Charlotte Sampler: One Day’s Delights

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Eating Charlotte’s best could take a few weeks; but if you’ve got a single day to taste the Queen City’s quintessential Roadfood, here is the cream of the crop.

Amelie’s is the place to go whatever time you start; it’s open 24/7, and its true French pastries are unsurpassed. For a stylish breakfast, visit Zada Jane’s and be sure to try the sweet potato hash browns. Lupie’s is a locally-loved cafe known for superb southern-style vegetables (including everybody’s favorite vegetable, macaroni & cheese). Of the city’s several soul-food beacons, we like La’Wan’s best, mostly for its salt-and-pepper-crusted catfish. And no visit would be complete without a whole-hog barbecue feast at the legendary Bill Spoon’s.

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Amelie’s French Bakery

A French bakery with kitsch decor, Amelie's is a 24/7 beacon of croissants, quiches, tarts, tortes, sandwiches, soups and salads plus coffee in every good form.

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Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

Zada Jane's is a popular, stylish, 3-meal-a-day Charlotte restaurant known especially for breakfast -- from classic buttermilk biscuits to vegetarian exotica.

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Lupie’s

Lupie's is a Charlotte locals' favorite restaurant, for fresh vegetables (& mac 'n' cheese!), beautiful burgers and bountiful banana pudding for dessert.

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La’wan’s Soul Food Restaurant

Serving such soul food favorites as fried chicken, salmon cakes, catfish, and pork chops, La'wan's has become a Charlotte soul food landmark.

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Bill Spoon’s Barbecue

A best BBQ restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bill Spoon’s is famed for chopped pork, Brunswick stew, mustard slaw and exemplary hushpuppies.