12 must-try fried foods in Charlotte, not including french fries or fried pickles

12 must-try fried foods in Charlotte, not including french fries or fried pickles
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Rice Crispy squares ($12) – spicy tuna, crispy fried rice, wasabi soy.

Find them at Futo Buta ramen house in South End.


Springer Mountain Farms buttermilk fried chicken breast ($21) –  Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach and shallot-black pepper gravy.

Find it at Carpe Diem in Elizabeth.


Corn dog shrimp ($8.95) – Eight large shrimp dipped in corn dog batter & deep fried served with waffle fries, Southern slaw and your choice of dipping sauce.

Find them at Pinky’s in FreeMoreWest.


Hushpuppies ($7) – fried cornmeal dough with sweet tea butter.

Find them at Haberdish in NoDa.


Also, check out their Cauliflower Steak ($12) – hearty cut of cauliflower, chicken-fried with chimichurri drizzle. Or their fried chicken and tater tots.

The fried lobster tail ($39) – whipped potatoes, market vegetables, local NC honey-soy reduction, mustard aioli.

Find it at Bonterra in Dilworth.


Courtesy of Bonterra. [Agenda related story: This 10-person private dining space is in the cellar of an old church]

Puppydawgs ($3.99) – chopped frankfurters in bite-sized pieces, battered and fried to order.

Find them at JJ’s Red Hots in Dilworth.


Fried zucchini chips ($8) – served with cucumber yogurt and arbequina olive oil.

Find them at Nolen Kitchen in Myers Park.

Yes, Nolen Kitchen is closing, but you can also find their zucchini + eggplant chips with tzatziki, dill (also $8) at Ilios Noche.


1/4 chicken ($6.85) – fried chicken served with cole slaw, fresh fries, hushpuppies and a roll.

Find it at Price’s Chicken Coop in South End.


Onion rings ($10) – 10 large hand-breaded onion rings served with dipping sauce.

Find them at Beef N Bottle on South Boulevard.

Also consider the frog legs ($10) — 2 pairs, try them fried.


Wings – Korean style and double-fried, finger-licking greatness. Chose between soy garlic and spicy, or go half and half.

Find them at Seoul Food Meat Co. in South End.


Doughnut ($18) – diplomat cream, Heath bar crumble

Find it at Stoke in Uptown.

Totchos ($7.50) – tater tots topped with homemade beer cheese, Fire Sauce, roasted red peppers, corn, black beans, jalapenos and sour cream.

Find them at VBGB in the Music Factory.

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