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Barbecue King Drive-In 

2900 Wilkinson Blvd Charlotte, NC (704) 399-8344

Fast Food 
Guy Fieri - BBQ Chicken

  • GOLD for Barbecue King Drive-In


Cabo Fish Taco 

3201 N Davidson St Charlotte, NC (704) 332-8868

Seafood Southwestern 

  • GOLD for Cabo Fish Taco



1220 Thomas Ave Charlotte, NC (704) 344-0343

Traditional American 

  • GOLD for Dish


The Penguin CLOSED 

1921 Commonwealth Ave Charlotte, NC (704) 375-1925

Traditional American Vegetarian 
Since 1954, The Penguin has been one of America’s legendary drive-ins, famous for legendary eats. The marquee attraction is definitely

  • SILVER for The Penguin CLOSED


South 21 Drivein 

3101 E Independence Blvd Charlotte, NC (704) 377-4509

Traditional American Hamburgers 
2 thin burgers and 2 slices of cheese.

  • SILVER for South 21 Drivein


Pinky's Westside Grill 

1600 W Morehead St Charlotte, NC (704) 332-0402

dynamite burgers and a unique spin on shrimp.

  • SILVER for Pinky's Westside Grill


Landmark Restaurant Diner 

4429 Central Ave Charlotte, NC (704) 532-1153

Traditional American 

  • SILVER for Landmark Restaurant Diner


Mert's Heart and Soul 

214 N College St Charlotte, NC (704) 342-4222

Californian Traditional American 
low country favorites, like killer collard greens and standout shrimp and grits

  • SILVER for Mert's Heart and Soul


Jake's Good Eats 

12721 Albemarle Rd Charlotte, NC (704) 545-4741

Steak American 

  • BRONZE for Jake's Good Eats


Outer Banks Brewing Station 

600 S Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC (252) 449-2739

Traditional American 
the brewing station serving righteous shrimp and grits alongside craft made beers

  • BRONZE for Outer Banks Brewing Station


Bang Bang Burger 

2001 E 7th St Charlotte, NC (704) 333-6697

Bold and unique burgers

  • BRONZE for Bang Bang Burger


Tortugas Lie 

3014 S Virginia Dare Trl Nags Head, NC (252) 441-7299

surfer sport for great Caribbean flavors

  • BRONZE for Tortugas Lie



1209 Duck Rd Duck, NC (252) 480-0035

the gas station turned gourmet seafood stand grilling up scallops and packing a crab boil to-go.

  • BRONZE for Cravings


Weeping Radish Farm Brewery 

6810 Caratoke Hwy Grandy, NC (252) 491-5205

the farm to table German joint rolling out the Reubens and a cheesy baked potato soup.

  • BRONZE for Weeping Radish Farm Brewery


Black Pelican 

3848 Virginia Dare Trl Kitty Hawk, NC (252) 261-3171

Seafood Pizza 
the ages-old seaside restaurant firing up fisherman

  • BRONZE for Black Pelican


300 East 

300 East Blvd Charlotte, NC (704) 332-6507

Traditional American Eclectic & International 
the mother-daughter team serving up savory lamb ragout and a decadent ice cream sandwich

  • BRONZE for 300 East


The Improper Pig 

110 S. Sharon Amity Rd. Charlotte, NC (704) 714-7878

Asian BBQ Fusion

  • BRONZE for The Improper Pig



201 Sir Walter Raleigh St Manteo, NC (252) 473-5911

the husband and wife tag-teaming in the kitchen to deliver on soft shell crab quesadilla, tuna tacos, and shrimp and chorizo.

  • BRONZE for Ortegaz


Krazy Fish 

2501 Central Ave Charlotte, NC (704) 332-1004

Crazy seafood spot with great gumbo and mahi mahi


JJ's Red Hots 

1514 East Blvd Charlotte, NC (980) 225-8880

Amazing hot Dogs


Intermezzo Pizzeria 

1427 E 10th St Charlotte, NC (704) 347-2626

the Serbian pizza place dishing out European-style calzones and a stuffed cabbage specialty


The Tin Kitchen 

525 N Tryon St Charlotte, NC (704) 750-0477

funky food truck firing up tasty flavors like chana masala tacos and buffalo cauliflower sliders


Pit Road Bar and Grill 

2330 Tipton Dr #100 Charlotte, NC (980) 237-0291

go-kart track serving revved-up sandwiches like steak with fig preserves and smoking hot chicken.


Papi Queso 

In Front Of Bistro La Bon Charlotte, NC

Gourmet Grilled Cheeses


The Brine and Bottle CLOSED 

7531 S VIRGINIA DARE TRL # 1D Nags Head, NC (252) 715-1818

the local food-focused joint using funky techniques on deep fried pickles and soft shell crab.


Heist Brewery 

2909 N Davidson St # 200 Charlotte, NC (704) 375-8260

Bacon Jam Burgers and Duck Confit Flatbreads


Fud at Salud 

3306 N Davidson St Charlotte, NC (704) 900-7767

Crazy Waffle Sandwiches

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