The Top 16 Restaurants in NoDa Charlotte, NC

November 23, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe
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NoDa, short for North Davidson, is the city of Charlotte’s arts and entertainment district. That said, there naturally must be a few good restaurants to accompany your night out to a gallery or music venue. Here are the top spots we’ve found in NoDa, featuring everything from crispy fried chicken with waffles to pizza by the slice.

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Mill town Southern kitchen and craft cocktail bar.

The food at Haberdish tastes just as good as it looks, and it sure looks nice! Image Courtesy of Instagram.

3106 N Davidson St | NoDa |

Honoring the neighborhood where the textile mill industry once “began, boomed, and faded away,” Haberdish keeps those memories alive with stimulating conversation paired with good food and drink.

Enjoy Southern food like crispy fried Chicken With Waffle, Hushpuppies, and Creamy Cheddar Grits, as well as seasonally crafted apothecary cocktails from their 1950’s soda fountain.

Come for weekend brunch and be sure to get the fresh baked Homemade Cinnamon Roll served with milk caramel dip.

“Wow Haberdish is [a] stand out for southern food, and I'm not even wild about this type of cuisine. PB & J plate is a unique and joy filled experience. The fried chicken, obviously. Also the desserts are large.” - Yelp Review

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Jack Beagles

Cozy neighborhood spot with dishes made from scratch.

This NoDa restaurant is the perfect place to go for some delicious comfort food. Image courtesy of Instagram.

3212 N Davison St | NoDa |

Jack Beagles is the cozy neighborhood hangout in NoDa. Here you will find warm service, food made from scratch, and intoxicating drinks.

They’ve got all the classic food you’d want to pair with a strong drink - burgers, dogs, mac n cheese, wings, cheesesteak, and fries. They also have vegan options like a plant based burger and cheesesteak, so vegans can still enjoy all the classic bar food with the rest of ‘em.

The Salty Dog Martini with dinner is a must, but if you don’t come on Saturday and Sunday for brunch, you are crazy. They pour $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys all day long!

“Everything on their menu is good so you really can't go wrong with anything you order here. If you have been partying late in NODA and you need a bite to eat, this is the spot!” - Yelp Review

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Bordreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen

Cajun, Southern, and Low-Country offerings.

Pair the perfect meal with the perfect drink at Bordreaux’s! Image courtesy of Instagram.

501 E 36th St | NoDa |

Indulge in all the comfort food of the South thanks to their Grandmother’s recipes. 

Start with the Crab and Corn Hush Puppies served with old bar honey aioli, then dig into Gumbo, Jambalaya, Low Country Shrimp and Grits, or Bourbon Fried Chicken.

If you happen to come for Bruch, trade in your usual order for a Crab Omelet, Shrimp Creole Waffle, or Biscuits and Gravy. And don’t forget to try a Cajun Mary!

“The food was amazing! The food was gone before I could take a picture. The fries, the shrimp and grits were amazing! Even the salad and the side of bourbon chicken were to die for! I will be back.” - Yelp Review

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Benny Pennello’s

Home of the Virginia slice!

The slices of pizza at Benny Pennello’s are certain to fill you up! Image courtesy of Instagram.

2909 N Davidson St | NoDa | 

“What is a Virginia slice?” you may be asking. A 14” slice or 28” pie to accommodate the “28 beers you may drink while walking around NoDa” Benny Pennello answers.

They serve a 14” slice for only $5! It’s the fastest and most filling two-handed meal you could dream of.

Each huge slice is made just right - golden brown crust, white creamy mozzarella, lightly crisped with bubbles. And of course, with your favorite toppings. We like to keep it simple with pepperoni!

“Recently tried Benny's after a year of being in Charlotte (I know!! What was I thinking?) and now I cannot. STOP. GOING. The slices are HUGE. One slice is easily the size of 2 at other pizza places.” - Yelp Review

Cabo Fish Taco

Unique fusion of seafood and baja Mexican cuisine.

The fish tacos are the star of the show at this restaurant in NoDa. Image courtesy of Instagram.

3201 N Davidson St | NoDa |

This baja seagrill offers so many delicious tacos, you won’t know which to choose. From Thai Chili Tofu Tacos to Grilled Steak Tacos, they’ve got something for the adventurous eater and the one who sticks to what they know.

We recommend the Honey Soy Glazed Salmon Tacos paired with the Pomegranate Margarita. Or, if you’re low on funds, the El Cheapo (classic margarita) will do!

“Saw this place on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and had to check it out for myself. You get tortilla chips and pico de gallo upon being seated which is always welcome.” - Yelp Review

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Billy Jack’s Shack

Casual restaurant with an emphasis on beer and bacon!

All the best bar food can be found at Billy Jack’s. Image courtesy of Instagram.

3220 N Davidson St | NoDa | 

Known more commonly as BJ’s, Billy Jack’s Shack is a casual restaurant and bar with a heavy emphasis on craft beer, American favorites in boxes and on buns, and bacon (served on the food and with some drinks!).

