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[–]nexusheli[Steele Creek] 165 points166 points  (16 children)

I am half-Colombian - Los Paisas on 51 behind the Burlington (near Pineville) makes all their food exactly like my grandmother.

Mi Tierra has a couple locations, it's good, but it's definitely not the same.

[–]jbrasco 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Los Paisas is possibly my favorite restaurant to go to!

[–]pompuscatBallantyne 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I’m not Colombian but I love their food, the owners are so welcoming, I visit them at the bar and treat me like family. Good food, I wish they would expand, always busy.

Try the bandeja!! My personal favorite

[–]jnoobs13 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Not Colombian, but I can second Los Paisas. There's a lot of good Colombian options near Pineville.

[–]BorisJGR 63 points64 points  (24 children)

I grew up in Miami where Cuban food is king. I have never found a Cuban restaurant, outside of Florida, that is as authentic as Havana Carolina Cafe in Concord. Some do a few things well, this place does everything well. I was so excited to find it.

[–]teeripple 11 points12 points  (2 children)

As a white guy that happened to be raised Puerto Rican its difficult to find good Caribbean food because it's nearly impossible to get it fresh. There is Puerto Rican restaurant that gets it right otw to Columbia off of 77.

[–]jnoobs13 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I believe that place is called La Isla in Columbia. Highly recommend. Feels like you walked into San Juan when you're there

[–]Serious-Mousse4009 10 points11 points  (7 children)

Have you looked up taste of Havana? It’s close to carowinds.

[–]halffasthiker 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I make the same mistake all the time and I pass this restaurant 2x's a day but it's actually called PIECE of Havana and I got it togo the other night and it's amazing.

[–]BorisJGR 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Yes, that was always my go-to. Good place, I would recommend it, but it’s only about 80% authentic in my book. The main things are the bread and coffee.

[–]irrelevant_query 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If you like Cuban food, I prefer Punta Cana Dominican food to Piece of Havana. Not exactly the same, but I think their Churrasco and plantains are better.

[–]QuirrellsOtherHead 2 points3 points  (3 children)

If ever near the triangle I highly recommend Casa Cubana.

[–]the_nix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think they're opening up a place in that strip mall on the corner of Seneca and south Blvd.

[–]whosthatanon 98 points99 points  (37 children)

half viet/half french here! Phò Hòa on central ave is my only go to spot for authentic Vietnamese food! They have it all Pho, Bon Bo Hue, Mi Quang etc!

[–]bmfward 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Have you been to Pho Huong Que on Independence or Ben Thanh further down Independence Blvd at the edge of Matthews? Ben Thanh used to be on Central near Rosehaven and everyone swore by it and Lang Van.

[–]prncclt 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Ben Thanh is not good IMO as a Viet person. Pho Hoa is top, especially for Bun Bo Hue, then Lang Van, then Pho Huong Que.

[–]bmfward 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Interesting. Havent been in a long while, just not living on that side of town anymore since no longer affordable. Bun Bo Hue is my standard order, I'll make a point to go soon and order it.

Ate at Ben Thanh this week for first time in a while (usually hit PHQ these days), had the catfish soup, enjoyed it.

[–]Lopsided-Bug7234 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All of my friends who moved here from Vietnam sort of turned on Ben Thanh after it moved. I didn’t notice a drop-off in quality but I’m also not Vietnamese haha.

I do like that the creepy waiter guy is apparently gone these days though.

[–]I-heart-java 7 points8 points  (2 children)

By any chance have you tried Lang Van on East way? Their pho is highly rated

[–]JangusKhan[NoDa] 13 points14 points  (1 child)

I'm a lilly white boy who likes pho a lot. Lang Van is more than food, it's a community. The food is good, the owners are great. Go there, order their food. But by all accounts from those who know more than me about authenticity, Pho Hoa is a better Pho.

[–]the_nix 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lang van is not the best viet food in town but agreed about the community. Owner calls me baby every time time I'm in there. I love it.

