Here’s what 2016 contributed to the Charlotte dining scene

screen-shot-2016-12-29-at-4-28-19-pmThe dining scene in Charlotte seems to keep stepping up its game, and 2016 saw a number of fabulous new restaurant openings, serving everything from fast-casual lunch fare to fine dining food and craft cocktails. While it is hard to pick the top five new dining spots in Charlotte that opened in the past year, named their favorites.

Topping the list is YAFO, a quick-casual and straight forwar Mediterranean eatery that offers bold Middle Eastern flavors in the neighborhood of SouthPark.  The restaurant is doing so well that they are planning a second location for Plaza Midwood.

Next on the list is O-Ku in South End, which serves “Asian cuisine with a southern approach,” focusing on sushi and small plates.

Dilworth’s Kid Cashew offers up dishes such as Spanish octopus, a lamb burger, and mac and five-cheese gratin in a rustic chic setting serving Mediterranean and new American food. The wood-burning oven is definitely a focus of the kitchen and the food that is served here.

There are two Uptown spots that made the top five list, one of which is Sea Level, which offers the freshest seafood and includes an oyster bar and fantastic craft cocktail and craft beer list.

The other tasty new addition to Uptown Charlotte is Essex Bar and Bistro, which serves gastropub fare in the form of small plates, and the cool spot also mixes up an array of craft cocktails. Plus, the great patio space here certainly doesn’t hurt.

Fifteen other honorable mentions made the list for best new restaurant openings in Charlotte, in case you needed a few more options for great food. For the full lineup and plenty of details on the thriving and delicious dining scene in Charlotte, be sure to read the full article at


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