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South End highlighted on Charlotte in 2012 Blog

In case you missed the post from the Charlotte in 2012 website about South End…here you go. Nice call out for some of the great places in our neighborhood!. As a reminder, there is a great resource online for those who plan to follow DNC 2012 via Twitter.

Exploring Charlotte: Historic South End

Posted on 08/20/2012 @ 04:30 PM


By: Sam Murrey


South End is one of Charlotte’s most historic neighborhoods and began as one of the first suburbs of Charlotte. Starting in the mid 19th century, this neighborhood was home to the first railroad line that connected Charlotte to Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

Soon after, a diverse manufacturing community formed in the neighborhood. From the Atherton Cotton Mill to the Mecklenburg Flour Mill to the Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company and many more, South End became a major production hub. But after these industries left Charlotte in the 1970’s and 1980’s, South End was no longer a booming industrial neighborhood.

Yet during the 1990’s, the area was revived with shops and restaurants themed around South End’s history of factory work.

Currently, South End is a thriving community filled with some of the best shops and restaurants in Charlotte. You will see a modern neighborhood that is preparing for its future, but also not afraid to look back.

If you are in the mood for a little history, stop by the Charlotte Trolley Museum. While the old rail line might have shut down, the new LYNX light rail system goes right through South End. Also, a train station that had been in Charlotte for decades has now been converted to Atherton Market, one of the best Farmers Markets in Charlotte.

People looking for a bite to eat will find it in South End. If you want an upscale restaurant, try the Pewter Rose. If you’re looking for Asian cuisine, Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is one of the best in town. Mexican food? Try Phat Burrito. If you want some traditional American comfort food, go to Pike’s to try some of their excellent burgers, fries and milkshakes or The Liberty, a gastropub with an upscale take on classics. And if you are looking for some of the best southern fried chicken in the country, check out Price’s Chicken Coop, a tiny, take-out only kitchen.

If you are in South End during a Friday, make sure to hit up Food Truck Friday at the parking lot right next to Common Market for local cuisine and to chat with neighbors.

There are plenty of neighborhoods to check out in Charlotte. But in South End, convention-goers can get a glimpse of the history of one of Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods and eat some of it’s best food.

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