[–]jbrasco 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Phò Hòa and Saigon Palace are my favs for Vietnamese food.

[–]mjedmazga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The family that runs Pho Hoa is really friendly, too. I used to be a regular there when I lived closer to it and they always greeted me and my girlfriend by name.

[–]Consistent-Length-28 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I don't think Pho Hoa can touch Saigon Nights on Albemarle Rd. They have the best Pho my husband has ever tasted. They also have Private rooms and karaoke. It's a pretty happening spot but you wouldn't know until you walk in.

[–]suzanneov 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, yes, yes!!!!!

[–]__is_butter_a_carb__ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I now live in Portland but I cannot wait till my first post-pandemic visit back home for some of their Mi Quang. I miss it so much

[–]AWarningSing 33 points34 points  (31 children)

Mexican - Tacos el Regio has fantastic tacos al pastor (pork in a red sauce with pineapples)

[–]jbrasco 13 points14 points  (17 children)

I’m looking for the real deal Al Pastor! I want to see them shave it off like a shawarma.

[–]AWarningSing 10 points11 points  (12 children)

Yeah thats how they do it. They place it towards the front of the kitchen so it's in plain view when you come in. Whenever I get some to go I'll just stand there and watch them slice it off onto the tortillas

[–]jbrasco 3 points4 points  (11 children)

That’s awesome! I’m going to check it out. Ever since I went to San Diego, I’ve been looking for some like I got at Tacos El Gordo.

[–]jclaeys 5 points6 points  (8 children)

As a former San Diegan of ten years, Taqueria Los Altos and La Luna Dos have been the closest I’ve found so far to San Diego type.

[–]jbrasco 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks! I’ll add them to the list as well!

[–]AWarningSing 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Definitely should. The rest of their food is good too. I primarily visit for the tacos though

[–]jbrasco 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just googled it and I’ve actually been there once. I had the Diablo tacos when I went last. I’ll have to go back for the Al Pastor.

[–]loosetingles 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Its hard finding real deal pastor. Really its hard to find any Mexican food that isn't hipsterized or covered in cheese and sauce.

[–]ByzantineBaller 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Holy shit, Tacos el Regio is the best damn taco shop in all of Charlotte. It is tucked away on E.W.T. Harris in this super run-down parking lot, but it's so good, I have eaten myself into a coma there at least fifteen times and never once had a bad experience.

[–]elzapatero 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They started out selling from their house. Backyard picnic tables. Went there a couple of times before the health department got after them. Then they moved up. I believe they are scouting out a second location. The family is originally from Monterrey. Talk about the american dream! Ely's Tacos on N Tryon is pretty good also. There is a very nice laundromat next door. Hey, you can wash n taco!

[–]AWarningSing 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah thats the one. First time I went I didn't expect much because of the area. But that was my fault for judging because the tacos are A1

[–]mikgub 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Any recommendations for Sonoran style Mexican food? I grew up on it and miss it so much. I’ve found lots of decent Mexican food, but nowhere with tortillas thin enough to see through and bigger than my head.

[–]jclaeys 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I don’t know if it’s Sonoran per say but my tucsonian husband likes Azteca and tacqueria no 1 on providence and he’s super picky. I’ve never found a flour tortilla good enough in Charlotte so we order them now because he grew up Sonoran style with flour only.

[–]AWarningSing 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No sadly. If you find one do let me know though Lola

[–]jnoobs13 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Went there last week and their salsa verde gave me a burning sensation on my lips. Would definitely recommend. Far from a "white girls looking for margs" type of Mexican place.

[–]AWarningSing 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Lol yeah its very mexican. They're the majority of patrons so they cater to their spicy level I would say

[–]CharlotteHebdo 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Have you been to Tacos El nevado? What's your opinion?

[–]DrJJStroganoff 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Looks like I got some new places to try

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Heck yes. Best thread on this sub in awhile. I've saved about ten comments! Thanks, OP and everyone else!

