and lemon aioli evokes the Northeast while the Shrimp & Stone Ground Grits do the South proud. Even standard brunch fare takes an upscale turn like the wild mushroom omelet and the smoked salmon English muffin.

Jay Bemis
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