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About The King's Kitchen

Locally-sourced, southern-inspired, mission-driven cuisine in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.

Whether you sit down to a heaping plate of Aunt Beaut’s pan fried chicken or opt for our Chef’s pick of fresh fish daily, know that here, our cuisine extends well beyond delicious: it is truly good for the soul.

Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte with a mission of bringing hope to those most in need, King’s Kitchen is a non-profit, southern-inspired restaurant that doubles as a ministry to give hope, dignity and a warm meal to those most in need. Dine well knowing that each meal purchased directly contributes to a free meal to our homeless neighbors as well as job training to give others a new lease on life.

129 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Soul food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday 5:00 pm- 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Church and Trade

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 375-1990

Website:
http://www.kingskitchen.org/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available in metered spaces on Church St (North of Trade St) and on Trade St (West of Church St).

There is a paid garage half a block on the left hand side of Church St.

Executive Chef:
Phil Barnes

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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The King's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

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Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (53)
Local Ingredients (39)
Casual (34)
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Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Authentic (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Worth the Drive (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Business Meals (16)
Cozy (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Fun (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Bar Seating (10)
People Watching (10)
Romantic (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Seasonal (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Great Beer (6)
Healthy (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Organic (5)
Scenic View (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a large party (8ppl) and tried multiple times to call for the reservation, but the phone call was cut off each time. We ended up booking 2 parties of 4 on Open Table and then asking the restaurant in person if they could push the tables together. Instead of accommodating our request straightaway, the host was immediately defensive and wanted to know what phone number we called (it was the same one posted on Open Table and the restaurant's website). We didn't blame anyone at the restaurant for the phone failure, so the appropriate thing would simply be to see if he could accommodate our table request instead of being defensive or shifting blame. But other than that, all of the rest of the staff was incredibly accommodating and friendly, so we would be more than happy to dine here again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

Stopped in a few minutes after 5pm, and were promptly seated back by the kitchen, despite being the first to dine. Waitress was not engaged, and barely made eye contact. She did her job and was relatively attentive, but almost robotic in her demeanor.

Food was good, but not deserving the rave reviews we read. Fried chicken was a little tough, but nice flavor. Sides were pretty standard. Exception was Mac and Cheese, which held up well.

Offered dessert menu and asked for Banana Pudding. Was told it had sold out at 5:45pm. She then offered that the chef was trying something new and it didn't work.

No other desserts suggested, just brought us our bill.

Again, all was ok, but we'll check out other choices in the future before returning.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were attending a conference and wanted to experience Charlotte cuisine. The catfish I had was delicious, the waiter was charming and efficient. We had originally had four people, but three other colleagues showed up and our waiter accommodated us. It was a lovely evening. Dr. Dorothy Sisk

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great meal - fried chicken like mom made and the mac&cheese was incredible. Love this place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

An easy way to sample the best of The South’s culinary classics. Leave a big tip - all of the profits go to fight homelessness and provide job training.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Concert, we loved the service

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food at a fair price considering the profits go to a great cause. The shrimp & grits were the best I’ve had since eating them in Charleston for the first time years ago! Will definitely order them again. Pork chop had a nice char and was very tasty. Outstanding service by Kiara!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best service at a restaurant in 10 years. Harold are server was on the money on all suggestions. From wine to dessert.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

we enjoyed dinner but there we a few mistakes along the way.
corn bread , my favorite was in muffin form and overcooked
shrimp and grits were outstanding as was the braised beef.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband and I make sure to always eat at King’s Kitchen when in Charlotte. The food is delicious, I have tried something different every time and have never been disappointed! Service is great as well. Overall a great experience every time!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a very nice experience before going to Mcgohlon theater

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

King's Kitchen is a great spot for lunch or dinner. All items on menu are prepared just for you, vegetables selection is impressive. I had the Red Snapper which was well prepared and very tasty. Everything is great. Service is top notch. In addition to the best food and service, all profits at this restaurant go to help the less fortunate in the community. Always a great meal - thanks to Jim Noble!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great time!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The collards were exceptional on my veggie plate. A really good experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We came early, at 5:00, and there was a low noise level that was nice. The service was welcoming, efficient but not intrusive. The food was delicious, and we plan to come again.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The place was fine. Good food but not outstanding. It is a very average place with a very basic menu. The best part of the place is the proceeds going to charity

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The pan fried chicken did not live up to the hype. While the coating was very tasty the actual meat itself had NO TASTE!Also, for the cost of dessert the proportion were horrible. One scoop of ice cream for $10. Outrageous! To be a Charlotte hotspot I was saddened by the experience I had. I am proud to support the overall mission but I will not be returning again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 19, 2017

great meal - server, Harold - did a particularly good job! I love supporting a great business/community

