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Best 40 New Places to Eat in Charlotte 2019

Each year, we publish our Top 100 Places to Eat in Charlotte list (don’t worry, just like winter- it’s coming). This year, we thought it would be fun to also celebrate the newcomers to our restaurant scene.

Similar to the #YelpCLTTop100 list, this will not look like any of the others out there. We’re focusing on locally owned businesses. There is no outside influence on this, it’s pulled from Yelp data. That’s right, your reviews determined the best new spots that have opened in Charlotte throughout the last year. Eats on this list span across the Greater Charlotte area. Everything from a food truck cranking out killer Cuban finger foods and fast casual Vietnamese, to vegan and vegetarian world cuisine, off the beaten path hidden gems, and a local spot changing lives one cup of coffee at a time.

Check out the full list below! Get social with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #YelpCLTBestNewEats when visiting these local eateries and be sure to share the love on Yelp.

Yelp’s Best 40 New Places to Eat in Charlotte 2019

  1. Ace No 3 (Belmont neighborhood)
  2. Community Matters Cafe (Uptown)
  3. Sheng Ramen (Ballantyne)
  4. Peppervine (SouthPark)
  5. Chatpatay (University)
  6. Rock Hill Bagels & Deli (Rock Hill)
  7. Be-Em Asian Kitchen (Galleria Blvd)
  8. Sweet Lew’s BBQ (Belmont neighborhood)
  9. Pho Viet & Seafood (Independence Blvd)
  10. Optimist Hall (Optimist Park)
  11. Cilantro Noodle (Plaza Midwood)
  12. 44 Mills Kitchen + Tap (Concord)
  13. La Victoria (Ballantyne)
  14. Open Rice Asian Kitchen (Blakeney)
  15. Grille Works Food & Drink (Gastonia)
  16. The Lodge Tavern and Tap (city of Belmont)
  17. LuLu’s Maryland Style Chicken & Seafood (West Charlotte)
  18. King Crab (Independence Blvd)
  19. Noble Smoke (West Charlotte)
  20. Cantina Do Brasil (Matthews)
  21. Steam It Up Seafood (Derita)
  22. Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails (South End)
  23. Spice Asian Kitchen (Fort Mill) 
  24. The Chef Restaurant (Concord)
  25. The Crunkleton (Elizabeth)
  26. RayNathan’s (Gastonia)
  27. Jyoti’s World Cuisine (Eastland)
  28. Fresh Egg Restaurant (Cornelius)
  29. Poke Bowlz (Fort Mill)
  30. Sukoshi (Uptown)
  31. Eight and Sand Kitchen (South End)
  32. Kosta’s Kitchen (Steele Creek)
  33. Pho at Noda (Villa Heights)
  34. Cicchetti (Uptown)
  35. No Forks Given (Food Truck)
  36. Napa at Kingsley (Fort Mill)
  37. Birra Burger (Matthews)
  38. Inishmore (Dilworth)
  39. Marathi Masala (Matthews)
  40. The Dunavant (South End)

Best New Restaurants in Greater Charlotte According to Yelp
Methodology:
This is a list of the best new restaurants in the Charlotte area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurants category, with Yelp pages created after December 1, 2018. “Best” is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business between December 1, 2018 and December 10, 2019. This list looked at businesses in the counties of Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Union and York.