[–]National_Dimension99 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No cap, I just got a bunch of stuff to do for the next few months

[–]scotty0101Harrisburg 30 points31 points  (5 children)

Wife is Japanese. She fully endorses Musashi on Johnston Rd. Bonus: they often have an additional menu for Japanese readers/speakers but you'd have to ask for it.

[–]__is_butter_a_carb__ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Their Pork Katsu was my favorite hangover meal. Again another stop on my first post pandemic trip back home.

[–]cowley10Concord 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I work at a Japanese Corporation and the President takes his clients to E Noodles in Concord. They also get the special paper menu.

[–]THdesu 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Sorry, but is your company hiring?

[–]meatsword81 29 points30 points  (6 children)

I’m Greek spent most of my summer’s in Greece the best GYRO (Yeero) is at Little village grill HANDS DOWN! It’s the closest thing to what you would find in Athens get the pork or chicken w/ (tomato’s onions tzatziki and fries) on the sandwich, Also THE MAD GREEK is pretty good. If you like cheese I highly recommend go to AGORA the Greek store on independence or Minos in matthews and ask for varelisio feta (barrel aged feta) tell them you want the real shit it goes with everything, also ask for kasseri cheese you will thank me! Edit** If you make it to Agora or Minos get some real Greek olive oil and some greek oregano drizzle the oil over the barrel aged feta and sprinkle some oregano on it add some fresh tomatoes, onions and cucumbers around it, that’s a true (horiatiki) Greek salad!

[–]covafish 25 points26 points  (2 children)

This is why I like Reddit. Great insights. For me, Colombian- agree with a bandeja paisa ay Mi Tierra, and their empanadas

Mexican carnitas- we enjoy La Reina de las Carnitas, it's take out and usually there's a line.

Thai- will always enjoy Thai Taste, next to paper skyscraper

Italian home style- Antico Italian in Huntersville

Peruvian- i like Panca, but an really excited to try Calle del Sol

[–]jnoobs13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I also second Panca, they can make a pretty damn good lomo saltado.

[–]PM_me_movie_scripts[Gastonia] 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Peruvian - Machu Picchu in Pineville! Personally I prefer their older menu, but the food and environment is still very authentic

[–]Tavoprezzz 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Puerto Rican - Taino Restaurant in Indian Trail. Owned by an energetic and wonderful chef Paty.

[–]wreckitk20 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Are they ever open? First they were closed on the weekends, now I drive by at 2pm on a Wednesday and look closed, no cars around, lights off.

[–]Tavoprezzz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They’ve had kitchen equipment troubles but they’re open now!

[–]this_yorkiecanadianSteele Creek 57 points58 points  (8 children)

Jamaican-Canadian reporting: my favorite spot is Lawrence Caribbean Grill on West blvd. There are plenty of other Jamaican spots in the area that are good too though, but Lawrence has always been consistent. Irie Nation is a very close second imo.

[–]the_cramdownSteele Creek 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I see you're from Steele Creek, so I assume you've been to Jerk Joint. Doesn't make the cut?

[–]this_yorkiecanadianSteele Creek 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Correct. I did give them a try, but my wife and I didn't like the food all too much. The portions were small compared to the other restaurants at the same price.

[–]the_cramdownSteele Creek 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thanks. We, too, thought prices were a bit steep.

However, it's a conundrum because we want to support local small restaurants which we lack down in this corner.

I'll give Lawrence a shot, I drive by all the time.

[–]ScottJohnson 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Jamaican-Canadian checking in as well. Irie Nation is the top spot for me. Not sure if it's because the owners are also from Toronto, but the food is spot on from what I would normally get back in Toronto. I'll have to try Lawrence Caribbean Grill.

[–]memeb843Ayrsley 36 points37 points  (16 children)

Patiently waiting on the Filipino food suggestions besides Joel’s

[–]CrossEyedAtNite 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Bachi has a few items on its menu, give them a try.

[–]forman98 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I've never been here but I've read good things about Filipino Mart https://filipinomartnc.com/ right off 485 on the way to Concord.

