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Lake Norman, NC - Dinner for 40th B-Day celebration - large group

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I will be in Charlotte at the end of April with a large group. We are heading to Lake Norman over the weekend and would like recommendations for a good place to have dinner for my boyfriend's 40th b-day celebration. We will probably have about 20 people...all "young" professionals...so a private room would be great....but not essential.

My boyfriend and I are foodies, so we need something with impressive food, good wine and a fun/cool atmosphere. No chains, please. Also no BBQ....we are from KC and get excellent BBQ all the time. Yes, I know it's different but not what we are wanting for this dinner.

Thank you in advance!

PS - if anyone wants to throw in suggestions for Sunday brunch in Lake Norman area, that would also be very much appreciated.

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  1. 131 Main in Cornelius might fit the bill. I'm not sure if there's a private room but the food is pretty tasty, the space is nice and they make great cocktails. They also do a Sunday brunch so you could check it out then instead. (Website: www.131-main.com

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    Sadly, the lake area is not known for fine cuisine but here are a few decent options:

    Mickey & Mooch (steakhouse with good fish, great wine). Odd location in a strip mall but don't let that put you off. (Website: www.mickeyandmooch.com

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    Dressler's Restaurant: I haven't eaten here but others say it's very good. Maybe another Chowhound can chime in. (Website: www.dresslersrestaurant.com

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    As for brunch, Davidson has a couple of places: "The Egg" and "Toast Cafe".

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    1. re: HungryGrayCat

      I had breakfast @ The Egg and was not impressed. Not much atmosphere, and the omelet was one of those diner style grill omelets, with not much air or volume. My mother made the ludicrous mistake of ordering the eggs Benedict. I could have stopped her, but, well, it's her life. Suffice it to say the hollandaise was from a mix---and maybe not even a top-draw mix. Toast does look more interesting, but haven't been.