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La'wan's Soul Food Restaurant

7520 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC - (704) 665-7225
Posted By Dale Fine on 7/3/2014 11:00:00 PM
Ever since the demise of the legendary soul food classic the Coffee Cup some five years ago, I've been scouring the Charlotte area for a suitable replacement. It appears that my search has come to a favorable conclusion. La'wan's is located in an urban strip mall about 15 minutes south of the airport. Entering the restaurant, you will find a basic, no thrills dining room, just the right atmosphere for down home southern fare.

Perusing the menu there are several soul food favorites including fried chicken, beef tips, salmon cakes, chicken livers, pork chops and country fried steak. According to Roadfooder Chris Ayers (Ayersian), the catfish is top notch. On both of my visits, I ordered the fried chicken and tried both white and dark meat on each occasion. The chicken is encased in a light crispy breading with just the right amount of spices, allowing the chicken to retain it's juices, and fair warning; it's loaded with flavor.

For my two sides, I ordered the mac n cheese which was more of a "mac n cheese bake", generously loaded with melted cheese . The collards were cooked well, limp but firmly textured, slightly sweet and enhanced with porcine flavor. The small corn muffin which comes with each meal was merely an afterthought. Don't forget dessert. The peach cobbler is clearly homemade with fresh peaches in a glazed crumble.

Within the last couple of years, La'wan's moved across the street into bigger digs, a great sign that this potential Charlotte soulfood landmark will be around for many more years to come.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Mac n Cheese
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The sandy textured salt and pepper catfish is another specialty of the house at La'wan's.
"The sandy textured salt and pepper catfish is another specialty of the house at La'wan's."
Cliff Strutz





Nicely spiced and lightly breaded to sear in the juices
"Nicely spiced and lightly breaded to sear in the juices"
Dale Fine


Lusciously firm, the collared greens have a great texture and are slightly sweet with porcine undertones
"Lusciously firm, the collared greens have a great texture and are slightly sweet with porcine undertones"
Dale Fine


No goopy kid stuff here, this is the real deal, generously loaded with melted cheese.
"No goopy kid stuff here, this is the real deal, generously loaded with melted cheese."
Dale Fine


Don't pass up dessert, especially the homemade peach cobbler.
"Don't pass up dessert, especially the homemade peach cobbler."
Dale Fine


The sweet tea comes just how I like it, with lots of lemon and plenty of ice. It also tastes like it is sweetened with honey, although my waiter assured me that is not the case.
"The sweet tea comes just how I like it, with lots of lemon and plenty of ice. It also tastes like it is sweetened with honey, although my waiter assured me that is not the case."
Cliff Strutz


Your entrée comes with a choice of roll or cornbread.  The latter is a dense, sweet little muffin.
"Your entrée comes with a choice of roll or cornbread. The latter is a dense, sweet little muffin."
Cliff Strutz


A basket by the register makes it easy to grab a slice of pineapple upside down cake or pound cake to go.
"A basket by the register makes it easy to grab a slice of pineapple upside down cake or pound cake to go."
Cliff Strutz


The Sunday brunch buffet is popular with the locals.
"The Sunday brunch buffet is popular with the locals."
Cliff Strutz


Just like the sign says, cooking with 'real soul'
"Just like the sign says, cooking with 'real soul'"
Dale Fine


La'wan's is now located at the end of a fairly new strip mall.
"La'wan's is now located at the end of a fairly new strip mall."
Cliff Strutz



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