From Epic Burgers to Phenomenal Fried Chicken: 8 Best Bites in West Charlotte
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From Epic Burgers to Phenomenal Fried Chicken: 8 Best Bites in West Charlotte

By Alicia Renée Thomas
Monday, Oct 23 2017

While everyone’s eyes have been glued to the explosive growth in neighborhoods like NoDa and Plaza Midwood over the past few years, West Charlotte has been quietly expanding in the background. With the addition of exciting new spots like Lucky Dog Bark & Brew and Blue Blaze Brewing, and new residential construction projects breaking ground every day, Charlotte’s “West End” is gearing up to become Charlotte’s next booming neighborhood.

With this hood’s up-and-coming popularity, naturally our first question was, “So, where to do we go to eat?” And thus, we bring you the recommended food tour of West Charlotte. Get ready to drool, y’all.

Dig In

Try a Pimp'n Fry from Pinky's  at Pinky's Westside Grill
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Pinky's Westside Grill

The first spot that comes to mind for most people thinking of restaurants in West Charlotte, Pinky’s serves up traditional American fare like sandwiches, hot dogs, and burgers, but with an innovative spin in a funky space.
What to try: the Crab Hush Puppies, Fried Pickles and the Pimp'n Fries. If you're bold, go for the White Trash Burger or the Triple G.

Try a Pimp'n Fry from Pinky's
$$   .  Pinky's Westside Grill   .  Charlotte
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Pick Up Deli Favorites at Rhino Market at Rhino Market & Deli
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Rhino Market & Deli

This eclectic deli-slash-bottle-shop serves up delicious sandwiches (including vegetarian options) on locally-baked bread alongside pasta salads, potato salads, and all sorts of snacks—in addition to carrying a wide variety of local beer and wine.

Make sure to stop by for breakfast, you won’t regret it!

Pick Up Deli Favorites at Rhino Market
$   .  Rhino Market & Deli   .  Charlotte
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Order Up Authentic Mexican at Anita's at Anita's Mexican Grill
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Anita's Mexican Grill

If you didn’t know to look for Anita’s Mexican Grill, you might miss it. Tucked away in a strip mall, this Charlotte gem serves affordable and delectable Mexican food so good that you’ll rarely find the place without a line out the door.

Order Up Authentic Mexican at Anita's
$   .  Anita's Mexican Grill   .  Charlotte
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Get Cozy With International Eats at Open Kitchen at Open Kitchen
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Open Kitchen

This old-school Charlotte staple is a Veteran-owned restaurant serving Italian fare in a cozy brick building. They’re best known for their “world-famous” Lasagna parmigiana, a dish bursting with cheesy goodness (and best paired with a glass of red wine).

Get Cozy With International Eats at Open Kitchen
$$   .  Open Kitchen   .  Charlotte
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Seek Soul Food at Nana's at Nana's Soul Food Kitchen
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Nana's Soul Food Kitchen

Nana’s Soul Food Kitchen serves exactly what you’d expect: soul food. When you’re in the mood for a family-style meal like fried catfish with mashed potatoes and gravy, smothered pork chop with mac and cheese, or anything else your own Nana used to make, this is the spot for you.

Seek Soul Food at Nana's
$   .  Nana's Soul Food Kitchen   .  Charlotte
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Dig Into Southern Eats at Savor Cafe at Savor Cafe and Catering
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Savor Cafe

Feeling homesick? Get some comfort food just like mama used to make it from Savor Café. The meals are hearty and filling, featuring creative recipes cooked using local ingredients.
Don't skip out on dessert here, Savor has made a name for themselves with offerings like the Mile High Peanut Butter Pie.

Dig Into Southern Eats at Savor Cafe
$$   .  Savor Cafe and Catering   .  Charlotte
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Score Lunch at Niko's Grill at Niko's Grill
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Niko's Grill

Craving Greek food? Niko’s has you covered. Stop by for gyros, pitas, and other traditional Greek dishes at reasonable prices in a low-key atmosphere. You can’t beat their lunch specials!

Score Lunch at Niko's Grill
$   .  Niko's Grill   .  Charlotte
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Feast on Phenomenal Fried Chicken at Bar-B-Q King at Bar-B-Q King
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Bar-B-Q King

Since 1959, Bar-B-Q King has been serving up tender, juicy meats slathered in a house BBQ sauce that is tangy and flavorful. Whether you’re in the mood for fried chicken or BBQ, when you pull up to this family-owned, curbside eatery, we promise you’ll be satisfied with your order.

Feast on Phenomenal Fried Chicken at Bar-B-Q King
$   .  Bar-B-Q King   .  Charlotte
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Alicia is a freelance writer and the co-founder of Work For Your Beer. When she's not on her laptop, you can find her on her yoga mat or playing with her puppy, Luna.
From Epic Burgers to Phenomenal Fried Chicken: 8 Best Bites in West Charlotte
From Epic Burgers to Phenomenal Fried Chicken: 8 Best Bites in West Charlotte