Food is a must. We all need it to survive, so why not enjoy the best of the best? People have enjoyed terrific meals everywhere in the United States, whether they dine at home, lunch on a patio, or order takeout. In the Carolinas, four restaurants made the top Yelp 100 restaurant list for 2022.

A recent Yelp article revealed the Top 100 Restaurants in America. In the Yelp list of restaurants, four total from North Carolina and South Carolina appeared as numbers 6,18,22 and 79. Topping this year’s best restaurants list is Cocina Madrigal, a Latinx father-and-son-owned eatery serving Oaxaca fundido and beef birria enchiladas to lucky residents of Phoenix, Arizona (who’ve responded with more 5-star reviews than we can count).

This list was created by reaching out to engaging Yelpers for their favorite dining spots. Then, Yelp ranked each by a total number of submissions, ratings, reviews, and geographic representation, among other factors. Way to go to these North and South Carolina restaurants. See them ranked lowest to highest below. If you have ever been to any of them be sure to send us a message and let us know how it was.

  • Number 79: Harvest Grill, Dobson, North Carolina

    Cuisine: American (New)

    According to Yelp, this spot has [icturesque grapevines and is a lovely farm-to-table restaurant. Not surprisingly, this bistro-style eatery offers a large selection of vineyard-produced wines, alongside a compact menu of “sophisticated comfort food.” Pair a Cabernet Franc or Sauvignon Blanc with Egg Rolls Cordon Bleu, Pretzel Bites, a charcuterie board, or entrees like Seared Duck Breast and Braised Beef Bolognese. They are known for their crab cakes served with gribiche (a cold egg sauce) and shoestring fries are the go-to favorites.

    Yelpers say: “Spending time at Shelton Vineyards is so relaxing—great wines and a gorgeous property—the icing on the cake is Harvest Grill. They offer an extensive farm-to-table menu and a great wine list (most of the wines by the glass, so you can try different wines with each course). Everything we tried on the menu was delicious.” —Tonya P.

  • Number 22: LoLa, Charleston, South Carolina

    Cuisine: Cajun/Creole, Seafood

    According to Yelp, LoLa launched as a food truck in 2010. LoLa now serves up savory Low Country cooking at its Charleston brick-and-mortar location. You’ll find plenty of Cajun favorites, such as gumbo, Gulf oysters on the half-shell, etouffee and jambalaya. Wash it all down with everyone’s favorite drink: Swamp Water (sweet tea vodka with a citrus kick). Dine indoors or on the pet-friendly patio. This eatery is known for their crawfish etouffee is a fais-do-do (“party” in Cajun) in your mouth. Also don’t miss the Carolina Gator Bites with jalapeno honey sauce, overstuffed Po’ Boy sandwiches, and sugary beignets.

    Yelpers say: “The food, in my opinion, is the best you’ll get around here that’s authentic NOLA. The dishes are just spicy enough to tickle the taste buds without needing a glass of water, full of flavor and warm.” —Zohra B.

    If your taste buds could talk, they'd tell you to order our creole fish poboy.

    Posted by Lola on Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Number 18: Machete, Greensboro, North Carolina

    Cuisine: American (New)

    According to Yelp, Machete has only been around for a couple of years, but its impact on Greensboro’s fine-dining scene has been substantial. Each visit is a special occasion because the creative and eclectic menu changes often based on seasonal ingredients and the chef’s keen eye. Past favorites have been pork cheeks with charred romaine, Wagyu fat, and “lettuce soup”; and rabbit with polenta, mushrooms, and seasonal greens. They are known for creative dishes that feature rare or unusual ingredients, and artful cocktails that are exciting and seasonal.

    Yelpers say: “The depth of flavor from the slow-cooked lamb and their Bolognese sauce—yum! The pasta was also on point. I know their dishes are seasonal but would want to eat this all year long.” —Devon E.

  • Number 6: Jackrabbit Filly, Charleston, South Carolina

    Cuisine: Chinese, American (New)

    According to Yelp, one of Charleston’s most beloved food trucks, Short Grain, has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant featuring Chinese, Japanese, and New American dishes. The restaurant also features some OG favorites, such as their very untraditional rice bowls with sashimi or fried chicken. Jackrabbit Filly serves heritage Chinese food and an exceptional cocktail program in a fun, neighborhood setting—named after the owners’ Chinese Zodiac animals.

    What they’re known for: Popular items include Sichuan Hot Karaage (their take on Japanese spicy fried chicken) and pork and cabbage dumplings. Don’t miss the Dim Sum Brunch, served from 11 am–2 pm on Sundays, featuring breakfast okonomiyaki (cabbage and green onion pancake).

    Yelpers say: “The spicy chicken bowl [is] so flavorful, with the perfect amount of heat. I don’t typically rave about texture, but in this case it’s worth highlighting since every bite had a different crunch and highlighted a different ingredient. Just a stellar, stellar dish.” —Eric C.