To know: Dilworth was established as Charlotte’s first suburb in 1891. Today, it consists of a charming mix of apartments, eclectic houses, a bustling dining (and wine) scene and clusters of boutique shops.
To eat: Dine your way down East Boulevard, starting with the American-eclectic cuisine at 300 East, high-end Indian fare at Copper, small plates at Kid Cashew and tacos at Bakersfield. For a more casual lunch, stop in for a Guy Fieri-approved hot dog at JJ’s Red Hots (you might be able to snag a popsicle from a temporary King of Pops stand if the weather’s nice), a burger at Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, a chicken salad sandwich at The Mayobird, or a Beef On ‘Weck at Lebowski’s. Venture just off East Boulelvard for the home-style delights of Fran’s Filling Station, the sushi lunch buffet at Ru San’s or Neapolitan pizza on the patio at Inizio Pizza Napoletana.
To drink: This is wine (shop) country. Dilworth Tasting Room and Foxcroft Wine Co. offer glasses and bottles to enjoy in their cozy spaces or to take home. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille has you covered on game days with ample TVs and a huge outdoor patio, and Ed’s Tavern is the casual neighborhood hangout. Looking for something without a bite? Head to Sunflour Baking Company for a latte and a pastry, Not Just Coffee for an innovative espresso creation or Green Brothers Juice Co. for a superfood smoothie.
To do: Latta Park and Freedom Park (technically located between Dilworth and Myers Park) offer acres of outdoor space and recreation options, from walking trails to tennis courts and a sprayground. If you want to do a little shopping, get lost in Paper Skyscraper, which has everything from quotable cards and jewelry to kitchen gadgets and Charlotte memorabilia. Dilworth is also home to the annual Yiasou Greek Festival, so get ready to load up on Spanakopita and Baklava.