Living Here Guide

The ultimate guide to Elizabeth: What to eat, drink, and do

Starting July 10, more segments of West Trade Street are closing for streetcar construction.
Starting July 10, more segments of West Trade Street are closing for streetcar construction.

Known for its walkable, canopied streets and craftsman style bungalow homes, Elizabeth is the city’s second oldest streetcar suburb dating back to 1891. It’s evolved to become one of Charlotte’s most coveted residential neighborhoods, with plenty of locally owned restaurants, bars, and shops. And the streetcar is once again a prominent part of the neighborhood, running straight down Elizabeth Ave.

Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or just looking to check out what it has to offer, we’ve got your ultimate guide to Elizabeth right here.

Eat

The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree is known as one of the top fine dining establishments not just in Elizabeth, but in all of Charlotte. The restaurant’s executive chef and co-owner Greg Zanitsch and his wife Sara are a dynamic duo when it comes to pairing high-end meals with fine wine.

Pro tip: The Elk Chop is a unique, delectable dish that someone in your party should definitely order.

1601 E. 7th St.

Cajun Queen

Find some of the best Cajun food available in Charlotte served in a restored, 100-year-old home with terraces on both the first and second floors. You’ll also have the privilege of enjoying live jazz music here seven nights a week.

Pro tip: Whatever the daily fresh fish special is, order it. We’ve yet to be disappointed.

1800 E. 7th St.

Bang Bang Burgers

What sets Bang Bang Burgers apart from other burger joints in Charlotte? The very meat it uses to craft your delicious meal. In the restaurant’s own words, its burgers are “shaped from the highest quality, Black Angus whole muscle cuts of short rib and chuck, produced by NYC’s own Pat La Frieda.”

Pro tip: The Guacamole Burger (topped with shaved red onion, grilled corn salsa, and—you guessed it—guacamole) is our favorite.

2001 E. 7th St.

Carpe Diem Restaurant

Imagine yourself sipping fine wine and eating gourmet New American cuisine in a high-end setting featuring marble floors and mahogany doors. Now stop by Carpe Diem Restaurant to experience that in real life.

Pro tip: The lamb meatballs and the grilled octopus are both superb, if you’re struggling to choose an appetizer.

1535 Elizabeth Ave.

Elizabeth Creamery

What’s better than a good old-fashioned ice cream cone? One that’s made up of homemade ice cream made fresh in a family-owned location, served atop a homemade waffle cone. We’re drooling.

Pro tip: The ginger ice cream is as unique as it is delicious.

1535 Elizabeth Ave.

Earl’s Grocery

Is it a café? Is it a market? Is it a bar? Yes to all of the above. Self-identified as an “informal eatery and gourmet grocer,” everything you’ll find at Earl’s Grocery is prepared fresh daily, and they’ve got a wide drink selection.

Pro tip: Stop by the charcuterie bar and grab a bottle of wine for a reasonably priced (and delicious) date night.

1609 Elizabeth Ave.

Drink

The Spoke Easy

The Spoke Easy is a bicycle shop, yes, but it also offers beer and wine, nightly specials and food. It also shares a space with Cluck Design Collaborative, an architecture and design firm. If you love bikes, architecture, and beer (or any of the three), this is the place for you.

Pro tip: On Thursday nights, PBRs are $1. Also on Thursdays, The Spoke Easy hosts The Dirty Easy team ride.

1523 Elizabeth Ave. Ste. 120

The Tipsy Burro Saloon & Cantina

This restaurant is owned by the same folks who own The Thirsty Beaver Saloon. Both have that biker bar vibe, but The Tipsy Burro is more like a biker-bar-slash-Tex-Mex-restaurant. Bonus: Every menu item also has a vegetarian version.

Pro tip: PBRs are $2. All day, every day.

2711 Monroe Road

Shop

Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

This comic book shop has been a staple shop in Elizabeth for years, but will soon make the move to NoDa when the NoDa Street Market project is completed in the next few months.

Pro tip: This comic book shop is one of the most talked about in the whole country. Whatever you’re looking for—from comic books to graphic novels to manga and more—chances are that you can find it here.

1957 E. 7th St.

Royal Gardens

If you’ve ever looked at your yard and thought, “I wish this looked more like a fairytale garden,” then you should head to Royal Gardens and check out their selection of containers, statuary, fountains, antique roses, and more.

Pro tip: The staff at Royal Gardens also plants containers and delivers, so if you’re looking for convenience, they’ve got it!

1733 E. 7th St.

Rusty Rabbit

For home décor that is “shabby chic”—including custom upholstered furniture, custom lighting and more—you’ve got to check out the Rusty Rabbit. This salvage shop has everything you need to make your home feel more you.

Pro tip: This shop is open by appointment only, so be sure to reach out before stopping by.

1942 E. 7th St.

Do

American Legion Memorial Stadium

This 17,000-seat stadium was the largest in Charlotte for a long time, before the Bank of America stadium came along. You can stop by for a concert, a Charlotte Hounds game, or rent the place out for yourself.

1218 Armory Drive

Independence Park

Charlotte’s first public park, Independence Park, features 19 acres of green space, including a baseball field, batting cage, two half-court basketball courts, two tennis courts, a volleyball court, table tennis, and more.

Pro tip: Check out the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden while you’re there for a truly beautiful and inspiring sight.

300 Hawthorne Lane

The Visulite Theatre

This cozy concert venue hosts performances of all kinds, from burlesque shows to live music and more.

Pro tip: Check out its upcoming events calendar often, because performances are constantly added to the list.

1615 Elizabeth Ave.

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