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Lake Norman Restaurant Review: Maddis Southern Bistro


A Lake Norman Restaurant Review


Kathy K.

When my husband first suggested Maddi’s Southern Bistro for lunch on a recent outing, my first thought was…”fried chicken, Ho Hum.” I couldn’t have been more wrong, there is absolutely nothing ordinary about Maddi’s Southern Bistro!


This is apparent from the minute you enter the dining area and your eyes are immediately drawn to the huge, colorful hand-crafted glass chandelier hanging from the ceiling in the center of the room. It just keeps getting better from there. All of the table and stemware are handmade, right down to the tiny “face jug” sugar holders on each table. Owners, Diane and Madis Sulg own this lovely restaurant along with the adjoining, award-winning gallery that features jewelry and Southern folk art, much of which is handcrafted by some of the region’s finest folk artists. The gallery art spills into the dining area and adds a wonderful touch to the dining experience.

The service we received was impeccable. Everyone was personally involved in our culinary enjoyment from the hostess to our server to the manager as well.

Most importantly, Executive Chef, Jon DuBay was involved. The “Low Country Shrimp and Grits” for $12.00 consisted of a good quantity of Medium Sized Sauteed Shrimp with Seasonal Vegetables, which happened to now be mostly Zucchini and Squash, served on a bed of Chipotle Cheddar Grits and accompanied by a Lobster-Sherry Butter Sauce. Scrumptious!! I had wavered on this dish when ordering wondering if it may be too rich and heavy but that was not the case at all. My husband, who is not a fan of grits had a taste and then asked for another, and another… He ordered the “Hand Carved Turkey Club” for $7.50 and was thoroughly impressed with the thick slices of Oven Roasted Turkey and Applewood Smoked Bacon accented with a Basil Pesto Aioli and served on Toasted Italian Bread with a side of Asiago French Fries. I couldn’t keep my fingers out of his fries…the melted Asiago cheese on them had me addicted at first bite!


Their creative menu features appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches, entrees and dessert for lunch and they offer an extensive beer, wine (the Ca’del Sarto Pinot Grigio, Fuili, 2005 was a great choice) and liquor menu.

Maddi’s Southern Bistro is a feast for both the pallet and the eyes!!!

Rating: *****

Maddis Southern Bistro

Birkdale Village
16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway
Suite A

Serving Lunch, Dinner and Brunch


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