Are you a foodie who likes to be sure you “taste” an area while you’re visiting it? If so, here is a partial list of local eateries the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau recommends for a “well seasoned” trip to the area.
• Afton Tavern
This is the local spot for cocktails on the patio or succulent ribs and crab cakes.
• Dave and Buster’s in Concord Mills
When you have had enough shopping, relax at one of the area’s busiest sports bars for a beer and a ballgame on a giant-screen television.
• Gianni’s Trattoria
Ready for a gourmet meal? This Italian eatery is well known with locals for its Pappardelle Etruscana and roasted duck breast with black mission fig-onion marmalade and port reduction.
• Old Stone Vino
Enjoy dinner in a restored house in historic Kannapolis. The old stone dwelling offers ambiance befitting its highly regarded fare.
• Punchy’s Diner
Doo wop! If casual 1950s fare sounds good, head on over to Punchy’s and enjoy some old-time rock ’n’ roll with your burger.
• R & R Barbecue
You wouldn’t be in North Carolina if you didn’t have some barbecue, so this is the local spot to try your eastern North Carolina vinegar-based pork barbecue.
• Restaurant 46
Ready for healthy? This local favorite was inspired by the diners from the North Carolina Research Campus nearby and features items from as far-flung places as Hawaii.