Plaza Midwood/ East Charlotte
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 philoso- phy of using simple ingredients in big ways. D (Tu-Su). www.comidaclt.com. 1205 Thomas Ave., 980.498.6576.
Contemporary American. The “lounge” part of the name is represented by moody lighting and the thumping of urban beats in the background music, but it’s the “gastro” part that keeps locals coming back for more. It’s an underground favorite for sushi lovers, but it also serves up inventive small plates like grilled Caesar salad and Asian glazed pork belly tacos. Cocktails are smooth and expertly made. D (daily). www. soulgastrolounge.com. 1500B Central Ave., 704.348.1848. Map 1 D6
THE PECULIAR RABBIT—
Gastropub. This sister restaurant to Jackalope Jack’s on 7th Street, lives up to its strange name—in a good way. Located in a renovated three-story building formerly home to a nightclub and a church in Plaza Midwood, the gastropub offers up twists on pub food, such as the lamb burger with fig aioli, arugula, boursin cheese and smoked tomato on flatbread. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-
Su). www.thepeculiarrabbit.com. 1212 Pecan Ave., 704.333.9197. Map 1 D6