We at Axios Charlotte eat out at a lot — someone’s gotta take the photos for the ‘gram.
From all those taste tests, we wanted to share the standout dishes we tried in May. Some are brand new menu items, others are long-standing classics. All are really darn good.
Here’s our 6 favorite dishes from the past month, in no particular order.
(1) Pan-style pizza at Eight + Sand
This month, I tried the new pizzas from Eight + Sand — twice. So far, we’ve done three pan-style pizzas (crisp edge red, crisp edge white garlic and loaded potato) and the crispy hot chicken stone-baked pizza. All were delicious. After you’re seated, you scan the menu via a code and order and pay on your phone. At the end of the workweek, I really appreciate a good pizza in a pretty restaurant with efficient service. — Bri Crane, reporter
Location: 135 New Bern St. in South End.
(2) Birria ramen from Maria’s Mexican Restaurant
Maria’s is known for their popular birria tacos. Now they’ve added noodles to the birria broth and made Mexican-inspired ramen (careful, it comes piping hot). Pro tip: Order a birria taco to dip in the ramen, but only if you’re extra hungry because it’s a lot of food. — Paige Hopkins, reporter
Location: 5234 South Blvd.
(3) Grilled pineapple on a stick from Full Circle Food Cart
I was about 20 minutes into a long walk through NoDa on a 90-degree day when I saw the ever-present Frank’s Italian Water Ice cart — exactly what I needed. But I didn’t have my wallet and the cart didn’t accept Apple Pay. Before I turned to walk my sweaty self home, a man with pink hair hollered from behind the cart “We take Venmo!”
The food cart owner, Caleb Dickerson, explained it was only his second day of business. The cart was so new, a muralist was still painting the cart as I walked over.
Dickerson, a Charlotte native, was newly back in town after a two-year stay in Thailand. Before that, he was the executive chef at Heist. His cart’s menu is inspired by his time in Southeast Asia with tropical scratch-made popsicles, grilled pineapple and more. I ordered the grilled pineapple on a stick, sprinkled seasoning inside its plastic bag and devoured it. — Emma Way, Editor
Location: Full Circle Food Cart, parked on Thursday through Sunday around NoDa. (Follow on Instagram for location details.)
(4) Lobster roll from Growlers Pourhouse
If you like to bite into meat, like real lumps of lobster meat, not the whipped whatever some places serve, this is a better-than-solid lobster roll starter pack. — Michael Graff, reporter
Location: 3120 N. Davidson St. in NoDa.
(5) Mangia sandwich at Rhino Market
For a not-so-light weekday lunch I had the “Mangia” sandwich from Rhino Market with roasted chicken, red peppers, caramelized onions, pickled peppers, Italian sausage, provolone, arugula and basil on a sesame roll. Pro tip: It’s a little spicy, so wash it down with a Topo-Chico. — Katie Peralta Soloff, reporter
Location: Various locations in Uptown, Wesley Heights, NoDa and South End.
(6) Bacon, Egg and Cheese from Bagel Bin & Deli
Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day, and I will eat it at any time of day. I discovered Bagel Bin & Deli while on an assignment for our bagel guide (shameless plug). I’m not really a bagel and lox kind of person, so I opted for the bacon, egg and cheese instead ($5.25). And, let me tell you, the classics reign supreme. I got it on an everything bagel, but there are several options to choose from. — Symphony Webber, reporter/photographer
Location: 16709 Orchard Stone Run in Ballantyne. (There’s also a location in Huntersville.)