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The Tastiest South End Restaurants in Charlotte

O-Ku
Superica
Bang Bang Burgers
Bang Bang Burgers
Let’s Meat KBBQ
300 East
Poppy’s Bagels and More
Rai Lay
Bardo
Fairwood 226
O-Ku
Superica
Bang Bang Burgers
Bang Bang Burgers
Let’s Meat KBBQ
300 East
Poppy’s Bagels and More
Rai Lay
Bardo
Fairwood 226

Charlotte is the most tenanted city in North Carolina. This contributes to the rise of many restaurants, most of which have perfected the culinary art over the years. There’s a range of cuisines available in this business hub, and many restaurants are reasonably priced. We went around sampling various restaurants to enjoy the whole culinary experience, and we found this to be among the best South End restaurants in Charlotte.

 


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O-Ku

2000 South Blvd., Ste. 510, Charlotte
(704) 594-1922

For the ultimate Asian cuisine in Charlotte, O-Ku perfectly fits the bill. It is one of the best South End restaurants in Charlotte. The restaurant has an authentic Asian touch, and it was a great experience. Some of us don’t like raw seafood, but their sushi was extraordinary. The Executive Chef and the rest of the staff exude radiant enthusiasm and help one navigate through the sushi selections. We also enjoyed the wagyu beef and duck. They also have a great wine selection which we fully utilized. O-Ku has been voted as one of the Best Sushi Restaurants in the US by Travel & Leisure. We must say they did live up to our expectations. Plus, they have a gluten-free menu with fantastic food.

 


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Superica

101 W. Worthington Avenue #100 Charlotte NC 28203
(980) 321-9914

We went into Superica with our stomachs rumbling in anticipation. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long since we had already joined the online waitlist. We had cheese enchiladas, grilled shrimp diablo, and our all-time favorite, the fajita Parilla Mixta (marinated grilled chicken and steak served with guacamole, sour cream, charro beans, homemade tortillas, pico de gallo, cheese, and Mexican butter). The food was flavor-packed amazing, the staff was polite, and the prices were just right. We also got ourselves a copy of the Tex-Mex Cook Book to try out some of those comfort-food recipes at home.

 


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Bang Bang Burgers

235 West Tremont Av. Suite 101 Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 225-1016

2001 E 7th Street D, Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-4505

Bang Bang Burgers are firm believers in offering quality and have partnered with some of the best players for their supplies. These include Jane’s Gluten-Free Bakery for gluten-free buns, LaFrieda for dry-aged Angus beef steaks, and Dukes Bread for artisan brioche buns. We relished in their signature burger, a combination of homemade pickles, American cheese, red onion, sliced tomato, green leaf lettuce, and the super tasty Bang sauce. Other additions to their burgers include shaved jalapeños, bacon, fried onion rings, sautéed portobello mushrooms, and a whole range of cheeses. All the burgers we ate were super impressive, living up to the restaurants’ name!

 


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Let’s Meat KBBQ

1400 Church Street B Charlotte NC 28203
(980) 299-4389

Let’s Meat KBBQ is a Korean all-you-can-eat barbecue joint that serves some of the most amazing meat prepared in authentic Korean style. The setup is table-side grilling which was thrilling. We savored their lemon garlic pork belly, bulgogi, beefsteak, rosemary pork belly, chili shrimp, fire squid, and spicy chicken. All the meat options were finger-licking good. We also enjoyed the drinks: Korean Ice Coffee, Black Soybean, and Korean Cider. The restaurant also serves beers and wine. We didn’t want to leave, but there’s a 2-hour dine-in limit so that they can serve as many people as possible. They were pretty keen on maintaining the social distancing protocols. This is undoubtedly one of the best South End restaurants in Charlotte.

 


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300 East

300 East Blvd Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 332-6507

300 East serves excellent food. The atmosphere is casual, the ambiance is excellent, and the staff is pleasant. We enjoyed the chicken biscuit picnic box, which is sizeable and sufficient for two people. It includes buttermilk fried chicken breasts, mac and cheese, lusty monk mustard, freshly baked biscuits, seasonal slaw, and two cans of wine. It was delicious. We also enjoyed their hummus (pita wedges, veggies, marinated olives), Chesapeake style crab cakes, and Asian tuna burger (seaweed salad, Thai chili mayo, Wasabi, and pickled ginger on Duke’s brioche).

 


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Poppy’s Bagels and More

2201 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28201
(704) 900-5107

Poppy’s is renowned for its remarkable, fresh bagels, which are available in twelve different flavors. You can get a ciabatta, white, rye, or multigrain bagel, which we found impressive. A must-try is the Eggs Benedict Bagel. Another specialty is the Everything Bagel (a combination of cream cheese, bacon, and egg) and Poppy’s Club (roast turkey, avocado, cheddar, lettuce, bacon, and tomato). We also relished their sandwiches, paninis, and soups. The restaurant offers takeaway, delivery, and dine-in options. There is outdoor seating which was cool, the staff is friendly, and the pricing is decent.

 


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The Waterman Fish Bar

2729 South Blvd (Suite D), Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 275-5558

The Waterman is a seafood restaurant with a stunning view of South End, which is best seen from the rooftop bar. The outdoor seating is refreshing, the customer service is impeccable, and the prices are reasonable. We started with seafood gumbo and salmon spinach apple soup, which were both amazing. Then we indulged in ceviche perlite, and oysters on the half shell, then had the crispy calamari and voodoo shrimp, all of which were wonderfully tasty. There’s a brunch menu on weekends between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 


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Rai Lay

1520 South Blvd #130, Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 207-0991 or (980) 207-2211

Rai Lay is a small but cozy outlet serving delicious Thai street food, Asian comfort food, and sushi. The atmosphere is sleek and gives an industrial feel. The ingredients are fresh, enhancing the food’s flavor. The red duck curry, red chicken curry, and green chicken curry were all lovely. We got to enjoy great wine, draft beer, and specialty cocktails with our meal. Although closed on Mondays, there is every other day of the week to relish in this goodness. The service is top-notch, the atmosphere is warm, the prices are reasonable, and the food is delicious.

 


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Bardo

1508 South Mint Street, Unit B Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 585-2433

Bardo’s concept is an American-tasting menu. The outlet is chef-driven, and the service is exemplary. The restaurants’ ambiance is pleasant and inviting. Food is served either as a 3-course, 5, 7, or 12-course meal. We had the 7-course dinner and wine pairing – the experience was magical. Our favorites were the short ribs and beef tartar. The food presentation was splendid, and the food, drinks, and dessert were all flavorful. This is one of the best South End restaurants in Charlotte. We are definitely coming back here.

 


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Fairwood 226

226 Fairwood Ave, Charlotte, NC
(980) 309-0463

The setting is intimate and casual, and you can even walk in wearing sweat pants. Fairwood is famous for its local craft drinks, which are as mesmerizing as their meals. Wine and dine and enjoy breathtaking views from their outdoor seating setup. We relished in their delicious mac and cheese with smoked brisket, soft pretzel with beer cheese, and smoked chicken wings. The firewood nachos (Jalapenos, grilled chicken, sour cream, lettuce, fire-roasted salsa, and white corn tortilla chips) were to die for. We made a note to revisit this outlet next time we are in the neighborhood.