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Mert’s Heart & Soul Restaurant

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(11 Reviews)

214 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

(704) 342-4222

Today: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
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General Info
Mert s Heart and Soul is one of the most popular dining destinations in the Queen City. The restaurant features an award-winning macaroni and cheese, as well as cornbread, shrimp and grits. Its menu includes a variety of salads, such as large house, grilled chicken, low country shrimp and poached salmon salads. Mert s Heart and Soul s lunch menu includes southern fried chicken, salmon cakes, meatloaves, barbecue pork, turkey sausage, shrimp creole and pork chops. The restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches with grilled chicken, potato roll, bacon, tomato, lettuce and fried shrimp. In addition, its menu includes a variety of side dishes, such as cheese, cauliflower, macaroni, red beans, mashed potatoes and seasoned rice. Mert s Heart and Soul is located in Charlotte, N.C.s
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
First Ward, Uptown
American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Creole & Cajun Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Health Food Restaurants, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Soul Food Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Caterers, Family Style, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Seafood, Vegetarian, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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What more could you possibly want?

Merts is the very best. We love everything about this place and everyone there!



Provided by Citysearch - 

My family and I had dinner there last Saturday and it was very disappointing. The salmon cakes were mushy, chopped bbq was very sweet, and the pork ribs were dry, cold and had no seasoning. I told the sever about my ribs and she looked as though she wanted to say so what! No manager ever came by so we paid and left, my dog did enjoy them. I won't eat there anymore. the fried chicken and cornbrd were good (a little sweet for me).



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Southern Cookin

Mert's is a good old fashioned southern restaurant with great food. Located on 5th and College (right next door to Buckhead Saloon) it's a nice spot for lunch, especially on the weekends when it tends to be a little less busy.

As soon as you sit down, you are greeted by a smiling face and nice pile of homemade hot and fresh Cornbread which is my favorite in the city. As far as meals are concerend, almost every time I go to Mert's I get the fried chicken breast meal. The chicken is flavorful and juicy cooked perfectly. The side dishes, traditionally southern, range from greens to mac and cheese, the latter being my choice. The mac and cheese at Mert's is as good as any other southern restaurant and town.

There is a small patio outside for dining, but it fills up fast, especially during the week. Parking like I said can be a pain due to all the construction going on across the street, but if you can't find a spot right on College, it's worth walking a couple blocks to sit down and chow down.

k rum


Provided by Citysearch - 

Loved the veggies... fresh greens, wonderful mac & cheese and the food had just the right spice. The cornbread was amazing. Great sized portions. Wonderful soul rolls to start the meal with, but this was a small portion. Will definitely be back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrible Food

I was very disappointed in the food and environment. There was no seasoning on the food and the portions were small and not worth the money!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food and atmosphere, ruined by lack of sanitation-

I used to love this place for country eats and a great brunch. When I went there awhile back and was enjoying an omelet, I pulled out a long, stringy black hair. Looked back to the kitchen and there were several uncovered heads with hair flowin'. Turned everyone at my table off. This is a simple thing to fix, though, and hopefully they will.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious food & awesome service

Food was great! Had the ribs & oh my god, the meat just pulled right off the bone --no need for knife & fork. The barbeque sauce was perfect-not too spicy, but not too sweet. The cornbread was the icing on the cake. We were seated right away & didn't wait long for the food at all. Would definetly go again if I'm ever in Charlotte area.



Out of the ordinary

This place has lots of character. It's a fun place with very good low country comfort food and a good wait staff.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, fun environement

We usually go for the brunch, which if you are looking for a good Southern breakfast, is fantastic! We've also gone for lunch and the mac and cheese is mouth watering.

I always find something new to look at when I'm there.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't leave without tryin the salmon cakes

Made from fresh salmon instead of canned salmon. Fresh greens, and a short wait for a table...also...Parking on the street is hard to find, but they validate parking in the Holiday Inn parking decks.