East Charlotte: Hispanic Heritage Month Highlights
Published on September 15, 2023
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Charlotte, North Carolina is as easy as spending a day supporting our many Latinx-owned businesses.
To kick things off, head to the Eastside! There are a ton of opportunities to dine, shop, and experience all that our Hispanic community has to offer in the area surrounding Albemarle and Central. Here are some suggestions for how to spend your day...
(NOTE: Resident reviews in this series are sourced from Google, Yelp and Facebook.)
Eat – Breakfast
Manolo’s Latin Bakery
Manolo Betancur and his award-winning bakery at 4405 Central Avenue is as well-known in Charlotte as it is tasty, but we couldn’t resist giving another shoutout to this delicious family-run shop. The bakery opens at 6 a.m. every day, so go early and grab a fresh pastry and Colombian coffee for breakfast. Visit Manolo's Bakery online.
Dessert Display at Manolo's Latin Bakery
“What a wonderful way to start the day—a friendly greeting from the owner, the staff helped us pick out treats; everything was delicious! I wish I had a photo, but everything was gobbled up!” - Susie H.
Eat – Lunch
Taqueria Number 1
Fast, affordable, delicious—Taqueria Number 1 is the perfect lunch spot. Grab authentic Mexican food at 3619 E Independence Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The tacos are a must, but don’t miss out on traditional classics like huaraches, pambazos, sopes, and more. Visit Taqueria Number 1 online.
A taco order from Taqueria Number 1.
“The food was SO good. It made me sentimental because it reminded me so much of easting in Mexico! The flavorful salsa and fresh tortillas made everything that much better. Everything is also fairly prices for the portions and quality of food you receive. We can’t wait to eventually try the whole menu. 10 Stars!” - Brittany C.
Eat – Dinner
Delicias Restaurante Latino
This Latin American restaurant combines Honduran, Mexican, and El Salvadoran cuisines for a tasty experience that will satisfy the whole family. From sweet empanadas de platano to traditional Honduran plates and everything in between, Delicias prides itself on using fresh ingredients in every dish. Visit 6341 Albemarle Road as early as 8 a.m. every day to see for yourself! Visit Delicias Restaurante Latino online.
El Salvadoran pupusas, one of the most popular items on the Delicias menu.
“I’ve come here for the past 10 years, and it has always been one of my favorite Latin American restaurants in Charlotte. The owner is great; he always remembers me when he sees me. It is obvious how much he cares about his restaurant and employees. The food is always top notch.” - Cassandra S.
Eat – Dessert
Antojos Locos CLT
Located at 5534 Albemarle Road (#104) in the Eastland Promenade, Antojos Locos CLT offers a variety of authentic Mexican antojitos, or “little cravings,” to enjoy. Try the Gloria Jarocha (pictured), a unique frozen treat from the owners’ native Veracruz, or keep it savory with their Elote Loco, featuring Hot Cheeto crumbs. Visit Antojos Locos CLT on Facebook.
A taste of Veracruz, Mexico—the Gloria Jarocha—at Antojos Locos CLT.
“The food was bomb, the ice cream was thick and delicious, and the customer service was sweet. It’s so pretty. I’ll definitely be back :)” - Smaya M.
Just off Albemarle at 8829 E W.T. Harris Boulevard is a store for many occasions. Whether you are shopping for your daughter’s quinceañera, your friend’s wedding, or your cousin’s baptism, you can find what you need at Novedades Yadira. Stop by and see for yourself. Visit Novedades Yadira on Facebook.
A model poses in one of Novedades Yadira’s many stunning dresses & accessories.
“Amazing place! Very patient and nice. They helped me put on every dress and offered me many other great options. I’m very picky, but I ended up with my dream quinceañera dress. 10/10 recommend!” - Yahaira A.
Take Care of Yourself
Chic Salon & Spa
Head down to 8633 Monroe Road (Suite C) for a day of self-care and relaxation at Chic Salon & Spa. This family-owned business focuses on the well-being and beauty of every client and provides customer service that exceeds expectations. Need a simple haircut? Chic. Want to try a Hydroluxx Facial? Chic. Ready to touch up your roots? Chic. These ladies do it all! Visit Chic Salon & Spa online.
Yessy with Chic Salon & Spa.
“I’ve been a client for four years. The service and personal attention is excellent. They are very professional, listen to what you want, and help guide you to the best style and look for you. They treat you with the utmost care and respect, making anyone feel welcome.” - Vicky G.
Take Care of Your Errands
Daily View Pools
The motto of this family-owned swimming pool construction company is: “We exist to build outdoor spaces that inspire time together.” Makes sense, given how much time they spend together making sure you have the pool of your dreams. Visit at 933 Louise Avenue or give them a call to start your residential remodel or new construction. Visit Daily View Pools online
“I would highly recommend Daily View Pools. They are professional and treat your property with respect. The project was completed on time and looks fabulous.” - Mareena N.
Charlotte Museum of History’s Independence Day Celebrations
The museum hosts several Independence Day celebrations for Latin countries throughout the year, but 3 of these events are happening during Hispanic Heritage Month. These are free to attend, so head to 3500 Shamrock Drive from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the following:
- Independencia de México (9/16)
- Independencia de Chile (9/17)
- Independencia de Guatemala (9/24)
The Charlotte Museum of History on Shamrock Drive.
The City of Charlotte is a proud co-sponsor of this Fiestas Patrias event.
La Coalición (Latin American Coalition)
The Latin American Coalition is a staple in Charlotte’s nonprofit community, providing a number of important bilingual services and resources for Hispanic families, including:
- Annual LAC Memberships
- Immigrant Welcome Center
- Immigration Legal Center
- Economic & Workforce Center
- Center for Education & Opportunities for Youth
The Latin American Coalition offices on Central Avenue.
The Coalition is also hosting the 33rd Annual Latin American Festival on Sept. 23 in Ballantyne. Stop by 4938 Central Avenue (Suite 101) to learn more about how you can support as a volunteer or join the organization as a member. Visit the Latin American Coalition online.
This list is merely a sample of the many Latinx-owned businesses that call East Charlotte home. While we cannot feature all of them, we encourage residents to continue showing up and supporting these businesses throughout Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond.