Your guide to the 3 top spots in Charlotte's Ballantyne neighborhood

Visiting Ballantyne, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Charlotte neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a burger joint to a poke spot.  

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Ballantyne, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

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Check out Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a spot to score burgers, situated at 15105 John J Delaney Drive, Suite A.  

Among this spot's many specialty options is the magic mushroom burger, made with sautéed morel, shiitake, chanterelle and oyster mushrooms, Swiss cheese, creamy truffle aioli and arugula. Not in the mood for a burger? Dig into fare like the buffalo chicken sandwich, the Thai chicken salad or the truffle parmesean fries. (View the full menu here.)

With four stars out of 369 reviews on Yelp, this spot has proven to be a local favorite.  

Yelper Amanda P. wrote, "It's always crowded so be prepared to wait. They have both build your own burger and salad options. They have daily drink specials and a happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m., which includes food specials."

 2. Poké Cafe

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Hawaiian spot Poké Cafe, which offers poke and more, is another top choice.  

The restaurant serves up signature bowls like the spicy citrus salmon bowl with salmon, scallion, sweet onion, masago, cucumber, radish, lemon, lime, spicy rayu and ponzu sauce. Poké Cafe also allows you to build your own bowl by choosing a base, proteins, toppings and sauce.

Yelpers give the business, located at 11318 N. Community House Road, Suite #203, 4.5 stars out of 77 reviews.  

Yelper Mike G. wrote, "The options are great and they have raw scallop, which can be hard to find. The service is always quick and friendly. It gets busy during weekday lunch but they move the line quickly. They have very fresh fish and an array of sauces. They also have an assortment of bottled drinks as well as fountain beverages."

3. JJ's Red Hots 

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JJ's Red Hots - Ballantyne, a New American spot that offers hot dogs, sandwiches and more, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 177 Yelp reviews. Head over to 15105 John J Delaney Drive, Suite J, to see for yourself.

This spot offers an array of specialty hot dogs —The Char Heel, which comes with chili, slaw, diced onions and mustard, is among many selections on the menu. You'll also find a variety of sausages, bratwurst, chicken and more alongside sides like tater tots, potato chips, pinto beans and nachos.

Yelper Trey W. wrote, "They do a really good job of rotating the menus and staying creative with their options. I typically go back and forth between getting a hot dog or a sausage. You can't go wrong with any of their sides, but I personally like their made to order onion rings."

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