Eat Local

Italian

Mario’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Locally owned with a family-friendly environment for casual dining. Be sure to take advantage of their drive-up window for takeouts!
2945 Matthews-Weddington Rd.
Matthews, NC 28104
704-847-4884
 
Portofino’s at the Arboretum 
Family-owned with four area locations. Traditional Italian dishes and pizza along with desserts like cannoli and tiramisu.
8128 Providence Rd. #100
Charlotte, NC 28277
704-542-9911
 

Mexican

Monterrey Restaurante Mexicano
Family-owned and operated serving authentic and traditional Mexican dishes with a large selection of premium tequilas
9623 Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-841-8068
 
El Valle Mexican Restaurant
Located in the heart of Matthews where this family-owned restaurant has served the community for 20+ years.
305 W. John St.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-845-1417
 
Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill
Multiple locations of this family-owned Mexican favorite since 1989
1820 Sardis Rd. N.
Charlotte, NC 28270
704-841-1195
 

Asian

Be-Em Asian Kitchen
Fresh, local and organic ingredients with tastes of Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines
1848 Galleria Blvd.
Suite K
Charlotte, NC 28270
704-708-4793
 
Mr. Tokyo Japanese
A local favorite with multiple locations serving unlimited sushi and hibachi options
10412 E. Independence Blvd.
Ste. 410
Matthews, NC 28105
704-443-7862
 

Steak

Rios Brazilian Steakhouse
Serving 13 different variations of the finest cuts of meat table-side
1605 Galleria Blvd.
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28270
704-443-7333
 
Jekyll & Hyde Taphouse & Grill
Center-cut steaks, homemade bread pudding and other chef-tailored dishes inspired by American, English and Irish cuisines
316 N. Trade St.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-846-4933
 
Fresh Chef Kitchen
Filet, ribs, pasta and salads incorporating only the freshest ingredients
15080 Idlewild Rd.
Matthews, NC 28104
704-628-5179
 

Seafood

Boardwalk Billy’s Raw Bar & Ribs
Fresh seafood, Alaskan snow crab legs and Eastern Carolina BBQ with two locations
1636 Sardis Rd. N.
Charlotte, NC 28270
704-814-7427
 

French

Sante’
A French-influenced fine-dining experience sourcing ingredients from the local farmers' market
165 N. Trade St.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-845-1899
 
Royal Café & Creperie
Sweet and savory crepes full of fresh ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner
131 Matthews Station St.
Ste. 1E
Matthews, NC 28105
704-846-2233
  

Irish

Grace O’Malleys
Irish Public House offering salads, fish and chips, burgers and a large selection of beverages
157 N. Trade St.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-443-7060
 

Mediterranean

Kabob-Je Rotisserie & Grille
Grilled, baked and sautéed healthy dishes featuring vegetables, lean meat and exotic ingredients
2233 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-845-0707
 

Breakfast
 
Stack’s Kitchen
Family-owned serving large-portion breakfast all day
11100 Monroe Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-841-2025
 
Famous Toastery
Local franchise serving some of the best breakfast, lunch and brunch around
1640 N. Sardis Rd.
Matthews, NC 28270
704-845-0684
 
Americana Restaurant
A local staple serving comfort food with many breakfast regulars 
1628 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-841-0801
 
First Watch
Traditional and innovative creations for breakfast and lunch made to order, never compromising freshness
1643 Matthews Township Pkwy.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-745-4016
 

Comfort Food

The Bridge Restaurant
Family-owned Southern restaurant featuring daily specials
5902 Indian Trail-Fairview Rd.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
704-882-5555

Phat Daddy’s Café
All your favorite sides to go with good standards at great prices
2741 Old Monroe Rd.
Stallings, NC 28105
704-234-8442
 
East 74 Restaurant
Family-owned, diner-style restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily specials
10915 Monroe Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-847-5035

Jake’s Good Eats
Small local joint housed in a former filling station specializing in tasty creations and yummy desserts!
12721 Albermarle Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28227
704-545-4741
 

Sweet Treats

Baked Well
From-scratch bakery offering custom cakes, cookies, pies and cupcakes
10915 Monroe Rd.
Ste. D
Matthews, NC 28105
980-262-3962
 
Your Moms Donuts
If you’ve never had a craft donut, start here!
11025 Monroe Rd.
Suite F
Matthews, NC 28105
803-280-5720
 
Local Scoop
Family-owned ice cream shop with 16 premium flavors and eight dairy-free flavors
5355 Ballantyne Commons
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277
704-443-7812
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111 Matthews Station St.
Matthews, NC 28105
(Mobile trailer behind Moe’s BBQ)
 
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
One-stop shop for Italian ice, gelato, and rich, creamy soft ice cream
3501 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd.
Matthews, NC 28105
704-209-9700
 
Artisen Gelato
Ecuadorian old-fashioned gelato with unique flavors
301 W. John St.
Matthews, NC 28105
980-339-7405
 
Edible Art Cake Shop
Custom cakes for every occasion
130 Matthews Station St.
Suite 1-H
Matthews, NC 28105
704-342-2253
 
Daphne’s Bakery
Family-owned bakery using local fresh ingredients to make cakes, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, muffins and pies
7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd.
Mint Hill, NC 28227
704-573-5100
 
Cocktail Cakery
Unique bakery offering intoxicating cupcakes, truffles and parfaits based on cocktails and adult mixed drinks 
6908-340 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd.
Mint Hill, NC 28227
980-228-1556
 
Eleven Eleven Wellness Bakery
One-hundred-percent gluten-free breads, muffins, cookies, cakes and cupcakes
baked daily and delivered to your door!
Matthews, NC 28105
11elevenbakery.com
704-957-6298