The quaint and darling Elizabeth neighborhood in Charlotte was founded in 1891—making it the city’s second-oldest streetcar suburb. The present-day neighborhood is still full of 19th-century charm, but now, you’ll find that the old houses have been converted into adorable, niche boutiques and mouthwatering, delicious restaurants. And luckily for residents of our Uptown Charlotte apartments—Elizabeth is a quick drive away. Feel like walking? It takes less than 20 minutes.
So, whether it’s a little retail therapy that you’re looking for or you’re in need of a tasty meal—the Elizabeth neighborhood has you covered. Here are just a few of the dining and shopping options near Quarterside.
Shoot straight down 7th Street and you’ll find yourself at Cajun Queen—a New Orlean’s Restaurant and Bar. Located in a 100-year-old house, Cajun Queen has a warm and friendly atmosphere with Cajun cuisine and live jazz music. On their menu, expect to find New Orleans classics like fried green tomatoes, gumbo, shrimp & grits, Étouffée, and Cajun fried oysters. Don’t forget to try their brunch with offerings on the menu such as beignets and crab cake eggs benedict. View the menu, make reservations, and order online through the Cajun Queen’s website.
The Fig Tree
Just over a 15-minute walk or a 3-minute drive from our First Ward apartments and you’ll find yourself at The Fig Tree. Boasting a seasonal French and Italian inspired menu, this fine dining establishment is set in the historic Lucas House. Expect 5-star service, an award-winning wine menu, and a sophisticated environment. On the menu, appetizers include grilled octopus, escargot, and duck confit with a soft boiled egg. For entrees, indulge in the Wagyu beef short rib, group and lobster tail, or the Stilton-crusted filet mignon. Visit the website to make reservations and view the full food and wine menus.
Vintage cocktails and a seriously impressive collection of curated spirits are what The Crunkleton is known for. This membership-only bar with lingering pre-Prohibition vibes in the air offers incredible hand-crafted cocktails and elevated pub fare meant for sharing or keeping for yourself. Sip on an Old Fashioned or Dark and Stormy before you order up some wings, oysters, or a Wagyu burger. Really hungry? Have your group order the Wild Game Feast where you’ll share nearly endless amounts of fall-off-the-bone meats. Check out their menus, make reservations, and apply for or renew a membership through The Crunkleton’s website.
Run by James Beard-Nominated Chef Paul Verica and his Sous Chef and son Alex, The Stanley is all about the farm-to-table movement. Featuring seasonal and local ingredients, the menu is fresh, innovative, and full of flavor. The menus change daily but guests can expect mouthwatering dishes such as foie gras with strawberries on a black pepper biscuit, duck breast with risotto and caramelized onions, and scallops with sweet potato gnocchi, duck confit and brown butter. They also have Sunday brunch as well as extensive beer, wine, and cocktail menus. View all the menus and make reservations through their website.
Bang Bang Burgers
Sometimes—you just crave a burger. Bang Bang Burger is doing it right with their signature brioche-style buns from Dukes Bread and their tasty beef from LaFrieda meat purveyors. Named Charlotte’s Best Burger, their menu has delicious options including vegetarian and chicken patties. Try the Pimento Burger with homemade pimento cheese and fried pickles or the Hangover Burger with potato bacon hash. Feeling adventurous? Order their Cheeseburger Eggrolls that mix American cuisine with an Asian flair. Check out all of their burger offerings on Bang Bang Burgers’ website.
Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar
Pizza is another must-have food staple in the neighborhood. Thankfully, residents of our Uptown Charlotte apartments don’t have to worry about that with Hawthorne’s New York Pizza and Bar being less than a mile away. Authentic New York-style pizza is what they’re serving up at this Queen City establishment with a home-like atmosphere. Build your own pie or try one of their house specialties like the chicken, bacon and ranch or the pesto pizza. Hawthorne’s doesn’t stop at pizza though—they also have pasta, wings, strombolis, calzones, heroes, and desserts. View the menu and place an order online for delivery or pickup through their website.
Shops and Boutiques
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
If you’re a fan of comics, then chances are you’ve heard of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find. Known as one of the largest and most popular comics retailers in the country, you’ll find comics, graphic novels, manga, back issues, specialty items, and more. Open since 1980, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find is located right in the heart of Elizabeth and they are also the proud organizers of the annual Heroes Convention (HeroesCon). Browse inventory, view the event calendar and get convention details through their website.
Shades of Moss
Green thumbs and plant lovers at our First Ward apartments will instantly become enamored the moment they step inside Shades of Moss. Shades of Moss is a plant shop, however, it is also a place for community. They encourage you to learn about plants through their knowledgeable staff and to participate in DIY tutorials, trivia nights, repotting sessions, and plant swaps. They also carry pots, books, plant-related merchandise, and indoor potting mix. Visit the Shades of Moss website for a list of services, calendars, and more.
The Spoke Easy
Full-service bicycle shop, clothing collections, and a bar all rolled into one—that’s The Spoke Easy. Whether you want to upgrade or fix your current bike or start from scratch with a new (or used) bicycle, The Spoke Easy is your one-stop-shop. Carrying beautiful and functional equipment with knowledgeable staff, they aim to help you have the wheels of your dreams. Plus, they have clothing collections available online and a bar with a limited food menu on site. Learn more about their services, bikes, online store, and bar through their website.
The Elizabeth neighborhood is one of Charlotte’s most prized possessions. The character and atmosphere is unlike any other—and so are the restaurants and shops that reside within the neighborhood’s boundaries. Residents of our Uptown Charlotte apartments will love exploring all that this charming neighborhood has to offer. Stop by Quarterside and view our floor plans today.