Where to find the tastiest comfort food in the QC

Mert's Heart and Soul 

When the temperature starts to drop, there’s nothing like a hearty dish of comfort food to help you feel warm and toasty. We’ve highlighted some delicious places in Charlotte that are sure to fill you up.

Because of current state COVID-19 restrictions, be sure to use the links to confirm hours and whether or not onsite dining is available. Most places offer to-go or curbside pickup as well.

Alexander Michael’s Restaurant and Tavern – Known for great portions and filling dishes like the honey chicken with bacon and tomato cream sauce over penne pasta. For lunch, try the 3 Cheese Melt, a blend of mild cheddar, Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheeses on Texas toast. 401 West 9th St. Open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Open for dinner from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. almikestavern.com

Brooks’ Sandwich House – What’s a comfort food list without a great burger joint, and the Brooks family is known to serve up one of the best in town. 2710 North Brevard St. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cash only. brookssandwichhouse.com

Dish – Known for Southern favorites like meatloaf, shrimp and grits and grilled pimento cheese with a cup of soup. The restaurant’s deviled eggs are also a big hit! 1220 Thomas Ave. Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch on Sunday. eatatdish.com

Leroy Fox – Known for dishes like chicken fried chicken, 4 meatloaf sammie, pimento egg chicken sandwich and mashed potatoes with sausage gravy. Cotswold location: 705 South Sharon Amity Rd. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. South End location: 1616 Camden Rd. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. leroyfox.com

LuLu’s Maryland Style Chicken and Seafood – Known for their Maryland-style crab cakes, other favorites include chicken and waffles, jumbo lump crab meat and crab fries. 2400 Tuckaseegee Rd. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. luluscharlotte.com

Lupie’s Café – Warm up with this Charlotte staple’s bowl of chili or stop in on a Thursday for the daily special of chicken and dumplings. 2718 Monroe Road. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. lupiescafe.net

Mert’s Heart and Soul – The ultimate place for good old-fashioned Southern food. From crispy fried chicken to catfish and ribs, Mert’s has it all. Be sure to try their famous cornbread, too. 214 North College St. Open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. mertscharlotte.com

Price’s Chicken Coop – The neighborhood it sits in may be constantly changing, but not much has changed inside this Charlotte institution since it opened in 1962. Don’t be surprised if there’s a line outside of this takeout-only South End spot, but the fried chicken and fish sandwich are well worth the wait. You’ll also find BBQ, chicken liver, chicken gizzard and shrimp on the menu. Cash only. 1614 Camden Rd. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. priceschickencoop.com

Sweet Lew’s Barbecue – We’d be remiss not to include barbecue on the list, so we have to go with a place that’s fast becoming a local favorite: Sweet Lew’s Barbecue. All meats are smoked daily in their 450-square-foot smokehouse. Try the sampler for a taste of the brisket, pork and ribs. Sides include collard greens, BBQ red slaw and boiled peanuts. 923 Belmont Ave. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. sweetlewsbbq.com

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