We all know those adventure seeking eaters are out there and we happen to be proud to say we are among them. There is something so satisfying about trying something new and then determining whether it's for you or not. Breaking those comfort zones have really expanded our palettes but also introduced use some really amazing cuisines and dishes! So grab your "food passport" and join us in trying some new cuisines representing the countries below.
Ararat17 • Matthews • Currently Closed
Charlotte's first Armenian restaurant is highlighting Armenian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. If you really would like to enjoy the Armenian side of things, start with the beer from there called Gyumri, try the Basturma and save room for the Gatah for dessert.
What we order • Lamb Shish Kebab • Chicken Sante • Cabbage Salad • Basturma
1316 Chestnut Ln. • 704.684.0107 $$
Cajun Yard Dog • Arboretum
The food will make you feel like you just stopped in New Orleans and stopped in one of the local spots. It can be a little loud, but you won't even notice once the food comes. While not everyone even knows this little gem is here, those that know...know! The food is so delicious. There’s no better spot in town for the Fried Green Tomatoes and Fried Orka.
What we order • Jalapeno Deviled Eggs • Chicken Jambalaya • Shrimp and Grits • FGBLT Po Boys • Fried Okra
8036 Providence Rd. • 704.752.1750 $-$$
Island Thyme • The Fountains
Start with a colorful, tropical drink and let the feel of the islands that surround you take over. You will feel like you're on vacation in no time. If you start out with an appetizer or two, you may never make it any further. They have some really delicious and filling options.
What we order • Conch Fritters • House Smoked Fish Dip • West Indies BBQ Burger • Chicken Roti
8129 Ardrey Kell Rd. • 980.339.7187 $$-$$$
A Piece of Havana • Steel Creek
For a true authentic Cuban experience, this is the place. For those you crave a good cup of Cuban Coffee you must try this one. Sipping on that while nibbling on pressed Cuban bread filled with all delicious ingredients that make the ideal Cuban Sandwich is so refreshing.
What we order • Havana Sampler • Cuban Sandwich • Cuban Coffee
11126 S. Tryon St. • 704.588.7883 $-$$
Enat • NoDa
The owner of Enat has channeled the comfort foods of childhood in Ethiopia and carefully recreated them for us here in the Queen City. Using recipes from her mother, each dish is lovely throughout and prepared. The menu may seem a bit overwhelming if you are not sure what to order. We highly recommend the Passport Platter which gives you the opportunity to try a big variety and mix | match things to your liking. Their staff is helpful and can offer recommendations based on your dietary needs.
What we order • Passport Plate
4450 The Plaza • Suite D • 980.237.0716 $$-$$$
Walderhorn • Pineville
Serving up some of the most robust German dishes around.
What we order • Bratwurst Vorspeise • Waldhorn Sampler • Wienerschnitzel
12101 Lancaster Hwy. • 704.540.7047 $$-$$$
Piper @ Galway Hooker • Lake Norman
The luck of the Irish is always shining when you visit Piper @ Galway Hooker! Honoring Irish heritage with the most delicious dishes and cocktails. The staff offers great suggestions and often times you will see the Chef interacting with all. Celtic, old-world charm abounds from authentic Irish bar. Live music is available on Friday's adding another layer of Irish fun! Always a good time!
What we order • Shepherd's Pie • Beer Battered Fish N' Chips • Belfast Breakfast
17044 Kenton Dr. • 704.895.1782 $-$$
Anntony's Caribbean Cafe • University
As you walk in, everything is colorful and gives you that island vibe. The Caribbean music playing in the background will help set the mood before you taste some of the most flavorful and well-seasoned dishes. Some offer an explosion of unique flavors, while others are slightly more substantial, so there is something for everyone. The sauces are so delicious, you can even find them in the some of the local grocery stores.
What we order • Curry Chicken • Tropical Shrimp
6434 W. Sugar Creek Rd. • 704.598.6863 $-$$
Bulla • SouthPark
Home to some of the most delicious tapas & traditional Spanish dishes, Bulla brings a really unique sharable experience to SouthPark. We recommend you start with one of their unique cocktails. While the decor has a playful Spanish vibe, the patio is so enjoyable on a nice day!
What we order • Ham Croquettes • Bulla Burger • Patata Bravas • Crispy Calamari
4310 Sharon Rd. • 704.837.4422 $-$$