Ive only been here once, but I fully intend to come back. The chili was amazing. Hearty, warming, and full of flavor. The atmosphere is more on the eclectic side which I really enjoyed. Service was good. Reasonably priced. I sure hope that gentrification doesnt take Lupies away from us like it has many other CLT staples.
I don't know how many years Lupie's has been around but it's definitely been a constant staple in our house. We have visited this cute little restaurant many times and never been disappointed. We have tried all their chili, chili with pasta or nachos, we also had their banana pudding. It's a great place to try out some vegetarian chili as well. During our last visit we had the nachos with veggie chili and let me tell you, while people complain that portions are getting smaller in other places, I feel like at Lupies the portion getting bigger every time we visit! So please put this business on your list for your next dinner and you won't regret it!
It's been far too long in between visits. I've always enjoyed the throwback atmosphere and vibe of this establishment that has been around since 1987. It's the food, it's the staff, it's the ambiance...it's everything. In every single nook and corner, I can find something that invokes fine memories of years and decades gone past. From the murals on the exterior walls to the vinyl records and other eclectic memorabilia that abound on the interior of the restaurant. I had one of the daily specials, which was chicken and dumplings. I ordered Pinto beans with a sprinkle of cheese and freshly chopped onions. The cornbread I slathered with butter and a garden salad as well. No picture of the salad with freshly chopped tomatoes and Italian dressing. It never stood a chance. My friend ordered chili mac. There are multiple variations available for every pallet. The sweet tea was southern and fantastic. If you've never been, Go. If you have, you already know. If you took the time to read this review, please take a 1/2 second and click like. Thank you.
Moved to NC 4-years ago and it was my first time attending the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte, NC because a friend from VA was at the show,. He invited us to go dinner after hours and went to Lupie's Cafe. Wow, I was so happy to go to a mom and pop small business place. The food is very good, the staff very professional and quick to attend your order. If you go try the BBQ plate...it was so delicious!! You would not be disappointed.
My wife lived in CLT when she was younger and said we had to stop here as it is an institution. I must say I was really impressed. The food was awesome - southern cooked with love. One dollar PBRs keeping it real too. Dive bar in every sense of the name; quirky atmosphere, inexpensive yet delicious food, and cheap beer. Next time were in town well be going out of our way for this joint.