Local Eats

*Price range $-$$$$. Estimates are courtesy of Yelp

Name Distance from Sheraton Price* Recommendation
Area: Metropolitan
Pizzeria Omaggio .5 miles: 11 min walk $$ Authentic Italian pizza
Tastebuds Popcorn .5 miles: 11 min walk $$ Locally owned, over 200 flavors of gourmet popcorn
Which Wich .5 miles: 11 min walk $ Customizable “wiches” (sandwiches), vegetarian friendly
Zoes Kitchen .5 miles, 11 min walk $ Greek and Mediterranean food. Healthy, inexpensive, relatively quick option
Vivace .6 miles: 13 min walk $$ Stylish, modern day Italian food
Hickory Tavern .6 miles: 11 min walk $$ Local sports bar chain, with decent food and lots of TVs
Dressler’s .6 miles: 11 min walk $$$ High end, nice restaurant
Cherry Berry .6 miles: 11 min walk $ Self-serve frozen yogurt bar with a wide variety of toppings
Pisces Sushi .6 miles: 12 min walk $$ Sushi!
Chipotle .6 miles: 12 min walk $ Mexican food chain, can always get a solid burrito. Cheap and fast option
Area: Uptown
Fahrenheit .5 miles: 10 min walk $$$ This is a great roof top spot in a nearby hotel. Fabulous views! (Only open for dinner)
Mimosa Grill .7 miles: 16 min walk $$ Global cuisine with a Southern twist. Often named one of Charlotte’s best restaurants
Vapiano .8 miles: 18 min walk $$ Euro-chic chain for pastas, pizzas & more, ordered cafeteria-style in modern environs with a bar
Rooster's Wood Fired Kitchen .9 miles: 20 min walk, 10 min bus, 6 min car $$ Great restaurant uptown with an emphasis on local farm-to-table foods. Bar seats that look onto an open kitchen are available. Looks small when you look inside, but there is an upstairs. (Closed for lunch Sat, Closed Sun) Celine's favorite!
Mert’s Heart & Soul .9 miles: 21 min walk, 16 min bus, 6 min car $$ Southern comfort food/diner. Amazing cornbread. Food tends to the salty side, but lots of southern specialties.
Queen City Q .9 miles: 20 min walk, 16 min bus, 4 min car $$ This is a great BBQ place in the same building as the super cool 7th street market. Great variety of BBQ sauces at the table to try. Corn maque choux is an awesome side dish there. Celine's favorite!
5 Church 1.0 miles: 22 min walk, 7 min car $$ Excellent bar and restaurant uptown, though is usually quite busy
Green’s Lunch 1.0 miles: 23 min walk, 12 min bus, 5 min car $ Old school hotdog and burger place, nothing fancy. Located near the BB&T ballpark. (Lunch only, closed Sunday)
Dandelion Market 1.1 miles: 23 min walk, 18 min bus, 6 min car $$ Great small plates. Try the lamb lollipops. Upstairs turns into a club after hours - tables lift to the ceiling using a pulley system. Celine's favorite!
The Wooden Vine 1.1 miles: 23 min walk, 18 min bus, 5 min car $$ Great place for sharing fantastic small plates, with an emphasis on local foods, and of course, a great wine list.
7th Street Public Market 1.1 miles: 25 min walk, 15 min bus, 5 min car $$ Local vendors, local food, pizza, sandwiches, crepes. Assortment of local jams. Bakery and wine shop. (Closes early evening)
Pinky’s Westside Grill 2.7 miles: 27 min bus, 5 min car $ Offbeat American eatery, with cocktails
Area: Charlotte Ave and Hawthorn
1900 Mexican Grill .9 miles: 19 min walk, 11 min bus, 4 min car $$ Mexican grill and tequila bar, lively ambiance
Customshop Handcrafted Food .9 miles, 20 min walk, 11 min bus, 4 min car $$$ Modern American trattoria, with Spanish, Italian, and French influences. (Only open for dinner, closed Mondays)
Elizabeth Creamery .9 miles: 20 min walk, 11 min bus, 15 min car $ Delicious creamy homemade ice cream and frozen yogurt.
Earl’s Grocery 1.0 miles: 20 min walk, 12 min bus, 4 min car $$ Grocery, cafe, deli, pastries (Closes early on Sundays)
Nothing But Noodles 1.0 miles: 20 min walk, 11 min bus, 5 min car $ Italian, American, Asian, all kinds of noodles (Closed for dinner Sundays)
Viva Chicken 1.0 miles: 21 min walk, 11 min bus, 5 min car $ Peruvian rotisserie joint
Area: Southend
Midnight Diner 1.0 miles: 22 min walk, 18 bus/train, 4 min car $ Open 24/7. Traditional American diner food
300 East 1.3 miles: 28 min walk, 18 min bus, 6 min car $$ Family owned, indoor/outdoor seating, homey feeling, new American food. Emphasis on local food. Celine’s Favorite!
Price's Chicken Coop 1.4 miles: 29 min walk, 17 min bus, 5 min car $ Line up to get authentic southern fried chicken with hush puppies served in newspaper. No tables, you can only take it to go. (Open 10am-6pm, closed Sun, Mon.)
The Liberty 1.4 miles: 31 min walk, 16 min bus, 5 min car $$ Gastropub with high end food, great burgers, and cocktails
Sullivan’s 1.6 miles: 33 min walk, 19 min bus, 6 min car $$$ On the expensive side, but excellent steaks and seafood. (Open for dinner only on Sat and Sun)
Tupelo Honey Cafe 1.8 miles: 32 min walk, 17 min bus, 5 min car $$ Southern food with a modern twist. Full bar features local craft beers and inventive cocktails
Mac's Speed Shop 2.1 miles: 42 min walk, 29 min bus, 7 min car $$ Biker/Racing themed restaurant with BBQ
Area: Dilworth
131 Main 1.4 miles: 28 min walk, 12 min bus, 9 min car $$ Modern twist on classic American food.
Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill 1.5 miles: 30 min walk, 13 min bus, 8 min car $$ Excellent traditional American pub food, amazing garlic fries
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar 1.6 miles: 32 min walk, 11 min bus, 8 min car $$ Outrageous burgers and fantastic sweet potato fries, tater tots, fried pickles.
Zen Fusion 2.0 miles: 27 min walk, 14 min bus, 8 min car $$ Asian - Spanish fusion. Tapas and sushi (only serve sushi during dinner, open only for dinner Sat and Sun)
Area: Plaza Midwood
Soul Gastrolounge 1.7 miles: 34 min walk, 18 min bus, 6 min car $$ One of the hottest bar/restaurants in Charlotte, worth the cab ride. They don't take reservations, so expect to wait 30-45 minutes for a table, but enjoy great cocktails while you wait. Cucumber mules on tap! The pork belly watermelon tacos are amazing, as is the Shrimp Ceviche. Dinner only. Celine’s Absolute Favorite!
Workman's Friend 1.7 miles: 34 min walk, 18 min bus, 6 min car $$ Great Irish pub, with nice patio out back. Try the sliders. Dinner only. Celine's favorite
The Diamond 1.7 miles: 36 min walk, 20 min bus, 6 min car $ Comfort food/greasy spoon diner with a hipster vibe
Area: NoDa
Amelie’s 2.4 miles: 23 minute bus, 9 min car $$ For your 24 hour French pastry needs, take a cab here. Free wifi, awesome eclectic decor, really good coffee, and seriously great pastries. They don't serve alcohol, though. Celine's favorite
Jack Beagles 3.0 miles: 25 min bus, 9 min car $ Great mac n cheese, great pork tacos. Good pub food all around
Cabo Fish Taco 3.0 miles: 26 min bus, 10 min car $$ Try the Cabo Roll, it's pretty delicious. Celine's favorite!


