From all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ to the best pizza in the city: CharlotteFive’s top 5 food stories from 2018

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Salmon Belly via Baku’s Instagram

Does anyone else feel like the food scene is changing so fast that it’s hard to keep up? Don’t worry, it’s what we’re here for. Here’s a chance to catch up with our top 5 food stories from 2018, where we reminisce about the newest, best and most distinctive finds in the Charlotte food scene, along with some thoughts from our readers*:

(1) The partners of Seoul Food Meat Co. are opening an all-you-can eat Korean BBQ restaurant in South End 

Photo by Sallie Funderburk

If you haven’t tried it yet, here are your CliffsNotes: You’ll cook your own meat on the stove in the center of the table. If you don’t want to cook it yourself, someone will help you or do it for you. It’s all-you-can eat. While you’re there, check out the murals, one of a tiger and one depicting Marilyn Monroe in a hanbok.

From the comments: “Love!!!love!!!love!!! I have been searching for traditional korean barbaque [sic] here in charlotte. And I have been in love with Seoul Food Market – so match made in heaven.” — Gerry

(2) 15 of the best pizza spots to satisfy your pie needs, from personal-sized to Neapolitan-style

Desano Pizza

Whether your preference is thick or thin crust, loaded up with toppings or just a few quality ingredients, Charlotte’s pizza joints have got you covered.

From the comments: “I am from New York and PortoFino’s Park Rd brings me home every time I take a bite I would like every pizza lover to give them a try and compare – I am also going to give some of your recommendations a try – we all love pizza !” — Bill the Mailman

(3) 10 restaurant chains and brands people are dying to see in Charlotte

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In-N-Out “Double-Double”

CharlotteFive readers weighed in on the chains from their hometowns they’d love to see in the Queen City. Most of them were food-related — such as Houston’s and In-N-Out Burger — but then there was Zara. Those sensibly priced jumpsuits, though…

From the comments:Southerns couldn’t handle Skyline or Tim Hortons.” — Brian Roberts

(4) 9 spots to find some of the freshest seafood in the Charlotte area

Charlotte may be landlocked, but its local seafood restaurants — serving everything from Salmon Belly Nigiri to Grilled Octopus — will help with that wintertime fantasy we know you have of relaxing on a beach somewhere.

From the comments: “Kudos to Sea Level, Hello Sailor, Krazy Fish and ROCKSALT for actually answering the question, ‘How fresh is that seafood?’” — VAnce

(5) Your guide to Charlotte’s diners, drive-ins and dives

Photo by Jess Bentley

Charlotte’s fine dining has its place, but so does a Zack’s Special from Zack’s Hamburgers or a French Toast Special from Chuck’s Grill.

From the comments: “Brooks Sandwich Shop Honorable Mention?! Brooks would a list before the list started.” — Brad

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