Jun 3, 2024 - Food and Drink

Charlotte's top dishes chosen by our journalists, May 2024

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Soft serve from Blue Door Deli in downtown Waxhaw. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

The weather is warming up, which explains why two of our team members chose soft-serve ice cream as their favorite dish this month.

Tonkotsu Black and Tori Karaage from Menya in Elizabeth

"If you have yet to enjoy a hot bowl of noodles at Menya's counter, add the experience to your restaurant bucket list. I recommend starting with the Tori Karaage, followed by Tonkotsu Black, an 18-hour bone broth with pork belly and soft-boiled eggs (my favorite part)." — Alexandria Sands, reporter

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Tori Karaage ($5) from Menya. Photo: Alex Sands/Axios
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The Tonkotsu Black ($15.50) from Menya. Photo: Alex Sands/Axios

Ice cream with sprinkles at Two Scoops in Plaza Midwood

"I asked for sprinkles with a side of soft serve ice cream — their solution: put the ice cream and sprinkle into a dish and put a cone on top. You can never have too many rainbow sprinkles." — Ashley Mahoney, reporter

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Ashley also had a scoop of stew brew (coffee ice cream with Oreos and caramel) — $11.85 for both. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Skirt Steak Chimi from State of Confusion in LoSo

"State of Confusion is a convenient late-night dinner option since they stay open until 1am on Friday and Saturday. I ordered the skirt steak chimi with a side of 'confusion potatoes' in addition to the side of mixed veggies that come with the dish." — Alexis Clinton, reporter

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The Skirt Steak Chimi ($24.95) from State of Confusion. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Tacos and yuca fries from Que Fresa in Wesley Heights

"Something about a sunny summer day just makes me want tacos on a patio expeditiously. I scratched that itch with a bunch of tacos and a side of yuca fries from Que Fresa in Wesley Heights. Paired with the fries, It makes a filling lunch for one or a solid snack for two." — McKenzie Rankin, reporter

Left to right: Pork belly ($4.95), drunken baja fish ($4.95) and two carnitas ($9) tacos. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

The Yacht Club cocktail at Hello, Sailor in Cornelius

"My sisters and I stopped by Hello, Sailor one recent sunny Saturday after a day of shopping. The Yacht Club cocktail paired nicely with a little plate of hushpuppies we ordered." — Katie Peralta Soloff, editor

The Yacht Club ($16), a smoky, refreshing cocktail made with mezcal, elderflower, lime, grapefruit and jalapeño. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

The chicken Caesar wrap from Blue Door Deli in downtown Waxhaw

"This summer I'm on the hunt for the best chicken Caesar wrap and soft serve with sprinkles — conveniently this place had both. The flavors were right on the wrap, but next time I'd double up on chicken and ditch the croutons. I wouldn't change a thing about the chocolate vanilla swirl." — Bri Crane, reporter

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Chicken Caesar wrap from Blue Door Deli. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

The Canestri pasta from Customshop in Elizabeth

"Don't sleep on the pasta at Customshop; it's all made in-house and changes seasonally. Recently I tried the Canestri, which is kind of like a carbonara served with a poached egg on top." — Laura Barrero, editor

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The Canestri pasta ($28) is made with Prosciutto cotto, Manchego cream, truffle butter, soft poached egg and gremolata. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

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