West Charlotte: Hispanic Heritage Month Highlights
Published on October 06, 2023
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Charlotte, North Carolina is as easy as spending a day supporting our many Latinx-owned businesses.
With just over one full week left, we’re finishing our tour of Hispanic businesses and organizations in Charlotte with West Charlotte. There are a few great opportunities to dine, shop, and experience all that our Hispanic community has to offer in the area surrounding Freedom, Wilkinson, West, and Tuckaseegee. 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
El Sazón Latino
Open every day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., this restaurant at 1501 West Boulevard is a great way to being your day celebrating the Latinx community. Whether you’re looking for a scrambled egg breakfast, huevos rancheros, or a breakfast baleada, El Sazón Latino is a great way to start your day. Visit El Sazón Latino online.
Breakfast baleada at El Sazón Latino.
“Went for tamales for breakfast, and wow they were delicious. I went back for dinner! Got tortas and tacos, and again wow! So good. I will definitely recommend this place.” - Oscar T.
Eat – Lunch
The number of delicious Hispanic food trucks throughout West Charlotte is nearly immeasurable, but the Taqueria Chonita truck parked at 2609 Freedom Drive is a fan favorite for a few reasons. One of those reasons is their unmistakable authenticity. Check out some of their specialty meat options, like lengua, tripa, and suadero. Visit Taqueria Chonita on Facebook.
Some of the authentic tacos at Taqueria Chonita.
“Best tacos in town. Flavorful, authentic, and most of all, the owner is a very professional young man. Go try them out. You won’t regret it.” - Maria C.
Eat – Dinner
Miguel’s Mexican and American Restaurant
Out by the airport at 4252 Business Center Drive is a snug space with tons of specials. Seriously there is new lunch special, dinner special, and drink special every day of the week at Miguel’s. That means you can enjoy sizeable portions of delicious Mexican food without breaking the bank—like Miguel’s Fajitas for $9.99 every Sunday. Visit Miguel’s Mexican and American Restaurant online.
Dinner at Miguel’s Mexican and American Restaurant.
“If you enjoy an off-the-beaten-path experience, this spot is for you! We visited for dinner based on a recommendation from a friend, and I’m so thankful! I am a big fan of soup, and the caldo de res was fantastic! Salsa was fresh and slightly spicy. Chimichanga dinner special was delicious.” - Meri M.
Eat – Dessert
The Batch House
Cris Rojas Agurcia’s brick-and-mortar base at 901 Berryhill Road only stays open to noon on weekends, but who says you can’t have dessert in the morning? Head over early or order ahead for delectable cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, and more. Eat them right away or save them for later; either way, you'll want to get there before they sell out. Visit the Batch House online.
Traditional Latin American cheesecake available at The Batch House.
“A 5-star review doesn’t do this place enough justice for just how incredible it is! From the extremely kind staff to the tastiest treats in Charlotte, you will not be disappointed checking this place out.” - Tyler N.
This unique tienda Latina opened a year ago in a former church building at 8735 Mt. Holly Road in Northwest Charlotte. It’s bright red and lime green paint are hard to miss, and the authentic Hispanic snacks inside are hard to resist. While this small store isn’t as large as some of the Latin supermarkets throughout the city, it makes up for its size in great products and better charm. See Diana's Market location.
Exterior of Diana’s Market on Mt. Holly Road.
“So glad they opened up. They’re always extremely kind and helpful.” - Cain M.
Take Care of Yourself
Silly Monkey Cookie Company
Normally this is the section where we feature salons, barber shops, and tattoo parlors, but sometimes taking care of yourself means having another dessert—especially when that dessert is a work of art. Dulcinea moved to Charlotte with her husband Bill four years ago, and they brought their successful cookie business with them. Each cookie is made from traditional Mexican ingredients and is decorated by hand. Now this is how you treat yourself. Contact Dulcinea or Bill online to place an order. Visit Silly Monkey Cookie Company online.
Halloween cookies by Silly Monkey Cookie Company.
“Silly Monkey Cookie Company did a wonderful job on the cookies I ordered for a celebration. They were perfectly done with beautiful details. I could not have asked for anything better. Thank you for adding the perfect touch to my celebration.” - Vincenza S
Take Care of Your Errands
Do you have a crack in your driveway? Have you been meaning to install pavers in your backyard? Well, here’s your sign to finally take care of that project you’ve been thinking about by calling Fernandez Construction. This Hispanic-owned construction company at 7216 Old Mt. Holly Road has been serving the Charlotte area’s concrete needs for over 25 years. Visit Fernandez Construction online.
Fernandez Construction crew at work.
“I called this company to install my new driveway. Mr. Fernandez was very friendly. He came over to give me a free estimate and answered all of my questions regarding the concrete work. The job was done on time and service was amazing.” - Husam H.
Hola Charlotte Festival
Now, this annual celebration of Latin American culture is not in West Charlotte; it’s in Uptown. However, a lot of the Hispanic Heritage Month events throughout the city ended in September, so we’re giving a special shoutout to this incredible celebration hosted by Norsan Media. Head to Uptown between Brooklyn Village Avenue and 4th Street from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 for the 11th year of Hola Charlotte! Learn more about the Hola Charlotte Festival.
Performers at a previous Hola Charlotte Festival celebration.
Be sure to stop by the City of Charlotte’s booth for some free swag!
The Knothole Foundation
Founded in West Charlotte, The Knothole Foundation’s mission is to increase access and opportunities for underserved youth through baseball. While not Hispanic owned, they are devoted to removing the racial inequity and expensive barriers by providing access to every child. Learn more about how you can support the organization on the Knothole Foundation website.
Logo for The Knothole Foundation.
The Knothole Foundation is located at 7531 Tuckaseegee Road.
This list is merely a sample of the Latinx-owned businesses that call West 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.