Taste of Charlotte returns to the streets of Uptown with over 100 offerings from area restaurants

By CLTure

June 3, 2023

Taste of Charlotte, the three-day Queen City food festival started in 1998, returns with tastings from a wide selection of Charlotte-area restaurants this weekend (June 9-11). Spanning five city blocks on Tryon Street, the event will feature over 100 offerings from local restaurants like Ace No. 3, Banh Mi Brothers, Mister 3’s Crab Pot, Sweet Lew’s BBQ, Cuzzo’s Cuisine, Bulla Gastrobar, Biryani Pot, Chicken King, Mama’s Caribbean, Mert’s, and many more. They’ll also have baked goods by Renaissance Pâtisserie, Italian Ice, frozen yogurt, Dippin’ Dots, funnel cake, and donuts.

Taste of Charlotte returns to Tryon Street in Uptown with over 100 offerings from local restaurants.

A family friendly event as always, the festival will also feature a kid’s zone with a giant slide, obstacle courses, bounce houses, speed pitch, and a rock climbing wall. Festival coins can be used for each activity, or you can buy a wristband for $20 to play all day.

There will be three stages of entertainment with musical performances by Caroline Keller Band, Mike Ramsey, and Leisure McCorkle, headlined by season 11 American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips.

Taste of Charlotte will feature a kid’s zone with a giant slide, obstacle courses, bounce houses, speed pitch, and a rock climbing wall.

All restaurants are entered into a “Best of the Taste” competition, and the winner of each category receives a Silver Plater Award. Taste of Charlotte is free to enter, but tasting coin cups are $20 which include 14 coins for food, beverages, and kid’s activities.

Taste of Charlotte (Tryon Street) event hours:

Friday, June 9: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, June 10: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday, Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Check out the full list of participating restaurants and the festival menu:

ACE No. 3
ACE Slider (4 coins)
Plain Slider (3 coins)
Ace Crispy Treat (2 coins)

Sliders from ACE No. 3 available at Taste of Charlotte.

Aroma Indian Cuisine
Tikki Masala (4 coins)
Dosa (4 coins)
Samosa (3 coins)

Banh Mi Brothers
Lemongrass Pork (4 coins)
Lemongrass Chicken (4 coins)
Chinese BBQ (3 coins)

Orange Chicken (3 coins)
Yang Zhou Fried Rice (3 coins)
Yuxiang Shredded Pork (3 coins)

Biryani Pot
Biryani (4 coins)
Tandoori Chicken (4 coins)
Chicken 65 (3 coins)

Bulla Gastrobar
Albondigas Meatballs (4 coins)
Ceviche (3 coins)
Spanish Tortilla (3 coins)

Ceviche from Bulla Gastrobar at Taste of Charlotte.

Chicken King (Nations Ford Rd)
Greek Chicken Pita (4 coins)
Chipotle Chicken Pita (4 coins)
Homemade Strawberry Cake (3 coins)

City Barbeque
Brisket Mac and Cheese (4 coins)
Brisket Slider (4 coins)
Pulled Pork Slider (3 coins)

Cocoa’s Jamaican Jerk
Smoked Jamaican Jerk Chicken (4 coins)
Jerk Pork (4 coins)
Jamaican Rice and Peas (1 coin)

Community Table Bistro
Lamb Chops (4 coins)
Turkey Burger Melt Slider (4 coins)
Black Bean Hummus with Avocado (3 coins)

Cuzzo’s Cuisine
Lobster Mac and Cheese (4 coins)
Handcut Lemon Pepper Tenders (3 coins)
BBQ Cauliflower (2 coins)

Lobster Mac and Cheese from Cuzzo’s Cuisine.

Enat Ethiopian
Lamb Tibs with Ethiopian Sponge Bread (4 coins)
Beef Keyi Wot (spicy stew) with Ethiopian Sponge Bread (4 coins)
Vegan Lentil Sambusa (3 coins)

Greco Fresh Grille
Baklava (4 coins)
Chicken Kebob (4 coins)
Hummus and Pita Chips (3 coins)

Steamed Shrimp (4 coins)
Buffalo Wing (3 coins)
Fried Pickles (2 coins)

Mama’s Caribbean Grill
Mama’s Spiced Grilled Chicken (4 coins)
Curry Chicken (4 coins)
Caribbean Rice and Peas (2 coins)

Mert’s Heart and Soul
Mini Salmon Cakes (4 coins)
Red Beans and Rice Turkey Kielbasa (4 coins)
Banana Pudding (3 coins)

Mr3’s Crabpot
Garlic Butter Shrimp (4 coins)
Cajun Crawfish (3 coins)
Mr. 3’s Garlic Egg (2 coins)

Mr3’s Crabpot will serve their Garlic Butter Shrimp at Taste of Charlotte.

