8 of Charlotte’s newest stops for avocado toast, tacos, cocktails and more

Queso Taco. Photo by CharlotteFive

We don’t know about you, but we like to have a running list of the newest places to try each month for lunch and beverage adventures in Charlotte. Shake up your month with these 8 new stops for avocado toast, tacos, cocktails and more:


101 W. Worthington Ave.

Head to the Design Center in South End for some great Tex-Mex. We scouted it out before it opened and found that some of the most exciting menu items to try include the Matador to sip on (El Jimador Blanco, pineapple, lime, cilantro, served up, $10), and the Puffy Queso Taco to dig into (fresh corn puff taco stuffed with meat and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, $4). See featured photo for deliciousness.

Undercurrent Coffee

2012 Commonwealth Ave.

Open and already bustling, Undercurrent should be your next stop for a creamy oat milk cappuccino. Grab a couch to gaze out the wide windows facing the funky Plaza Midwood scene, or belly up to the bar to watch the coffee magic happen in front of your face. If you need a snack, the avocado toast is glorious. Get the back story of the space here.

Photo by Katie Toussaint


1714 South Blvd.

It didn’t take long for the space formerly occupied by Wu’s Cajun Seafood to get flipped. The restaurant closed at the end of March and the building has already been reborn as Rosemont, Bottle Cap Group’s vision of a “back-to-basics tavern.” On the drinks menu, expect beers (with a few locals thrown in), a short list of cocktails and “adult milk shakes” and the Frozemont Slushie (Capt Morgan’s rum, amaretto and Cheerwine). On the food menu, expect salads, sandwiches, burgers, fries and snacks.

Courtesy of Rosemont

King Canary Brewing Co.

562 Williamson Road, Mooresville

Lake Norman’s new brewery got ready to open in May with beers like these on the tap list: Poppycock (IPA), Lost Loon (farmhouse IPA), Squawky Talky (pale ale) and Tweet Tooth (milk stout with coffee and vanilla.) Wine and food truck fare can also be expected, as well as some great lake views.

Courtesy of King Canary

Two Scoops Creamery South End

1616 Camden Road, Suite 100

This beloved local spot for sweet treats opened its third location in South End in May. Owned by three best friends, this ice cream shop serves up flavors that rotate throughout the year and include Rocky Road, Krazy Kake, occasional vegan options and more.

Courtesy of Two Scoops Creamery


1508 S. Mint St.

Step inside for a chef-driven menu featuring influences from Spanish to Japanese, with a list of 13 savory dishes and three desserts. Fun fact: The restaurant’s name comes from the Buddhist concept of the state between life and death.

The Stanley

1961 East 7th St.

Welcome to Paul Verica’s latest concept in Elizabeth. Since Verica is known for menus with “fresh, local and seasonal ingredients with cutting-edge molecular science flourishes,” you can anticipate an interesting menu here. Try small plates like Foie gras funnel cake and gnocchi, a kitchen “improv” tasting menu with three courses, large plates like strip steak and trout, and of course, cocktails.

Refined Grace 

127 Brevard Court, Suite A

Amidst a wave of restaurant and bar openings, a bridal boutique owned by a 24-year-old entrepreneur (and CharlotteFive writer) has opened as well. Temily Wardlaw’s second-floor bridal concierge boutique on Brevard Court focuses on the bridal party, with offerings like private appointments for dress fittings (she sources designs from brands that she loves like Kelly Faetanini and Watters), bridal party gift arrangements and event planning (like bridal showers).

Photo courtesy of Refined Grace

Featured photo: CharlotteFive


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