8 newest stops for organic food, wine, cheese boards, and more

Cheese board at Mere's in Dilworth at the soft opening night. Photo by Katie Toussaint

September is here, and so are more Charlotte locations for organic food, wine, cheese boards and beyond. Check out these 8 new places.


2400 Park Road, Suite H

Dilworth, already a wine destination thanks to Dilworth Tasting Room and Foxcroft Wine Co., now has MERE’s, a low-key but bustling little nook for wines (good news: it’s not hard to find a $15 bottle with no corkage fee here), cheese boards (starting at $17 with three cheeses) and just the right amount of variety.

Siggy’s Good Food 

1001 Belmont Ave.

Check out the open kitchen concept and European-inspired fare at Siggy’s in the Belmont neighborhood. Come for lunch and/or dinner and expect Mediterranean-style organic salads and sandwiches, adult beverages and more.

Queen City Craft & Gourmet

5349 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy, Suite 100

Speaking of adult beverages, head to Queen City Craft for cheese flights, rotating grilled cheese, beer taps (wild-cards included), 40 wines by the glass and upcoming beer dinners.

Yafo Kitchen in Plaza Midwood

1331 Central Ave., Suite 101

Yafo’s second location finally opened mid-August, next to Midwood Smokehouse and Pilot Brewing. Don’t miss the seasonal items like beet hummus and Mediterranean potato salad, and indoor murals by local artist Owl.


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The seasonal mezzes, they are a changin’ (wish this new Mediterranean potato a warm welcome). #GoWithTheYaflow

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 Pilot Brewing Co.

1331 Central Ave.

Plaza’s newest brewery opened in the same building as Yafo, also in mid-August. Expect small-batch, experimental brews instead of year-round flagship brews being poured in this 1,900-square-foot brewery and tap room. Try: a Belgian Style Wit, Trappist Style Single (Belgian Blonde), ExBBERimental – WLP004 (Javier’s Irish Red) and more.

BoatYard Eats

18418 Statesville Road, Cornelius

Check out the indoor dining establishment featuring a full bar as well as small bites and snacks — then swing your attention to the rotating food trucks and the regular live music. Welcome to experiential dining. The food truck lineup yesterday included Pasta la Vista Food Truck ​and The Laughing Onion.

Courtesy of David Stockwell

Max and Lola Bodega

1501 South Mint St.

This dog-lover’s paradise features beers and wines on draft, retail bottles, prepared cheese and charcuterie boards, snacks, a taco food truck and more. The best part: Two dog-friendly nooks in the form of a front patio (relax by the flower beds) and a back “yard” with picnic tables, a grassy space and a fountain.


1508 S Mint St.

Sushi and ramen await in South End, specifically authentic Japanese Hakata ramen and traditional Japanese Edomae-Sushi. Also expect cocktails and sake. Don’t skip dessert: There’s a small group of flavors featured on their Instagram, including red bean.


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