LISC Charlotte is a proud sponsor of Charlotte Black Restaurant Week

Charlotte Black Restaurant Week kicks off this week.

The sixth annual week is here to bringing much-appreciated support to some of Charlotte’s Black-owned restaurants and eateries.

Locations like Cuzzo’s Cuisine, Mr. Seafood, and Ruthie’s Restaurant are offering up to half off regular menu prices.

Through the end of October, you can support by dining in or ordering takeout from a participating restaurant.

Cuzzo’s Cuisine

Cuzzo’s Cuisine, recently opened its second location in University City. Co-owner Andarrio Johnson told QCity Metro that the second location is “just the beginning” of his new franchise. 

Customer favorite: Lobster Mac’n’Cheese.


  • Tuesday – Saturday:  11a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Ruthie’s Restaurant

Ruthie’s has been in business for 50 years. The restaurant originally opened in Brooklyn, N.Y., before setting up shop in the Queen City. This restaurant, which serves southern food, expanded to Charlotte in 2013. 

Customer favorite: Meatloaf with yams and macaroni and cheese

8432 Old Statesville Rd., Suite 300, Charlotte, NC, 28269

  • Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thurs: 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Mr. Seafood

Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, this popular seafood restaurant is known for its Garlic Butter Sauce.

Customer favorite: Fried shrimp basket

5430 N Tryon St, Suite 1, Charlotte, NC 28213

  • Tues: -12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wed-Sat 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Nappy Chef

This local spot won the 2012 Queen City Awards for “Restaurant of the Year.” The menu has classic items like wings, loaded fries, and signature dishes like their “lobster cheesesteak.”

Customer favorite: Lobster cheesesteak

5933 Albemarle Rd Charlotte, NC 28212

  • Thurs, Fri: 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.
  • Sat: 1 a.m. – 5.m.; 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sun: 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.


G.R.I.T.S. stands for Girls Raised in the South. This catering company fuses southern food with the Caribbean. Creole, Spanish and African cuisine. 

Customer favorite: Southern fried box or shrimp and grits.

Round the Way Eatery 

As the name suggests, Round the Way is a food truck based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, with a menu reminiscent of the flavors of Buffalo, New York. 

Most popular item: Lobster roll

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sat – Sun
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jazzy Cheesecakes

520 Overland Park Lane, Suite 107

9402 Northlake West Drive, Suite 102 Charlotte

10011 Biddick Lane, Suite 120


  • Mon-Fri: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sat: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Taste Buds Popcorn

This restaurant puts a unique twist on popcorn with more than 200 flavors of the classic buttery snack. 

Most popular item: Carolina Mix

3805 Concord Pkwy S., Suite 132, Concord, NC 28027

  • Sun: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Mon – Thurs: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Hip Hop Smoothies

Hip Hop Smoothies began as a food truck in 2018 and has since opened three locations in Charlotte. The smoothies names are callbacks to hip-hop culture.

Customer favorite: Gangsta Paradise, Gin and Juice, Diced Pineapple

224 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

  • Monday 10 a.m.-  3 p.m.
  • Tue-Sat 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 12 p.m.-  5 p.m.

249 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd Suite 210 Charlotte, NC 28214

  • Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

5800 N. Sharon Amity Rd Suite H Charlotte, NC 28215

  • Tue-Sat: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Amanda was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s in Communications and English. She covers Mecklenburg County. Reach her at

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