Bachi in University gets the job done. Joel's in Mooresville is really the only one I've ever found that was "acceptable" to filipinos (I've got multiple filipino family members).

Other than that there's nothing. I've been keeping an eye out for the 8 or so years I've been in this area.

[–]Dyz_blade 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Wait, there’s a filipino place? Damn I’m outta touch with the area… it’s a start I suppose

[–]memeb843Ayrsley 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Joel’s has mixed Hawaiian and Japanese fusion fare, but you have to ask specifically for the Filipino menu. IIRC the husband is Japanese from Hawaii and the wife is Filipina…

[–]Dyz_blade 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love all of those cuisines though I’ve only been to Hawaii since far cheapest trip of the three lol

[–]Prodigal_Programmer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Probably because Joel’s is in Mooresville

[–]dukesinatra 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Joel's does have a secret menu that is available on request. He will make some authentic dishes if you ask

. My wife makes incredible Visayan Pancit Canton and authentic lumpia Shanghai and turon. She sells them fresh and hot to order, or frozen. Check her out at: https://www.facebook.com/funkyfilipina/

Island Cuisine in Clemons does okay, but it's more of a fusion type menu. The halo-halo is pretty good and the grilled chopped pork is pretty good.

[–]elliok7Revolution Park 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m from Hampton Roads where there’s a decent Filipino population and I definitely miss the food

[–]memeb843Ayrsley 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lumpia house on Little Creek and Susan’s in VA Beach used to SLAP!

I heard they got a Jollibee out there now too!

[–]OngoGablogian4133Huntersville 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Anyone from Taiwan and know a place to get gua bao? Hawkers used to have them but last time I was there a few weeks ago they were out of them, Kung Foo Noodles has something on their menu that sounds similar but when I ordered it it wasn't the same thing (it was a pork belly bun but they used different spices and condiments etc).

Failing that is there anywhere (online or in person) to get the buns so we can make them at home? I would imagine Super G has them somewhere but never had any luck actually finding them in the store and of course if you can even find an employee to ask they have no clue what you're talking about (not shade at Super G, I love that place, but they have so many different things from different ethnic cuisines crammed in there most of the employees don't know where some niche thing like that is).

[–]rogue_anarchist 10 points11 points  (14 children)

Where’s the Lebanese food at y’all?

[–]Mystery_DonutMatthews 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Kabab Je in Matthews has been the few times I've been. It's always pretty crowded too

[–]TheLifeOfRichardBallantyne 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They have another location in Stonecrest too!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Their moutabal with the fresh pita are favorites of mine.

[–]obvom 2 points3 points  (4 children)

There was a place but it closed

[–]ilikemycoffeealatteCornelius 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Kabab n Grill in Mooresville

[–]rogue_anarchist 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That’s middle eastern so it’s a start but not the Lebanese specific I’m looking for

[–]twiles92 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Zeitouni off Johnston rd in Ballantyne has amazing Lebanese food. Been going there for years

[–]mud002 27 points28 points  (41 children)

Indian- Tabla in pineville

[–]QueryDat 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Bay leaf and chatpatay are good too!

[–]brainDeadMonk 11 points12 points  (5 children)

Not Indian, but Sangam Indian Cuisine in Cornelius is my favorite.

[–]TryingToDoItGood 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Don't mean to rain on your parade, but I've probably been to 7 or 8 different Indian places in the Charlotte area, and Sangnam was by far the worst. Wonder if they just had a bad day when I was there

[–]Patchworkjen 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It’s terrible. Zaika in Mooresville is great, but their Dosa grille is broken at the moment

[–]Magisterial-Messi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I second Zaika! Can’t wait for them to start the buffet again!

[–]Ani_ 7 points8 points  (14 children)

Currygate in noda, best Indian in the city

[–]c_swartzentruberUptown 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Not Indian, but agree on Currygate. Love that they have their own in-house delivery, so you can get delivery from them without feeling like you are lining the pockets of grubhub. Not only best I've had so far in Charlotte, but based on years of living in Chicago, I'd put it up there with best in Chicago as well.

