While most people typically use West Boulevard as a through street, some new restaurants and shops in the area are making it a place to stop and stay for a while. The City West Commons Shopping Center sits on the corner of West Boulevard and Remount Road and has recently gained some tasty residents like Tu One Oh Tacos, Renaldo’s Culinary Experience and Dee’s Vegan To-Go.
Recently, we told you all about the misunderstood taco spot, Tu One Oh Tacos (it’s not vegan, we promise), but what about the rest of City West Commons?
The quaint shopping mall has everything you need from Dee’s Vegan To-Go’s sweet potato spice cake with vegan cream cheese frosting to Scooter’s Snacks & More’s St. Louis-Style Nachos.
We’ve compiled a list of what you need to know before you visit the area for some delicious food and treats:
1540 West Blvd., Suite 100
What to know: Dee’s menu is packed with a host of delicious vegan options. Like the name says, it’s a to-go concept, but Dee’s offers a catering menu, too. While its restaurant menu includes entrees, salads, burgers and sandwiches, you can also choose from six vegan desserts. You should try the Sweet Potato Spice Cake or the scratch-made cinnamon rolls.
1540 West Blvd., Suite 102
What to know: Exposed Vegan is serving up plant-based cuisine that includes creative juices, acai bowls, salads, soups and delectable savory or sweet baked potatoes. Save room for dessert because homemade non-dairy chocolate chip cookies are on the menu.
1540 West Blvd., Suite 103
What to know: The Garbage Can celebrated their grand opening in April. While it’s new to the strip, it’s not new to Charlotte. You may have seen the food truck, The Garbage Truck, rolling around Charlotte serving up Trash Plates where you can build your own plate of greatness and trash burgers, fries and dogs.
1535 Remount Road
What to know: Golden Wok is on the corner of West Boulevard and Remount Road — not in the City West Commons Shopping Center, but it’s nearby. You can find the menu online, and you may want to have your order ready beforehand because it’s a walk-up concept.
1540 West Blvd., Suite 104
What to know: Here’s where you’ll get a chance to experience authentic Jamaican food. If you’re over trying to make jerk chicken at home, give yourself some grace and head over to K&J’s for delicious jerk chicken, rice and peas. The bonus is that K&J’s offer catering services, as well.
540 West Blvd., Suite 105
What to know: There are more than 20 different sauces for the wings but the fun doesn’t stop there. In addition to wings, the menu includes hoagies, burgers, chicken fingers and even baklava.
1603 West Blvd., A
What to know: Mr. Jims is on the opposite corner of the City West Commons Shopping Center. It’s about the crust and Mr. Jims is serving more than pizza. It includes salads, pasta and desserts like Cin Stix, Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Supreme Brownie Bites. Bonus: Mr. Jims delivers.
1540 West Blvd.
What to know: Renaldo’s is serving up creative pizza pies with intriguing flavors. The Curry Chicken Pizza comes with curry chicken, garlic oil cucumbers, red onions and mozzarella cheese. The Shrimp Chorizo Pizza comes with shrimp, mozzarella, chorizo, red peppers and chili sauce. The experience doesn’t stop at pizza. You should try the Truffle Butter Lobster Grilled Cheese and the Skittles Lemonade.
1520 West Blvd., Suite F
What to know: Scooter’s is more than your average candy store. The experience will take you back to those days of walking into a candy heaven of sorts. Remember “penny candy?” It’s not a penny, but it’s pretty close. You can find candy cigarettes here, too. How’s that for nostalgia?
1540 West Blvd., Suite 101
What to know: Sandwiched between two vegan restaurants, this authentic, non-vegan Tex-Mex walk-up window concept is serving up fresh, made-to-order meals. Its signature item — the 210 Puffy Taco — is a San Antonio, Texas, staple. It’s a deep fried, puffy corn tortilla shell that’s stuffed with chicken or ground beef. It’s topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cotija cheese and a Mexican sour cream.