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.