Patio Season: 15 Fresh Places To Dine & Sip Al fresco in Charlotte

Al fresco season is almost here! Whether you’re looking for a secluded patio or prime street-side people watching, here are 15 great places you should be sipping and dining al fresco all spring and summer long.  

1. City Lights Rooftop

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City Lights is located on the 18th floor of the Le Meridien hotel. Charlotte’s newest and largest rooftop bar boasts unparalleled views paired an eclectic, street food inspired menu and hand-crafted cocktails. Dance and mingle next to the LED rooftop furniture and the weekly live music and rotating DJ roster. This is a casual fun spot to let your hair down and put your feet up to enjoy a sunset, cocktails, and bites.

2. Sycamore Brewing

Sycamore Brewing is a small, family owned craft brewery in Charlotte’s South End. The light-rail-side brewery with its inviting rustic taproom and large, string-light-filled beer garden has become a fast favorite on the Charlotte social scene. Their patio sets the stage for the ever-popular Food Truck Friday and is sure to be packed all weekend long.

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3. Dilworth Tasting Room

Located in the heart of Dilworth, this circa-1940’s style building creates an atmosphere reminiscent of the wine bars and Enotecas of Europe. They have an open air private courtyard/patio that is Charlottes premier secret garden, luxurious seating, and nearly 30 feet of mahogany, copper and steel bar from which one can partake from a bold and unique wine list focused on low-production, high-quality wines.

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4. SouthBound / Mac’s / The Music Yard

Neighbors Mac’s Speed Shop (a southern smokehouse) and SouthBound (a SoCal-inspired taco bar) are linked together by The Music Yard, a huge outdoor performance venue. The curb appeal of those three places packed with patrons creates an alluring “patio row” of sorts along the busy South Boulevard corridor. Catch a free spring music series in The Yard every Saturday in April and May .

 

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5. Barcelona Wine Bar

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6. The Suffolk Punch

Located in Southend, Suffolk Punch’s earthy feel, with dangling greenery and a glass tile backsplash behind the bar, is instantly welcoming.  The Suffolk Punch is a Brewery, Culinary Café & Taphouse, and Coffee Bar.  They serve coffee starting at 7:30 am on weekdays (9 am on the weekends,) have a unique menu with a variety of flavors, and offer over 50 beers on draft including over 20 made in house! Breakfast, lunch, dinner – brunch on weekends, wine & craft cocktails.

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7. Brewers at 4001 Yancey

Brewers at 4001 Yancey offer well-known Victory, Sixpoint and Southern Tier beer, but also brew locally inspired beers in the brew house. With an annual capacity of 10,000 barrels, the Brewers are crafting new recipes designed with the local community in mind, taking inspiration from local ingredients and trends. The chef driven menu incorporates their beers in over 90% of their recipes and each menu item can be perfectly paired with a pint.

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8. Legion Brewing South Park

Legion Brewing Company was born from the ethos that sharing good beer with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. Legion Brewing SouthPark is open 7 days a week and offers a full menu and two bars stocked with beer, wine and local spirits. You’ll find 39 at the downstairs bar, and 8 at the mezzanine bar. Popular Legion beers include Juicy Jay, Project Pils, Freedom Park and Carolina Sparkle Party.

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9. Roots Cafe

Locally sourced ingredients and handcrafted with love, Roots Cafe is a fast casual cafe experience. Grab a menu, place your order at the counter, choose your seat and the rest will be taken care of.

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10. Kid Cashew

Kid Cashew is a wood fire grill inspired by farmers, butchers and the Mediterranean. Located in Dilworth, Kid Cashew offers vegan and gluten free options. Whether enjoying $3 mimosas at brunch or $6 appetizers during happy hour, their passion is giving guests a chance to share flavors and laughter with their loved ones and friends.

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300 East has been serving the Dilworth neighborhood and greater Charlotte for 32 years. They are a family-owned and operated casual dining establishment serving a creative American-eclectic menu in a rehabbed, 1900 Victorian home. They offer lunch, dinner, cocktails & Sunday brunch!

