Where to eat in Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood: 2021

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Wedged between the upscale neighborhoods and the South End, the city’s first tram suburb has tree-lined streets, bungalows, and dozens of dining options that make it hard to decide where to eat. Walk up East Boulevard and you have your choice of lamb burgers, pad thai or enchiladas. Along Park Road you’ll find gourmet burgers, Neapolitan pizzas, and buckets of beer to enjoy while you watch the big game. Whatever your fancy, you’ll find something to enjoy in Charlotte’s original suburb.

Inizio Pizza Napoletana
Two words: pistachio pizza. Seriously, give it a try. Then sit on the terrace under the lights of the bistro and enjoy a bottle of wine with friends. There are also other locations in Providence Commons and Huntersville. 2230 Park Road, 704-900-0929

Konnichiwa
This sushi, steak and seafood restaurant opened in the former Inishmore space in April. Despite its prime location on East Boulevard, this place has seen a lot of traffic over the past five years. Before Inishmore, it was The Rogue. Prior to that, East Boulevard Bar & Grill. But Konnichiwa caters to both sushi fanatics and non-sushi eaters with a menu of bento boxes, ramen noodles, and hibachi bowls, plus a list of Charlotte-themed rolls like the Juicy. Jay, the Hornets and the CLT Roll. 1315, boul. East, Ste. 130, 980-498-0420

Dilworth Tasting Room
On a warm summer night, enjoy a glass of Chardonnay on the outdoor patio of the Dilworth Tasting Room, a peaceful courtyard with a koi pond. A few of the favorites on the menu: the decadent truffle cheese fondant, roast chicken breast, and the robust cheese and salumi lists. 300 E. Tremont Ave., 704-595-3337

Bonterra
Its setting may be a historic Southern church, but Bonterra serves modern Southern flavors with top notch service. Wine lovers will be impressed by the more than 200 wines by the glass. 1829 Cleveland Ave, 704-333-9463

The copper
Classic Indian dishes and creative specialties are served in a warm dining room, with service almost always on hand. 311 boul. East, 704-333-0063

300 East
There’s always a bustling crowd at this former home-now restaurant, enjoying hearty American cuisine or a salad to save room for some of the best desserts in town. 300 boul. East, 704-332-6507

Photo by Peter Taylor

Fat Cat Burgers + Bakery
Longtime favorite Fran’s filling station has reopened with a new name and a donut window, where a dessert case is chock-full of maple bacon donuts and straight-out-of-the-oven confetti cookies. The revamped menu loaded with burgers, sandwiches and salads. But don’t worry, you can still order old favorites like New South Fried Chicken Sandwich and Fran’s famous bacon-wrapped Tater Tots. 2410 Park Road, 704-372-2009

Cashew nuts
This bright and rustic restaurant from the owner of Georges Brasserie serves family-style meat from a wood-fired grill and a selection of small plates. The lamb burger is more satisfying than anything that comes from a drive-thru, and the super cereal and avocado salad is a healthy weekday dinner when you just don’t feel like cooking. 1608, boulevard Est, 704-208-4148

Ed’s Tavern
This Dilworth mainstay offers drink specials every night of the week. Stop by for $ 4 on Tuesday, Bud Light buckets for $ 15 on Sunday, or choose from 32 regional craft beers. Order giant wings or $ 3 tacos and find your game on one of over 30 big-screen TVs. 2200 Park Road, 704-335-0033

Dilworth Neighborhood Grid
This two-level, wood-paneled sports bar is the perfect place to take your family to enjoy no-frills burgers, wings and beer on game day. 911 E. Morehead Street, 704-377-3808

Dolce Osteria
This classic and cozy, family-run neighborhood trattoria serves a mix of fresh regional Italian cuisine and an all-Italian wine list. 1710 Kenilworth Avenue, 704-332-7525

Fern, Garden Flavors
Fern moved from Plaza Midwood to Dilworth in mid-2016. There are still ferns on the wall and the menu is always full of tasty vegetarian food. 1419, boul. East, Ste. A., 704-377-1825

Restaurant Fiamma
The open layout lends an air of conviviality to this stylish restaurant, which offers homemade pasta, thin crust pizzas, perfect risotto and bold meat entrees. 2418, chemin du Parc 704-333-3062

Lebowski neighborhood grill
This neighborhood favorite’s dishes include burgers, kids and the popular ‘Beef on Weck’. 1524, boulevard Est, 704-370-1177

Bakersfield
Inspired by the country western music of the sound of Bakersfield, this laid-back neighborhood spot serves authentic Mexican street food and over 100 American tequilas and whiskeys. 1301 boul. East, 980-938-8565

Thai taste
Come for lunch, dinner, dinner in or take out and feast on curries, stir-fries and noodle dishes that can be made as spicy as you want. 324, boulevard Est, 704-332-0001

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