Best place to drink a beer: Sports Page Food & Spirits

There are three Sports Page restaurants, the original location being in the Coulwood neighborhood of Charlotte. The Denver location (next to Harris Teeter) is a go-to spot for its daily beer specials for $2. The Mooresville location is a popular choice because of its large bar area, which includes a small stage used for live music nights on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Mooresville location has more than 30 flat-screen TVs to complement the sports bar atmosphere. Sports memorabilia on the walls gives a sports-fan just the comfortable feel to watch a ballgame and have a drink. – John Papadopoulos

 

Best place to eat an ice cream cone: Brusters

This ice cream chain makes its ice cream and frozen yogurt fresh at each individual store. Their large waffle cones and ice cream cakes are also homemade. The Mooresville location is a walk-up window ice cream store with some outdoor bench seating. The Cornelius shop has outdoor seating that is great for the summer. It operates as a franchise of Nathan’s Famous, so you can have hot dogs and other Nathan products in addition to ice cream. Both locations have free doggie sundaes for dogs everyday. – John Papadopoulos

 

Best establishment to grab a cup of coffee: Starbucks

As the largest coffeehouse company in the world, Starbucks is all over Lake Norman! Harris Teeter stores in Davidson and Cornelius both house Starbucks inside, while in Huntersville, you can find them inside the Target and at Birkdale. The second location in Cornelius and the other two locations in Huntersville also have outdoor seating. Starbucks offers free Wi-Fi, so you can surf the web or get work done online while sipping your caffeine. Frequent customers can get perks like free refills with the My Starbucks Rewards card and mobile app. – John Papadopoulos

 

Best restaurant to eat seafood: Bonefish Grill

Bonefish serves upscale seafood, steaks, and grilled specialties. The restaurant, located in Birkdale Village in Huntersville, opens every day for dinner and every Sunday for lunch. The bar and live music inside create a serene ambience that is suited for any occasion. Popular orders include “Bang Bang Shrimp,” Mahi Mahi, salmon, tilapia, and cold-water lobster tails, topped with a choice of signature sauces. Dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients. For full menus, health information, photo galleries and the Bonefish online experience visit www.bonefishgrill.com or call 704-892-3385 for other inquiries. Reservations can be booked online and over the phone. – Meghan Flyke

 

Best restaurant with a meal under $10: Tenders

The dine-in, carryout, and drive-up restaurant serves never-frozen, hormone-free chicken tenders, sandwiches and sides. Eight flavors of hand-spun milkshakes are served daily, and salads are available for lighter fare. Chicken products are all natural. Meals are prepared with only the freshest ingredients, including whole potatoes for hand-cut French fries. Some diners may not realize that Tenders is a growing chain in North Carolina and Florida. The Cornelius restaurant offers a comfortable and informal atmosphere appropriate for adults and children of all ages. – Meghan Flyke

 

Best lakeside eatery: North Harbor Club

Don’t miss this upscale lakeside jewel tucked in the Davidson creek area. The restaurant is nautical-themed with historic watercrafts and miniature sailboats scattered throughout. You instantly get the feel of belonging to a Yacht Club without having a club membership. Choose to sit outside on the lakeside patio or sit inside to admire the view through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Its sophisticated, fresh menu items are prepared by well-trained chefs to ensure the food is perfect. The brunch buffet is a favorite for many, as is its selection of wines and desserts. Plus if you have a boat on the lake, you can dock it at one of nine slips for restaurant customers. – John Papadopoulos

 

Best Burger: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

The restaurant offers a create-your-own burger bar, custom salad feature, breakfast menu, gluten-free dishes, sides and appetizers. Mouth-watering options include the Classic Southern Burger topped with chili, relish, mustard and slaw; Mama Ricotta’s Burger, with mozzarella, pesto, tomatoes and pepperoncini; and the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids. The high-quality burgers are made from local and artisanal ingredients and are often served with craft beers and hand-spun milkshakes. Laidback décor and flat-screen TVs provide a comfortable, family atmosphere. The Birkdale Village restaurant features a patio for lunch and people watching. – Meghan Flyke

 

Best bakery – La Patisserie

Every town needs a bakery with fresh and homemade items like La Patisserie. With two locations, on North Main Street and Brawley School Road, this family-run French bakery is known for its custom-made wedding and birthday cakes, its variety of high-quality pastries and its many coffee and latte options. Made-from-scratch flaky croissants, crêpes, Belgian waffles, turnovers, macaroons, éclairs, Baklava, tiramisu, and Tres Leches cake are just a small bit of the international treats on their menu. There is such variety in their breakfast and sandwich menu that you will have something new to try each time. – John Papadopoulos

 

Best Breakfast Place: Toast Café

Open for breakfast, Toast provides the inviting atmosphere and broad menu necessary to start the morning right. Food items include specialty eggs, breakfast sandwiches, omelets, French toast, pancakes, sides and vegetarian options. Ingredients are always fresh and top-quality. The downtown Davidson restaurant serves fresh ground coffee, fruit and vegetable juices and sweet or unsweet teas. The café caters special events and private parties and opens for lunch and dinner. The chain also serves multiple locations in the Carolinas. – Meghan Flyke

 

Best local restaurant: Epic Chophouse

Its building used to house a saloon and feed store in the late 1800s. It’s now features an upscale, American-style restaurant that provides luxury dining and an extravagant atmosphere to diners. The menu includes sirloin and ribeye steaks, high-quality filet mignon, baby lobster tails, chops, duck, seafood and more. The downtown Mooresville restaurant boasts comprehensive wine and specials menus every night of the week. Reservations can be placed over the phone. – Meghan Flyke