When in Cabarrus County, eat like the locals do! From best-kept secrets to happening hot spots, here’s a list of the restaurants you ought to make time for during your next visit to Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mount Pleasant — straight from a local’s mouth.

  1. Carm’s Café
    This cozy café serves 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 influenced by Asian flavors. 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
    Stop by this neighborhood Italian restaurant for authentic Italian cuisine like Pappardelle Etuscana. For a more casual meal, head upstairs to the Pizza Loft for 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 Cabarrus County community with their cheese biscuits, smoked-to-perfection plates and southern hospitality. This freezer-less barbecue joint topped the 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, their line consistently extends out the door as their customer base has exploded from 30 to 700 people per day — but it’s worth the wait. 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
    This restaurant at Charlotte Motor Speedway offers the ultimate fan and guest experience, as it overlooks The Greatest Place to See the Race. Dine as a guest or have lunch with your “Over the Wall” tour for a bird’s-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, which is 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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