Want to experience classy dining in an upscale restaurant that also offers farm fresh food? Head over to The Asbury! Located in Uptown Charlotte’s iconic Dunhill Hotel, The Asbury specializes in serving staple Southern dishes with a twist to it, and truly does make its style work!
An Upscale, modern southern restaurant, The Asbury has a seasonally rotating menu that offers “Carolina faves with a modern twist” dishes such as Shrimp and Grits with Miso and Cast Iron Biscuits served with bacon jam (made using Executive Chef Chris Coleman’s grandmother’s recipe), alongside classic southern dishes such as fried green tomatoes and NC seafood boil. They also have a great brunch menu that needs to be seen (or rather, eaten) to be believed.
The ambience too is great. Don’t let the light gray walls fool you – this is a very upscale place that will give you that warm, familiar feeling, even if you’ve visited for the first time. They have a great outdoors section too, and you can opt between sitting inside and sitting out on the patio.
A little tip: Do try their deviled eggs and Maw Maw’s cast iron biscuits. And the cocktails. After all, they’re being served by Pete Ladino, who is basically a local hero in this department.
Address: 235 North Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28202
If you value something simple yet impactful, then you should definitely give Rooster’s Wood Fired Kitchen a try. Located in uptown Charlotte, practically everything about the place says that it’s simple and refined – a combination that is rare to find. The ambience is definitely a visual treat, with its candlelight-illuminated bars, and worn-wood booths and tables. Famous for its wood-fired grill, Rooster’s menu changes with every season, and feature classic, no-nonsense, farm-to-table delicacies. Though chicken is the main highlight of this place, they do offer other mains such as steak, pork chop and duck. They also offer a wide range of sides, from fire roasted beets and succotash to buttery-steamed spinach. They even have a great cheese board that can never disappoint.
All in all, this is the best place for a get-together with family and friends.
Address: 150 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Yes, that’s right. The erstwhile Passion8 is now Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen. Everything else, though, is still the same. Or rather, even better. Not only is Luca’s one of the best Italian restaurants in Charlotte and its environs, it is also the best Italian restaurant serving food made from locally-sourced ingredients.
Located in the Queen City’s Elizabeth area, Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen is a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. The atmosphere here is very romantic and refined, with its glass chandeliers and golden accents, making it the perfect place for a romantic date. The food served is traditional Italian, plated elegantly, and uses ingredients exclusively from local farms. Some of its menu’s items include Coriander Crusted Scallops, Wild Boar Meatballs, and beignets in flavors such as Irish car bomb and nutter butter. Do try the ‘Infamous Calamari,’ which comes tossed in a jalapeño honey citrus butter. All of the food served at Luca’s is hand-crafted by the owner and executive chef Luca Annunziata. You can even go for their fabulous Sunday brunch.
Address: 1523 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28204
If you want to go dine in an environment that “feels like home,” then Kindred Restaurant is just the place for you. Owned by the husband-and-wife-duo Joe and Katy Kindred, the restaurant is in their own words, “A family in a restaurant.” Located in the very historic Davidson, NC, the chef-driven, family-owned restaurant loves its town, and most certainly does not fail to show it.
Taking a modern take on authentic Southern cuisine, this chic restaurant sources all its ingredients locally, changes the menus every season, believes in serving smaller portions and shows great presentation.
You definitely cannot leave this place without trying duck fat potatoes, the home-made milk break, as well as the crispy oysters. You can even order each of them and share them with your entire table.
Address: 131 N Main St, Davidson, North Carolina 28036
Phone: (980) 231-5000
If you want to taste the best of farm fresh, southern food, Heritage is the place you should head to. Started and owned by Chef Paul Verica (who has previously worked with heavyweights like Bernard Louisseau and Alain Passard), Heritage Food and Drinks is located in Waxhaw, NC.
Known for its own unique style and food with a touch of the Southern, Heritage believes not just in sourcing materials from the local farms, but developing a good relation with the farmers.
The menu changes seasonally, and includes several great-tasting and innovative items. In particular, the daily deviled egg special made by the lead chef’s son and the Sunday brunch consisting of Southern Eggs Benedict and the “Hangover Helper” (which features pimento cheese, toast, pulled pork, fried green tomatoes, and onions.
