QUIRKY, INCLUSIVE, LIVELY
Think of this former streetcar suburb as the intersection where eclectic creativity meets traditional Southern values. On one block, you’ll find historic homes and office spaces beneath a canopy of century-old trees; on the next, graffiti-covered consignment shops selling second-hand goods.
From breweries to book shops to BBQ joints and beyond, it’s safe to say that Plaza Midwood has a little something for everyone.
Moving to the Queen City?
Whether you opt to sit on the inviting outdoor patio or in the quirky indoor dining room, you’re in for a treat when you start your day at popular Plaza Midwood breakfast spot Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe.
From there, take a retail tour of the neighborhood, shopping for local gifts at Green with ENVY, chic accessories and jewelry at CLTCH, used books at Book Buyers, health and wellness products at Gumbo Goods or trendy home decor at Moxie Mercantile.
Things to do
Fit in an afternoon workout at Okra Yoga or Yoga One, or go for a run through the lush green trails at Veterans Memorial Park on Central Avenue.
Work up an appetite before you arrive at Midwood Smokehouse for lunch. It might seem impossible to decide what you want on this massive menu of smoked meats and indulgent Southern side dishes — if you just can’t choose, go for the classic small plate of Carolina pork with a side of mac and cheese.
After lunch, walk over to Commonwealth Avenue to enjoy some fresh local craft beer and board games at Legion Brewing. Their Juicy Jay IPA and Carolina Sparkle Party sour are both popular orders (and for good reason).
ALSO CHECK OUT
Refresh your palate with a dinner on the lighter side at The Workman’s Friend, an intimate Irish pub and restaurant;try the Asian Glazed Pork Belly Tacos at Soul Gastrolounge; or grab a bite of fried chicken at NC Red. After-dinner drinks can be enjoyed with a skyline view at Whiskey Warehouse.
From there, walk a few blocks down Central Ave. to end your night with an inclusive and eclectic crowd ranging from bikers to bankers at local watering hole The Thirsty Beaver. You’ll recognize it by its vibrant orange facade, brightly colored string lights, and the honky-tonk music spilling out of its front door