Local Flavor  » Charlotte, NC

Local Flavor Edition in Charlotte, NC

Sure, Charlotte serves up its share of fried pickles and home-style, farm-to-fork foods, but the city that banks made famous has one-of-a-kind, high-end restaurants too.
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Taqueria Mexico

When it comes to authentic Mexican food, you can’t go wrong with any of the family-owned establishments along South Boulevard. But one, in particular, stands out above the rest. Located near Arrowood Station, Taqueria Mexico offers tasty food and friendly service frequented by regulars – some who have been swearing by the stuff for over a decade. After dipping your chips in their three different salsas, try the wet burritos or asada tacos.

McBonies Southern Food Bar & Grill

One part restaurant, one part neighborhood night club, McBonies is the real deal. Serving no-frills Southern staples like fall-off-the-bone chicken, chicken and waffles and enormous sides, you’ll think your own mama was back in the kitchen. Whether stopping in for lunch or dinner, bring your appetite – but not your bank account. McBonie’s affordably aims to please.

Katz NY Deli & Restaurant

Touted as the best New York-style deli in Charlotte, Katz NY Deli in the Arboretum is the closest thing to the famed delis of the Big Apple this side of the Mason-Dixon. With hard-to-find or quite simply never-heard-of items from the Northeast like house-made knishes and egg creams, as well as warm and melty corned beef or pastrami atop rye shipped straight from New Jersey, Katz NY gives transplants the oft-missed tastes of home, while providing locals a break from the big-box sandwich chains of the South.

D.D. Peckers

There are plenty of places in Charlotte to get great wings, down a couple of great drink specials and play a round or two of trivia. But you can’t always guarantee the food will be good, the drinks will be what you want to drink and the service will be friendly. At D.D. Peckers, you get all three, off the beaten path on the less traveled side of the long and winding Park Road. But no matter what side of town you’re coming from, we promise it’s worth the drive.

Gus Sir Beef

Opened by the late Greek immigrant Gus Bacogeorge in 1968, Gus Sir Beef has become a Charlotte landmark. Serving simple home-style meals featuring Gus’ “fresh my farm” vegetables (grown on his 18-acre farm near Matthews), folks have been enjoying this one-of-a-kind comfort food now for nearly 40 years. With his personal promise, “If I don’t eat it, I don’t try to sell it” printed on every menu, you can rest assured you’ll be going home happy – not hungry.