NoDa is the name given to the artsy area on North Davidson Street heading out of uptown. Artists, young professionals, musicians, and wannabes have made this area a haven for late night crowds and gallery crawls. Evenvisiting celebrities like Lenny Kravitz and Woody Harrelson have been sighted in these NoDa restaurants. My favorite place would have to be Amelie’s. Amelie’s is a French bakery with a 24/7 location at 2424 N. Davidson. Pastries, breads, and croissants (try the twice-baked ones) abound at this local favorite, and it is the closest thing I have found to eating a tarte au citron from Paris.
If beer is more your style than an espresso, head over to Growler’s Pourhouse for handcrafted beer from local experts along with self-proclaimed “beer food” like hot dogs, sausages, and wings. For a fresh mix of SoCal-meets-Baha, try Cabo Fish Taco. Their renowned tacos and burritos made from tuna, mahi-mahi, salmon, and shrimp were featured nationally on a Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives episode. (Try their recipe for Mango BBQ Mahi-Mahi Tacos via Food Network.) Other interesting spots are Boudreaux’s Louisiana Kitchen, The Crepe Cellar (great brunch), and even The Dog Bar where, yes, they combine your favorite beverages with your favorite furry companions. Not to play favorites, there is also Smelly Cat Coffee House, but you’ll have to leave the cat at home!
If NoDa sounds so great that you want to do more than visit, there are many housing options in this area. Single family homes range from 1900’s bungalows to brand new craftsman and contemporary-style homes. There are tons of condominium choices in NoDa as well including Steel Gardens, The Renaissance, NoDa18, and Lofts 34. If you are looking in NoDa, parking can become an issue, so keep in mind that some condos come with a garage or reserved parking space for your convenience. Search for your NoDa condo here by selecting “condo” and searching “The Arts District”. When you are ready to call Charlotte home, contact me, Nancy, at (704) 577-0023.