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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“The Kings of Blue Grass and the 5 string banjo. It's worth a visit to nearby downtown Shelby.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Tuesday night, pizzas are half price, making this great restaurant even more appealing. If you choose to go then, be prepared to wait as most of Shelby comes out for it!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This micro brewery offers live music and basic foods. Great place for unique beer and music. This place is walking distance to two other bars and a few other restaurants.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“A beautiful theater as well as a wonderful tribute to the song writer, Don Gibson. Great artists perform on a regular basis. It is very clean; the seats are comfortable. The staff is very friendly.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“If you happen to be passing through Shelby on your way to or from town, you MUST stop at Bridges BBQ. It's an icon and is well known in the BBQ community. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Fine dining in Uptown Shelby. I usually get the filet, but they always have fresh fish and tempting great specials. Nice ambiance with a classical acoustic guitarist. Also, a full bar & a nice wine selection. Save room for the locally made coconut cake!”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“J-birds is our go to local lunch spot. Delicious warm sandwiches and a dozen or more craft beers on tap. A relaxed warm environment with local art adorning the walls.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Wine Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Kids can play on a fenced in park area, ride on a train sponsored by the Rotary or ride a carousel. Rides cost fifty cents each. The park also offers a variety of activities listed on the city website.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Local fixture dishing up American comfort food in an old-school setting with checkerboard floors.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A block or 2 off the main drag, but a great environment with great Mexican food, Margaritas and a salsa bar.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Visit one of the biggest fairs in the south. Always starts toward the end of September and last for 10 days.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Another crowded dinner spot. Regina loves the Mousaka and I usually get the Greek platter. They also have pizza & pasta and great lemon cake if they don't run out! We like to sit out front if the weather is nice.”
  • 1 local recommends
Cinema
“This is the nicer theater around. If you have an AMC account, you get a discount on movies shown on Tuesdays. It's 30-40 minutes away, but it's a great place to go.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Great locally-roasted coffee (we own it!) and local-favorite ice cream (from Tony's in Gastonia)”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“You can get just about anything at Joe's Place. They specialize in Italian, Thai & American food. I like the curry but beware if Jan is cooking (ask your server)! Jan is from Thailand (and Joe's wife) and her mild is most folk's hot! They also have a full bar and a casual atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pizza Place
“Tuesday night, pizzas are half price, making this great restaurant even more appealing. If you choose to go then, be prepared to wait as most of Shelby comes out for it!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Fine dining in Uptown Shelby. I usually get the filet, but they always have fresh fish and tempting great specials. Nice ambiance with a classical acoustic guitarist. Also, a full bar & a nice wine selection. Save room for the locally made coconut cake!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you happen to be passing through Shelby on your way to or from town, you MUST stop at Bridges BBQ. It's an icon and is well known in the BBQ community. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“J-birds is our go to local lunch spot. Delicious warm sandwiches and a dozen or more craft beers on tap. A relaxed warm environment with local art adorning the walls.”
  • 4 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“You can get just about anything at Joe's Place. They specialize in Italian, Thai & American food. I like the curry but beware if Jan is cooking (ask your server)! Jan is from Thailand (and Joe's wife) and her mild is most folk's hot! They also have a full bar and a casual atmosphere.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Local fixture dishing up American comfort food in an old-school setting with checkerboard floors.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A block or 2 off the main drag, but a great environment with great Mexican food, Margaritas and a salsa bar.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another crowded dinner spot. Regina loves the Mousaka and I usually get the Greek platter. They also have pizza & pasta and great lemon cake if they don't run out! We like to sit out front if the weather is nice.”
  • 1 local recommends

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