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A sampling of the some of the best eateries and coffee houses Charlotte has to offer. All are LGBT-friendly and some are LGBT owned or with a large LGBT staff. In fact, all of the highlighted restaurants, delis and coffee shops below were compiled from nominations in qnotes’ annual QList-Best of LGBT Charlotte. Foodies new to the Queen City will fall in love with these joints, with just about every option to suit any taste.

Amelie’s French Bakery
2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 102
Bringing Paris to Charlotte! Enjoy handmade French treats, desserts, soups, sandwiches and more. A second location in Uptown Charlotte, at the corner of S. Tryon St. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

1220 Thomas Ave.
Southern food with a delicious modern twist, Dish offers a quaint lunch or dinner experience right in the heart of Plaza Midwood. Winner of the 2013 and 2014 QList-Best of LGBT Charlotte’s Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Restaurant.

Central Coffee Co.
719 Louise Ave.
It might be small in size, but Central Coffee Co.’s staff have huge hearts for making some of the best hand-crafted coffee creations around. Located near Plaza Midwood and Elizabeth. Winner of the 2014 QList-Best of LGBT Charlotte’s Best LGBT-Friendly, Locally-Owned Coffee Shop.

The Common Market
2007 Commonwealth Ave.
1515 S. Tryon St.
With two locations in two very distinct and unique neighborhoods, the Common Market appeals to a variety of tastes and styles. But, whether you’re in funky Plaza Midwood or preppy South End, you’ll always be able to grab some of the best handmade and gourmet sandwiches and other treats around!

Lupie’s Cafe
2718 Monroe Rd., Charlotte
101 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville
If you’re in the mood for good, filling home-cooked meals, Lupie’s has got you covered. Her menu is just like your mama’s southern kitchen, complete with the best meatloaf and chicken-n-dumplins around. Lupie’s also serves her iconic quiche and several varieties of chili. Those who choose to skip the meat have plenty of options, too, like vegetable platters, a vegetarian burger and vegetarian chili.

Other top picks:

Lang Van Vietnamese • 3019 Shamrock Dr.
Popular with a diversity of Charlotteans, Lang Van offers some of the best and most original Vietnamese dining around.

Mert’s Heart & Soul • 214 N. College St.
Down-home, Cajun-inspired southern cooking in the most creative, inspiring dining room you’ve ever seen.

300 East
 • 300 East Blvd.
A Dilworth icon for 25 years, with one of the most happening weekend brunches around.

Carpe Diem
 • 1535 Elizabeth Ave.
Fine dining, local products and style combine for a classic evening in Elizabeth.

Flying Biscuit
 • 4241 Park Rd.
 • 7930-A Rea Rd.
This iconic restaurant chain offers some of the best new creations and twists on your favorite southern classics. : :