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Food Lover's Guide to Charlotte

By Viator, April 2018

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Charlotte's culinary scene bursts with excitement as the flavors of the South meld with the global influences of one of the region's biggest cities in ever more inventive ways. Here's how to taste the Queen City through iconic dishes and cutting-edge food experiences.

Must-Try Dishes
Southern flavors sit front and center of the food scene in Charlotte. Local specialties include shrimp and grits—a Carolina classic—as well as pimento cheese, a spread often served as an appetizer. Nearby Lexington is the region's barbecue capital, but you don’t need to drive that far to sample slow-smoked pork tossed in a vinegar-based sauce. And in true Southern style, just about anything comes golden-fried in Charlotte, from fried pickles to fried cornbread.

But Charlotte cuisine doesn't rest on its traditional laurels—a recent food revolution introduced plenty of craft breweries and innovative food trucks to the local gastronomic offerings.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Meet the culinary artisans and local chefs of Charlotte’s Historic South End during a delicious and informative food walking tour.
  • Let someone else do the driving as you explore the Charlotte craft beer scene on a three-brewery craft beer tour.
  • Take a day trip to the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest privately owned home, in Asheville, North Carolina, to taste the products of the estate’s winery.
  • Test your mettle on an after-dark tour of a prison-turned-craft distillery.

Tours & Tickets

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3-Hour Charlotte Brewery Crawl Tour, Charlotte, null
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3-Hour Charlotte Brewery Crawl Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

This guided tour by golf cart is a unique way to get a unique perspective of our city. Charlotte has an incredible selection of microbreweries ...  Read more

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Public Brews Cruise of Charlotte, Charlotte, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Public Brews Cruise of Charlotte

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Charlotte Brews Cruise aims to connect both residents and visitors to the city's burgeoning craft beer community. Our brewery tours offer guests the ...  Read more

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Charlotte's Historic South End Food Tour, Charlotte, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Charlotte's Historic South End Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the dynamic culinary scene as we travel through Charlotte's Historic South End. We start at Vin Masters at the Atherton Mill Market (2000 South ...  Read more

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.00
Southern Grace Behind Bars Distillery Tour, Charlotte, Food Tours
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Southern Grace Behind Bars Distillery Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Go behind bars and tour a former North Carolina Prison that is now Southern Grace Distilleries and learn about the history of the prison and how our award ...  Read more

Location: Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.00
Doc Porter's Owner Guided Distillery Tour, Charlotte, Distillery Tours
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Doc Porter's Owner Guided Distillery Tour

Experience Doc Porter's Distillery on this 45-minute tour with a tasting. See where every product is made from start to finish, from milling and mashing to ...  Read more

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $15.00
Southern Grace Distilleries VIP Distilling Tour, Charlotte, Distillery Tours
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Southern Grace Distilleries VIP Distilling Tour

Have you ever wanted to learn how to Distill Whiskey?  Join our whiskey prison distilling team on our VIP experience and you will spend at least 3 informative ...  Read more

Location: Mount Pleasant, North Carolina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00

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