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food. The idea of it being a non profit restaurant intrigued us. The owner is trully a good person. They service to the homeless with Sunday service and feeds them too. More restaurants should attempt this type of restaurant. Food was delicious and service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

This restaurant has the BEST collard greens! Everyone at our table loved their meals. Great service. Great location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I've been to The Kings Kitchen once before and had to share the experience with my friend from out of town. He loved it and said he could not believe that such a gourmet experience would also serve a great purpose. If you haven't been you owe it to yourself to go.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent southern food and isn't too expensive for uptown. Seriously, everything we ate was wonderful!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Went out for a girls’ night out and had a delicious meal at KK. The service was excellent, the prices were reasonable , and the restaurant had a very relaxing atmosphere. I would highly recommend KK.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful meal with fantastic service. The King’s Kitchen reminds me of my grandmother’s cooking and Southern grace. (My grandmother was a saint in my eyes.)

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food and experience.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food, large portions, good prices, quick service, casual atmosphere, and best of all it's non-profit to help feed the homeless.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner. Food was outstanding and service excellent. Will definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 29, 2017

A group of friends attending a convention in Charlotte enjoyed dinner there after our meeting for the day. We sat on the outdoor patio which was very comfortable. However, noise from the street traffic made conversation difficult at times. Otherwise we really enjoyed the meal and the service. Very pleasant experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Jim Noble and his team at the King's Kitchen always do it right. Each time I visit I find a new menu items or special of the day that is outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The pan fried chicken was amazing! All the sides were great, however, the Mac and cheese along with the mash potatoes and gravy were to die for!! Great food for a greater cause!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Looking forward to our next visit. Food is excellent and would love to see an expanded menu!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I saw the write up in Southern Living and was excited to check out King’s Kitchen. Because you aren’t open for lunch on Saturday, we had dinner. Think she would have preferred lunch. ( after seeing that chicken sandwich, the bar b q didn’t fare as well.)
I had the Tri Tips. Good, but the demo glaze was too salty. (And for me to say that...let’s just say I carry my own sea salt.) I guess I was expecting a thicker, maybe a touch of sweetness to it. Think I should have asked for a rice vinegar for the greens. Mac and cheese....”spot on” delicious!!!!
Okra appetizer....different.
Brownie? Was there coffee in it? Thought I could taste that. (use expresso in mine as well) Had somewhat of a different taste as well.
Love the staff! Great service; enjoyed the outdoor seating. Overall, nice.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Entirely Satisfied! Good home style cooking in a great downtown location, and the profits go to help the less fortunate downtown. A great combination

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Someday I will have something besides the shrimp 'n grits, but will I kick myself?! Should I risk it? My all time favorite s&g, not even close. Smokey bacon, creamy, smooth grits, and happy, inviting shrimp. Yum!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great meal and atmosphere. Waitress was very informed and able to direct us to the Gluten Free Items very helpful.

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I love this place! The fried chicken plate was the best! Portions were filling and the biscuit was divine!

Tags: Romantic, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Best food ever! Great meal with a great cause. The macaroni was my favorite followed by the biscuits.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food was excellent! My wife and I enjoy southern food and this place didn't disappoint.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Kings Kitchen is a 501(C)3 non-profit so not only do you get wonderful food but you are contributing to the building of job skills and confidence of the employees and they move into a better place in our society. If you like fried oysters these are the best in Charlotte.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We went to The King's Kitchen expecting a great meal but got so much more. The interior of the restaurant is gorgeous and much larger than I imagined. There are also a few areas that could be turned into "private dining" areas or for larger groups if necessary along with a large outside patio area. The service was great and the food came out in record time (especially for a Saturday night). As a group of four, we shared the pimiento cheese (excellent) and the okra fritters (good, but not my absolute favorite). I was really hoping to get the fried chicken sandwich for dinner but I believe it's only on the lunch menu. The fried chicken was UNBELIEVABLE as well as all the sides that came with it (my mom ordered that). I ordered the crab and rice cake which was one of the small plates and it was delicious, along with a salad. The salad was super fresh but I thought the dressing was a little bland. All of us were so happy with our meal and ended it by sharing the banana pudding. It's a twist on a classic - which I totally appreciate. Think marshmallow top and banana ice-cream. I would totally dine here again and think it's quite a charming place in uptown Charlotte.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating
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