⁣⛅ Hungry? Save this “MERE’S MUSTS” post for favorite CLT go-tos in the Queen City!



**This is just my opinion since I moved to Charlotte 5 years ago. There are so many other great places to tag and I'll continue to add to this list - I’d love to know your favorites! ⁣


👇Let me know what your favorites are and if you have any suggestions! 👇








🍹 DATE NIGHT: Dinner at Indaco Charlotte & drinks at Merchant & Trade⁣⁣


✰ Indaco Charlotte serves Italian cuisine by executive chef Matthew Hoang. Wood-fired pizzas, hand-crafted pastas, housemade salami and cured sausages fill the restaurant’s menu which can be enjoyed family-style or a la carte.


✰ Merchant & Trade is a rooftop lounge with custom-designed playlists, expertly crafted cocktails and delicious bar snacks that create a relaxed and welcoming vibe.



🍽 RESTAURANT: Angeline's Charlotte


✰ Angeline’s offers a modern, Italian-influenced menu in the form of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and simple yet flavorful small plates in an energetic and comforting environment.



🥃CHILL BAR: The Cotton Room Charlotte

Photo Cred: charlottesgotalot.com

✰ The Cotton Room at Belfast Mill has combined history with a modern touch and feel of an uptown speakeasy, boasting an ever-rotating, inspired cocktail menu.



🥗LUNCH: Rhino Market & Deli



✰ Rhino Market & Deli is a neighborhood market and deli that fulfills the various needs of urban foragers.



🍇 AÇAÍ BOWLS:⁣ Frutta Bowls


✰ Frutta Bowls sets itself apart by their commitment to providing healthy, delicious food, but also by their involvement in the communities surrounding each location.



🍝ITALIAN: Mama Ricotta's ⁣


✰ Mama Ricotta's has a regional Italian menu and seeks out the finest and freshest ingredients from across the globe, and holds the highest standards for our homemade mozzarella, sausage, breads, and desserts.



🍱ASIAN: Yamazaru Sushi & Sake⁣


✰ Yamazaru is a stylish restaurant offering a Japanese menu of noodles, ramen & sushi plus cocktails, sake & beer.



🇯🇵HIBACHI: Hasaki Grill & Sushi ⁣


✰ Hasaki prepares a variety of specialty sushi rolls & Asian-fusion fare in a relaxed space.



🌮MEXICAN: Three Amigos


✰ The Three Amigos is a cozy Mexican eatery & cantina offering an array of classic dishes & combos in a cheerful setting.



🥞BRUNCH: The Dunavant and 5Church Charlotte


✰ The Dunavant's signature steak dinner deal featuring bottomless fries and either soup or salad has made the steak dinner approachable and affordable.


✰ 5Church Charlotte serves New American cuisine served in a casual yet refined atmosphere. Cutting edge design, stellar service, and world class food by Chef Partner & Top Chef Alum Jamie Lynch are all to be expected.



🍸ROOFTOP BAR: Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo⁣



✰ 22 stories into the skyline, you'll find Charlotte's highest indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge offering craft cocktails, small plates & panoramic views of the Queen city.



🥂ROOFTOP DINNER: Fahrenheit Restaurant Charlotte

Fahrenheit Restaurant Charlotte
Cred: therooftopguide.com

✰ Fahrenheit has asian-accented New American plates served in a cool 21st-floor space with a patio & fire pits.



🍹SPEAKEASY: The Cellar at Duckworth's or Dot Dot Dot ⁣or BackStage Lounge


✰ Inspired by an era of time that’s long past, the underground space at The Cellar at Duckworth's, built originally in 1912, naturally has a speakeasy, prohibition-era feel with its original brick walls and exposed ceiling joists.


✰ Dot Dot Dot is an upscale speakeasy with a classic feel serving craft liquors & cocktails plus curated bites.


BackStage Lounge, your neighborhood speakeasy, is a modern take on the traditional concept with an intimate, romantically elevated vibe.



🍪 COOKIES: Tiff's Treats Cookie Delivery


✰ Tiff's Treats delivers warm, fresh cookies to happy customers everywhere.



☕️ COFFEE: Queen City Grounds & Undercurrent Coffee


✰ Queen City Grounds is a specialty coffee bar with an in-house small batch roaster, breakfast, lunch & dinner, local art and handmade goods.


✰ Undercurrent Coffee is a cafe and coffee education lab located in the heart of Plaza Midwood serving thoughtful, local, handcrafted goodness to our neighbors.



🍦 ICE CREAM: Two Scoops Creamery


Two Scoops Creamery
Cred: twoscoopscreamery.com

✰⁣ Two Scoops Creamery is locally owned by three best friends whose recipes are all family secrets that make them unique to Two Scoops Creamery.



🇫🇷 CRÊPERIE: Crepe Cellar


✰ The Crepe Cellar offers sweet & savory crêpes, bistro bites, French-press coffee & European beers in a cozy, chill setting.



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