From grabbing a quick bite to enjoying a sit-down meal, there are many great choices for dining out right here in Mint Hill. Here’s a closer look at some of Mint Hill’s favorite places to eat and drink.
The Barking Duck Brewery
4400 Morris Park Drive
Thursday – Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Saturday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrating three years in Mint Hill this month, The Barking Duck specializes in creating “outside the box” craft brews like the popular “Banamber” Belgian Amber. In addition to their own craft beers, The Barking Duck features draft and bottled beers from other local breweries, wine, cider, kombucha, soft drinks and water. They don’t serve food, but The Barking Duck frequently hosts Friday night food truck rallies where locals can enjoy a brew and a meal on the lawn. The Barking Duck prides itself on being a dog- and kid-friendly place that’s great for everything from dates and afternoons out to special events like baby showers and birthdays. “We welcome everyone from the most experienced beer drinker to the novice,” says owner Josh Carl. “We have something for everyone, and you will feel like you’re at home!”
Big Guys Pizza
914 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Saturday 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Sunday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Big Guy’s Pizza has been a fixture in Mint Hill for just short of thirteen years. They specialize in homemade, cooked to order pizzas and Italian dishes. “I always want you to feel like you’re in my kitchen,” says owner Janet Muller. Voted “Best Pizzeria” in 2017 by the Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, Big Guy’s definitely draws customers in with their hand-tossed pizza. “They definitely come because it’s a brick oven,” says Muller. “It doesn’t run through a conveyer belt; that’s a big thing with pizza.” Also popular are made-from-scratch pasta dishes like fettuccine and penne alla vodka. Big Guy’s is a great place for both dine-in and take-out. “We have a great lunch special,” says Muller. “Two slices and drink for $6.99. They come off the big pizza, so it’s a big lunch.” Overall, Big Guy’s prides itself on being a family-friendly fixture in the community. “We haven’t really changed from thirteen years ago,” says Muller. “We still make the same things. The menu hasn’t gotten any bigger. You’re not going to ruin a good thing!”
7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Daphne’s Bakery is a local, family-owned bakery that specializes in baked goods from cookies and cupcakes to special order cakes. “We bake from scratch using ingredients like farm fresh eggs and real cream butter,” says manager Daphne Crawford. “Our goal is to wow you with flavor and presentation!” Their best sellers are their “Wedding Cake” Cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies, but you’ll find several signature items in their case that you won’t find at other bakeries or stores like the “Ughlee Betty,” a dark chocolate cupcake with caramel fudge frosting, and the “Girl’s Best Friend Brownie” made with four different chocolates. Some of their other specialty goods are cheese biscuits made from scratch, lime teacakes, and “Coconut Surprise Pies,” crunchy coconut cookies filled with Daphne’s signature buttercream frosting. With such a wonderful selection of sweets, many people may be unaware that Daphne’s sells a selection of savory sandwich spreads (chicken salad, egg salad and pimento cheese) that pair great with their cheddar biscuits. They also serve Magnolia Coffee roasted locally in Matthews. Daphne’s prides itself on making fresh, custom items. “All of our products are baked from scratch,” says manager Daphne Crawford. “We do not use any mixes, preservatives or other additives. All of our product is baked fresh. We do not use pre-made items. When we say custom cakes, they are made just for that order from the cake to the finished design.”
7024 Brighton Park Drive
Tuesday – Saturday 5:30 am – 10:00 pm; Sunday 5:30 am – 3:00 pm
Jimmie’s Restaurant has been in Mint Hill for thirteen years, but the Pourlos family has been in business since 1953, making it one of the oldest family-owned restaurants in Charlotte. Originally located in Charlotte on Elizabeth Avenue, owner Chris Pourlos was happy to move his business to his hometown of Mint Hill thirteen years ago. For over sixty years, Jimmie’s has been serving classic American fare. Hot, family-style lunch and dinner specials like baked chicken, roast turkey, sliced roast beef, meatloaf and fresh vegetables are what draw customers to Jimmie’s. “Those are things you can’t find just anywhere,” says Pourlos. Jimmie’s is great for breakfast and family dining; they also have party rooms available that are frequently used for birthday parties, family reunions, and business meetings.
