Charlotte, North Carolina, is a vibrant and growing city with a rich culinary history. From soul food to Ethiopian cuisine, Southern to Caribbean, Charlotte’s minority-owned restaurants have become staples on the food scene with a diverse range of flavors and dining experiences.
Leah & Louise is a popular spot in Charlotte’s Camp North End district, serving up Southern-style food with a modern twist. Co-owned by Chef Greg Collier–James Beard nominee–and his wife master mixologist Subrina Collier, the restaurant features dishes like catfish and grits, smoked chicken wings, and fried bologna sandwiches. The Colliers are also committed to using local and seasonal ingredients, making their menu both delicious and sustainable.
Cuzzo’s Cuisine on East Independence Boulevard is another popular minority-owned restaurant in Charlotte, specializing in soul food favorites like fried chicken, lobster mac and cheese, and collard greens. Owners and cousins Andarrio and Anglee Davita grew up in the South Carolina Lowcountry and are known for bringing their outstanding southern hospitality and customer service.
For those looking for something a little more exotic, Abugida Ethiopian Cafe & Restaurant offers an authentic taste of Ethiopia. Owner Solomon Demissie has created a warm and welcoming atmosphere in his restaurant, with traditional Ethiopian decor and live music performances. Abugida’s menu features dishes like injera bread, doro wot (chicken stew), and kitfo (raw beef seasoned with spices), providing a unique and memorable dining experience.
Vana is legendary in Charlotte for it’s exquisite tasting menu from chef owner Michael Noll and managing partner Jayson Whiteside. Sanskrit for “wooded area of the forest,” this concept is evident in the open wood fire kitchen and rustic cuisine. Located in the South End, their restaurant is focused on local and fresh. You’ll want to try their unique offerings like pork cheeks, bone marrow, lamb neck, and cotton candy custard.
These are just a few examples of the many minority-owned restaurants in Charlotte. Each of these establishments reflects the city’s rich cultural diversity and commitment to authentic, flavorful cuisine. Learn more about Charlotte’s annual Black Restaurant week. By supporting these restaurants, you can not only enjoy delicious food, but also support local businesses and celebrate the unique flavors and traditions that make Charlotte such a special place to dine.