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12. Hello, Sailor

Hello, Sailor offers a bright, sunny, casual restaurant and bar concept, open all day Tuesday – Sunday. The horseshoe-shaped bar is a main focal point in the dining room featuring beach-worthy cocktails like Cherry Lemon Sundrop Negroni Slushies and no-frills 40-ounce Miller High Life bottles. The deck along with its forthcoming tiki bar and the restaurant’s 20 dedicated boat slips are prime spots in the spring and summer time.

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Fahrenheit is situated above the Skye Condos on the 21st Floor.  With one of the best views in the Queen City, the 8,600-square-foot rooftop restaurant and bar gives guests an opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining. The spectacular bar and lounge opens up to the stunning roof area, where linear fireplaces offer ambiance to the wrap-around patio. Fahrenheit’s menu is “inventive, new American regional cuisine.” It is the chef’s dedication to using the finest and freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients, along with Asian insinuations, that make this fare uniquely his own.

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A vibrant Italian restaurant in uptown Charlotte. Stroll through their inviting entrance at West 3rd street, where their warm and convivial restaurant is a meeting place for both Charlotteans and out-of-towners. Angeline’s offers a modern, Italian-influenced menu in the form of house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and simple yet flavorful small plates in an energetic and comforting environment.

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Fern was designed to create a comfortable and earthy atmosphere, using reclaimed barn wood for tables and baseboards, and sourcing our ingredients from the best farms in the area. Fern focuses on plant-based and southern cuisine to create seasonal menus.

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Top Breakfast Spots in Charlotte

Summer is here and kids are hungry! Choosing a breakfast spot in a city like Charlotte can be overwhelming, given the number of great places there are to choose from. Luckily, Charlotte Agenda narrowed down the field for us by ranking their top five best spots for a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich! Here are the top contenders:

  • The sandwich most likely to impress you with bacon thickness is from littleSpoon, located on Selwyn Ave.
  • The bacon, egg and cheese most likely to impact your cholesterol can be found at Brooks’ Sandwich House. Located on N. Brevard Street, Brooks’ Sandwich House has been in Charlotte serving great food for over 40 years!
  • The sandwich most likely to make your hands greasy and bring a smile to your face can be found at the Rhino Market & Deli on West Morehead St.
  • The BEC most likely to make you remember that biscuits will always be better than bread is found at none other than Bojangles’! A well-known fast food restaurant in the south, Bojangles’ serves their biscuits all day along with their amazing sweet tea!
  • The last bacon, egg and cheese sandwich mentioned on the list is from Poppy’s, located on Providence Road! This sandwich is said to be so tasty that it is likely to make you stop ordering cream cheese.

Although I’m sure there are many other BEC’s around Charlotte that are also amazing, we hope this list can be helpful in choosing where to enjoy your next breakfast! For the full Charlotte Agenda article, click here. You can also ask your trusted Dickens Mitchener agent for their recommendations!

 

DM Instagram is Your Best Source for Charlotte Hot Spots!

Our Dickens Mitchener team is proud to announce the addition our new Instagram campaign, DM HotSpots! We will now be featuring fun & funky photo collage posts of some of our community’s most desirable hot spots!

We’re committed to helping you discover the best places to stay, restaurants, shops, museums, activities, attractions, dining and nightlife. These hotspots come highly recommended by our very own agents and office staff, who frequently visit these must-see locations! We’re excited to share our Queen City favorites with you & hope that the natural beauty & exhilarating community spirit in our DM HotSpot posts inspire you to uncover the places we love to love!

On Instagram? Search #DMHotSpots to check out our featured locations!Unknown

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Burgers on the Brain: Dickens Mitchener’s Agent Jeff Murdock talks Burgers

We are just coming off of National Burger Day and who doesn’t like eating or even just talking about a delicious, juicy burger?

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On the cover of June’s issue of Charlotte Magazine is the title “Burgers!” with a picture of a great looking burger called the “NC Local Burger” from the Gallery Restaurant at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge in Ballantyne.  Check out this description of the burger by Charlotte Magazine: The large, upscale NC Local Burger tops a grass-fed beef patty from Baucom’s Best on toasted Great Grains focaccia with Cultured Cow cheddar soaked in Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Copper Ale, dainty Lucky Leaf microgreens slaw, and a sunny-side-up egg from Baucom’s.” If your mouth isn’t watering yet then you need to check out the additional 16 must-try, local burgers that Charlotte Magazine also features in this issue. Continue Reading