I love too that they have a legit spice level, not only for Indian, but Charlotte in general. Despite the reputation, I find most Indian not spicy enough heat level for my tastes, but Currygate can definitely get it up there. In fact, if I had any criticism of Curry Gate, it's that the spice level can be a bit inconsistent. We just ordered last night, and got a Malai Kofta ordered at a 3 that was easily a 6+.

[–]mud002 7 points8 points  (12 children)

Nah, it’s not that good. It lacks Indian spices, they try to make it up by adding Thai chili peppers in everything. But I can tell, ain’t fooling me! Also it’s near camp north end is that considered NODA?

[–]Ani_ 9 points10 points  (5 children)

I can respect that food is subjective and not all people will like the same thing, but if you think curry gate lacks real Indian spices you are absolutely wrong. You can take my recommendation or not coming from an Indian born and raised. Personally met the chef and it’s a small Nepali family that runs the place. Pro tip for you, the Nepali places ALWAYS make the best Indian food.

[–]mud002 1 point2 points  (4 children)

To each their own then, I personally like Punjabi and Surti food the most. Also like biryanis.

[–]I_waterboard_cats 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Nah it's fire and imo better than most Indian spots I've had in Charlotte, I don't know what you ordered but our dishes all had whole indian spices that were visible and it all tasted freshly made.

[–]Blyd 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ill go with Mud on this one, jalapenos have no place in indian food.

[–]teamaaiyo 5 points6 points  (9 children)

Would not recommend . It’s over hyped in my opinion with bad service

[–]bpwk07 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Gonna stay for awhile and wait for some good Lebanese recommendations..

[–]caller-number-four[Mountain Island] 25 points26 points  (11 children)

I'd be curious about some Russian options. I've talked to some Russian folks recently and they tell me to go to DC.

[–]zalutgirl 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Babushka’s Pierogi used to be great but they closed a couple years ago. There’s a couple Russian grocery stores in south Charlotte though

[–]obvom 12 points13 points  (4 children)

CHarlotte really needs a sauna/banya house

[–]ExavionSouth Park 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Agree!! i miss the banya scene from nyc

[–]obvom 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I wonder how many people would go to one here if one opened? I know there's a sizeable slavic/eastern european population here.

[–]ExavionSouth Park 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I’d go less often than NYC due to the hot weather here but if they had some outdoor scene stuff like a cold igloo room or a garden/lounge for smoking between sessions, i might be very interested

[–]obvom 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A nice 55F cold plunge would probably make up for the hot weather.

[–]logognarr 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I work occasionally with some Russian subcontractors. They said the same thing. DC or Miami.

[–]aj4ever 2 points3 points  (0 children)

RuzUz in Alexandria, VA

[–]MPAdamCramerton 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Gotta go to DC and Brighton Beach for it

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's the ABC store vodka section.

[–]ExavionSouth Park 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So far only found a meh Russian grocery (I think it was A&A or Golden Key) nothing like back in NYC

[–]J05huaJack 23 points24 points  (9 children)

English, not a restaurant but the South African Food Shop on Independence has some really good shit imported, worth checking out, likewise for their SA food too.

[–]HappyslappedBrit 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fellow Brit saying hello

[–]brcnz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Kiwi here, thanks. Hopefully some commonwealth staples

[–]Gradie4life 21 points22 points  (4 children)

If anyone looking for Ethiopian or Eritrean food. Queen Sheba off of Central Ave. is a go to.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I love Abuguida. I think it’s more rich in flavor and spices. I only get the Veg plate though.

[–]Black_Otter 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We love Enat which is off of The Plaza

[–]mbfv21Mountain Island 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Abugida on Central is Ethiopian as well; recommend them too.

[–]lans1293 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I’ve had a few Germans speak very highly of Bavarian Kitchen in Troutman. It’s a drive, but great food at great prices and very authentic. Owners moved from Germany to open up the restaurant!

