Elizabeth as seen from uptown.
Elizabeth is a neighborhood in Charlotte. It is just south of Uptown, extending out of town along Elizabeth Ave. and 7th St. It blends the affluence of the Myers Park neighborhood to the west with the middle-class livability of Plaza-Midwood to the east. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Independence Boulevard (NC Highway 74) to the north and west, Randolph Road to the south, and a small creek to the east.
Elizabeth Avenue is the heart of the neighborhood, and 7th Street (which turns into Monroe Road as it heads southbound) is also a large thoroughfare. The neighborhood is served by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) , which operates bus routes #14, #15, and #27 through Elizabeth.
- Independence Park  - The city's oldest public park. Though its edges have been eroded by development over the years, it is still sizable and pleasant.
- Charlotte Roller Girls, 310 N Kings Dr, Grade Cole Center, ([email protected]), . Quite the bruising and fascinating experience that has really grabbed the attention of many folks in Charlotte. Steadily attracting fans to watch this fast paced sporting event.
- Visulite Theater, 1615 Elizabeth Ave, ☎ +1 704 358-9200, . Long-lived movie theater-turned-music house. Hosts a variety of acts, and is well-reputed as one of the city's most intimate atmospheres.
- Lava Lounge, 1420 Elizabeth Ave, ☎ +1 704 376-3347. Tu-Th 8PM-2AM, F Sa 8PM-4AM. By far the hippest place to go for post-dance chillout. This is literally a lounge, though the small dance floor is often quite active. DJs play a diverse array of music while hookah smoke floats in front of live candles. A very low-key, exotic vibe. Cover charged only after 2AM on Friday and Saturday. $5.
- Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, 1957 E 7th St., +1 704-375-7462, . This inviting comic book store has served Charlotte's kids (and kids-at-heart) for nearly 30 years. Friendly service, vivid decor and convenient location -- nearby are a deli and a coffeeshop for reading -- make this one of Elizabeth's most endearing stores.
- VisArt Video, 1945 E 7th St., +1 704-343-3031. The city's best video store, hands-down. Specializing in independent and foreign films, VisArt's selection puts larger chains to shame. The employees are knowledgeable (and tasteful), and can help you navigate the labyrinth of shelves. Also, the front end of the store has an excellent community bulletin board that is part of the pulse of the local alternative scene.
- Lupie's, 2718 Monroe Rd (follow 7th St away from Uptown until it changes to Monroe Rd), +1 704 374-1232, . One of the best-loved restaurants in Charlotte, for a variety of reasons. A highly diverse crowd (from families to punk rockers) and casual atmosphere allow anyone to feel at home; the low prices and oversized servings make sure you won't go home hungry. The menu is somewhat limited, but most items are commendable; experiment with the three varieties of chili or the daily specials if you're not sure what to order.
- Cajun Queen, 1800 E 7th St, +1 704 377-9017, . Set in a refurbished century-old home, this is one of the jewels of the Elizabeth neighborhood. Very good Cajun cuisine is only one of the attractions; the artsy decor and live jazz bands (upstairs) add to an attractive atmosphere. The service is on-and-off because the restaurant is usually busy. Dinner only.
- Philosopher's Stone, 1958 E 7th St, +1 704 350-1331, . Very popular restaurant with both the lunch and dinner crowd, and reasonably priced. A well-rounded beer list and philosophy-themed decor distinguish "the Stone", and it has a solid after-hours scene.
- La-Tea-Da's, 1942 E 7th St, +1 704 372-9599, . A quaint coffee-and-tea cafe in the Elizabeth neighborhood. Very close to where 7th St. turns into Monroe Rd., La-Tea-Da's is surrounded by other excellent restaurants and unique shops.
- Fig Tree, 1601 E 7th St, +1 704 332-3322 . Continental cuisine with French and Italian influences. Located in a restored 1913 bungalow in the heart of the neighborhood, this is a slightly pricey but well-reputed option for fine dining.
- Carpe Diem Restaurant, 1535 Elizabeth Ave, +1 704 377-7976, . This local favorite has survived 20 years in three different locations. Menu has a good variety, including vegetarian options. Consistent quality, service, and interior have kept this restaurant on Zagat and local paper's top restaurants in Charlotte.
- Hawthorne's NY Pizza, 1701 E 7th St, +1 704 358-9339. One of the cornerstones of the neighborhood, this pizza place rarely has a quiet night. Though parking can be a little frustrating during peak hours, Hawthorne's is one of the few good NY-style pizza joints in Charlotte.
- NOFO on Liz, 1609 Elizabeth Ave, +1 704 444-9003, .
- Volare Ristorante Italiano, 1523 Elizabeth Ave, +1 704 957-3685, .
- Cuisine Malaya, 1411 Elizabeth Ave, +1 704 372-0766, .
- Showmars, 2004 E. 7th St., +1 704 376-0565, . One of many of the local chain's citywide locations, this Greek restaurant is probably the most unique fast-food fare in town. This location is easily walkable from nearby shopping.
- Meskerem, 601 S. Kings Dr., +1 704 335-1197. Lentils or meat served on a large round sheet of bread called injera. Try the avocado salad. Lunch buffet and dinner. Within walking distance of CPCC, or take the Kings Drive bus.
Volare and Lava Lounge are no longer here.
- Central Piedmont Community College  - The main branch is located just southeast of I-277, though there are others scattered around the area. CPCC has been noted as a relatively high-quality community college, and has increasingly integrated itself into the life of the city (though the central campus itself is still a bit bland). Recently, the college constructed a major new theater building, with a landmark statue on its front lawn.
- Charlotte True Buddha Temple, 1601 E 4th St, ☎ +1 704 788-6278. Services are held in a Chinese dialect, though many members speak English.
- First United Pentecostal Church, 4929 Amity Rd, North Sharon, ☎ +1 704 535-1000.
- Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 6050 Hickory Grove Rd, ☎ +1 704 531-4000, . Just off of busy Harris Blvd, this church has one of the largest membership base in the area. They also have a north campus.
- Revolution Charlotte, 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd (at The Milestone Club), . "Church for the rest of us."
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