As one of the top-growing cities in the United States, Charlotte, North Carolina, has much to offer. Two types of football leagues, baseball, basketball, all kinds of banks and breweries, food halls, mural art, outdoor recreational activities, and more. Longing for mountains, waterfalls, or beaches? Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a hub for all sorts of direct flights to other corners of the country. The Queen City’s culinary scene is growing thanks to the sister concepts of many seasoned restaurateurs. Ingenuity paired with creativity is at the helm of these thriving expansions popping up across the city. Check out the eateries mingling with shopping concepts and nonprofits based in the NoDa district, or sample flavors from around the world at Optimist Hall. This city has its share of craft breweries–seek out the world-class beer at Olde Mecklenburg, Charlotte’s oldest brewery. Looking for a more upscale setting? Peruse artists’ creations while sipping on a craft cocktail or tucking into a signature dish Artisan’s Palate, a restaurant-gallery hybrid.

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In the Field

What’s On the Horizon for 2024

TLP's Snapshot Newsletter contributors share their anticipated 2024 openings, innovations, and movements in their relevant Southern cities.

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Travel the World at Optimist Hall in Charlotte

Travel the world of food at Optimist Hall in Charlotte. Food cuisines of all kinds from Mexican to Italian to Asian. Try new meals, drinks, and desserts.

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Goodyear House

The Goodyear House is a Charlotte institution housed in a historic mills house in the Queen City's NoDa neighborhood.

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counter- began as an in-home dinner series then grew to an intimate and exclusive dining experience with evocative storylines led by Sam Hart.


Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, is an elegant, funky-meets-luxury art haven in the heart of Uptown Charlotte’s financial district.

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Our 10 Favorite Wine Bars Across the South | Listen

Raise your glass and fork at these 10 Southern wine bars where the bottle selections are pristine, but the food is just as noteworthy.

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Asian Food Booms In the South

There is a boom of Asian restaurants across the South, and these 5 chefs are shaping the story—and transporting diners with every plate.

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Top 10 Restaurant Openings This Spring and Summer | Listen

From embracing cultural heritage to new takes on fine dining, these top 10 restaurant openings are guaranteed to enrich the culinary scene.

On the Road


Nestled in a valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is an outdoor mecca with a thriving art scene, hippie charm, and a beer culture at a fever pitch.

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Raleigh has a lot more to offer besides great schools. As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh has a booming culinary and cultural scene.

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Tucked in the folds of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville has been quietly gaining momentum as a Southern food town worth knowing.