Best food and drink spots in Charlotte, according to locals

Charlotte is one of the most popular and fastest growing cities in the South with countless restaurants, coffee shops and bars with even more on the way.

But a new report is shedding light on which ones are the best around town — according to locals.

Nextdoor, the online neighborhood network, released the winners of the 2023 Neighborhood Faves awards, highlighting the best businesses “most loved by locals” around Charlotte and other cities across the country.

“The 2023 Neighborhood Faves winners truly represent the heart and soul of their respective communities, exemplifying exceptional quality, service, and dedication,” said Sarah Friar, Chief Executive Officer for Nextdoor.

Here are the local food and drink spots voted best in Charlotte by local residents:

2023 Neighborhood Faves awards in Charlotte

Asian Restaurants

Lang Van

Location: 3019 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215

Lang Van originally opened in 1990 and is currently located on Shamrock Drive. Dan Nguyen has been working there since 1999 and has been the majority owner since 2009.
Lang Van originally opened in 1990 and is currently located on Shamrock Drive. Dan Nguyen has been working there since 1999 and has been the majority owner since 2009. Alex Cason CharlotteFive

New Zealand Café

Location: 1717 Sardis Rd N #6-A, Charlotte, NC 28270

Baoding

Location: 4722 Sharon Rd F, Charlotte, NC 28210

Bars

Sports Page Food & Spirits

Location: 8400 Bellhaven Blvd # H, Charlotte, NC 28216

Eastfield Bar & Grill

Location: 8709 Arbor Creek Dr, Charlotte, NC 28269

Foxcroft Wine Co. South Park

Location: 7824 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

At Foxcroft Wine locations, you can grab dinner and drinks in one spot, with more than 1,500 bottles to choose from.
At Foxcroft Wine locations, you can grab dinner and drinks in one spot, with more than 1,500 bottles to choose from. Foxcroft Wine File photo

Breakfast & Brunch Spots

Café Monte French Bakery and Bistro

Location: 6700 Fairview Rd #108, Charlotte, NC 28210

Eddie’s Place Restaurant

Location: 617 S Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

Landmark Diner Restaurant

Location: 4429 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

Landmark Diner on Central Avenue.
Landmark Diner on Central Avenue. Alex Cason CharlotteFive

Coffee Shop

Amélie’s French Bakery & Café

Location: 380 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Location: 136 E. 36th St,Charlotte, NC 28205

Location: 4321 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209

Location: 7715 Pineville Matthews Rd, Unit 34B Charlotte, NC 28226

Amelie’s French Bakery has multiple locations in the Charlotte area and is known for its fresh made macarons.
Amelie’s French Bakery has multiple locations in the Charlotte area and is known for its fresh made macarons. Joshua Vasko Amelie’s French Bakery

Starbucks (Davis Lake Parkway location voted as favorite for Nextdoor awards)

Location: Multiple

Caribou Coffee

Location: Multiple

Dessert Shop

Suarez Bakery

Location: 4245 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209

Location: 1115 N Brevard St, Suite 4, Charlotte, NC 28206

Suarez Bakery serves several desserts including cupcakes, cookies and doughnuts.
Suarez Bakery serves several desserts including cupcakes, cookies and doughnuts.

Amélie’s French Bakery & Café

Location: 380 S College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Location: 136 E. 36th St,Charlotte, NC 28205

Location: 4321 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209

Location: 7715 Pineville Matthews Rd, Unit 34B Charlotte, NC 28226

Villani’s Bakery

Location: 901 Pecan Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

Go-To Restaurants

Due Amici Pizza

Location: 5346 Docia Crossing Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269

Sports Page Food & Spirits

Location: 8400 Bellhaven Blvd # H, Charlotte, NC 28216

Rusty’s Deli & Grille

Location: 8512 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210

Italian Restaurants

Due Amici Pizza

Location: 5346 Docia Crossing Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269

Portofino Italian Restaurant (Park Road and Eastway Drive locations voted as favorite for Nextdoor awards)

Location: 5126 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209

Location: 8128 Providence Road #100, Charlotte, NC 28277

Location: 3124 Eastway Drive #500, Charlotte, NC 28205

Mexican Restaurants

Cabo’s Mexican Cuisine & Cantina

Location: 6676 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226

Paco’s Tacos & Tequila

Location: 6401 Carnegie Blvd #8a, Charlotte, NC 28211

Paco’s Tacos & Tequila was named one of the best restaurants in Nextdoor’s 2023 Neighborhood Faves awards.
Paco’s Tacos & Tequila was named one of the best restaurants in Nextdoor’s 2023 Neighborhood Faves awards. Paco’s Tacos & Tequila

Azteca Mexican Restaurants

Location: 7340 Smith Corners Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28269

Location: 116 E Woodlawn Rd, Charlotte, NC 28217

Check out the full list of grocery stores, gyms and other businesses in the Charlotte area that are top rated by local residents.

This story was originally published July 24, 2023, 6:00 AM.

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