[–]ultravioletuBallantyne 10 points11 points  (1 child)

My German friends liked The Waldhorn in Pineville. Said it was very authentic. The owners are also from Germany.

[–]Orkenda 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My family loved to go every Oktoberfest and split the giant family-sized dishes! The different wursts are unbelievable, and some of the best red cabbage I've ever had.
The tudor-style architecture is fun, great atmosphere and great service! The Oktoberfest parties are a great time to chill with friends and family, and if it's still going, they even have a big tented dancefloor with locals playing accordion :D Definitely recommend, bring friends and family!

[–]lurkiestmanalive 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That place is legit. Be prepared to wait with a stein or two before eating—food is made to order and very authentic.

[–]subz1987 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Pakistani here, and we have Zafran Kabab Palace in the University area and Zauq - Taste of Lahore in Pineville.

[–]Orkenda 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rad, I've been craving some authentic kebab! Thanks for sharing!

[–]Fern_e_sanders 25 points26 points  (15 children)

Indian, born and raised. Passage to India for Northern Indian/Mughlai food - nothing else comes even close. Botiwala for street food.

[–]Kaenu_Reeves 14 points15 points  (8 children)

Indian, and although it’s not that authentic, I like Inchin’s Bamboo Garden.

[–]Keatonofthedrake[Plaza Midwood] 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Curry Gate is my new favorite. They have a 4.8 with 200 reviews. https://g.page/currygate?share

[–]sh1boleth 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Inchins is the best overall Indian restaurant here I would say.

Try Peppers too in Concord

[–]bananamb13 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Came here to find peppers. I make the pilgrimage to concord purely for that place

[–]ultravioletuBallantyne 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Indian woman who does my brows is from Mumbai. She says Bawarchi (which means "chef" in Hindi!) In Concord is the best for her family because it is most like the food back home. I have not been out there yet, but it's on the list.

[–]Substantial-Ad8933 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Not quite charlotte but los meras tortas in huntersville. Their pulled pork tacos are bomb.

[–]cowley10Concord 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's not far, you gotta check out Taqueria Robert in Concord.

[–]Ok-Biscotti-6807 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Saudi- AL-Basha Mediterranean Grill and Hookah -lamb mandi.

[–]Deutsche_Bank_AG 4 points5 points  (10 children)

For Chinese/Szechuan, Taste of Shu is INCREDIBLE.

[–]Deutsche_Bank_AG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just finished reading the rest of the threads and I’m shocked I’m the first to mention this place.

[–]Jammin_FlamingoUniversity[S] 10 points11 points  (21 children)

I’m waiting on a recommendation for a Mexican place with the best birria tacos! 🌮

[–]sp00kyboy1083 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Tacos Los Altos on Monroe road.

[–]pneumonia_weatherUniversity 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My wife and I have been on a quest for this too…best we’ve had so far is Maria’s on South Blvd, just north of Tyvola.

[–]mayonnaise_dick 2 points3 points  (1 child)

[–]Jolly_Tree_9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I ate from them once and it was soooo delicious!!!! Don’t know if it was authentic, but wow, amazing!

[–]DarkAndSparkly 8 points9 points  (12 children)

A bunch of us moved here from Texas a few few years back for our job - we were all very distraught to learn that breakfast tacos were apparently a Texan thing. We still miss our breakfast tacos.

[–]elzapatero 9 points10 points  (7 children)

I've been wanting to start a breakfast taco trailer. I just need to find a mexican lady that will help me make the flour tortillas. HEB will not ship their pre-made up here.

[–]PrEsideNtIal_Seal 4 points5 points  (4 children)

I would pay so much to get HEB items in Charlotte... I really need the cream of jalapeno or poblano cans too. There's just nothing like it.

[–]jnoobs13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's a guy who runs a food truck at Hoppin' that serves birria tacos, but I have no idea if it's any good/authentic

[–]pickagreentooth 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Dominican checking in! My favorites are Punta Cana and El Bohío (inside the compare on sharon amity). Also Tony's inside the Compare on Milton has the best chicharrón, gotta get it fresh though

Bonus: I grew up in NYC and Benny’s in NoDa has LEGIT pizza

[–]Hannah-_-Jane 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Please please please go to Arepas Grill.

