We like to eat lunch at the 7th Street Public Market in Charlotte before walking to the the Discovery Place Science Center nearby. They have most food categories to choose from here and I often hit up multiple stands. They have really good sushi and poke bowls, pizza, Italian, a cheese shop, a local beer stand, wine by the glass, an acai stand (which my kids love) and a few other solid choices to choose from. There are a couple of stores to shop at as well, but we haven’t explored these too much. Last but not least, the coffee here is top notch and they sell Counter Culture beans and use local dairy for their drinks. Hard to beat it when you don’t know exactly what you what for lunch.
Bars and nightlife
The have a NODA IPA on tap here and that was all I needed to know