Plaza Midwood/East Charlotte
BISTRO LA BON
Mediterranean. Appearances can be deceiving, but don’t write off this little bistro because it’s tucked into the corner of a strip mall. Inside, you’ll find gourmet menu items like the lavender chicken and the pan-seared Scottish salmon. Sunday brunch is the restaurant’s crowning glory with dishes like spinach and caramelized-onion benedict or biscuits with turkey sausage gravy. L (W-F), D (M-Sa), brunch (Sa-Su). www. bistrolabon.com. 1322 Central Ave., 704.333.4646. Map 1, D6
Latin American. Owner Alesha Sin Vanata’s dream concept came to fruition with Comida, a high-enery, hip spot that combines the local food movement and Latin American flavors. Masa is ground in-house and is certified organic and non-GMO while crispy duck breast, grilled Cornish game hen and carne asada support the philosophy of using simple ingredients in big ways. D (Tu-Su). www.comidaclt.com. 1205 Thomas Ave., 980.498.6576.
Southern Soulfood. The Caribbean fusion with Southern Classics sets the soul food apart at this cafeteria-style restaurant. Each meal at Soul Central comes with a choice of meat (everything from beef tips to jerk pork chops), two sides (think collard greens, mac and cheese, and much more), corn bread and tea. L and D (MSa). www.soulcentralfood.com. 2903 Central Ave., 980.349.4015.