Foot-long hot dogs topped with mustard, onions, chili, and slaw … giant-size hamburgers dressed to the hilt with cheese fries and battered onion rings on the side … chopped barbecue sandwiches decorated with slaw: Put these menu items together with a brash, drive-through (and dine-in) operation, and you have Jay Bee's, a truly all-American eatery.
A fully satisfying French bakery with completely silly decor, Amelie's is a 24/7 beacon of wonderful croissants, quiches, tarts and tortes, sandwiches, soups, and salads and coffee in every good form.
A pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch in Mount Airy (inspiration for Andy Griffith's Mayberry) is a boneless, tenderized loin chop dipped in sweet-milk batter and fried until golden crisp. It is improbably large, sandwiched in a bun along with a battery of condiments that include a slice of tomato, chopped onion, mustard, cole slaw, and special chili sauce.
The Burlington location of Hursey's Bar-B-Q has been around since 1960, but the family bbq tradition goes back even father than that. Hursey's Barbecue puts out classic North Carolina pork bbq, along with ham and chicken, plus sides of homemade slaw, beans and hushpuppies.
Classic soul food in Charlotte. Nana's doesn't look like a charming restaurant, but its food is utterly beguiling. It is dished out cafeteria style, and the array of choices is vast. Prices are low and service is friendly
Crisp-crusted, moist, and full flavored, Dame's superb fried chicken comes atop a waffle and accompanied by such flavored butter schmears as peach-apricot, vanilla-almond, and chocolate-hazelnut. This is one of the greats.
With a menu of soul food favorites including fried chicken, beef tips, salmon cakes, chicken livers, pork chops and country fried steak, La'wan's has the potential to become a Charlotte soul food landmark. And with its basic, no frills dining room, it offers the perfect atmosphere to enjoy some down-home southern fare.