One of the Queen City’s most unique and intriguing neighborhoods is Plaza Midwood. It began as a streetcar suburb at the turn of the century and experienced its first heyday until the Great Depression. Situated just about one mile northeast from Uptown, Plaza Midwood had its ups and downs until the early 1970s. The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association was formed in 1975 and established its goal as to preserve and protect the area. The neighborhood is bordered by Hawthorne Lane to the west, The Plaza to the north, Briar Creek Road and the Charlotte Country Club to the east and Central Avenue to the south.
Throughout the 1990s, Plaza Midwood has evolved into one of Charlotte’s most funky, artsy, and eclectic communities. In fact, many attribute the efforts made over the years by Plaza Midwood residents as a major factor in the overall renaissance that has occurred within the older inner-ring suburbs of the Queen City. These efforts also resulted in a Historic District designation for Plaza Midwood in 1992!
One of the neighborhood’s most noteworthy features is its amazing collection of places to eat. Plaza Midwood may be compact, but boasts scores of diverse and delightful dining establishments. The wide variety of food choices is impressive and in just a few blocks it is possible to explore a full range of cuisines including: Japanese, Caribbean, Local/Farm to Table, County French, Mexican, Creole, Down Home Southern, Thai, and Vegan. For a comprehensive list, visit the CL Charlotte Neighborhood Guide: Plaza Midwood.
If you don’t know where to begin, the folks at Feast Food Tours are at your service! With a walking food tour, it’s easy to discover the quaint charm of Plaza Midwood and sample some incredible food and beverages in the process. Tour participants will visit six locations, including restaurants featured on the Food Network, new establishments and long time local favorites. They will meet the chefs and owners and learn more about their passions and culinary motivation. In addition to sampling delicious dishes and expertly matched beverages, food tour guides also sprinkle the walk with historic tidbits and little known anecdotes.
We hope you get a chance to visit Plaza Midwood soon and enjoy some of these wonderful restaurants! Happy dining:)