Concord is really becoming a contender for having some of the best restaurants in the greater Charlotte region.
They have a number of dedicated family establishments that have been passed down for generations, as well as some newer eateries with unique takes on everyone’s favorite dishes.
Without further delay, here are the top 10 best restaurants in Concord;
#10 Andele! Mexican Restaurant
Kicking off our list at the #10 spot is Andele Mexican Restaurant is a family-owned eatery specializing in some of the region’s best Mexican food.
They have a very colorful interior with vibrant dishes and bowls. Their chori-queso is one of the best things on the menu – a creamy mixture of cheese and sausage, a perfect concoction for tortilla chips. As for a main dish, try the chilaquiles Mexicanos — corn tortillas with chicken, house sauce, and cheese — or the chile relleno dinner- and don’t forget to finish everything off with some fried ice cream.
Andele Mexican Restaurant, 1096 Concord Pkwy N, Concord, NC
#9 2 Gals Kitchen
2 Gals Kitchen first opened in 2013 in Concord. They have a truly unique and charming interior w/ lofty ceilings and large windows. Locals love their veggie delight sandwich, which includes havarti cheese, and a sweet onion spread. Their tuna melt with pepper jack cheese is also pretty incredible. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-3pm.
2 Gals Kitchen, 80 Union St S, Concord, NC
#8 Havana Carolina Cafe
This is a truly family-owned establishment serving some of the best Cuban sandwiches anywhere in the Carolinas with pork, ham, Swiss, mayo, mustard, and pickles all on Cuban bread, but what’s even better than their Cuban, is their locally famous specialty plate called lechon – it includes roasted pork marinated in mojo sauce and served with rice, black bean potage, fried sweet plantains, and a Cuban dinner roll; and guava cheesecake – the perfect ending.
Havana Carolina Café, 11 Union St S, Concord, NC
#7 Ellie’s Coffee Shoppe
Yes, we’re including a coffee shoppe on our list, but trust us, their food is incredible!
Perfect for that late lunch or early dinner gathering spot with a few frinds – Ellie’s menu is bursting with tasty sweet and savory options, with something to suit many tastes. For something sweet, the pancakes, french toast and various pastries like cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins and more are always a good choice. Savory morning options include the croissant sandwich with eggs, cheese, and choice of breakfast meat and biscuits and gravy. The lunch side of the menu includes grilled sandwiches, Mexican plates, paninis, salads, plus some vegetarian choices.
Ellie’s Coffee Shoppe, 37 Union St S, Concord, NC
Breakfast is served everyday from 6am-3pm at Breakfastime – and it’s some of the best breakfast you’ll find in Concord (besides what your mom cooks up).
From savory deliciousness to sweet delights, the menu has it all with something for everyone. For those wanting breakfast and lunch, try the breakfast burger, which features a six-ounce burger topped with cheese and an egg. They also have some incredible banana fosters pancakes, and amazing biscuits smothered with milk or sausage gravy – oh, and you have to try their feta omelet.
Breakfastime, 1170 Copperfield Blvd NE, Concord, NC
#5 Gianni’s Trattoria
Check out Gianni’s Trattoria if you want the place that only locals know about. Their located in the heart of historic downtown Concord. Chef Heather Stadler finds the freshest and most seasonal ingredients available from local farmers and distributors, as well as unique items imported from Italy, creating a memorable meal you won’t soon forget. From Mama’s classic meatballs and spaghetti to the oven-roasted duck breast with a Black Mission fig-orange port wine reduction sauce, roasted potatoes, and seasonal veggies, the menu has tons of great options.
Gianni’s Trattoria, 16 Union St S, Concord, NC
#4 The Gateway To Athens
If you love Greek food, or if you’ve never had truly authentic Greek food, you have to check this place. Both their dine-in and carry out offerings come with high praises from locals and visitors. Their slouvaki and house-made tzatziki sauce are truly out of this world!
Their open from 11am-9pm Monday-Saturday and from 12pm-3pm for lunch on Sunday.
The Gateway To Athens is located at 360 Exchange St NW Ste 107 Concord, NC
#3 Aroma Indian Cuisine
Check out Aroma Indian Cuisine if you want some truly authentic Indian food.
Their award-winning chefs create highlights such as dahi vada, or fried lentils served with a special yogurt sauce; the paneer burji dosa, which is a rice crepe filled with cheese, mustard seeds, and curry leaves; and goat khorma, or curry. Aroma is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Aroma Indian Cuisine, 8455 Pit Stop Court, Concord, NC
#2 The Speedway Club
If you love NASCAR and good food, you gotta check out The Speedway Club Restaurant – delicious food and an incredible view of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Some of their most popular dishes are the fish and grits, which includes blackened salmon with orange hominy grits and seasonal vegetables; the Cherry Coca-Cola beef brisket served with succotash and roasted potatoes; and the rigatoni pomodoro with a variety of veggies. They’re open for lunch weekdays and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Membership is required, but you can visit once for free.
The Speedway Club Restaurant, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC
#1 The Smoke Pit
This is one of the newest restaurants on our list (they opened in 2014), but most people would consider them one of the best eateries in the Concord region. They’ve already amassed a ton of accolades and awards – this BBQ joint is a true meat lover’s paradise, with a menu brimming with melt-in-your-mouth meats and sandwiches.
They truly excel at their hickory-smoked pulled pork, sweet potato fries, and fried okra. The Smoke Pit is open every day except for Sunday.
The Smoke Pit, 796 Concord Pkwy N, Concord, NC
What’s your favorite restaurant in Concord?