The following are the top ten restaurants that are on my list of favorite places to go when eating in Charlotte.
1. The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is one of those restaurants that you go when you are celebrating something special. The restaurant is very upscale, and it is a four-course fondue dining experience. The menu includes creamy cheese fondues, salads, wine and chocolate fondue desserts. It usually costs about $42 per person to eat and drink there, but the experience is certainly worth the price.
Carrabbas is a wonderful friendly Italian restaurant. It is even kid friendly, where kids have their own special menu which includes chicken fingers, pasta, and kid-size pizzas. The best part is that they actually give the pizza dough to the kids to make on their own. Their chicken parmesan is a crowd pleaser for the adults, and it is only $15 which includes either soup or salad.
3. Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House in uptown Charlotte is great for a romantic evening, a night out with friends, or having a business meeting. The décor consists of granite floors, wood paneling, artwork, a distinctive chandelier, and wine displays. It is known for its meat selections, but it has various other entrees as well including seafood dishes.
4. Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory is located at Southpark Mall. The restaurant is famous for its many varieties of delicious cheesecake. It also serves appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pizza, pastas, seafood, steaks, egg dishes, and other specialties.
5. Sports Page
This really is a local favorite of mine. All the locals like to eat here. There are two sections of this restaurant here in Charlotte. There is the bar section which is great for nightlife entertainment, and then there is the main restaurant part. The restaurant is decorated in sports memorabilia, and has a very friendly laid-back atmosphere. The staff is very welcoming, and the there are many different foods on the menu. Many people are impressed with their delicious salads and their “Sports Page Sampler” which has buffalo wings, mozzarella triangles, beer battered onion rings & chicken Santa Fe dip or spinach artichoke dip for $10.95.
6. Davinici’s Pizza
This is honestly the best New York style pizza that I have tasted in Charlotte. It is located in the new shops at Davis Lake in Charlotte. Almost every employee is Italian, and the food that is served is truly genuine Italian. The best part is that the prices are a steal for the huge pizza pies that you get there, and the chances of you having to take some home with you is highly probable. The décor is very straightforward, but they have a lovely courtyard outside where you can sit.
7. Villa Antonio
This restaurant is known as one of Charlotte’s most romantic Italian restaurants. It has a nice romantic atmosphere where there is live entertainment seven nights a week. The Italian cuisine goes nicely with romantic candlelight.
8. Boardwalk Billy’s
Boardwalk Billy’s the University location is a beautiful location to eat. It sits right on the water next to the paddle boats. It is a very relaxed crowd that goes there. Their menu has many selections including appetizers, wings, soups, salads, baby back ribs, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and even has an oyster bar. One of the favorites there is their Jamaican Jerk Chicken which is served over Island rice with corn on the cob and chipotle mango salsa for $9.99.
9. Baoding Chinese Restaurant
Some people claim that Baoding Chinese Restaurant is the best Chinese restaurant in Charlotte. It has truly authentic Chinese food. It is known for its excellent food and service. The food is a little pricey, but definitely worth it.
10. Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill
Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill opened its doors in Charlotte in December of 2000. Diners enjoy sitting in a contemporary lodge atmosphere. It is set with vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, and aspen columns. There usually is a roaring fire in the stone fireplace also which adds to the ambiance. They have a large menu which includes salads, sandwiches, steaks, and seafood.