Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation… and the food scene is thriving. Follow my Nom Voyage through the Queen City by dining at the airport.
The next time you’re traveling through Charlotte Douglas International Airport, make sure to stop, look around, and taste some of the best bites the south-east has to offer. With so many delicious dining choices, my friend Andrew and I have narrowed down the best-of-the-best for your feasting pleasure.
Our first stop was Carolina Pit BBQ, which features on-site smoked meats and southern staples that will leave your mouth watering.
Andrew and I created our own meat melody of brisket, turkey, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and sausage. Might as well go big or go home, right? We also ordered the hushpuppies, collard greens, mac & cheese, and cornbread (you know… for good measure). Everything came out quick, piping hot, and we devoured the entire spread. You can find Carolina Pit BBQ in the CLT Atrium and read more about their smoked specialties by visiting Brookwood Farms website.
Our second stop during our Nom Voyage was an upscale wine bar called Beaudevin.
This charismatic European-style retreat offers fine wines, shareable plates, sandwiches, and salads. It was voted as Best New Airport Bar by Entrepreneur Magazine and we could clearly taste why. The atmosphere is chic, yet comfortable; allowing travelers to escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy airport. Here, we enjoyed wine pairings with their Artisan Cheese Plate, Seared Atlantic Salmon, Pesto Chicken Flatbread, Shrimp Scampi, and completed our experience with their Berries & Chocolate.
Next, we had the pleasure of dining at globally-inspired 1897 Market.
Our crew sat down with Executive Chef, Michael Suppa, and learned a little more about this eclectic eatery’s creative menu. They offer dine-in and items pre-packaged for carry-out, so if you’re in a hurry you can easily grab a solid meal togo. The kitchen is fully open, so jet-setters can watch their team make tasty dishes like steak frites, bbq shrimp & grits and wood-fired pizzas.
After all this eating, Andrew and I quenched our thirst at NoDa Brewing.
As one of Charlotte’s favorite breweries, NoDa Brewing’s airport location is a must-see for any beer advocate. They offer a wide range of brews and delicious eats that go way beyond the typical pub fare. Make sure to stop by their mix-and-match cooler on your way out… this way you can bring a can of the Queen City home with you.
Our recommendations from NoDa’s scrumptious menu:
- The Turkey Avocado Sandwich was highly recommended by owner, Suzie Ford. After one bite, we completely and utterly agreed that it’s definatly swoon worthy. Try it, we know you’ll love it.
- NoDa’s Pork Belly Tacos are savory and acidic, giving your palate an explosion of flavors all on one plate. If you’re craving tacos at the airport, this is your joint.
- Want to read more about NoDa and grab a fun recipe? Check out these Brizo Mules I made with their new line of spiked seltzers.
Our final destination during our flavor-packed day was Whiskey River, owned by the legendary Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Located in Concourse E is a nightclub-inspired restaurant that offers live music by local artists, a full bar, and a casual menu everyone will love. Adventure seekers can expect to see items like spicy chicken wings, fully loaded totchos (tater-tot nachos) and massive burgers. This establishment was named Best Airport Sitdown Dining by USA Today, so make sure to check it out before or after your flight.
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