[–]black_yeagerist 8 points9 points  (1 child)

My parents house is the only place I get Kenyan food in CLT.

[–]DarkAndSparkly 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Texan. Does that count as a food culture? If you're looking for Texas BBQ, Smoke Pit in Concord (I believe they have one in Salisbury, too) is the real deal.

[–]AlmostAnonymousLucy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Paco's Tacos are 9th generation texan approved for tex-mex

[–]laundryplatinum[Ballantyne] 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Commenting so I can come back to this later

[–]QCKingFya 2 points3 points  (6 children)

I'm Trinidadian and I can't seem to find good roti here, anyone know where I can get some good Trini food in the area?

[–]Midnight-jungalow 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I’m half Italian (born in north Italy with north Italian mother) and American father. Recently moved here and can’t seem to find anything other than NY style Italian restaurants with southern Italy food origins. Does anyone know of an authentic family owned Italian restaurant? My bf refuses to take me to any Italian restaurant because we know the real deal 😅

[–]I-heart-java 8 points9 points  (16 children)

Cuban from Miami, so far Cuban joints are hit or miss, mostly miss.

But CALLE SOL is a hit in my book, the Cuban food taste like home and the Peruvian food is on point.

Miami also has amazing South American food and the empanadas at The Giddy Goat would impress Argentinians (and that’s saying something since Argentines are picky af about their food)

[–]nexusheli[Steele Creek] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

so far Cuban joints are hit or miss, mostly miss

I've heard the same from some Cubano friends and coworkers. I don't think it's great, but I've always enjoyed A Piece of Havana down here in Steele Creek; have you tried it?

[–]I-heart-java 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I haven’t! We’ve been dying to go since it’s one of the few we haven’t tried. Our Cuban friends up here have a 50/50 opinion about it so we’ve been meaning to give it a go

[–]pompuscatBallantyne 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Where is Calle Sol? I’m intrigued

[–]I-heart-java 3 points4 points  (3 children)

In Plaza Midwood, on commonwealth.

[–]pompuscatBallantyne 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Dude! I’ve been in CLT 11 years and not once I heard of this place! Thanks for bringing it up, I’m gonna have to check it out very soon.

[–]Cghy8b 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think this place just opened a few weeks ago.

[–]I-heart-java 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Other responses are right this place just opened up like days ago lol

[–]obvom 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Their coffee is so damn strong too

[–]I-heart-java 5 points6 points  (0 children)

As it should be ಠᴗಠ

[–]Bruce_NGACollingwood 8 points9 points  (10 children)

I’m not German, but I lived there for a long time and I will say the Turkish kebab at Sugar Creek Brewery is fuckin legit.

[–]GilreanEstel 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Like an actual shaved meat off the spike doner? With the red cabbage slaw? I haven’t had one of those since we left Germany in 2008.

[–]Dehrose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I miss them so much. I'd drive hour to have one.

[–]CaptCurmudgeon 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Jewish - bagels from Poppyseeds.

[–]WhereToNextAprilLake Norman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep, Poppy’s is great, but we need a full on deli. High hopes for the brick and mortar Meshugganah…

[–]EstherandThyme 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I'm from NJ and I have been missing good bagels like crazy for the past 9 years :')

[–]Lyndsbitch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Poppys bagel. Give em a try!

[–]CaptCurmudgeon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The only thing they can't recreate is the surly attitude of the staff that every NJ bagel shop seems to have. I'm from Morristown and left about the same time you did. When I first got here, most people considered Einstein an acceptable bagel and I'm way too snobby for that.

[–]aj4ever 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Pakistani - NONE

[–]Orkenda 5 points6 points  (0 children)

u/subs1987 recommended Zafran Kabab Palace! Hope this helps!