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Alright, Charlotte, Let’s Eat!

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

Hey, y’all! We’re springing into something new on the food and culture scene with the Local Palate’s latest newsletter, Snapshot: Charlotte (subscribe here). Here, you’ll get your biweekly fill of flava, food, and drink recommendations, and learn more about what’s happening around Crown Town. You’re VIP now. Welcome to #squadgoals.

The Local Palate dives deep into the food culture of the South—and, honestly, it was only a matter of time before Charlotte came aboard.

As one of the top-growing cities in the United States, the Queen City has much to offer: Two types of football leagues (thank goodness for the Charlotte Football Club bringing international flair), baseball, basketball, all kinds of banks and breweries, food halls, mural art, outdoor recreational activities, and more. Longing for mountains, waterfalls, or beaches? They’re only a short road trip or flight away.

Navigating a new city is tough. What makes your list of must-go places when visitors come to town? No Charlotte trip is complete without a stop at Derita Dairy Bar & Grill, Freedom Park, Moo & Brew, Your Mom’s Donuts, or Villani’s Bakery.

What to Eat, Drink, and Do in Charlotte

Glide Brewery

One of the newest breweries to Charlotte, Gilde specializes in high-quality and authentic German brews and cuisine. As the first stateside location outside of its flagship brewery in Hannover, Germany, Gilde offers a taste of Germany while also embracing the creativity of the American craft beer movement.

Cordial at the AC Hotel

Go to a place where everyone knows your name. Located inside SouthPark’s AC Marriott hotel, Cordial caters to both those traveling for business and to locals. Cordial boasts a full bar, small bites menu, chill vibes, and charming rooftop views. Not sure what to order? Tell your bartender your spirit preference and be prepared to be amazed.

Rhino Market & Deli

With locations in Wesley Heights, Uptown, NoDa and South End, Rhino Market is a neighborhood market and sandwich shop where all your urban needs are met. Grab locally sourced goods from coffee and beer to snacks, meals and even new friends. You never know who you’ll meet at the market—or at their free events.

Sweet and Salty, Charlotte-Style

Want some snacks for the road? How about a gift to take home? Charlotte has the perfect combination of salty and sweet to take with your trips.

Grab some Queen City Pretzels that quench the salty craving with handmade seasoning. They have flavors for their OG flavor, dill, heat. Sunflour’s Cake Jars reimagines cupcakes as delicious and simple. Each jar packs the sweetness of a cake into a snack-size jar for your enjoyment or for on-the-go celebrations.

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