Neighborhood Explorer: Plaza Midwood
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by Cassie Townsend
With everything from tattoo parlors to fashion boutiques and family-friendly breweries, Plaza Midwood’s personality is hard to define, which makes it even more endearing to visitors and locals.
Start with the classics. The Diamond Restaurant has been serving double-decker burgers and hot dogs since 1945, and Zada Jane’s Corner Café provides that same comfort food approach to breakfast. Also mixed in with the neighborhood’s eclectic restaurant scene are Irish classics at The Workman’s Friend, undefinable small plates at Soul Gastrolounge, and finger-licking barbecue at Midwood Smokehouse.
When the sun goes down, Charlotteans come out to play in Plaza Midwood. Plan a bar crawl that begins with burgers and craft beer at Moo & Brew and continues with stops at the neighborhood’s three breweries—Legion Brewing (order a Juicy Jay), Resident Culture Brewing (where hazy IPAs meet coolship sours), and Pilot Brewing (one of the city’s newest breweries). Wrap up the night playing cornhole or ping pong at Thomas Street Tavern.
Retail options in Plaza Midwood are as diverse as the neighborhood’s dining and entertainment options. Shop for fashion-forward pieces at Boris+Natasha, decorate your home and yourself with locally and internationally sourced hand-made accessories at Moxie Mercantile and find unique gifts from over 60 local artisans at Green with Envy, voted the No. 1 boutique in Charlotte according to USA Today’s 10Best. Aspiring interior designers have the chance to get hands-on with custom furniture and upholstery “brunch and craft” workshops at TUFT.