Piada Italian Street Food
Chicken Avocado Piada (4 coins)
Veggie Avocado Piada (4 coins)
Canoli Chips (2 coins)

Kung Pao Chicken Chengdu Style (3 coins)
Mapa Tofu (3 coins)
Seafood Tofu Stew (3 coins)

Rico’s Acai
Pineapple Coconut Acai (4 coins)
Banana Nutella Acai (3 coins)
Blueberry Almond Acai (3 coins)

Sabor Latin Street Grill
Chicken Arepa (4 coins)
Black Bean Empanada (3 coins)
Chips and Salsa (3 coins)

Chicken Arepa from Sabor Latin Street Grill.

Seafood Boil NC
Alligator Voodoo (4 coins)
Seafood Jambalaya (4 coins)
Seafood Dirty Rice (3 coins)

Pan Fried Pork Bun (3 coins)
Pan Fried Chicken Mushroom (3 coins)
Spicy Shrimp and Pork Wontons (3 coins)

The Smoke Pit
Slice of Brisket (4 coins)
Wet Single Rib topped with Red Slaw (3 coins)
Texas Pintos with Jalapeno Crema (2 coins)

Soul Rolls and Wraps
Philly Cheesesteak Egg Roll (3 coins)
Chi Town Chicken Egg Roll (3 coins)
Soul Roll (3 coins)

Sweet Lew’s BBQ
Cheerwine Vinegar Glazed St. Louis Pork Rib (4 coins)
Chocolate Oreo Dirt Pie (4 coins)
Smoked Beef Brisket Meatball (3 coins)

Sweet Lew’s BBQ will be serving their Cheerwine Vinegar Glazed St. Louis Pork Rib at Taste of Charlotte.

State of Confusion
Bologna Slider (4 coins)
Mexican Ceviche (4 coins)
Peruvian Lucuma Ice Cream (3 coins)

Spicy Tuna Bites (4 coins)
STIR Salmon Cakes (3 coins)
Chocolate Flourless Espresso Cake (3 coins)

Tacos Don Coyotl
Quesadillas De Carne Asada (4 coins)
Quesabirria (4 coins)
Tacos Al Pastor (3 coins)

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar
Shrimp and Grits (4 coins)
Honey Dusted Fried Chicken Leg (4 coins)
Fried Green Tomato (3 coins)

Renaissance Pâtisserie
French Macaron (3 coins)
Petite Mini Croissant (3 coins)
Mini Kouign Amann (3 coins)

French Macarons from Renaissance Pâtisserie.

Small Cakes Huntersville
Cupcake (4 coins)
Cookie Sandwich (4 coins)
Brownie (3 coins)

Oh My Ganache, The Cheesecake Bar
Cheesecake with Pie Topping (4 coins)
Cheesecake with Sauce Topping (3 coins)
Plain Cheesecake (2 coins)

Ellie May’s Dang Good Ice Cream
4 oz. Scoop of Ice Cream in Waffle Cone (4 coins)
4 oz. Scoop of Ice Cream in a Cup (3 coins)
2 oz. Scoop of Ice Cream in a Cup (2 coins)

Golden Girls Funnel Cakes
Mini Funnel Cake with Chocolate (4 coins)
Mini Funnel Cake with Caramel (4 coins)
Mini Funnel Cake with Cinnamon Sugar (4 coins)

Village Bakery
Oven Fresh Salted Pretzel (4 coins)
Oven Fresh Cinnamon Pretzel (4 coins)
Oven Fresh Italian Pretzel (4 coins)

Kool Fun Nut Shack
Bravarian Nuts (4 coins)
Belgian Chocolates (4 coins)

Waffle cone from TCBY.

Two Yogurt Scoops in Waffle Cone (4 coins)
Two Yogurt Scoops (3 coins)
One Yogurt Scoop (2 coins)

Dippin’ Dots
Large Cup (4 coins)
Small Cup (3 coins)

Food Lion
Fruit Smoothie Samples (Free)

Festival Site Map 

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