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Jeff's Charlotte Guidebook

Things to do in South End
List of good places to eat, drink, play and shop in Charlotte's vibrant South End neighborhood.
This elegant sushi spot is described by its owners as having “traditional technique with a modern contemporary style and a little bit of Southern fusion.” Pro tip: Browse the shops (hello, Free People and Anthropologie) and sights at Atherton Mill if there’s a wait.
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O-Ku
2000 South Blvd
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This elegant sushi spot is described by its owners as having “traditional technique with a modern contemporary style and a little bit of Southern fusion.” Pro tip: Browse the shops (hello, Free People and Anthropologie) and sights at Atherton Mill if there’s a wait.
Expect a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of TVs to catch the game, and Southern flair. The menu ranges from fried chicken, to wings, to shrimp and grits, with hearty salads and black bean burgers as well. Pro tip: Chicken and waffles are found on the brunch menu.
Leroy Fox South End
1616 Camden Rd
Expect a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of TVs to catch the game, and Southern flair. The menu ranges from fried chicken, to wings, to shrimp and grits, with hearty salads and black bean burgers as well. Pro tip: Chicken and waffles are found on the brunch menu.
This place describes itself as a “southern BBQ restaurant with a heavy Korean inspiration.” That means chicken (and tofu) wings galore, as well as fish and pork dishes, and delicious vegetable sides. Pro tip: Order the half and half wings: Half spicy, half soy garlic.
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Seoul Food Meat Company
1400 S Church St
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This place describes itself as a “southern BBQ restaurant with a heavy Korean inspiration.” That means chicken (and tofu) wings galore, as well as fish and pork dishes, and delicious vegetable sides. Pro tip: Order the half and half wings: Half spicy, half soy garlic.
This longstanding and beloved, unassuming hotspot for fried chicken has been operating for 55 years and counting. Don’t forget about the slaw and hush puppies on the side. Pro tip: This spot is cash only, so come prepared.
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Price's Chicken Coop
1614 Camden Road
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This longstanding and beloved, unassuming hotspot for fried chicken has been operating for 55 years and counting. Don’t forget about the slaw and hush puppies on the side. Pro tip: This spot is cash only, so come prepared.
This barbecue joint boasts award-winning Carolina barbecue (ahem, second place in the whole hog at the 2017 Memphis in May). Mac’s also has 300 cold beer options and “old-school,” comfort-food sides like mac n’ cheese. Pro tip: Sit on the patio for a chance to catch live music.
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Mac's Speed Shop
2511 South Boulevard
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This barbecue joint boasts award-winning Carolina barbecue (ahem, second place in the whole hog at the 2017 Memphis in May). Mac’s also has 300 cold beer options and “old-school,” comfort-food sides like mac n’ cheese. Pro tip: Sit on the patio for a chance to catch live music.
Rebranded from Helles & Dunkel, The Union is meant to be a neighborhood spot where people can drop in after work and and feel like they are part of the community. Guests will enjoy a vast assortment of beers and spirits, not to mention wines, plus Prosecco on tap (for your weekend Mimosa). Pro tip: There’s a beer pong station just begging you to use it.
The Union
222 E Bland St
Rebranded from Helles & Dunkel, The Union is meant to be a neighborhood spot where people can drop in after work and and feel like they are part of the community. Guests will enjoy a vast assortment of beers and spirits, not to mention wines, plus Prosecco on tap (for your weekend Mimosa). Pro tip: There’s a beer pong station just begging you to use it.
As the Unknown website puts it: “Our beer is one thing we take serious, everything else in life we don’t.” Come in here and be yourself, kick back with a variety of IPAs, stouts, porters, seasonal brews and more. Pro tip: If you’re in the mood for something nonalcoholic, their signature ginger ale is spicy and light.
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The Unknown Brewing Co.
1327 South Mint Street
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As the Unknown website puts it: “Our beer is one thing we take serious, everything else in life we don’t.” Come in here and be yourself, kick back with a variety of IPAs, stouts, porters, seasonal brews and more. Pro tip: If you’re in the mood for something nonalcoholic, their signature ginger ale is spicy and light.
Enjoy the expansive beer garden on a nice day, where you can typically catch a live band, a food truck and a regular yoga class. The tap room is small but bright, where you can track down brews ranging from small batch, to seasonal, to flagship to barrel-aged. Pro tip: For the non-beer drinker, sip on the surprising variety of wines and ciders.
