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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.
Charlotte, NC 28202
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
Church and Trade
$30 and under
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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