Charlotte October 13, 2017
The Oldest Restaurant In Charlotte Has A Truly Incredible History
Have you ever wondered what the oldest operating restaurant in Charlotte is? Green’s Lunch Uptown has been a Charlotte staple, feeding residents in the area for more than 90 years. This restaurant is an iconic business in the city, not only because it has become known for serving the best hot dogs in town, but also because it has withstood decades of change in our city while other establishments have faltered. What makes Green’s Lunch Uptown so good? Well, let us tell you!
Green's Lunch opened in 1926 as a tiny little lunch stand with 12 stools. They sold hot dogs to area residents for 5¢ each.
Owner Robert Green recognized the need for a quick lunch option for workers in Uptown Charlotte, and faithfully opened shop each day just three blocks off of Tryon Street.
Green's quickly became known for having the best hot dogs in town, and this little stand became a lunchtime hot spot very quickly.
Residents and locals began to greatly appreciate this eatery, and it became one of those places where when you walked in to grab your lunch time hot dog, everyone knew your name.
In addition to hot dogs, the lunch menu consists of hamburgers, cheese burgers, a BLT, grilled cheese sandwiches, and grilled chicken sandwiches.
The "All the Way Dog" is definitely the most popular item on the menu. It's topped with homemade chili, slaw, and onions. Interesting fact: Green's Lunch didn't introduce chili on their dogs until the 1960s, and slaw followed shortly after in the 1970s.
The grilled cheese sandwich is the butteriest, meltiest, cheesiest grilled cheese you will ever try.
It will remind you of Mom's grilled cheese growing up and is great with a cup of soup.
Robert Green died in 1945 and his daughter, Mary, took over the business.
Mary quickly became known to regulars as the "Hot Dog Queen" and even appeared in city Christmas Parades as the reigning "Hot Dog Queen." Mary ran the restaurant until 1975, when she sold it to the Sikoitis family who runs it today. Mary continued working at Green's for 16 years after she sold the business and became like a family member to the Sikoitis'.
If you can't get Uptown to Green's, don't worry they will come to you.
A Green's Lunch hot dog cart can often be found at lunchtime in various locations around the city and even up at Lake Norman.
The place is a favorite for Panther's Fans looking to grab a meal before the big game.
Throughout the week, Green's is always packed with Uptown professionals.
Don't let the name fool you, Green's Lunch offers an amazing breakfast too.
Two eggs any style, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits, and pancakes fill the breakfast menu.
The food is always delicious, and the prices are great too.
No matter what you are feeling like, you'll leave satisfied after eating at Green's Lunch!
As the oldest eating establishment in Charlotte, Green's has seen a dramatically changing and evolving city landscape.
Yet they manage to stay true to their name as the same, small hot dog stand in Uptown that has been a favorite since 1926.
Next time you're looking for lunch Uptown, head out to Green's Lunch.
Not only will you get the best hot dog you've ever had, you'll also experience a little piece of Charlotte history.
Have you eaten at Green’s Lunch? What’s your favorite thing on the menu? Let us know in the comments!