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Sycamore Brewing - Beer Garden
2161 Hawkins Street
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Enjoy the expansive beer garden on a nice day, where you can typically catch a live band, a food truck and a regular yoga class. The tap room is small but bright, where you can track down brews ranging from small batch, to seasonal, to flagship to barrel-aged. Pro tip: For the non-beer drinker, sip on the surprising variety of wines and ciders.
This brewery prides itself on developing a unique variety of beers including IPAs, farmhouse ales and sours. The robot in the name represents the American innovative spirit. Pro tip: If you want to add some fitness to your beer drinking, the Runbots Run Club meets on Tuesdays.
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Wooden Robot Brewery
1440 South Tryon Street
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This brewery prides itself on developing a unique variety of beers including IPAs, farmhouse ales and sours. The robot in the name represents the American innovative spirit. Pro tip: If you want to add some fitness to your beer drinking, the Runbots Run Club meets on Tuesdays.
Triple C’s barrel room offers big tables, expansive windows and 20 taps including beer and wine. Pro tip: A food truck is onsite just about every day. Check the schedule here.
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Triple C Brewing Company
2900 Griffith Street
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Triple C’s barrel room offers big tables, expansive windows and 20 taps including beer and wine. Pro tip: A food truck is onsite just about every day. Check the schedule here.
Park yourself in the 8-acre property’s gravel Biergarten, which is modeled off of the famous Biergartens of Munich. Sip on German-style beers. Pro tip: Get lost in the crowd during Tuesday night OMB Yoga on Tap classes — they bring in hundreds of yogis.
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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road
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Park yourself in the 8-acre property’s gravel Biergarten, which is modeled off of the famous Biergartens of Munich. Sip on German-style beers. Pro tip: Get lost in the crowd during Tuesday night OMB Yoga on Tap classes — they bring in hundreds of yogis.
Go wild at this self-serve bar (you just swipe a wristband at the wine and beer taps, enjoy, and pay at the end). Pro tip: Don’t miss out on the new permanent food truck here, Twisted Eats by Kre8 Xperiences.
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Hoppin'
1402 Winnifred St
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Go wild at this self-serve bar (you just swipe a wristband at the wine and beer taps, enjoy, and pay at the end). Pro tip: Don’t miss out on the new permanent food truck here, Twisted Eats by Kre8 Xperiences.
Take a breath in the light and airy space at Atherton Mill, where a variety of coffees and WiFi connectivity abound. Pro tip: Try the cold brew — it’s hard to resist.
Not Just Coffee
2230 Park Rd
Take a breath in the light and airy space at Atherton Mill, where a variety of coffees and WiFi connectivity abound. Pro tip: Try the cold brew — it’s hard to resist.
Atherton was once a multi-building factory created by the Parks-Cramer Company in 1919. Catch Saturday farmers market hours (listed on the website) to shop a variety of local vendors. Tucked into the building, Savory Spice Shop is a local favorite for spices, seasonings, herbs, sauces and bitters. Bigger-name shops in the building include Alton Lane, Free People, Brideside, Anthropologie and Warby Parker. Pro tip: If you stop at Savory Spice, do stop and smell the spices — there are testers available.
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Atherton Mill
2120 South Boulevard
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Atherton was once a multi-building factory created by the Parks-Cramer Company in 1919. Catch Saturday farmers market hours (listed on the website) to shop a variety of local vendors. Tucked into the building, Savory Spice Shop is a local favorite for spices, seasonings, herbs, sauces and bitters. Bigger-name shops in the building include Alton Lane, Free People, Brideside, Anthropologie and Warby Parker. Pro tip: If you stop at Savory Spice, do stop and smell the spices — there are testers available.
With several light rail stations dotting the track through South End, it’s easy to catch a ride into Uptown, University City or away to south Charlotte. Pick your adventure. Pro tip: Check the schedule before you venture to a station to save time.
East/West Station
With several light rail stations dotting the track through South End, it’s easy to catch a ride into Uptown, University City or away to south Charlotte. Pick your adventure. Pro tip: Check the schedule before you venture to a station to save time.
You don’t even have to board the light rail to enjoy all the spectacles that the Charlotte Rail Trail has to offer. Check out the Rail Trail Symphony near New Bern Station, Edna’s Porch by Carson Station, the Magic Carpet Mural across the tracks from Atherton Market, and more along this 4.5-mile public trail. Pro tip: Walk this route to your next drinking or eating destination to spice up your travel time.
Charlotte Rail Trail
You don’t even have to board the light rail to enjoy all the spectacles that the Charlotte Rail Trail has to offer. Check out the Rail Trail Symphony near New Bern Station, Edna’s Porch by Carson Station, the Magic Carpet Mural across the tracks from Atherton Market, and more along this 4.5-mile public trail. Pro tip: Walk this route to your next drinking or eating destination to spice up your travel time.
