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Charlotte’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants And Food Trucks

By DeAnna Taylor

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Charlotte, North Carolina (also known as “the Queen City”) is more than just the nation’s banking capitol. This thriving city is home to major sports teams, the host city for the CIAA basketball tournament, and host of the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend.

Planning to make your way to Charlotte? Check out these black-owned food trucks and restaurants while you’re in town:

Uptown Yolk 

This breakfast and brunch spot is owned by husband and wife duo, Greg and Subrina Collier. The Tennessee natives bring their own spin to the Charlotte breakfast scene. The pecan waffle with chicken wings will change your life.

Photo courtesy of Uptown Yolk| Facebook

Seafood Connection

Georgia native, Jamie Walker, created a name for himself when he created a secret spice that blew people away. Deemed “Charlotte’s best seafood” you will find something for every taste bud. All seafood is imported from Savannah, Georgia which is some of the freshest seafood in the southeast.

Photo courtesy of Seafood Connection

Scratch Kitchen CLT 

This food truck brings a creative spin on some of our favorite comfort foods. With dishes like the “Mac attack” and “salmon BLT” your taste buds will be singing your praises.

Photo courtesy of Scratch Kitchen CLT| Facebook

Mr. Charles Chicken and Fish 

There are two locations of this popular fried chicken and fish spot. What makes it even better, kids eat free on Tuesdays. In addition to the food, there’s a full service bar.


Photo courtesy of Mr. Charles Chicken and Fish| Facebook

STATS Restaurant and Bar

Owner Louis Von Rippon, Jr. sums his restaurant up in 3 words: Sports. Food. Entertainment. You can expect daily events Monday thru Sunday, including celebrity hosted nights. When asked what the most popular item is, Rippon stated ” Lobster mac and cheese.” (pictured)

Photo courtesy of Stats Charlotte

Cuzzos Cuisine

This restaurant and gourmet food truck specializes in southern cuisines. Owned by first-cousins Andarrio and Anglee, their motto is “Where everyone’s family.” They ensure that when you visit you will always receive the best customer service and the most delicious Southern cuisine. (Pictured: Tenders and Red Velvet Waffle.)

Photo courtesy of Cuzzos Cuisine

Ace of Spuds Food Truck

This family owned food truck is a new comer to the scene, but quickly gaining popularity. These unique, gourmet potatoes are cooked to order on the truck. Ace of Spuds is all about quality, presentation, and freshness.

Photo courtesy of Ace of Spuds

What The Fries Food Truck

Owners Jamie Barnes and Greg Williams met in culinary school back in 2004. They partnered together to open their food truck in 2015. What the Fries specializes in creative loaded French fries and they pride themselves in making over half of the menu items in house.  According to co-owner Jamie, the most sought after dish is the steak and shrimp hibachi fries. (pictured)

Photo courtesy of What The Fries

Sun Burger Vegan Cuisine

This weekend vegan popup specializes in a Caribbean and African fusion called Ital. They are 100% vegan and 100% soy free. While they offer a full menu, their core product is vegan burgers. You can find them at 1911 Central Avenue on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm and Sundays from 11am to 2pm. (Pictured: Bbq-jerk oyster mushroom)

Photo courtesy of Sun Burger Vegan Cuisine

Popbar Charlotte

This create-your-own gelato, yogurt, or sorbetto popsicle shop is a popular place in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood. Select from several toppings and drizzles to make your pop just the way you like it.

Photo courtesy of Popbar Charlotte| Facebook

Cheesecake Carousel Food Truck

Owned by husband and wife duo, Vanessa and Kenny Jones from South Carolina. This award winning food truck offers homemade authentic New York cheesecake by the slice or even in a mini option. From flavors such as banana pudding, red velvet, and chocolate caramel turtle they are sure to have something to satisfy your sweet tooth. (Pictured: chocolate caramel turtle cheesecake)

Photo courtesy of Cheesecake Carousel

Unicorn Gourmet Shaved Ice

According to owner Candace Holiday ” Unicorn Gourmet Shaved Ice can best be described as a uniquely delicious dessert destination. Although we sell traditional flavors, many gourmet items include fruit toppings, cream and even cheesecake. We are more than just shaved ice!!”

Photo courtesy of Unicorn Gourmet Shaved Ice

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DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.

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