7 Outstanding AAPI Owned Restaurants in Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and with that growth comes great food. In this young, fun city in North Carolina, you’ll find a wealth of amazing Asian-owned restaurants with fresh ingredients, amazing service and fun atmospheres. We’ve curated a list of 7 AAPI Owned Restaurants in Charlotte, NC you’ll want to try!
Seoul Food Meat Company
1400 S Church St Ste A, Charlotte, NC 28203
Right in the heart of Charlotte’s hippest neighborhood, Southend, Seoul Food Meat Co is the perfect spot for delicious Korean fare. Enjoy their Korean BBQ wings with some of their creative sides – the ramen mac and cheese and the kimchi smothered fries are a must. Pop by in the afternoon for a Saporo to enjoy the outdoor space or make a reservation to sing your K-Pop heart out in one of their karaoke rooms.
Hawkers Asian Street Food
1930 Camden Rd Ste 260, Charlotte, NC 28203
Conveniently located right off the East West light rail stop, Hawkers Asian Street Food is always bustling. Modeled after the Hawkers market stalls in Singapore, you’ll find all kinds of Asian fusion dishes. You have to try the cloud-like bao buns and PoPo Lo’s tangy curry, but can’t really go wrong with any order. Hawkers also has a great craft cocktail menu making it the perfect spot for drinks with friends.
1115 N Brevard St, Charlotte, NC 28206
Have a hankering for savory, spicy Indian food when in Charlotte? Look no further than Botiwalla Indian Street Grill. Nestled in Charlotte’s newest and coolest food court, Optimist Hall, Botiwalla boasts an exciting menu of beloved Indian dishes. We love the crowd favorite, chicken tikka roll, but the samosas, butter chicken and lamb burgers are all to die for. You’ll also enjoy the incredible service from Botiwalla’s servers, so head over to Optimist Hall for some shopping and make a night of it!
2173 Hawkins St Ste A, Charlotte, NC 28203
Yamazaru is the perfect combination of upscale with local flair. Their menu is a perfectly curated list of Japanese favorites including sushi rolls and big bowls of ramen. They’ve incorporated the city into their top dishes, so be sure to order the South End roll if you love spice and the Southern Beauty if you’re in the mood for avocado. If sushi isn’t your vibe, don’t miss one of their ramen dishes – the pork belly is out of this world. Yamazaru’s upscale atmosphere makes it the perfect spot for any occasion.
Matcha Cafe Maiko
8128 Providence Rd Ste 900, Charlotte, NC 28277
The craze for matcha, a deliciously foamy sweet green tea continues to sweep the nation, and Charlotte is no exception. Matcha Cafe Maiko is the cutest spot to try matcha in any form you like. They serve premium Uji matcha from Kyoto’s Harima Garden, and you can get it in a latte, a float, a frappe or even soft serve ice cream. This clean, bright and colorful cafe is the perfect spot for an afternoon sweet treat.
Pho Hoa Noodle Soup
3000 Central Ave Ste 1, Charlotte, NC 28205
Some of the best pho in Charlotte can be found in this hole in the wall shop tucked into a shopping center in the artsy, foodie neighborhood of Plaza Midwood. Not only is the food incredible, but the service is attentive and very speedy. When in North Carolina, you must try the brisket pho, and the bright papaya salad and fresh spring rolls are incredible. Pho Hoa Noodles is the perfect spot to enjoy authentic Vietnamese fare.
The Dumpling Lady
1115 N Brevard St, Charlotte, NC 28206
The Dumpling Lady is the best spot in Charlotte for authentic Sichuan food, everything from dumplings to noodles to wontons is fresh and delicious. Getting its start as a popular food truck during the Uptown lunch hour, the Dumpling Lady now has its own stall at the Optimist Hall food court. The pork and chive or garlic and chive dumplings are fresh and savory and the dan dan noodles are mouth wateringly delicious (and very spicy!).