Camp North End
A modern juke joint from James Beard-nominated Chef Greg Collier, Subrina Collier and mixologist Justin Hazelton, Leah & Louise offers southern dishes inspired by Mississippi River Valley foodways. The menu includes southern favorites like Dirty Grits, hot fried quail and river chips.
Cuisine Type: Southern
Ambience: Casual Dining
Phenomenal southern dining experience in an eclectic district of town. Reservation is recommended as the venue is small, yet cozy. The food is amazing! We had the "River Chips" and "Leah Cabbage" for starters, followed by the "What the Duck" and "Mud Island" for entrees. Very tasty and filling; excellent portion size! Customer service is outstanding! Kudos to the manager for the evening, Ken and the chef for making our experience a very warm and welcoming evening. Would definitely return the next time I travel to the Charlotte area.
The food here is absolutely incredible. It's a small space but great energy. Every dish we had was crazy good. We had the river chips, roasted cabbage, oysters, and mussels and I really can't pick my favorite. We also got the steak which was so well prepared. The restaurant is busy so please be kind to the employees. They over cooked our steaks but the manager brought over a special and the server bought our dessert. I cannot wait to return!
Refined is the name of the game, and L&L plays it well. The food and drink menus are clearly carefully designed to play to their strengths in a cafe-like, high-ceiling dining room. Both the gin, beet puree, and aperol cocktail my wife had and my smoked rye cocktail were fantastic. The mussels in a rich Worcestershire sauce and garlic onion broth were extraordinary. For dinner the fresh catch (swordfish) and stuffed quail entrees didn't disappoint. This is a great date spot. I wouldn't recommend bringing the kids as the ambiance isn't particularly well suited.
Visited 8/18 while they were busy and had no available seating, ended up ordering take out and waiting for it inside. Interesting, beautiful venue. Staff was extremely pleasant. The collection of cookbooks is excellent and I am sure personal; I spotted Ratio, the Saltbox cookbook, and several nice baking texts. I had the oxtail and grits and Leahs cabbage. The oxtail was good, nicely cooked, with a nice lightly cooked/pickled carrot. Grits were alright, not quite as tender as my preference but capably made and well flavored. The cabbage was the best Ive ever had, the pork neck bisque is phenomenal. Overall an *excellent* meal and very cool restaurant; I cant wait to come back the next time Im in Charlotte (with a reservation) to order every side in one fell swoop and an entree to go.
I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food was delicious and the cocktails were perfect. Everyone loved their food and the chicken skins are delicious. I would suggest a side of grits. They were wonderful but be aware they are not like the mushy grits most people are used to. The staff was attentive and service excellent.