FreeMoreWest: 9 reasons to check it out now

FreeMoreWest: 9 reasons to check it out now
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In FreeMoreWest where West Morehead and Freedom intersect, just beyond the Panthers Stadium and under the 1-77 bridge, a really cool pocket of food, drink and retail is sprouting up. There is a high concentration of creative companies and start-ups in and around the area. I happened to work there for the past 2+ years and we’ve watched new restaurants and shops slowly come into the neighborhood turning it into an area that is on the cusp of serious growth. Here are 9 reasons to check it out now.

Rhino Market

Rob Rondelez, former Manager and Wine + Beer Buyer at Common Market South End, opened this new deli and market last fall. The food is good, the beer and wine selection is creative and plentiful, the patio is on point and Fridays are vinyl night.


Pinky’s Westside
The Penguin OG’s opened this grill, which was recently featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The place is legit and not just good for slinging burgers. They can make a mean veggie wiener too. The Jive Turkey Ding Dong Style and the Ginger Tuna Salad are also bomb delish.

Uptown Cycles 

This is a serious cyclist’s bike shop that also carries the freshest looking cruisers in town. Rentals are available too – so you can work off all that greasy goodness from Pinky’s.

Our first bike as a Bianchi dealer and Wim’s new ride

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The Burger Co.
 
This seems to be a popular lunch joint for Panthers players during spring and summer training. My co-workers and I have been known to fight over who gets to face Luke Kuechly. Go for lunch, get the fried pickles and a burger “Your Way.”

LoCa Projects  A Latin American Contemporary Art Gallery with an impressive collection of emerging and established Latin American art. Open for just over 2 years now, these folks are showcasing some seriously high quality art.

Savor Owned by two Johnson and Wales grads, this southern-inspired, simply delicious restaurant is one of Charlotte’s most underrated. It was one of the first spots to anchor the FreeMoreWest food scene. With a nice skyline view, exposed brick walls and soft lighting, this spot won’t disappoint for lunch or dinner.

The World Famous Open Kitchen 

A Charlotte Institution with a rich history. This parking lot is packed every single day at lunch. Try it out and see if you can tell me why. I’ll be over here shaking my head in disbelief.

Yoga For Life  This studio won Best Yoga for Beginners, Editor’s Pick from Charlotte Magazine BOB Awards in 2014. Try it for yoga, meditation, and even belly-dancing apparently.

Picante Mexican Grill  “It’s a lot like Chipotle, but a hell of a lot better,” claim my former co-workers who never missed their $5 Burrito Bowl.

Thought this was just a JV Chipotle, but was proven wrong. Delicious.

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Enjoy and don’t miss one of the best skyline views of the city as you cruise through the corridor.

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