Jan 20, 2023 - News

Where to eat and drink at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Sycamore Brewing in Concourse E. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Sycamore Brewing in Concourse E. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world.

Why it matters: As passenger traffic continues to rebound, so will the number of people looking for places to eat and drink from Concourse A all the way down to Concourse E. 

What’s next: Six new spots are opening at the airport, Bob Boorom, VP of operations for HMSHost, tells Axios. HMSHost operates many of the airport’s dining options. Upcoming local additions include The Waterman and Midwood Smokehouse, giving you seafood and barbecue options.

Take a look around: 

Concourse A

NoDa Brewing Company is a Charlotte institution, and you can’t go wrong with a beer and bite to eat here. You’ll find it near gate A29. You can also buy to-go cans here too.

  • It has flat breads and tacos to accompany the beer and spirits menu. NoDa has favorite beers on tap like Hop, Drop ‘N Roll (7.2% ABV IPA) and Jam Session (5.1% ABV pale ale).
NoDa Brewing beer sits on the counter at their airport location.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

The Broken Spoke, a Charlotte original, sits near gate A21. The cocktail bar on wheels can be moved into Concourse A North once construction is complete in 2024. It will also include new signage to reflect the names used at its sibling locations in NoDa and Waxhaw: Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. 

  • Try the grapefruit mule and watch the bartender slap the rosemary garnish to awaken the herb’s oils.

Go deeper: Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. expands to Waxhaw

The Broken Spoke at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The Broken Spoke at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Concourse B

Summer House was the first new space HMSHost opened in Charlotte after the pandemic started. It includes a sit-down restaurant and bar, as well as a grab-and-go market near gates B5-6.

  • It has a California feel and inspired menu, from fish tacos to a California-inspired wine list.

Bonus: All of their breads for Summer House are made by Charlotte’s Sunflour Baking Company.

Summer House fish tacos.
Fish tacos. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Concourse C

Chicago-based Beatrix Market opened in mid-January near gate C8. The grab-and-go spot boasts plenty of healthy options, but definitely try one of their giant chocolate chip cookies.

Beatrix Market chocolate chip cookie.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Beatrix Market bag in front of the entrance.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Concourse D

CommonSpace, which sits near The Plaza, doubles as a coffee shop by day and a bar at night, allowing you to get your morning coffee or an espresso martini, depending on the time of your flight.

Bonus: They serve Counter Culture Coffee, a Durham-based coffee roaster.

Commonspace espresso martini.
CommonSpace espresso martini. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
CommonSpace signage.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Wicked Weed, an Asheville-based brewing company that opened its spot at the airport in 2019, can be found in The Plaza in Concourse D.

Bonus: You can order neighboring Shake Shack from Wicked Weed’s bar.

Wicked Weed beer and Shake Shack French fries.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Wicked Weed beers lined up.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Concourse E

Sycamore Brewing opened in Concourse E last November. You’ll find it near gates E36-45.

  • The vibrant, well-lit space makes you feel like you’re anywhere but in an airport. Order their Mountain Candy beer, a 7.5% ABV IPA with fruit flavors. It’s Sycamore’s No. 1 selling beer, according to their sales director Nicole Kern.
  • They also serve everything from breakfast dishes like a farmhouse skillet to entrees like chicken and grits and pork ribs with polenta.
Sycamore Brewing chicken and grits in front of a
Chicken and grits. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore Brewing's Mountain Candy in front of an illuminated Sycamore sign. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Sycamore Brewing’s Mountain Candy beer. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Whisky River, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s sit-down restaurant, can be found in the rotunda before you head to gates E20-50 or E10-19.

  • It has live music and dishes like dirty tots, pork nachos, quesadillas, tequila BBQ wings and a low country burger.
Whisky River tequila BBQ wings
Whisky River tequila BBQ wings. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Whisky River entrance.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Atrium

The 1897 Market is an HMSHost’s exclusive offering grab-and-go and sit-down options. It offers an array of dishes including pizza, shrimp and grits, a BLT omelet, a falafel salad and an impossible burger.

Go deeper: Prepare for your next flight with our airport guide

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