Eat like the locals! From best-kept secrets to happening hot spots, here’s a list of places to eat that you ought to make time for during your next visit to Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland, and Mount Pleasant.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


73 & Main
This American restaurant and pub is inside the restored, historic Mt. Pleasant Hosiery Mill. Enjoy Sunday brunch or have an upscale dinner in the Mercantile Dining Room. Guest can also grab a quick bite and local beer on the Hosiery Mill Pub side or choose from almost 100 different options at the Bourbon Bar.


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!


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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