The Queen City has a soft spot for delicious French cooking. In neighborhoods throughout the City, you can find a bistro brimming with amazing French flavors along with other global favorites. From full-on French to international accented foods, you can taste the world in the bistros of Charlotte. See how some of Charlotte’s best chefs can twist international flavors into a variety of tempting dishes.
Bistro La Bon
1322 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
A strip mall in Plaza Midwood is the unexpected place to find one of Charlotte’s top restaurants, Bistro La Bon. The chef combines locally sourced products and creates incredible global flavors. The small plates allow you to try a wide range of different tastes, from lamb Wellington to free range chicken with spinach gnocchi and porcini cream. Bistro La Bon’s Sunday brunch is known for delicious pastries, waffles and a one-of-a-kind buffet that often includes house-smoked salmon.
545-B Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
Terra serves an incredible, refined mix of French and Italian tastes. Come on a Tuesday night for $18, all-you-can-eat mussels and frites and come back to try out some of the other offerings. The menu changes seasonally, but try and catch the braised veal short rib served on creamy polenta, the “Cotes d’Agneau a l’Ail et Romarin sur Risotto de Champignons,” perfectly pink pan-seared lamb chops with garlic and rosemary served with a mouth-watering mushroom risotto, or try the duck confit served with braised Brussels sprouts and a grain mustard sauce. Celebrate with a meal at Terra.
4620 Piedmont Row Drive
Charlotte, NC 28210
This wonderful Charlotte spot combines traditional and modern French cuisine. Georges Brasserie is a striking location, with oversized mirrors, vintage French photographs and bright red booths. It has an incredible raw bar with three different sizes of sampler plates so you can taste the freshest the ocean has to offer. If you’re looking for heartier fare, try the Beeller’s Farm pork chop, served on a bed of gruyere polenta, fried egg, spicy apple jus and crispy Brussels sprout leaves, or the NC Mountain Trout Almondine, served with fingerling potatoes, haricot vert and brown butter truffle beurre blanc. Whatever you choose is sure to delight.
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6700 Fairview Road # 108
Charlotte, NC 28210
Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro is known for its delicious French fare. From the bakery case in the front of the restaurant to the bistro tables spread throughout the space, you get classic French favorites. It has a full breakfast menu, a delectable French lunch and delightful dinners. It also offers daily chef features that include Trout Amandine, beef bourguinon and duck confit. Crepes, quiche, croque monsieur, salad nicoise and other affordable, high-quality French dishes are prepared to your specifications. Add it to your must-try list.
Cafe 157 American Bistro
157 N. Trade St.
Matthews, NC 28105
Take classic American cuisine and twist it with international flair and you have Café 157 American Bistro. This lovely spot even has an open-air patio overlooking downtown Matthews that’s the perfect space to enjoy fall and spring in Charlotte. Start with the arancini balls – balls of risotto and cheese deep fried until gooey – and then move on to the grilled Scottish salmon. If you’re a burger person, Café 157 American Bistro has delicious burgers that will bring you back again and again.
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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.