The South End neighborhood of Charlotte has been growing like crazy and I’m so excited that we get to move to this fun part of town in just a few short months. Only 2.5 miles down the road, but still! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the preview of O-Ku, the newest and hottest sushi spot in town. This is the newest location to the brand, following Charleston and Atlanta, and the food and atmosphere did not disappoint! Sushi lovers, you’re gonna like this one.
With the addition of the rail trail in Charlotte, the South End area has been booming with new restaurants, breweries, food truck rallies, and retail shops. O-Ku is located inside Atherton Mill which is home to Anthropologie, Luna’s Living Kitchen, and soon opening a Free People store as well as Warby Parker. I consider myself somewhat of a sushi connoisseur so when I heard this place was opening up, I pretty much knew I would become a regular. Now, let’s take a peek inside!
We walked into the restaurant and my first thought was, this is SO South End! O-Ku is located in an old mill so you could really appreciate the industrial style with full brick walls, oversized windows, and exposed beams and ductwork. There were passed hors d’oeuvres and wine and even an electric violinist playing all the latest hits. This guy was incredible!
Now let’s talk food. O-Ku is known for their sushi so sushi we ate! Along with the appetizers (highly recommend the spicy sesame pork belly) we got to try several rolls that were so delicious and fresh. The sushi bar was lined with rolls and it was nice to get to sample a wide variety of their fish. As far as drinks, they offer a big selection of craft cocktails. You have to try the Jasmanian Devil!
I can’t wait to go back, especially since I found that they offer a happy hour!! You can get half-priced sushi rolls every Monday & Wednesday from 5-7pm. All the praise hands emojis for this one. All of my Charlotte friends be sure to check out this spot if you’re in the mood for some great sushi, yummy cocktails and a vibrant bar scene!
Photos by Eben Patten Photography