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BEST NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN LAST 12 MONTHS) Soul Gastrolounge

1500-B Central Ave.
704-348-1848

BEST SPLURGE RESTAURANT The Melting Pot

230 E. W.T. Harris Blvd., Suite C1
704-548-2432

901 S. Kings Drive, Suite 140B
704-334-4400

BEST CHEAP RESTAURANT Penguin Drive-In

1921 Commonwealth Ave.
704-375-6959

BEST LATE-NIGHT EATERY Penguin Drive-In

1921 Commonwealth Ave.
704-375-6959

BEST RESTAURANT WINE LIST Bonterra Dining & Wine Room

1829 Cleveland Ave.
704-333-9463

BEST SOUTHERN COUNTRY/SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT Mert's Heart and Soul

214. N. College St.
704-342-4222

BEST GOURMET/SPECIALTY FOOD STORE Dean & DeLuca

Various locations.

BEST BREAKFAST Zada Jane's Corner Café

1601 Central Ave.
704-332-3663

BEST LUNCH Crisp 7th Street Café

1971 E. 7th St.
704-333-9515

BEST BRUNCH Pewter Rose

1820 South Blvd. #19
704-332-8149

BEST TAKEOUT Price's Chicken Coop

1614 Camden Road
704-333-9866

BEST BARBECUE Mac's Speed Shop

Various locations.

BEST BUFFET Ru San's Japanese Sushi

2440 Park Road
704-374-0008

BEST COFFEE (SPECIFY LOCATION) Smelly Cat Coffeehouse

514 E. 36th St.
704-374-9656

BEST STEAK HOUSE Ruth's Chris Steak House

6000 Fairview Road
704-556-1115

222 S. Tryon St.
704-338-9444

BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Upstream

6902 Phillips Place Court
704-556-7730

BEST PIZZA Fuel Pizza

Various locations.

BEST CHINESE P.F. Chang's China Bistro

6809-F Phillips Place Court
704-552-6644

BEST JAPANESE Nakato Japanese Restaurant

8500 Pineville Matthews Road
704-543-8899

8601 University Executive Park Drive
704-549-9966

BEST INDIAN Copper Modern Indian Cuisine

311 East Blvd.
704-333-0063

BEST ASIAN (OTHER THAN CHINESE, JAPANESE OR INDIAN) Thai Taste

324 East Blvd.
704-332-0001

BEST ITALIAN Portofino's Italian Restaurant

Various locations

BEST EUROPEAN (OTHER THAN ITALIAN) Greek Isles Restaurant

200 E. Bland St.
704-444-9000

BEST MEXICAN Cantina 1511

1511 East Blvd.
704-331-9222

7708 Rea Road
704-752-9797

BEST LATINO (OTHER THAN MEXICAN) Pio Pio Restaurant

1408 East Blvd.
704-379-1911

BEST MIDDLE EASTERN Kabob Grill

1235 East Blvd., Suite G
704-371-8984

7828 Rea Road, Suite B
704-543-1234

BEST VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Zada Jane's Corner Café

1601 Central Ave.
704-332-3663

BEST SANDWICHES The Common Market

2007 Commonwealth Ave.
704-334-6209

1515 S. Tryon St.
704-332-7782

BEST SUSHI Ru San's Japanese Sushi

2440 Park Road
704-374-0008

BEST SMOOTHIES Smoothie King

Various locations.

BEST MILKSHAKES CookOut

Various locations.

BEST APPETIZER (DISH AND RESTAURANT) Fried Pickles at Penguin Drive-In

1921 Commonwealth Ave.
704-375-6959

BEST DESSERT (DISH AND RESTAURANT) Salted Caramel Brownie at Amélie's French Bakery

2424 N. Davidson St.
704-376-1781

BEST FRENCH FRIES Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Various locations.

BEST FRIED CHICKEN Price's Chicken Coop

1614 Camden Road
704-333-9866

BEST HAMBURGER Penguin Drive-In

1921 Commonwealth Ave.
704-375-6959

BEST HOT DOG Penguin Drive-In

1921 Commonwealth Ave.
704-375-6959

BEST ICE CREAM/GELATO Cold Stone Creamery

Various locations.

BEST WINGS Wild Wing Café

Various locations.

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