Mert’s Heart and Soul

First Ward

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  • Southern, Low Country & Gullah-inspired dishes
  • Rich mac 'n' cheese
  • Community-oriented business

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Mert’s Heart and Soul - First Ward: $10 for $20 Worth of Soul Food at Mert’s Heart and Soul

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Opened more than a decade ago by husband-and-wife team James and Reneé Bazzelle, Mert’s Heart and Soul dishes out home-cooked Southern, Low Country, and Gullah-inspired chow in a neighborly setting.

Lunch, served until 3 p.m., subdues midday cravings with crunchy southern fried-chicken breast ($7.25), fried catfish ($7.75), and the shrimp and grits with toasted foccacia ($7.89), each of which comes flanked with cornbread and rich honey butter.

Night predators can feast on dinners of grilled salmon soaked in creole sauce or blackened seasoning ($14.99), and shrimp creole sided with rice ($11.29), or direct their night-vision goggles toward the meaty barbecue beef rib and fried-chicken leg ($12.29) with a side of rich, creamy mac 'n' cheese ($2.35).

In addition to its warm, casual interior sided with caramel-colored walls and studded with old photos, Mert’s Heart and Soul extends a neighborly fork to the Charlotte metropolitan community through charity work with an array of nonprofit organizations focused on supporting causes such as literacy and health.

Mert’s Heart and Soul

A single word glows neon outside of Mert’s Heart and Soul: eat. The suggestion is hardly necessary. James Bazzelle and his wife Renee opened Mert's more than a decade ago, and in the years since, they've solidified their reputation as the neighborhood's spot for Southern, Low Country, and Gullah-inspired cuisine.

Fried chicken, collard greens, and shrimp and grits all make appearances in the restaurant's warm dining room, where old photos hang on caramel-colored walls. James, Renee, and their team also cook up brunch on the weekends—but the undisputed star of Mert's is the cornbread. Served hot, the bread's cake-like texture has earned it countless fans, television appearances, and potentially, its own late-night talk show.

Watch James demonstrate his recipe on the local news.

The magic behind this bread—and the rest of the menu—comes from James' and Renee's willingness to experiment with classic recipes. Their cornbread turns extra fluffy because they add mayonnaise, for example, and their signature salmon cakes get their zest from homemade remoulade sauce.

Customer Reviews

1095 Ratings

Best soulfood in Charlotte
Chris H. · July 22, 2016
I love their Soul Rolls, salmon cakes and the cornbread is delicious.
Glenda W. · June 27, 2016
Cornbread is out of this world! Collards have a nice tang, and pork chops were tender. Overall a great meal!!
CLEO A. · June 26, 2016
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    First Ward

    214 N College St.

    Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

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