Indian. The beauty of this historic Dilworth bungalow complements this restaurant’s innovative, healthful Indian haute cuisine. Expect exquisite plates and strong, delicious flavors. L and D (daily). www. copperrestaurant.com. 311 East Blvd., 704.333.0063. Map 1 C6
Mediterannean. Proprietor Giorgio Bakatsias (also, a 2014 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurateur) runs this place that puts emphasis on “fresh from the farm” food in its wood-fired shared plates. The menu is all-encompassing, running the gamut from Spanish octopus to Scottish salmon. Don’t overlook the intriguing cocktails like the Fig with bourbon, OJ and thyme. See? Its name may say “Kid,” but its presentations are anything but rudimentary. L and D (daily). www.facebook.com/KidCashew. 1608 East Blvd., 704.208.4148.
Raw. Offering raw, vegan food for breakfast and lunch, this little gem is known for its “lunasagna,” a raw version of lasagna made with zucchini noodles, sun-dried tomato sauce, mushrooms and a raw vegan cashew-basil cheese. The veggie burger (served warm) is a good place to start if you’re new to vegan food. B and L (daily), D (M-Sa). www. lunaslivingkitchen.com. 2000 South Blvd., 704.333.0008. Map 1 C6
LUCIANO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO—
Italian. This family-style Italian restaurant serves traditional dishes from Naples. Think braised beef agnolotti, zuppa di mare or pizzas like the Salsiccia with onions, Italian sausage and Gorgonzola. L (M-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). www.lucianositaly.com. 1910 South Blvd., 980.833.1484. Map 1 B6
Greek. A Greek delight that could make you forget you aren’t next to the Aegean Sea, this South End cafe is popular among Greek enthusiasts and newcomers, alike. Organic coffee, bougatsa and more are on the menu. Open Tu-F 7 am-9 pm, Sa 8:30 am-9 pm, Su 10 am-7 pm. www.moccobistro.com. 4004 South Blvd., 980.207.0508.
Japanese/Sushi. A Southern approach to Asian cuisine means diners get traditional Japanese flavors and sushi rolls as well as fusions like spicy sesame pork belly and sashimi tacos. D (daily). www.o-kusushi.com. 2000 South Blvd., 704.594.1922.
THE SUMMIT ROOM—
New Southern. It’s not often that an epiphany at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro can lead to one of the hottest restaurants in Charlotte. But, The Summit Room is proof that it can happen. A farmhouse décor and Southern-inspired menu combine to create one of the most unique dining experiences in the Charlotte area. At the center of it all are the seven summits themselves—seven specialty cocktails named after some of the highest mountain peaks in the world. D (M-Sa). www.thesummitrm.com. 1531 East Blvd., 980.237.2227. Map 2 C6
TUPELO HONEY CAFE—
Southern. This Asheville-based eatery, known for its inviting atmosphere and farm-tofork New South cuisine, has made its way to South End. For a staple, try
the Southern-fried-chicken BLT—a crispy, hormone-free chicken, apple cider bacon, dijonnaise, lettuce and tomato—with a requisite side of fried okra. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.tupelohoneycafe.com/ location/charlotte. 1820 South Blvd., 980.225.9175. Map 1 C6