Historic neighborhoods, local parks, and restaurants line the streets of NoMa District (aka North Main). Let kids run free at Earlewood Park while four-legged family members enjoy the NoMa Bark Park. Enjoy the grassy areas, baseball diamonds, and picnic area at Hyatt Park or take a swim at the outdoor pool at Greenview Park and Aquatic Center. Keep reading to see why this up-and-coming district is one to watch.
Indah Coffee: What started as a coffee roaster at Soda City Market in 2010 has grown to become a pillar of NoMa’s revitalization. Opened in 2017 in a 1940s era building, it’s now the headquarters of the popular roaster, as well as a 60-seat cafe. Knowledgeable staff are happy to speak to the origins of the beans used to make your drink, from espresso drinks to cold brew coffee. “Indah,” which means “beautiful” in Indonesian, extends to the interior of the building, where the bones of 40s architecture meet modern design. It’s the perfect place to get lost over a latte, catch up on emails, and people watch as the light streams in through the large windows.
Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits: Named after the real cat of owners Renee and Todd, Rambo’s Fat Cat Biscuits is taking biscuit making to the next level. Goat cheese, smoked brisket, and mac & cheese are just a few of the fixings you’ll catch on their menu. But when it comes to gravy, you’ll find something new every week. From Guinness stout + pulled pork to vegetarian chorizo, the mouth-watering possibilities will keep you coming back each week to see what’s next. Be sure to order up a side of cheesy hash brown bake or blue corn grits with pimento cheese to complete your perfect meal. Fun Fact: You’ll find Rambo’s on our Pimento Cheese Passport!
NOMA Warehouse: New to the NoMa scene is the NOMA Warehouse. There’s always something going on here, from workshops, pop ups, live music, and The NOMA Flea, an artisan market happening every Friday night.
The War Mouth: Located in a former auto repair garage, The War Mouth offers a modern spin on Carolina classics. From chicken bog made with Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice to braised pork shoulder, here you’ll find hearty meats and locally sourced vegetables. You’ll want to try the appetizers, like mustard fried venison or the deviled eggs, and table sides, like greens with smoked peppers and apple cider. Bonus points for impressing your friends by knowing the meaning behind “The War Mouth.”
A Peace Of Soul Vegan Kitchen: Needing a break from all the barbecue you’re eating on your trip? Head to A Peace of Soul, which has been serving up plant-based food for more than a decade. Adorned with textiles and decor from West Africa, Peace of Soul offers up a comfy setting to enjoy a salad or a smoothie. Check out the veggie plates that offer up a different take on items like lentils, collards, and cabbage. You'll be feeling healthier in no time.