Nightlife & Music

Best Bars For Foodies In Charlotte

June 13, 2013 6:00 AM

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When most people think of a bars, the coldness of the beer and what’s on draft is usually the highest priority. What food is served, if any, is usually an afterthought. Not so at these watering holes. Head to these Charlotte-area establishments for the best food and drink in one place.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
4310 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
(704) 365-1922

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, where burger meets sushi, is definitely a must-try. From its one-of-a-kind entrees to its rather traditional concepts and ingredients on both ends of the burger-sushi spectrum, there’s no end to the possibilities at this Southpark favorite. If the wide variety of unique and creative entrée selections isn’t enough, its drink menu has a like-no-other variety and includes over 14 specialty drinks, a variety of draft and bottled beers, a selection of imported Sake and a respectable selection of wines.The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar ranges from $6 for appetizers to upwards of $22 for entree’s, with a median $9 to $13 for most sandwiches and wraps — definitely a bar-foodie must!

East Boulevard Bar And Grill
1315 East Blvd., Suite 130
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 332-2414

East Boulevard Bar and Grill isn’t just your average bar and grill. Located in the well-known, up-scale, Dilworth section of Charlotte, EBB&G is, in fact, a great local hang out, with traditional and healthier menu options, including one-of-a-kind deserts and a great beer and wine selection to go with. It comes fully equipped with high-definition TVs and a welcoming staff with great service. If you’re looking to grab lunch with clients or friends, or if dinner and drinks is your desire, the friendly atmosphere at EBB&G has made it a favorite for locals and is an affordable must-try if you’re passing through. Its menu has appetizers ranging from $3 to an upwards of $16 entrées, with mid-range entrees priced at around $10.

D.D. Peckers’ Wing Shack
10403 E. Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 541-4113

D.D. Peckers’, known for some of the best wings in Charlotte, has proven to be a great local hang-out, with plenty of cold beer for foodies and sports-fanatics, alike. The food is great and the menu boasts a unique, affordable selection. Look out for the famous 20-plus selection of wing flavors, Philly Cheesesteaks, unique-twist burgers and various fish and other type sandwiches. D.D. Pecker’s excellent bar menu is complimented by 12 high-definition TVs and an affordable, $4 to $9 entree menu, with $2.75 Domestics, $3.75 Imports and $4 drafts. A late night menu is also available.

Related: Best Bar Food in Charlotte

McKoy’s Smokehouse And Saloon
4630 Old Pineville Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 523-6330

If you’re a foodie or someone who likes trying new things, McKoy’s will be right up your alley. This local favorite will have you coming back for that consistent, feel-at-home vibe. When it comes to daily lunch affordability, McKoy’s has what’s known as a “Nooner Special,” or you can take advantage of the restaurant’s daily, dine-in drink specials, while enjoying one of McKoy’s delicious smokehouse dinners. These dinners include wings, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, chicken and pork dinners, just to name a few. If you’re a biker or just, plain, into bikes (motorized, that is), you can join Mckoy’s on Fridays for its weekly biker night. McKoy’s menu items range from $9 to $22, with most entrees priced well under $15 — definitely a must-try!

Duckworth’s Grill And Taphouse
560 River Highway
Mooresville, NC 28117
(704) 799-2881

Since its inception in 2004, Duckworth’s has been known for its Philly Cheesesteaks and ice cream. Since then, the restaurant has evolved into one of Charlotte’s “Best of the Best” for its multiple selections of draft beers and great, reasonably priced entrees and appetizers. If you’re looking to have dinner and drinks, or if you’re just stopping in to watch the big game while trying one of several beers on tap with tasty appetizers, Duckworth’s is definitely the place. Prices can range from  $5 to $30.

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Douglas Ebert is a freelance writer who covers music and night life in Charlotte. Doug has a passion for discovering local bands with exceptional talent, and enjoys displaying their ability to entertain Charlotte’s night life. His work can be found on .

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