Hey bud, welcome first off. I live 2 minutes from this hotel, and it's an easy ride from the Lynx right into downtown. There's a stop right by the arena so you did well. Near your hotel is a place called McKoy's Smokehouse which is pretty good. Bojangles and Chicken Coop are both musts. You can take the Lynx to Chicken Coop as well, it goes right by it. Epicenter is good and has everything you'd want to do, from bowling to a movie theater to all types of restaurants, if you're driving and into shopping Concord Mills is a huge attraction. Downtown there's plenty of bars, Blackfinn is one of my favorites.