10 Local Favorite Places to Eat

April 18, 2017

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
    This cozy café serves made-to-order southern breakfast, artisan sandwiches, homemade baked goods and locally roasted S&D Coffee. Whether you’ve worked up an appetite while shopping in Downtown Concord or made a special trip for today’s special, grab a seat in the window and gaze out onto Union Street while enjoying Carm’s wholesome home cooking.
  2. Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday
    At Gibson Mill, families and friends gather together around tasty fare from local food trucks like Comfort Foods on Wheels! Dive into a plate of Chicken & Waffles and save room for a slice of homemade sweet potato pie.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Gianni’s Trattoria
    Located in Downtown Concord, this neighborhood Italian restaurant serves up the most delicious, authentic Italian cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. For a more casual meal, head upstairs to The Pizza Loft for a hand-tossed slice.
  6. Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q
    This freezer-less barbecue joint topped FOX News’ list of best barbecue chains in America (2014), made Southern Living’s Reader’s Pick list for best pork sandwich (2013) and was named Restaurant of the Year at the 2013 Golden Helmet Awards for their tasty cheese biscuits, smoked-to-perfection plates and southern hospitality.
  7. R&R Bar-B-Que
    Join the great North Carolina barbecue 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.
  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. The Smoke Pit
    The line often extends out the door, but trust us– it’s worth the wait. Sourced from the quality butcher shop next door, prime cuts are smoked and served with essential southern sides like deviled egg potato salad. Come hungry!
  10. The Speedway Club
    This restaurant at Charlotte Motor Speedway offers the ultimate fan and guest experience as it overlooks America’s Home for Racing. Dine as a guest or make dinner reservations during Charlotte Restaurant Week for a bird’s-eye view of the track.
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