11 Union St. S., Ste. 108, Concord
HOURS: Mon.–Tues. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Emma’s Carolina Cuisine & Spirits is Southern dining at its best. The small downtown restaurant is named after the owner’s grandmother and serves up true Carolina cuisine ($7–16). The barbeque plate and the pork chop sandwich are menu favorites.
Even the decor is a tribute to Emma’s Southern roots: The walls are lined with interesting people and places in North Carolina.