Top 10 Local Favorites

Add a pinch of Cabarrus County flavor to your plate!

That restaurant you’re so fond of from back home may be located here, too. But why not eat where the locals do? From best-kept secrets to happening local hotspots, here’s a list of places we hear are worth straying for.

  1. Carm’s Café
    Cozy café serving made-to-order southern breakfast, artisan sandwiches, homemade baked goods and locally roasted S&D Coffee. Grab a seat in the window and gaze out onto Union Street in Historic Downtown Concord while you enjoy wholesome home cooking.

  2. E Noodles Asian Bistro
    Contemporary and casual, the menu at E Noodles is full of influences from Asia. Enjoy delicious classics like fried rice and Pad Thai to steamy, traditional Vietnamese Pho and fresh sushi creations paired with the perfect martini.

  3. Gianni's Trattoria
    International flavor from a locally-owned hidden gem. Stop by this neighborhood Italian restaurant for authentic European Italian cuisine like Pappardelle Etuscana. For a more casual meal, head upstairs to the Pizza Loft for and a hand-tossed slice.

  4. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
    When they moved to town in 2012, Jim 'N Nick's quickly won over the CabCo community with their cheese biscuits, smoked-to-perfection plates and southern hospitality. This freezer-less barbecue joint topped FOX News list of best barbecue chains in America (March 2014), made Southern Living's Reader's Pick list for best pork sandwich (June 2013), and was awarded Restaurant of the Year at the 2013 Golden Helmet Awards.

  5. The Smoke Pit
    Open since December 2014, the line extends out the door as their customer base has exploded from 30 to 700 people per day. Sourced from the butcher shop next door, prime cuts are smoked and served with essential southern sides like deviled egg potato salad.

  6. The Speedway Club
    The ultimate fan and guest experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway where food and service match the location overlooking The Greatest Place to See the Race. Dine as a guest or have lunch with your “Over the Wall” tour for a birds-eye-view of the track.

  7. Forty Six
    Named for the number of chromosomes in the human body, this elegant restaurant is inspired by the neighboring North Carolina Research Campus. Quotes from famous luminaries adorn the dining room that’s warmed by the open kitchen where the culinary team creates healthful dishes made with local produce and fresh ingredients.

  8. Rocky River Grille
    This stunning restaurant in the Embassy Suites offers casual yet elegant dining. New world tastes meet classic American cuisine in a charged atmosphere with hip comfort. The restaurant and lounge overlook the scenic Rocky River Golf Club.

  9. Rosario’s Pizza
    Friends Giovanni and Roberto bring you 20 years of experience, New York style pizza, calzones, Stromboli, pastas, heroes and Gino's Italian Ice.

  10. R&R Bar-B-Que
    Become part of the Great North Carolina BBQ debate! Owners Bob and Rob share a name and a love for true Eastern NC vinegar-based pork BBQ that has led the railroad-themed restaurant to success since 1998. Their must-try menu item? Fried corn on the cob.

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