Mint Hill Rock Store BBQ
7032 Brighton Park Drive #200
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday – Saturday 11:00 am – 8:30 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Mint Hill’s Rock Store BBQ is a classic, order-at-the-counter, family-friendly barbecue restaurant. “We smoke our meats in house every night for twelve hours,” says owner Josh. Customers go to Rock Store BBQ for the $6.00 lunch special, which includes a sandwich, slaw, one side and drink. Also popular is the “Family Special” takeout package, 1.5 lbs of BBQ, buns, and three large sides. “We are family-owned, and we live here in Mint Hill,” says Josh, who is proud to say that Rock Store BBQ does a great deal for the community, especially for schools.
4410 Mint Hill Village Lane #103
Monday – Wednesday 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Thursday 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Friday – Saturday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Pour 64 is a newcomer to Mint Hill opening it’s doors just over a month ago. “Our specialty is bringing craft beer to Mint Hill so that our neighbors don’t need to go too far to enjoy it,” says owner Tony Brock. Pour 64 features 40 rotating taps with an excellent selection of craft beers. “We rotate so often it’s hard to have a favorite,” says Brock, who notes that the Oktoberfest style has been selling well lately with fall approaching. “You won’t find a similar selection anywhere else in Mint Hill.” Pour 64 is a great place to meet up with friends, enjoy a drink and watch a game. They don’t serve food, but it’s a great precursor to a dinner date or spot to wind down after a tough day. “We’d like people that have never been here to know we want to work together with others in our community to make Mint Hill a place where people want to be,” says Brock.
The Hill Bar & Grill
11232 Lawyers Road
Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Hill Bar and Grill serves up lunch, dinner and drinks six days a week. “People come here because it feels like home,” says manager Brittany. “It’s like the ‘Cheers’ of Mint Hill,” adds owner Dave. In addition to a large selection of sandwiches and salads, the Hill features specials like fresh mahi mahi, homemade crab cakes and homemade soups. One of their most popular dishes is their wings, which they offer in house for .70 per wing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “I love their wings,” says Kaitlyn Betts, who frequently brings her son Caleb to The Hill. “They cook them perfectly, and the crab balls. It’s the neighborhood bar . . . it’s not a chain, and they don’t try to be something else.” The Hill prides itself on being active in the Mint Hill community frequently collaborating with Mint Hill Athletic Association and Independence High School.
Taxco Mexican Grill
7106 Brighton Park Drive
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Friday – Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Taxco’s Mint Hill restaurant located near the Harris Teeter is one of their three locations in the Charlotte area. They have several “Taxco Specials” like their two chimichangas with rice and beans and the “Pancho Villa,” a chimichanga and burrito with a salad on top. Also popular are their fajitas and margaritas, which are on special Thursdays. Taxco is a family-friendly establishment that’s great for a variety of outings. “Overall, it’s good for everything,” says Oscar. “If you’re on a date, we can put you in a booth so you can be more private, and if you have a big family, we can put you in the private room.” Taxco also rents out their “party room” for parties and business meetings.
427 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Friday – Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar will celebrate two years in Mint Hill this October. They offer a wide selection of red and white wines by the glass as well as local draft beers. Manager Colleen says that red wines tend to be popular, but for those who want to try a unique white, she recommends the Cederburg Bukettraube. Many people may not know that Vintner’s Hill also serves lunch and dinner. Their menu includes a selection of appetizers, small plates, salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. As Mint Hill’s first upscale wine bar, Vintner’s Hill is a great place to meet your neighbors, go for a date or have a girl’s night out. “You can’t beat the value or the customer service,” says Colleen. “We take pride in our staff and the community, and we try to use the freshest ingredients possible.”