What does it mean to be a conscious eater? It’s not just about choosing food that will nourish your body, but about buying food that also nourishes your community. Luckily, Charlotte has some great offerings for someone trying to eat more intentionally.
The Mayobird & Summit Room + Joe and Nosh & The Packhouse
A dinner only concept features Southern inspired plates and specialty cocktails named after the seven summits and using local, sustainable foods. The tables and chairs are upcycled from local houses and tobacco barns. The owner and operator, Deedee Mills, just recently opened two more restaurants with the same business model. Joe and Nosh, a coffee and sandwich shop, and The Pack House, a dinner spot serving southern cuisine that pays homage to North Carolina’s tobacco industry.
For all four restaurants, 10 percent of net profits go to support Behailu Academy, an after-school refuge for at-risk youth to find peace and opportunity through art.
1531 East Blvd
Open daily, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1531 East Blvd.
Open Monday-Saturday, 5 p.m. – Close
500 E. Morehead Street, Suite 150-B
(Kitchen will close at 3pm)
Saturday and Sunday Closed
500 E. Morehead Street, Suite 150-A
Saturday: 10am-3pm, brunch, 4pm-10pm, dinner
Sunday: 10am-3pm, brunch
The King’s Kitchen & Bakery
A non-profit restaurant located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte serving southern-inspired cuisine from Carolina farms and purveyors, The King’s Kitchen & Bakery opened in 2010 on the corner of Trade and Church. The Southern cuisine is a top notch, Jim Noble restaurant. But it’s amazing food with a purpose. The profits and proceeds from The King’s Kitchen go toward feeding the “spiritual and physical needs of those who have the least in our community and to train and equip those previously unemployable in the restaurant trade.”
129 W. Trade St.
Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – Close
Julia’s Cafe & Books
A quiet coffee shop that’s not too far from Uptown, with excellent parking, and a shared space with Habitat’s ReStore (with a huge selection of used books), Julia’s Café and Books brew locally roasted coffee, serve local and organic breakfast and lunch options and proceeds support Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte.
1133 N. Wendover Rd.
Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Open Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Community Culinary School of Charlotte Cafe
This cafe on Monroe Road in an unassuming strip mall is well worth a visit during lunch and is easy to get to for a midday break. But the café is part of a local non-profit that provides training and job placement assistance in the food service industry for adults who face barriers to successful employment. As Executive Director Chef Ron Ahlert often says, “We’re not just creating cooks, we’re creating employees.”
9315-D Monroe Road
Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In the heart of downtown Belmont, Cherubs Café is a breakfast and lunch spot featuring fresh-baked desserts and gourmet, specialty coffees, soups, salads and sandwiches, ice creams. The café is part of Holy Angels, an organization that provides compassionate, dependable care and opportunities for high-quality living to those with intellectual developmental disabilities and delicate medical conditions, allowing residents the opportunity to socialize, learn about the business and vocational training which can lead to better employment options. All profits are used to fund programs and services of Holy Angels.
23 North Main St.
Open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21
Looking for some great Charlotte eateries perfect for your next date? We’ve got you covered.
3106 N Davidson St
A “southern kitchen and craft cocktail bar”, this eatery boasts food that is amazing to both eat and photograph. The dishes have regional touches from Haberdish’s mill history in the NoDa neighborhood. Don’t miss out on the fried chicken!
Heirloom ingredients, preservation, and sustainable meats and seafood is all good, but nothing beats splitting a basket Levain bread with butter as you watch the sun sets across Romare Bearden Park.
1508 S. Mint St. Unit B.
The place to go for an intimate vibe, and eclectic, American small plate food. Located in Charlotte’s dynamic South End neighborhood, this is the perfect place for a sweet treat like the carrot cake with ginger, cream cheese and opal basil.
Dilworth Tasting Room
300 East Tremont Ave.
Located in the heart of Dilworth, this circa-1940’s style building creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the wine bars and Enotecas of Europe. On Tuesday’s you can get a free cheese board with a wine flight. Take these treats out to the secret garden and koi pond for a magical experience at night.
222 S Caldwell St.
The experience of Fahrenheit is all about the cocktail and the sweeping views of Charlotte’s skyline at night. The new American cuisine is great, but you’ll remember the romance of the view.
1100 Metropolitan Ave #125
or 8630 Lindholm Dr, Huntersville
This restaurant is a relaxed, cozy location for a perfect date that doesn’t try too hard. The signature dish, Just for the Halibut, started as a monthly special that only was available every now and then, but became so popular it was added as a regular menu item.
500 S. Tryon St.
Browse the art in the Mint Museum Uptown before heading to the refined Halcyon, in the same building. An upscale farm-to-table restaurant, Halcyon is a “celebration of artisanal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas and beyond. . . “ Start with the blue cheese souffle.
2000 South Blvd #510
This South End restaurant boasts a fresh and innovative take on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine. Don’t pass up the edamame with pink Himalayan salt and truffle oil.
6902 Phillips Place
After a movie at Regal Phillips Place Stadium 10, walk over to this longtime Charlotte establishment for a sweep of the affordable sushi menu featuring day boat seafood and award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine.
Photo by Cody Hughes @clhughes21