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Its small neighborhood pockets filled with historic homes, eclectic shops, and cozy restaurants may be Charlotte’s most charming feature. Want to dine like a local? Here are a few spots for casual fare in three of the city’s most notable neighborhoods.
The Crepe Cellar Kitchen and Pub in NoDa
Located in the artsy NoDa (North Davidson) neighborhood, this small restaurant offers an always-convivial atmosphere for dining on pub fare with a French twist. The crepes—both sweet and savory—are tasty, but for a heartier meal, dig into dishes like the fish and chips, pesto brie fries, or burger topped in gruyere cheese, onion straws, and garlic aioli. Wash it down with one of their local craft brews or North Carolina wine.
The Diamond in Plaza Midwood
You’d be hard pressed to find a more beloved neighborhood spot than this half-a-century-old diner. The kitschy eatery complete with colorful wall paper and vinyl booths, almost always has a line waiting to be served its famed fried pickles, veggie plates, and Greek dishes. For a real glimpse of the neighborhood, pop in late and pull up a stool at the bar one weekend evening (they’re open until 4 a.m).
Fran’s Filling Station in Dilworth
This laid back and friendly spot is the kind of place that will make you want to move to the neighborhood just to call it your own. While the dishes are often casual—bacon-wrapped tater tots, mussels drenched in white wine and garlic, traditional meatloaf—each one is so well executed the flavors feel like fine dining. If you can’t make it for dinner, stop in at lunch for some of the city’s best—and most creative—sandwiches.