Plaza Midwood is known for being a trendy, laid-back neighborhood full of nightlife, low-key dive bars, and delicious and vibrant restaurants. Charlotte Magazine came up with a list of spots to get your grub on, thanks to their 2019 Best of the Best Awards, their 2019 25 Best New Restaurants, and their 2020 50 Best Restaurants lists. Check them out:

Soul Gastrolounge

The servers are hip, the sound system is bumping, and the menu is all over the place, with sushi rolls, daily hummus features, and shared plates. You can’t find this vibe anywhere else, and the food is just as good as it ever was, while the cocktails might be even better. 1500-B Central Ave., 704-348-1848.

Bistro La Bon

This Plaza Midwood favorite recently expanded to a second location in Cotswold. Dinner favorites include the Swedish meatballs, lavender chicken, and other tapas-style selections. 1322 Central Ave., 704-333-4646.


The No. 1 restaurant on any grey day list, this restaurant with exposed brick and small dining areas has a menu that ranges from pizza to cabbage rolls. 1427 E. 10th St., 704-347-2626.

NC Red

This spot from Bruce Moffett combines the shore food of his native Rhode Island with Southern cuisine. Fish preparation reflects this: with grilled Northern-style and Southern-fried options. Also on the menu: fried chicken, smoky mac and cheese, corn pudding, and much more. 1205 Thomas Ave., 704-321-4716.

Midwood Smokehouse

Lots of folks argue that Charlotte isn’t a barbecue town, but the crowds at Midwood Smokehouse with platters of smoked pork and traditional sides say otherwise. Multiple locations.