If you work uptown, you know the lunchtime script: Pick a chain and throw down your money.
Isn’t there a place that’s a little different, maybe a little funky?
Of course there is, although it’s not one place, it’s two places in one: Latta Arcade and its kissing cousin, Brevard Court. They’re not the same space, although they’ve grown up together, and they’re not the same old place for lunch.
With Latta Arcade celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, we think it’s high time to give this piece of Charlotte fun its due. Here are the 16 places you can eat in Latta Arcade (LA)/Brevard Court (BC):
Belfast Mill (BC): An Irish pub with beer and an enthusiastic sports following.
Chick’s (LA): It’s known for American chicken dishes, but it has recently shifted to Chinese chicken dishes, too.
Clover Joe’s (BC): Every place needs a good burger, and a Philly cheesesteak, too.
Courtyard Hooligans (BC): This pub does a big business with soccer fans, even opening early on Saturdays for European games.
Crisp (LA): Until it moves into bigger quarters a few doors down, get to this custom-salad bar before 11:30 a.m. or after 1:30 p.m. if you don’t want to wait.
French Quarter (BC): The Photopoulos family, who also own Greek Isles, has owned this prime corner spot since 1986. Despite the New Orleans name, the menu is mostly traditional American with a little Greek thrown in.
Fujiyama (LA): It’s mostly Japanese teriyaki, but now it’s added a few Korean dishes, including a tasty Bibimbap, the vegetable-and-meat bowl with rice (definitely spring for the 50-cent cup of kimchi).
Melt In Your Mouth (BC): It opened temporarily upstairs until the new downstairs shop was ready. Now it’s easier to reach and loaded with cupcakes and other sweets.
Metropolitan Cafe (BC): Turkish (doner kebab is popular, but don’t miss the smoky/hot eggplant salad). There’s a hookah bar at night.
Nefelie’s (BC): Greek-American, with the main restaurant upstairs and a few tables downstairs. Renovations are underway.
Persis Indian (LA): A take-out spot with the classics, including biryani (rice), daal and saag paneer.
Pho Plus (BC): The menu is short but well-made, focused on pho – noodle-based soup – and bahn mi sandwiches.
Pie In the Sky (LA): New York pizza fans know this place for the hot slices, calzone and stromboli.
Rush Espresso (BC): Buck the Seattle chains for a very friendly local shop with Lavazza coffee.
Salsarita (LA): Since it faces the street, it’s easy to forget this is officially in Latta Arcade, too.
Valhalla (BC): Pub and eatery, with a wine bar, Vintage Lounge, attached.
Photos by Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer