Programs: US AIR - CP, Marriott Platinum Premiere; Lifetime Platinum;
Agree food court has great choices. The Chinese is great, but I encourage you to try something different, like the country BBQ place next to the chinese. Try the Beef Brisket. You'll keep comming to CLT just for the food.
If you're a Chili's fan and don't want to wait, use the to-go service on the side of the resturant that faces the A concourse bookstore/Starbucks and take your goodies to an empty rocking chair near the piano. Enjoy the jazz concert provided occaisionaly by a few of the US Air baggage handlers who play for tips on their breaks. They're good and have CDs for sale also.
If you're into different wines there is a North Carolina Yadkin Valley regional wine shop with samples on the D/E concourse connector 2 doors down from the D security area. May be the next Napa, who knows?
Phillips Seafood on terminal C does a decent job of airport seafood (but no match for Legal Seafood at DCA).
There are a couple of places in E as well - there's a Fox Sports restaurant that is pretty quick - especially if you're connecting from E to E. There's also a pizza place and some other small restaurants scattered about.
If you're headed down B concourse, there's also a CPK Express (limited service California Pizza Kitchen) - usually my favorite place to stop for lunch or dinner.
CLT is definitely my favorite airport to connect through (for ease, people, atmosphere, and yes, the food) and one of the reasons I've stayed loyal to US.