Food and Drink

Get a taste of the Northeast, in the form of 7 Charlotte restaurants

Photo by Sara Kendall
Lorenzo's Pizzeria
Photo by Sara Kendall Lorenzo's Pizzeria

Throughout the many corners of the city, you can eat like you are in Boston, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Philadelphia or Vermont right here in the Queen City.

Whatever food cravings you might be having from cuisine up north, one of these seven restaurants is sure to satisfy:

(1) New England clam chowder

Waterman Fish House by Sara Kendall
Photo by Sara Kendall<br/>Waterman Fish Bar

The Waterman Fish Bar is a newcomer to Charlotte’s food scene. Since its opening in October, patrons have been raving about their mugs of creamy clam chowder, heavenly lobster rolls and fresh oysters. Representing several New England states here, you can order your lobster roll Maine style — cold with mayo, or Connecticut style — hot and buttered. Check out this restaurant Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $1 oysters.

Waterman Fish Bar 

2729 South Blvd.


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(2) New York pizza

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Planting their roots a decade ago in Ballantyne, Lorenzo’s Pizzeria has established itself as the place to go for authentic slices. A true New York-style pizza is one made of thin crust to be folded in half to eat, and Lorenzo’s is perfect for this unique New York move. By making their pizza dough and sauce on premises every day, you are guaranteed genuine Italian flavors. If you want a meal to transport you to New York, come here to make it happen.

Lorenzo’s Pizzeria

16721 Orchard Stone Run


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(3) Point Judith Calamari

Photo by Alex Cason Photography<br/>The future site of N.C. Red Rod Zimmerman

Former New Englander, chef Bruce Moffett is bringing a unique combination of New England and Southern foods to the tables of his newest restaurant, N.C. Red in Plaza Midwood. From his Rhode Island upbringing, you will find clams, oysters, lobster rolls and mussels on the menu. Fried chicken, collards, and biscuits will be some culinary nods to his current state he calls home, North Carolina. You can expect every dish to be rich in flavors like his stuffed North Carolina clams with chourico, peppers, onions, celery and Corn Flakes. The Judith Point Calamari, named after Point Judith, Rhode Island, is a crispy calamari with banana pepper jelly, caper and lemon aioli. The projected opening is slated for March in the former Penguin Drive-In. Be sure to check out the website for opening details.

N.C. Red

1921 Commonwealth Ave.

Opening soon

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(4) Philadelphia cheesesteaks

Philly Corner by Sara Kendall
Photo by Sara Kendall<br/>Philly Corner

Over the past 17 years, Philly Corner has built a huge following. Some of their customers are so dedicated they’ll drive 45 miles for their cheesesteak. Using only fresh-baked bread and quality rib eye steak, this husband and wife team has perfected the art of the cheesesteak. With everything made to order, you get to decide on your favorite toppings and are guaranteed only the freshest.

Philly Corner

8535 Hankins Road


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(5) New Jersey’s Italian-style meatballs

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From its vast Italian heritage, New Jersey’s most famed cuisine is naturally Italian. Raised in New Jersey, Jimi and Joani Schulman brought their family restaurant business to NoDa, The Red House Cafe. Juicy meatball hero, tasty chicken parmesan, and yummy lasagna are popular dishes on their menu. Being homemade is the key to their success. This couple uses the freshest ingredients including using real butter when making their baked goods onsite.

The Red House Cafe

3046 N. Davidson St.


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(6) Poutine (aka gravy fries)

Growlers Poutine courtesy of Growlers
Courtesy of Growlers<br/>Growlers Poutine

Adopted from Canada, Vermonters have embraced this hearty dish – a pile of fries topped with homemade gravy, and cheese curls. Owners of Growlers Pourhouse, Jeff Tonidandel and Jamie Brown add a crispy topping to their poutine version — bacon. “That poutine embodies the warm comfort we want to create in our place — with the vibe, menu and bartenders,” Brown saidIn this neighborhood pub, you can pair their poutine with their award-winning craft beers.

Growlers Pourhouse

3120 N. Davidson St.


(7) Apple cider

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Apple cider is New Hampshire’s state drink. Take this state’s beverage up a notch and enjoy hard cider at Good Road Ciderworks. Hard cider is apple cider allowed to ferment to produce its own alcohol. Native Vermonter and founder of Good Road Ciderworks, Brian Beauchem grew up surrounded by apples and has spearheaded his team to craft award-winning hard ciders. Come here to taste the orchard in a very fun way.

Good Road Ciderworks

117 Southside Drive


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