Grab a box of Tot-Chos or Sticky Nuggs tossed in sauce or dare to devour one of their 10 Napkin Burgers. Curb your sweet tooth at the end of the night with a Fried Oreo for only $1.

“It's hard being in NoDa and not going to Billy Jack's! The drinks are really good and creative. My boyfriend particularly liked the root beer float. The servers are so friendly and when we brought our pup they treated him like royalty.” - Yelp Review

Heist Brewery

Craft brewpub that is so much more than beer.

This restaurant may be most well-known for their drinks, but don’t let that fool you! The food is delicious, too. Image courtesy of Instagram.

2909 N Davidson St | NoDa | 

Aside from working tirelessly to expand their portfolio, first focusing on small batch beer in the traditional Belgian and German style brews and later creating the original hazy IPA in North Carolina, CitraQuench'l, they serve word-fired specialties that utilize ingredients from the brewing process proving that they are so much more than just beer.

Try the Woodfired Margherita Flatbread, or venture to try the Seitan Nuggets. If you like sour beet, try the Cherry Bake Shop Sour Fruited Berliner Weisse. Be sure to top it all off with Bread Puddin’, Cast Iron Cookie, or Cast Iron Apple Pie.

“Looking for a hip place for food and drinks on the edge of Noda, look no further. They have a mocktail menu titled ‘on the wagon’ - the berry tenacious was really good and the lemon juice gave it a little tart kick.” - Yelp Review

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Crepe Cellar Kitchen and Pub

Sweet crepes and European beer!

There’s far more than crepes on the menu at this great NoDa restaurant! Image courtesy of Instagram.

3116 N Davidson St | NoDa |

Inspired by their adventures abroad, the owners wanted to create a cozy neighborhood spot where people can experience the tastes of sweet and savory crepes and European beer they had enjoyed in Europe.

They started with just 11 tables. Now, they have more, and their menu consists of sweet and savory crepes among other entrees, including an award-winning burger. 

If you like sweets, we recommend the Nutella and Banana (you can add strawberries for $2) and the Brownie in a Blanket (nutella, candied walnuts, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream). 

If you prefer savory, opt for the Summer Squash (zucchini, summer squash, asparagus, farro, goat cheese, and vegetable velouté) or the Smoked Salmon (smoked salmon, tarragon goat cheese, shallots, radishes, arugula, and caper vinaigrette).

“We love this place so much. The ambiance is amazing. The service is spectacular. The food is delicious. There hasn't been anything we've gotten and didn't like. Came for the crepes and returned for everything else.” - Yelp Review

Sabor Latin Street Grill

Authentic Latin street food.

Sabor Latin Street Grill is the perfect place to go with a group of friends, so you can share a great dish like this! Image courtesy of Instagram.

3205 N Davidson St | NoDa | 

If you want to experience Latin street food from countries such as El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and Colombia, you needn’t travel all the way there. Sabor Latin Street Grill in NoDa is on a mission to deliver authentic Latin street food to the people of Charlotte.

Enjoy street food like Empanadas, Plátanos Maduros, Gorditas, Arepas Tradicional, and more. You will also find tacos, burritos, and bowls on their menu, as well as cocktails, desserts, and a kids menu.

Be sure to stop in on Wednesday (kids eat free!) and Saturday ($6 margaritas!). Check out their website for the rest of their daily specials.

“Good, reliable, great priced Mexican food. Ordered take-out on a Saturday night and waited under 10 minutes. Don't underestimate the portion size of the nachos, more than generous with their serving size and perfect for sharing.” - Yelp Review

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The Goodyear House

Farm to table restaurant with vegan and gluten-free offerings.

There’s plenty of dishes to choose from at The Goodyear House, all super tasty! Image courtesy of Instagram.

3032 N Davidson St | NoDa | 

This farm to table restaurant has something for everyone, and that includes those who follow vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. 

The Smoked Cashew Mac topped with chile breadcrumbs is to die for, while the Winner Winner (bbq half smf chicken, butter beans, miso-mushroom broth, chow chow, and cornbread) offers gluten-free cornbread!

If you happen to stop in on “Sunday Funday,” try the  Sweet Fry Bread (brioche fried to order topped with cocoa-sugar dust and served with fixins for dipping) and the Fancy Grits (jimmy red grits topped with egg jam, chili crisps, boiled peanuts, and scallions). 

“I loved the setting the restaurant has. The sensation of entering an old house and having this big backyard was awesome. I ordered the Togarashi Shaken Fry Bag. The fries were crispy, which is my preference.” - Yelp Review

Brook’s Sandwich House

Every sandwich under the sun in central NoDa.

All of the sandwiches at Brook’s Sandwich Stop are great, so it’s the perfect spot to grab a bite— or several! Image courtesy of Instagram.

2710 N Brevard St | NoDa |

Located in the heart of NoDa, this restaurant serves every kind of sandwich you could imagine— not just burgers! Chicken, bologna, bacon, fish filet, ham, smoked sausage, and more! You can also order a hot dog or some of their delicious fries.

Brook’s Sandwich House has been open since 1973, and at this point great burgers have become a family tradition. It was first opened by twin brothers David and Scott Brooks, and now, three generations later, the sandwiches are still going strong.

