The Top 11 Restaurants in NoDa Charlotte, NC

October 22, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

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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1. Haberdish

Mill town Southern kitchen and craft cocktail bar

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.

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“Wow Haberdish is 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

2. Jack Beagles

Cozy neighborhood spot with dishes made from scratch

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!

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“Jack Beagles is quintessential NODA to its core! 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

3. Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen

Cajun, Southern, and Low-Country offerings

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!

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“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

4. Benny Pennello’s

Home of the Virginia Slice

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. Great bang for your buck.” - Yelp Review

5. Billy Jack’s Shack

Casual restaurant with emphasis on beer and bacon

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

6.  Cabo Fish Taco

Unique fusion of seafood and baja Mexican cuisine

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!

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“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. The Crab and Shrimp dip is the best seafood dip I have ever had.” - Yelp Review

7. Heist Brewery

Craft brewpub that is so much more than just beer

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.

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“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

8. Sabor Latin Street Grill 

Authentic Latin street food

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, Platanos 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.

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“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

9. Crepe Cellar Kitchen and Pub

Sweet crepes and European beer

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 sweet, 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... and the crepes, cuz they're amazing.” - Yelp Review

10.  The Goodyear House

Farm to table restaurant with vegan and gluten-free offerings

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

11. Deejai Noodle Bar

Thai street eats

3629 N Davidson St | NoDa | 

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

No matter what kind of food 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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