Jul 28, 2016 - Food and Drink

30 places that make south Charlotte cool

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Last fall, When I left Charlotte for college, I had no regrets. To me, Charlotte was yes, home, but also kind of boring. But when I came home this summer, something was different: it seemed that Charlotte had become, practically overnight, cool.

I quickly learned that not all of Charlotte was considered cool.


We all agree that NoDa is hip. South End is trendy. There’s tons to do Uptown. Plaza Midwood. Montford. Dilworth. Even Myers Park. But what about South Charlotte? I’m talking Blakeney, Ballantyne, Stonecrest, the Arboretum, Carmel Corners.

Will I, a south Charlotte homebody, ever not drive 25 plus minutes to meet my friend at the latest patio?

Will South Charlotte ever ditch its solely family-oriented, residential reputation?

If you’re determined enough, you can find some cool places in South Charlotte to try. These are some of my favorites.

It turns out that there are a lot of Uptown favorites that also have homes in south Charlotte.


Portofino’s– 8128 Providence Road

Inizio Pizza– 10620 Providence Road



Sushi 101– 5355 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

Jade Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar- 14815 Ballantyne Village Way

jade sushi charlotte
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Burgers and Barbecue

Midwood Smokehouse– 12410 Johnston Road

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar– 15105 John J Delaney Drive

bad daddy's cheeseburger

Greek, Mediterranean, Peruvian

Ilios Noche– 11508 Providence Road

Zoe’s Kitchen– 7631 Pineville Matthews Road

Viva Chicken12206 Copper Way

Akropolis- 8200 Providence Road



Flying Biscuit Cafe– 7930 Rea Road

Le Peep– 8140 Providence Road

Terrace Cafe– 14815 Ballantyne Village Way

Another Broken Egg Cafe– 11324 N Community House Road



The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company– 15105 John J Delaney


Amelie’s French Bakery– 7715 Pineville-Matthews Road

Sugar Donuts– 11914 Elm Lane



Bradshaw Social House– 8440 Rea Road

Brazwell’s Premium Pub– 11318 N Community House Road

Gallery Restaurant– 1000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

Cantina 1511– 7708 Rea Road

Growler USA– 12206 Copper Way

craft growler charlotte

Coffee and Juice

Fabo Coffee Art Bar– 8428 Park Road

Clean Juice– 7918 Rea Road

Clean Juice The Chocolate One


Be Yoga– 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road

Pure Barre– 8430 Rea Road

Enlighten Yoga– 9852 Rea Road

9 Round Fitness– 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road

Im=x Pilates Fitness and Wellness– 8035 Providence Road

Orange Theory Fitness– 8038 Providence Road

In all honesty, I’m not sure if south Charlotte will ever reach the same status of South End or NoDa.

orangetheory charlotte

A family friendly vibe is an essential part of what south Charlotte has to offer. And hey, maybe that’s not a bad thing.

But I think it’s time that we give south Charlotte a chance to become something more than just family friendly.

We’re way cooler than that.


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