Ghost Kitchens, or commercial kitchens, have the well-established reputation of providing local business owners with a prep environment that’s clean, affordable and ideal for food prep and storage. When it comes to food pickup, many even offer an easy-to-use lobby where food orders can be picked up via DoorDashers or the hungry customers themselves.
Food delivery has grown exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic, so spaces that offer socially-distanced transactions such as food trucks or ghost kitchens have gotten even more buzz in recent years.
Around Charlotte, there are several ghost kitchens that are home to our favorite local food trucks and locally-owned eateries. Here’s what you can pick up from each place:
Location: 3500 Latrobe Dr., Charlotte, NC 28211
What you should know: Carolina Commercial Kitchen offers 24/7 kitchen amenities for food businesses with prep and storage needs. The facility is split into two sections: one for the Department of Agriculture, and the other for food trucks, producers and caterers. At over 15,000 square feet of cooking space, clients are able to rent out as much or as little as they’d like.
Eats you can find here: Carolina Commercial Kitchen is the prep-home to several delicious food trucks including Patty & The Dogs, Soul Miner’s Garden, and The Alternative Chef, a meal-delivery business that specializes in healthy options.
For more about Carolina Commercial Kitchen, check out more details (and yummy food pics) on MoRa’s website.
Location: 2200 Thrift Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262
Neighborhood: West End
What you should know: Home to delicious spots like Honeybear Bake Shop, Best of Both Souls, Meals by Mariah and more, The City Kitch West-End is one of two City Kitch locations in Charlotte. Customers can order from their favorite food vendors online and pick up on location in a socially-distant way.
Location: 3032 N. Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205
What you should know: This southern fried ghost kitchen operates out of The Goodyear House to offer regional favorites like fried chicken sandwiches, chicken bites and grilled chicken salads, all with delicious originality.
Location: 4721 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209
Neighborhood: Park Road Shopping Center
What you should know: The Southern Comfort Cafe, in partnership with Cantina 1511, specializes in creating made-from scratch southern comfort cuisine for off-premises consumption. Like a ghost kitchen, The Southern Comfort Cafe offers no brick-and-mortar space, so no dining rooms or servers. Instead, the next time you have a family event and need southern classics like Chicken Pot Pie, Granny’s Chicken and Dumplings, Pot Roast, or famous sides like Mac and Cheese, and Southern Mashed Potatoes, you can place an order online for pickup or delivery via DoorDash.