With the lazy days of summer in full swing, now’s the best time for some good old-fashioned comfort food.
According to online reviews and local reputations, here are the top 10 comfort food eateries in the Queen City;
#10 Mert’s Heart and Soul
If you’re in the mood for some truly Southern comfort food, you gotta try Mert’s.
Salmon cakes, corn bread, deep fried catfish, home-made butter, mac and cheese, okra, fried green tomatoes, ribs, bbq, fried chicken…you can’t go wrong.
They are a true staple in the Southern food scene here in Charlotte and they absolutely deserve a spot on list of the best comfort food restaurants in Charlotte.
#9 The Diamond
You gotta either get their Small Block burger with fried pickles or a Winky-Dinky Dog (with pimento cheese and chili) with tater tots.
The Diamond is Charlotte diner classic and after the Penguin tragically shut down, it took the crown as the best burger joint in Plaza Midwood.
This is my favorite restaurant in Plaza Midwood by far.
I don’t think it matters where you grew up – you’ll feel at home the moment you walk in the door.
They make some of the best meatloaf and chicken ‘n’ dumplings in town and they serve a truly perfect biscuit and deviled egg with each meal.
Also, don’t miss out on their pies – trust me.
#7 Jack’s New Yorker Deli
If you’re from the NorthEast (but not Boston), and you love big sandwiches with plenty of meat, this place is for you.
They’re specially seasoned fries are one of the things that sets them apart – the best fries in the city in my opinion.
Their selection of sandwiches is truly impressive – if you can dream it with meat, they likely have it.
My favorite was the Corned Beef and Cole Slaw.
#6 Bill Spoon’s BBQ
Bill Spoon’s BBQ is another comfort food staple here in the Queen City.
Their pulled pork is perfectly moist and as flavorful as it comes, and their sauce is truly legendary in the Carolinas – a slightly sweet vinegar based sauce with the perfect amount of kick.
#5 Bang Bang Burgers
If you’re looking for comfort food in Elizabeth, this is the spot.
It’s tucked away between Antony’s Caribbean and Jersey Mike’s subs (and there’s a Starbucks across the street if you get a food coma).
Bang Bang is famous in Charlotte for their short rib blend for every burger they create.
They may have just cracked the code for the ultimate balance of juiciness and meatiness.
They also have awesome quinoa salad and sweet potato fries if you want to feel a little bit better about all that greese you just ate.
#4 Landmark Diner
The Landmark has the biggest menu on our list – by far. They carry everything from American, to Italian, to Greek, to Asian comfort foods – and somehow they make it all taste incredible.
It has a true New York diner feel to it, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day.
Also, their deserts are very big and very good.
#3 Crown Point Restaurant
This place served their first order of their now-famous fried squash in 1981, and they’ve been dishing out good ol’ fashioned comfort food the the Charlotte region ever since.
Crown Point Restaurant’s chefs have earned local renown for their platefuls of hearty, made-from-scratch comfort fare. Besides their fried squash, they’re also known for their hand-cut pork chops and chicken livers.
Another local legend, Brook’s was recently voted as having the best burger in the city.
They’re also one of the other few places in Charlotte that will only accept cash (but they did just recently get an ATM).
They’re only open on weekdays until 3pm, and if you get there between 11-2, you will be waiting.
Order your burger all the way – trust me, you want their chili.
#1 Price’s Chicken Coop
This place is constantly voted as having the best fried chicken in the city – it’s a truly Charlotte staple.
It’s also one of the oldest restaurants in the Queen City – and one of the few remaining places that only takes cash.
Make sure you come hungry – their portions are nice and large.
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