Price Range : $11-30 ($$)
Adress: 5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28208
- turned_in_notHealth Score99 out of 100
- list_altTakes ReservationsNo
- credit_cardAccepts Credit CardsYes
- thumb_upGood ForLunch
- directions_bikeBike ParkingNo
- accessibilityGood for KidsNo
- groupGood for GroupsYes
- volume_upNoise LevelLoud
- local_barAlcoholFull Bar
- transit_enterexitOutdoor SeatingNo
- tvHas TVYes
- turned_in_notWaiter ServiceYes
Located post security in the Charlotte Airport, 'A Taste of Carolina' is a convenient spot for a drink and a bite. Had a 90 minute layover recently and was able to get a good local beer and a sandwich while waiting. The restaurant is connected to 'California Pizza Kitchen' so the food options are all from there. Kind of a weird set up as you order and then they run over to California Pizza Kitchen to get it. Nevertheless, a nice sized restaurant with a decent bar, plenty of space for suitcases and a nice selection of local Carolina beers.
I had a 2.5 hour layover in CLT so I needed to find a spot to post up and work on my laptop. CLT does not have open seating conducive to work like other airports from what I could see, so when I saw an open spot at the bar at A Taste of Carolina I figured this would be as good a spot as any!
The bartender was friendly and attentive even though the bar was crowded. The menu offered a taste of Carolina beers including brews from Murphy's something or other which I wasn't familiar with and one Wicked Weed option. They had some domestic options as well including Stella and . I ended up ordering a Wicked Weed Napoleon complex and a chicken avocado club. The sandwich had lots of avocado and mayo, cubed chicken and bacon strips on panini bread instead of focaccia as indicated on the menu. I wasn't too upset, it still tasted good.
Overall, it's an A-OK spot to grab a bite and brew when visiting the CLT airport.
Apparently, the name of the place comes from the abundant selection of locally brewed craft beers, not for the food.
I was confused when I sat down and saw the food menu was from California Pizza Kitchen. If you dare to be different and decide that you want some trendy California food, you can order from your server and they will bring it to you and put it on the same check.
They have quite a few local brews and a couple of the corporate macro brews if that's what you prefer.
It's managed by HMS Host (the Aramark of airports) so the prices fall in line with any other airport in the U.S. A 20-ounce draft was $9.73 with tax.
Here's where it gets interesting. If you want to try a variety of beers on your layover, you can get a flight of four 5-ounce beers for about $9. I've never seen an airport bar offer flights before. Very cool, very cool.
They also have wine and a full bar.
Just a heads up, they have no electrical outlets at the bar.
Located halfway down the B concourse at CLT, A Taste of Carolina has a long bar, a bunch of tables and a decent view of the large ramp area. If you'd like to look at planes while you wait away your layover here at CLT, this is the spot.
The bar has locally brewed Olde Mecklenburg Brewery beers on tap. Literally, a taste of Carolina here. Not cheap, but since when is beer at an airport cheap?
They also share the space with the California Pizza Kitchen and have CPK menus on the tables. The wait staff can help you with both sides if that's your choosing.
First off Brooke is a great server. For an airport lounge I generally have low expectations but she goes above and beyond to make sure you are taken care of.
That said. The craft beer selection of Carolina beers is true to its name however it makes no sense to me with the yadkin valley AVA an hour and a half away to not have NC wines on the menu. They are doing some great things there and a place like this should go out of their way to showcase it to locals and visitors alike.