Charlotte's culinary scene bursts with excitement as the flavors of the South meld with the global influences of one of the region's biggest cities in ever more inventive ways. Here's how to taste the Queen City through iconic dishes and cutting-edge food experiences.
Southern flavors sit front and center of the food scene in Charlotte. Local specialties include shrimp and grits—a Carolina classic—as well as pimento cheese, a spread often served as an appetizer. Nearby Lexington is the region's barbecue capital, but you don’t need to drive that far to sample slow-smoked pork tossed in a vinegar-based sauce. And in true Southern style, just about anything comes golden-fried in Charlotte, from fried pickles to fried cornbread.
But Charlotte cuisine doesn't rest on its traditional laurels—a recent food revolution introduced plenty of craft breweries and innovative food trucks to the local gastronomic offerings.
- Meet the culinary artisans and local chefs of Charlotte’s Historic South End during a delicious and informative food walking tour.
- Let someone else do the driving as you explore the Charlotte craft beer scene on a three-brewery craft beer tour.
- Take a day trip to the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest privately owned home, in Asheville, North Carolina, to taste the products of the estate’s winery.
- Test your mettle on an after-dark tour of a prison-turned-craft distillery.