La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant

Soul Food
Worth a detour

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.

What to Eat
La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Nicely spiced and lightly breaded to sear in the juices
La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, Mac n Cheese
Mac n Cheese
No goopy kid stuff here, this is the real deal, generously loaded with melted cheese.
La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Lusciously firm, the collared greens have a great texture and are slightly sweet with porcine undertones
La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Don't pass up dessert, especially the homemade peach cobbler.
La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, Catfish
The sandy textured salt and pepper catfish is another specialty of the house at La'wan's.
La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, Sweet Tea
Sweet Tea
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.
La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant, Cornbread
Your entrée comes with a choice of roll or cornbread. The latter is a dense, sweet little muffin.
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday11 am - 9 pm
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday11 am - 9:30 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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