Address: 201 West South Main Street, Waxhaw, NC 28173, USA
Phone: (704) 843 – 5236
If you are looking for the classiest possible restaurant to go to, you definitely should keep Halcyon on the top of your list. Located in the Mint Museum on the avenue of Levine Hearts in Uptown Charlotte, Halcyon is known for its seasonally-inspired and ever-changing menu.
This famous farm-to-table restaurant is known for its very classy interiors, and is an ideal place for a lot of occasions, from a quiet dinner to a family event. The dining room itself, for instance, has a chandelier of branches, a stone fountain, along with tables that have been made from the cross-sections of gigantic trees.
The menu has a rustic flair to it, and showcases cheese makers, wineries and artisanal farms – all from the local area. Influenced by the lead chef James Stouffer’s rustic style, several of these ingredients have a homemade touch to it, such as wild boar and cured duck, among others.
Though hard to predict, the menu does have some staples such as duck egg ravioli, bleu cheese soufflé, mushroom tarts. Some items have gained quite the celebrity status, such as Fried Oysters and Braised Bison.
Do try their specialty cocktail that is infused with moonshine. We didn’t tell you that though!
Address: 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
One of the youngest farm-to-table restaurants in Charlotte, Sea Level has managed to garner quite a lot of attention on itself not even two years into its operation. Located in the Hearst Tower in uptown Charlotte, Sea Level is the best example of the fact that appearance does matter (along with quality of course!), with its fabulous presentation and quirky details (such as free parking).
As the name itself implies, Sea Level specializes in serving farm-to-table seafood. No matter how far they go to get their materials, they always make sure to bring their ingredients directly from their farms, be it Charleston or Cape Cod. Sea Level is perhaps most-known for its craft cocktails and farm-to-table oysters, as well is its famous oyster bar on the patio. That said, it is also known for its other offerings.
With a menu that changes every day, Sea Level offers some of the best fish-dishes in the Queen City. Their menu is not limited to seafood, however, as they also serve other items such as the sandwich ‘Burgers for the land lovers’ and ‘Catfish Reuben and a lobster roll,” among others. You can even try their ‘Oyster Shooter’ if you feel up to it.
Address: 129 East 5th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 412-2616
Are you looking to try some tasty-yet-healthy food and trying to find something new? In that case, you should definitely consider dining at FORK! Started in 2013, FORK! is located in Cornelius, and is owned by chef Tim Groody, who has finally started his own place after spending more than two decades working for other restaurant owners.
Located in a historic property, FORK! offers fresh and contemporary food in an upscale, vintage ambience. Following a strict policy that prohibits any artificial and imported food source, anything and everything that FORK! serves is 100% locally-sourced – meat, produce, herbs and all. Aside from seasonal dishes and sides, they offer staples such as coastal flounder, beef brisket, home-made mozzarella in a menu that changes every day.
Here’s a tip on getting the best out of this place: Do try sipping on a glass of wine while enjoying the scenery on the wrap-around porch. It’s one experience you will certainly never forget.
Address: 20517 N Main St, Cornelius, NC 28031
Phone: (704) 655-7465
If you want to have great dinner in a classy setting, then Heirloom is just place for you to dine. Launched in early 2014, Heirloom is known for its singular dedication to offer the best and the freshest food.
One of the trendiest farm-to-table restaurants in Charlotte today, Heirloom was founded by Chef Clark Barlowe, who is a graduate of Charlotte’s Johnson & Wales University, and has worked for some of the most prestigious establishments of the world, such as elBulli (in Spain) and The French Laundry (in California).
The menu here changes every day, and is a cause of much anticipation from visitors, new and repeating alike. Heirloom’s menu offers a range of globally-inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients, and includes various seasonal dishes along with staples such as sweet-potato gnocchi and angus steak. They also have a “catch of the day” section, featuring a special dish that is created from ingredients that have been exclusively produced in North Carolina. Since May, Heirloom has also been hosting family-style dinners.
Address: 8470 Bellhaven Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28216