Neighborhood Explorer: NoDa
As the city’s epicenter for inspiration, NoDa (short for the main street North Davidson) has transformed from a turn-of-the-century textile mill town to a flourishing arts and entertainment district.
by Sallie Funderburk Jun 24, 2021
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Eat & Drink
Whether you’re exploring NoDa in the morning or evening, there’s an array of funky and inventive eateries to choose from. Start the day off with caffeine from Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, a local favorite, or try Salud Cerveceria, known for their coffee on tap. Fuel up on a breakfast burrito from JackBeagle’s, go for a breakfast sandwich at NoDa Bodega or enjoy a cinnamon sugar doughnut from the walk-up window at Reigning Doughnuts.
Ready for a mid-day pick-me-up? NoDa is filled with an array of breweries—from microbreweries to craft brewpubs. Heist Brewery opened its doors in 2012, while Wooden Robot Brewery opened its second location: The Chamber by Wooden Robot. Stop by Protagonist Clubhouse, a modern-day nano-brewery, or Divine Barrel for a classic craft brew. Don’t forget to grab a six-pack from Salud Beer Shop, voted the “Best Beer Bar” in the nation. If cocktails or other libations are more your thing, check out Idlewild, a no-menu craft cocktail bar, or sip a custom-made sangria on a porch swing at NoDa Company Store.
Hope you saved room for delicious Southern delicacies. At Haberdish, order their fried chicken and mac and cheese—you won’t regret it. For a more casual experience, grab an “All the Way” burger at Brooks’ Sandwich House or the Chicken and Waffles at Local Loaf. Other notable NoDa dining spots include Deejai NoDa, a Thai street food noodle bar, Sabor Latin Street Grill, a Charlotte concept focusing on authentic menu offerings from El Salvador to Colombia, and Le’s Sandwiches and Café, a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich shop.
After your food and brewery adventures, find a gift to take home at Pura Vida Worldly Art, a cultural gift store, or Ruby’s Gift, a gift shop and gallery. To catch live music, find shows and concerts at Neighborhood Theatre and The Evening Muse. If you’re looking to put on your own show, belt your heart out at NoDa 101, which has karaoke seven nights a week.