Today is my last day living in Charlotte, North Carolina. The past two and a half years, we’ve been fortunate enough to live in the NoDa neighborhood (just North of Uptown) and see how it’s changed and all the great new spots that have come in. It was an awesome neighborhood to explore – both with and without a child. Despite the fact that the lightrail didn’t open while we were here* – that being a selling point when we bought our condo – the neighborhood was still incredibly accessible.
* two years after it was supposed to open, it will do so the week after we leave. of course.
As a parting gift, I wanted to share a list of some of my favourite spots in the ‘hood.
There are, of course, the Instagrammable spots that pop up online, at Solstice and such, due to the neighborhood having really beautiful street art. My list is focused on where we frequented, what we loved, and is a little off the path.
Smelly Cat Coffee. 514 E 36th St. Not just good iced chai’s and hot cocoa (I don’t personally drink coffee), but really good breakfast and AMAZING zucchini bread.
NoDa Company Store. 3221 Yadkin Ave. Plenty of space outside to relax and spend time with friends, we attended countless birthday parties and celebrations here. Free Lunch Sundays are delicious, and the mimosa bar lets you mix up your prosecco. Just an all around great gathering spot.
Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen. 501 E. 36th St. I love their shrimp and grits, Matt loves their Jambalaya.
Salud / Trade & Lore. 3306 N. Davidson St. We fell in love with this spot when Fud at Salud was here, but they’ve since converted the upstairs into a great coffee shop by day, bar at night; and it has an awesome selection of craft beer from across the US.
Jack Beagles. 3213 N. Davison St. People talk about their mac and cheese, but their Weekend Brunch is where it is at. The food is incredibly affordable (like, $6 for pancakes), the portions are enormous, and the staff is so nice. Matt is particularly fond of the Shit on a Shingle.
Haberdish. 3106 N. Davidson St. This place is really popular for their cool interior decor and great cocktails, but we have so many great memories of big dinners with friends. This is best enjoyed with a large group because the food is ordered family style. I love the kale grits and sweet potato dumplings. Fun Fact: This is the last restaurant I ate at before we had to go to the hospital to welcome our son to the world.
Mangos. 3112 N. Davidson St. Caribbean food that makes me miss St Croix, the guy behind this place knows how to make good food. I feel like this place is underrated: the jerk chicken is phenomenal, the cocktails are good, and the plantains are delicious.
Cabo Fish Taco. 3201 N. Davidson St. This is a really popular place, but I would genuinely crave their mexi-cali style food and will miss the tuna burritos. Also, always get the queso – it is the best I’ve ever had and I have no idea why.
Sabor. 3205 N. Davidson St. This is one of Matt’s favourite spot, he’s quite partial to the nachos. I go for the epic protein bowl or the arepa. They have specials almost every day, including $5 margaritas on Friday nights.
Diving Barrel Brewing. 3701 N. Davidson St. Brand new (like literally, their taproom opened for service this week), this taproom has a dark and woodsy vibe with comfortable seating and good beer. Specializing in sour beers.
Deejai NoDa Noodle Bar. 3629 N. Davidson St. Go for the Lemongrass Pork Bowl or the Ba Mi Ped Hang. Matt likes the Pad Thai. Plus, they’ll deliver to Divine Barrel for free!
Bold Missy Brewing. 610 Anderson St. Open and bright taproom, this was always a perfect spot to grab a beer with Matt and his crossfit crew after they worked out. Once they introduced Trapper Keeper, their glitter beer inspired by Lisa Frank, I became a big fan! I have fond memories of hanging on their large deck with neighbors and dogs.
Hopefully you’ll get to enjoy this neighborhood as much as I did! Any places I missed that should be on this list?