Lake Norman has welcomed a number of new restaurants and shops over the past months adding even more wonderful opportunities for those of us lucky enough to live here! From unique dining like the Hot Stone Grill pictured above to Sugar Pop’s Candy store in Downtown Mooresville, there is something new for just about everyone:
Historic Downtown Mooresville
Black Velvet Patisserie is the newest bakery in downtown Mooreville specializing in French Pastries, cakes and breads. Baked fresh every day, their selections include eclairs, cookies, sticky buns, breads, cupcakes, mini cakes and much more! 242 Main Street, Mooresville. 704.662.0270.
Thistle Meadow Winery ‘s new retail store is now the second wine shop in downtown Mooresville. They offer tastings, wine by the glass, by the bottle or the case. Have fun learning not only about drinking wines but about making wines as well! 240 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.660.9803
The Enchanted Olive is truly an adventure! Imagine a store centered entirely on olive oils and vinegars where you can try samples of each at a tasting bar and order your olive oil poured right on the spot rather than purchased in a prepackaged bottle. They offer 46 varieties of olive oils and vinegars. Luckily they have a great sales staff who can help you chose the right flavors for you. 119 North Main Street, Mooresville.
SugarPop’s Candy’s wants to bring to you and your family “An Experience, A Memory, a Smile”. With nearly 200 types of candy including sugar-free and 100 types of eclectic sodas you will definitely find something for your sweet tooth! 248 North Main Street, Mooresville. 704.799.0959.
HEbrews Coffee House ‘s arrival brings a much needed (in Downtown Mooresville), warm and inviting coffee house where you truly feel welcome to settle in to their stuffed furniture and simply relax. They offer the usual coffee and espresso drinks plus sweet tea, smoothies and baked goods. Free WiFi too! 171 North Main Street. 704.658.1178
Sub Express is the second restaurant for owner Andrea Faw whose first location is in Statesville. They are known not only for their sub sandwiches but also their pasta salads. They also offer homemade soups in the winter plus salads and kids meals. It is take out but they do provide seating for 42. Located on North Main Street just south of the CVS Pharmacy.
Lake Norman Side of Mooresville
Chipolte Mexican Grill opened to instant success. Replacing the Panda Express, their opening was much anticipated by locals. What makes Chipolte so popular? Food with Integrity is their motto. “It means serving the very best sustainably raised food possible with an eye to great taste, great nutrition and great value”. Oh, and did I mention their food is delicious as well? 643 River Hwy. (In the Bed Bath and Beyond/Best Buy shopping center). 704.664.0946
Olives Martini Bar just opened recently. The reviews on Yelp say “They make the best Martinis in Mooresville and have daily specials, a great bartender and a pleasant, nice, sociable atmosphere.” Located next to Jimmie Johns at 269-279 Williamson Rd., Mooresville. It looks like they are also opening a grill next door.
The Meat Market also on Williamson Rd. has been open for a while but I think it is worth mentioning. Long-time Lake Norman area Chef Tim Schafer created much more than just a purveyor of quality, hand-cut beef, poultry, pork, veal and seafood. With the feel of an old world delicatessen, they also offer awesome take-home dishes, gourmet dinners to go, a sandwich counter, a vast array of specialty foods and even a modest selection of wines and beers. 491 Williamson Rd, Mooresville. (Located in The Harbour Square south of Brawley School Rd).
Subway was very stealth-like in opening their newest location on Brawley School Rd at Stutts Rd next to The Food Lion. We were going to Shoals for lunch last weekend and noticed it was there!
Hot Stone Grill is already getting two thumbs up and 5 stars on Yelp! It’s unique dining concept is table top cooking on hot stones. Nazira Atme, a partner and the general manager, was born in France which definitely has an influence on their menu boasting of dishes from Germany, France, England, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Russia. Each person gets their own stone which has been heated for 6-8 hours up to 500 degrees. Not a cook? They also over a separate list of international dishes plus and extensive wine list. 17015 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704.765.5924
Santorini Grill brings the Greek Isles to Cornelius! Owners Dorjan and Oresti Arsi have drawn their food and service philosophy and approach from their parents. Their family moved to the US from Greece over ten years ago. With its amazing atmosphere and excellent food, Santorini Grill is already getting great reviews on Urban Spoon. 19905 W. Catawba Ave. Cornelius. 704.464.0028
Meatballs on Main offers quite a twist on a classic ingredient! Yet another unique restaurant for Lake Norman foodies. While they do serve the traditional spaghetti and meatballs, their focus is anything but Italian. First diners choose between beef, pork, chicken or veggie meatballs. Toppings include marinara, a spicy meat sauce, whisky barbecue, mushroom gravy or Parmesan cream. And, all of this is served over spaghetti, hand-cut fries, smashed red potatoes or white beans. Of course, there are many appetizers and other sides as well. Casual and relaxed atmosphere. 20517 North Main, Cornelius. 704.765.5815
Bonefish Grill recently opened in Birkdale Village. Fresh ingredients cooked over a wood-burning grill are what make this restaurant so popular. Don’t be fooled by their name as they have many wonderful dishes that are not fish for those preferring a good steak/chicken or pork. They also take great pride in their bar: Our dedication to inventive freshness doesn’t stop on the fishing docks or in our kitchen. The bar at Bonefish Grill follows a philosophy that we like to call “bar-fresh.” From the hand-squeezed juices and fine herbs we use in our cocktails to regionally sourced beers and small-batch bourbons, we keep it fresh. 8805 Townly Rd. Huntersville. 704.892-3385.
Big Daddy’s Burger Bar is another newcomer to Lake Norman’s popular Birkdale Village. Known for their innovative comfort food, they also focus on fresh , high quality ingredients combined to make such items as the “Bad Ass Burger”, to Ahi Tuna burgers…and you can build your own burger as well! Check out their extensive menu on the link I provided. 8625 A Lindholm Drive, Birkdale Village, Huntersville. 704.237.4055.
I know I just barely scratched the surface so please add your favorites to our list in the comments or email them to me!
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