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2208 Park Rd
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This little shop offers invitations and stationery by a variety of brands. Pro tip: ROOTS café is right down the sidewalk if you need a space to write.
Three Little Birds
2115 Southend Dr
This little shop offers invitations and stationery by a variety of brands. Pro tip: ROOTS café is right down the sidewalk if you need a space to write.
This neighborhood bar adds DJs, karaoke and live music to the drinking scene. Pro tip: Come for the cover bands.
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The Gin Mill South End
1423 South Tryon Street
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This neighborhood bar adds DJs, karaoke and live music to the drinking scene. Pro tip: Come for the cover bands.
Here, you can add pool to your night life. Pro tip: Expect weekend drink specials like $3 Coronas and $2 mimosas.
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Slate Charlotte
200 E Bland St
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Here, you can add pool to your night life. Pro tip: Expect weekend drink specials like $3 Coronas and $2 mimosas.
Great place for Breakfast
Famous Toastery Of Dilworth
2400 Park Road
Great place for Breakfast
Local Supermarket with a huge selection and a Starbucks inside.
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Harris Teeter
2717 South Blvd
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Local Supermarket with a huge selection and a Starbucks inside.
Gather in the taproom, which is huge and holds comfy couches, a bar and long tables. If you’re not busy trying the extensive list of kombuchas or brews (think gluten-free wild ales, gluten-reduced beer, sours and traditional ales and lagers), there are plenty of activities to partake in during the week: trivia, live music, yoga, upbeat fitness classes and pop-up markets. Pro tip: Taste-test a flight of kombuchas — you can’t go wrong with their clarity and effervescence.
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Lenny Boy Brewing Co.
3000 South Tryon Street
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Gather in the taproom, which is huge and holds comfy couches, a bar and long tables. If you’re not busy trying the extensive list of kombuchas or brews (think gluten-free wild ales, gluten-reduced beer, sours and traditional ales and lagers), there are plenty of activities to partake in during the week: trivia, live music, yoga, upbeat fitness classes and pop-up markets. Pro tip: Taste-test a flight of kombuchas — you can’t go wrong with their clarity and effervescence.
Settle into a chair under strings of white lights in this charming wine shop and order by the bottle or glass. You can even choose from a craft beer selection. Pro tip: Keep an eye out for evening events, like tastings.
Vin Master
2000 South Boulevard
Settle into a chair under strings of white lights in this charming wine shop and order by the bottle or glass. You can even choose from a craft beer selection. Pro tip: Keep an eye out for evening events, like tastings.
This restaurant concept, which shares a space and ownership with Hyde Brewing, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with its taphouse, coffee bar, fermentation lab and cafe components. Pro tip: Drink in the beautiful, plant-infused space while you drink a selection from the coffee bar (where coffee is viewed as art), or beer tap.
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The Suffolk Punch
2911 Griffith St
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This restaurant concept, which shares a space and ownership with Hyde Brewing, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with its taphouse, coffee bar, fermentation lab and cafe components. Pro tip: Drink in the beautiful, plant-infused space while you drink a selection from the coffee bar (where coffee is viewed as art), or beer tap.
Cure your chips and salsa cravings while you order a margarita and tacos, or other Tex-Mex fare. Pro tip: Order $2 tacos on Tuesdays.
Hot Taco
200 East Bland
Cure your chips and salsa cravings while you order a margarita and tacos, or other Tex-Mex fare. Pro tip: Order $2 tacos on Tuesdays.
This tapas and craft cocktail lounge offers a handsome dining (and date-night) experience, with upscale fare like charcuterie, American wagyu tartare and ricotta gnocchi. Pro tip: Try the cold-smoked Uncle Eddy cocktail.
Zeppelin
235 W Tremont Ave
This tapas and craft cocktail lounge offers a handsome dining (and date-night) experience, with upscale fare like charcuterie, American wagyu tartare and ricotta gnocchi. Pro tip: Try the cold-smoked Uncle Eddy cocktail.
This So-Cal spot has an enormous patio overlooking South Boulevard, for festive al fresco dining. Guac and chips, tacos and quesadillas, rice bowls and salads — you’ll find it all once you order that margarita. Pro tip: The street corn is a must.
Southbound
2433 South Blvd
This So-Cal spot has an enormous patio overlooking South Boulevard, for festive al fresco dining. Guac and chips, tacos and quesadillas, rice bowls and salads — you’ll find it all once you order that margarita. Pro tip: The street corn is a must.