In a nutshell: “Good food” might be the vaguest query you could search for when trying to locate a dinner spot, but fortunately this Charlotte spot touts its strength in its name.
Chefs Bruce and Kerry Moffett opened the doors to Good Food on Montford in 2009. Their second venture following their success at Barrington’s, the brothers were inspired by a local coffee shop worker decrying the lack of good food along the once-desolate strip of Montford Drive. Fortunately, the neighborhood didn’t have to wait long; shortly after opening, the restaurant was named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2010. Chef Larry Schreiber’s menu is seasonally-focused and spans flavors from around the world, bringing diners’ taste buds along for the ride.
Vegetables are still healthy even if they’re fried, right? These florets are nestled in a golden colored cheddar foam incorporating Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Copper Altbier and dressed with slivers of pickled jalapeno.
Penne’s more carefree cousin, these luscious quill-shaped noodles are the ideal base for housemade Italian sausage in a toasted garlic and tomato base.
Pork belly on its own is a delight with its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. When it’s rubbed with five-spice, brushed with a bit of hoisin, perked up by pickled vegetables, and swaddled in a plush steamed bun, you’ve got a sandwich fit for a king.
The artistic construction of this plate is impressive, beginning with a swath of tongue-tingling gochujang painting the surface. A tidy pile of seared beef, slightly thicker than bulgogi, blankets the square of crispy white rice. The scallion kimchi bundle on top might look like it should belong on a plate of dolmades, but it is a friendly reminder of the menu’s global influences.
Steamed in an aromatic broth of green curry, coconut milk, and cilantro, these mussels are plump and fragrant. Extra grilled naan (or at least a spoon) is a must to soak up the rest of the curry.
Need to work off your meal? Good thing that Park Lanes–the city’s go-to bowling spot since 1960–is across the street.
Good Food on Montford
1701 Montford Drive