Like many other restaurants in the region, Charlotte restaurants boast plenty of top-notch southern and barbecue eats. But the culinary styles here are much more complex than that. In Uptown, Charlotte restaurants are known as fine dining destinations—McNinch House Restaurant and the Capital Grille are considered two of the city’s best, the former a converted Queen Anne home that’s on the National Historic Register, the latter a steakhouse with world-class wines and a master sommelier. Of course, some of the best restaurants in Charlotte are much more casual, such as the New York–style pizzeria Slices.

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