*Price range $-$$$$. Estimates are courtesy of Yelp

Name Distance from Sheraton Price* Recommendation
Area: NoDa
Birdsong Brewing 1.3 miles: 27 min walk,19 min bus, 6 min car $ Great atmosphere, known for their Jalapeno pale ale
NoDa Brewing Co. 2.2 miles: 21 min bus, 8 min car $ Located in arts neighborhood. Doesn’t serve food, but often food trucks around
Free Range Brewing 2.3 miles: 27 min bus, 7 min car $ NoDa’s newest brewery. Often a food truck and always a tractor out front
Heist Brewery 2.7 miles: 24 min bus, 9 min car $$ Acclaimed craft beer and unique menu of “twisted American cuisine”
Salud Beer Shop 3.0 miles: 30 min bus, 10 min car $$ Large selection of beer, especially hard-to-find. A fun space to hang out in with an old Nintendo in the corner
Area: Southend
Unknown Brewing Company 1.4 miles: 30 min walk, 35 min bus, 6 min car $ Historic building, huge space, but lots of cozy nooks
Lenny Boy Brewing Co 2.0 miles: 41 min walk, 25 min bus, 7 min car $ Certified organic beers, gluten-free options. Simple but cozy ambiance
Triple C Brewing 2.5 miles: 50 min walk, 24 min public trans, 9 min car $ Indoor, outdoor space. No food, but there is often a food truck outside.
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 6.3 miles: 42 min bus, 11 min car $$ Converted factory, outdoor biergarten. Also has a great food menu


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Bus: Buses run approx. every 20 minutes. A single ride is $2.20, exact change. Pay on the bus. Light rail: Purchase ticket at any station cost is $2.20. Taxi company numbers (no rate difference between them):

  • City Cab: 704-333-3327
  • Crown Cab: 704-334-6666
  • Royal Cab: 704-222-2222

Note: The Sheraton has car service, but won’t call cabs/taxis. The car service costs the same as a cab would

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