Where to Eat in Kannapolis: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Darleen Reid

Kannapolis (Kŭh-nă-pŭh-lŭs) is a city in Cabarrus and Rowan counties, in the U.S. state of North Carolina, northwest of Concord and northeast of Charlotte and is a suburb in the Charlotte metropolitan area. The city of Kannapolis was incorporated in 1984. The population was 42,625 at the 2010 census, which makes Kannapolis the 20th largest city in North Carolina. It is the home of the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Class A baseball affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and it is the hometown of the Earnhardt racing family. The center of the city is home to the North Carolina Research Campus, a public-private venture that focuses on food, nutrition, and biotech research.
Things to do in Kannapolis

1. Gary's Barbecue

620 Hwy 29 N, China Grove, NC 28023-2616 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 704-857-8314
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Gary's Barbecue

Reviewed By Sylvia S - North Carolina

All the locals know where to go for great barbecue....Gary's. The hush puppies are incredibly crispy on the outside but tender, moist and delicious on the inside. The home-made banana pudding is a perfect ending to a great meal. The only problem you will have is deciding what entree to have. The trademark barbecue chicken special, a hearty hamburger steak platter, sandwiches,Brunswick stew filled with awesome savory vegetables and meat or the smokey,perfectly seasoned barbecue that Gary's is famous for.

2. El Amigo Mexican Restaurant

1776 S Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis, NC 28083-6104 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 704-938-1111
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 159 reviews

El Amigo Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By dvnewell

We have been dining here for over 15 years. Always enjoy the food and service provided. Even on very busy nights, the wait time is very little. Over time, the owners have done a wonderful job of enterior decorating.

3. Varsity Bar-B-Q & Ice Cream

1907 S Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis, NC 28083-6107 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 704-932-4400
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Varsity Bar-B-Q & Ice Cream

Reviewed By hartsellj - Salisbury, North Carolina

Really good home style cooking plate lunches, seafood plates and sandwiches. Very generous portions at a reasonable price. A little hard to see the first time you go for some reason----went by it quite a few times before we realized it was there. Once you find it , you will remember where to go. Friendly and courteous staff and pretty quick service for the traffic that was there at the time. I will be going back!

4. The Smoke Pit

796-C Concord Pkwy N, Highway 74 Monroe, NC, Concord, NC 28025 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 704-795-7573
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 530 reviews

The Smoke Pit

Reviewed By CltGirl129 - Charlotte, North Carolina

First visit and I'll be back! We arrived for lunch around 1:30 and only had about a five minute wait, which gave us time to look over the choices. You're given a number for your table when you order/pay then the food is brought out to the table. The pulled pork platter was plentiful and left enough for my dinner. The baked beans, mac n cheese and cornbread were all very enjoyable. My dining partner enjoyed the beef brisket (tender) and sides. Also, on Wednesdays you get an extra side item. Service was great as everyone working there was friendly and seemed to enjoy their jobs. The restaurant is connected to another business, so parking is shared.

5. Sweet Frog Kannapolis

2231 Spider Dr, Kannapolis, NC 28083-6422 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Dinner +1 704-721-0501
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Sweet Frog Kannapolis

Reviewed By AENG72 - Kannapolis, North Carolina

Love the flavors that they have here. It can change from time to time. You might walk into a different flavor every month. It's a bit pricey because all yogurts are price by the weight, so the more you have, the more you will be paying. So, a small cup will run you about $5 to $10. Just like the more kids you have the more its going to cost you. LOL

6. China Grove Family Restaurant

216 S Main St, China Grove, NC 28023-2450 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 704-857-6224
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

China Grove Family Restaurant

Reviewed By timothyhN320ME - China Grove

If you are looking for a home cooked meal then look no further. Visit the China Grove Restaurant for a verity of great food and friendly wait staff and atmosphere. If you are looking for sea food they have the best salt & pepper flounder and shrimp that is enough food for two. So visit and enjoy!!

7. Breakfastime Family House

1170 Copperfield Blvd NE, Concord, NC 28025-2409 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 704-720-0703
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Breakfastime Family House

Reviewed By NCBallboy - Fayetteville, NC

Went about 9am on a Sunday morning. Parking lot was already full. Didn't have to wait but the restaurant was completely full. Lots of choices with a full four page menu. Omlettes and waffles very good. Home fries had a strange taste but the hashbrowns were good. Price was reasonable. Would definitely visit again when in the area.

8. Crispy's Bar & Grill

3399 Cloverleaf Pkwy, Kannapolis, NC 28083-6991 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 704-956-2831
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Crispy's Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Steve A - Concord, North Carolina

Mine was a flawless experience on my first visit; was greeted warmly and seated immediately. A very personable waitress walked us through the menu and gave recommendations. The food came quickly and was excellent and exactly as described. Many of the menu choices include bacon of some sort. Both of our menu choices were excellent and the prices right in line for this type of food. I really liked being able to get a beer with my dinner. The atmosphere and ambiance was nice, very much a bar. The also offer copious amounts of outside patio tables for those who prefer.

9. Flyin Buffalo

800 Sloop Ave, Kannapolis, NC 28083-2955 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 704-933-3663
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Flyin Buffalo

Reviewed By Colleen L

Small place, reasonably priced, prompt friendly service. I wanted something different, the reviews were good so I gave them a try. They have an express menu for lunch with a good selection. Then a range of items on their full menu. I had mini chicken salad croissant with salad. It was fresh, good and a perfect size for lunch. They were busy to be off a main road. I shall return.

10. Frosted Butterfly Bakery

1044 Copperfield Blvd NE, Suite 107, Kannapolis, NC 28025 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 704-721-2253
Excellent
48%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Frosted Butterfly Bakery

Reviewed By SherriThacker - North Carolina

I picked up some delicious cupcakes from this cute bakery and they were fresh and delicious! Not too far off the interstate.

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