Sushi of Charlotte

Are you craving sushi, but haven’t found your favorite sushi place yet? Charlotte has so many tasty restaurants, including sushi joints. Here are some places that will hit the spot for that craving!

OKU

2000 South Boulevard
Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28203

If you are looking for an upscale sushi place with low-key vibes, Oku is your place. Oku has high quality sushi with rice that seems to melt in your mouth. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Oku not only offers delicious sushi, but specialty entrees. While rolls can be a little pricey, Oku offers half off rolls from 5:30-7:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. You’ll need a reservation here because it’s so popular!

Yamazaru Sushi & Sake

2173 Hawkins St
Ste A
Charlotte, NC 28203

Yamazaru is located closely to Oku, conveniently next to Sycamore Brewery. You won’t need a reservation here if you’re willing to wait maybe ten to fifteen minutes for a table. This place offers rolls that differ from its Oku neighbor, which is great for variety! The options are almost overwhelming, but it also means you’ll never get bored with the menu! While they do not offer any sushi specials, this place is pretty affordable with most rolls being in the $10-15 range.

Akahana

1308 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205

If you’re looking for BOGO sushi, this is your place. You cannot beat this deal! Plus, there are a lot of sushi choices without meat or with cooked meat. It’s vegetarian and pregnancy safe! Just look at the online menu here, then call in your order and it will be ready for pickup by the time you make it to the restaurant. If taking sushi home isn’t your thing, they also have a lovely seating area to dine in.

Futo Buta

222 Bland St
Bland Street Light Rail Station
Charlotte, NC 28203

While Futo Buta is known for its ramen, the Southend restaurant also has terrific sushi. This place is popular, so you’ll want a reservation! If you want sushi as an appetizer before an amazing ramen entree, Futo Buta is your place! Check out what people have to say about this restaurant on yelp.

 

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too!

New Name, Old Place: Optimist Hall

This former mill was built in 1892 as Tompkins Hall, but just one block away from the Parkwood Station of the Light Rail, this redevelopment is being reborn as Optimist Hall. 

The project brings together an exciting collection of food hall, retail, restaurants and office space; made possible by the unique design and topography of the building. Optimist Hall is on a downward slope. It’s creating a wholly original landscape that allows for different levels and individual nooks for a variety of businesses. 

During the modernization construction, developers found a house under the parking lot, and thousands of spindle spools with thread still on them from the mill. The discovered spindles will be used as decor.

Duke Energy moves into the space soon, but check out the lineup opening March 1, 2019: 

The Dumpling Lady—the first brick-and-mortar location for the popular area food truck. 

 

Archer Paper Goods—the first North Carolina location of a popular Atlanta and Dallas paper goods store. 

 

Billy Sunday—Chicago-based cocktail lounge offering classic drinks, vintage spirits and new creations. 

 

Pet Wants—Featuring fresh, slow-cooked and natural ingredients for your pets. 

 

Bao + Broth Ramen + Bun Shop – An Asian-inspired food stall. 

 

Fonta Flora Brewery – Brewery and tasting room, featuring a large outdoor patio.

 

Aix Rotisserie – French Rotisserie from the owners of Aix En Provence.

 

Undercurrent Coffee – A full service coffee and espresso bar.

 

Honeysuckle Gelato –Handmade gelato, gelato sandwiches and sorbet.

 

Papi Queso – A “grilled cheese streatery” food truck opening it’s first brick-and-morter.  

 

AVA – A Tampa-based Italian food and Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant.

 

Suárez Bakery & Barra – Pastries, house-made breads and doughnuts, along with a Cuban menu.

 

Zukku Sushi – Featuring sushi rolls, sushi burritos and poke bowls.

 

With all these new places to explore and a bright future ahead, the new moniker fits the future for this once forgotten mill.