“The service was great and you can tell everyone works together as a family and [is] very transparent with each other and customers. Burgers are simple yet delicious. Definitely a cool little outdoor spot to check out.” - Yelp Review

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Deejai Noodle Bar

Thai street eats.

There’s so much delicious food at Deejai Noodle Bar— not just noodles! You’ll want to try it all. Image courtesy of Instagram.

This Thai street food noodle bar is every noodle-lover’s dream (for both dry noodle and noodle soup lovers alike). From Pad Thai and Pad See You to Drunken Noodles and Salmon Curry Noodle Soup, this noodle bar has all of your favorites and more.

Not only do they offer noodles and noodle soups, but they have curry, poke bowls, and sushi on their menu as well. Be sure to get a Fat Ninja Roll (salmon, crab, tuna, cream cheese, deep-fried topped with sriracha, spicy mayo, and eel sauce) and a Honey Honey roll (tempura shrimp and crab stick topped with salmon, avocado, eel sauce, and spicy mayo) because you won’t find rolls like this anywhere else.

“Deejai NoDa continues to be my favorite place in Charlotte. We eat there every week and the food and service are always amazing. It doesn't matter if we have sushi or Thai, everything is amazing. And we've tried everything on the menu!” - Yelp Review

Growlers Pourhouse

Great drinks and great food in a great neighborhood.

You’ll have your pick out of lots of great dishes at Growlers Pourhouse, so try them all! Image courtesy of Instagram.

3120 N Davidson St | NoDa | 

Growlers Pourhouse is a well-loved bar in NoDa, and for good reason. There’s craft beer as well as “beer food” —  the perfect food to pair with the perfect drink! Try the oysters, classic burgers, lobster roll, fries, wings, and much more.

But the good things don’t stop there! The atmosphere at Growlers Pourhouse definitely makes it worth a visit. There’s a bar to sit at and TV’s so you can watch the game, but it’s also a great environment to just sit and chat, which is what draws visitors and locals alike to this spot.

“We were roaming around the Mill district looking for a good dinner and a place to sit down and chill.....  and the bar offers the perfect balance for people, energy, atmosphere, and service!” - Yelp Review

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Local Loaf

Freshness and flavor— a sandwich shop with a lot to offer.

As the name might suggest, Local Loaf is the place to go for some great bread. Image courtesy of Instagram.

800 E 35th St | NoDa | 

Local Loaf may, at first glance, seem like a simple sandwich shop— but it’s anything but simple. Their artisan bread is made daily to make the gourmet sandwiches that are so popular among the citizens of Charlotte. However, you’ll also find soup, omelettes, pancakes, and pastries on the menu.

This restaurant pays a close attention to detail when it comes to taste and quality of ingredients. Much of what they use is locally sourced from the Charlotte area, and everything is served fresh.

“I just recently moved to the neighborhood and checked out Local Loaf based upon a recommendation from a friend. The first thing that stands out to me about Local Loaf is that they are handling the Covid situation like champs.” - Yelp Review

You can purchase a GiftYa for another Local Loaf location here!

Salud Cerveceria

A big menu for both food and drink for all three meals!

While you’re at Salud Cerveceria, you can’t pass up the opportunity to try the pizza. Image courtesy of Instagram.

3306-C N Davidson St | NoDa |

Salud Cerveceria is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for either delivery, takeout, or dine-in. They’re best known for their pizza, but the menu also offers starters, sandwiches, pastries and desserts.

This restaurant is also a great place to go for drinks! The Salud Cerveceria coffee shop that’s open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day of the week. You can also pair your meal with a craft beer or wine from open to close.

“Their pizza was one of the best things I have set my teeth into in 2021. Super delicious. They have a wide variety of beers, including sours, which was lovely.” - Yelp Review

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NoDa Company Store

A great neighborhood spot for drinks and snacks!

Try a delicious drink at this NoDa spot with a great atmosphere! Image courtesy of Instagram.

3221 Yadkin Ave | NoDa |

The drinks may be the star of the show at NoDa Company Store, but they also have snacks you can try while you enjoy the atmosphere. It’s become very popular in this area of Charlotte, North Carolina due to the way everyone feels comfortable inside, and the great drinks don’t hurt.

While NoDa Company Store specializes in wines and local beers, they also serve bar snacks. Plus, art exhibits and events are frequent at this restaurant.

“Who would've thought a random spot in NODA would be a garden tiki oasis? The stone path garden, mini swings- this is such a fun place to hang out outside but in the shade.”  - Yelp Review

You can purchase a GiftYa for NoDa Company Store here!

No matter what kind of food or drinks you’re looking for, you can find it in NoDa. Whether you want a fat burger and a beer after a concert, or a farm to table brunch before visiting an art museum, there’s a NoDa restaurant that offers just what you’re craving or looking for. Even if you want a giant slice of pizza for no good reason (14” to be exact), they have that too.

Let us know in the comments which of these restaurants in NoDa Charlotte, NC you try first! You really can’t go wrong with any of these restaurants!


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