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I am moving to Mooresville area soon and looking for restaurant recommendations. I've been to Prickly Pear, Caruso's and La Pastierre (sp?) and have enjoyed all of them. I'm looking for not too expensive restaurants, I like smaller local restaurants best. Any Thai recs. would be appreciated too.

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Prickly Pear
761 N Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115

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  1. Not thai but there's Whataburger. Local, greasy spoon type option that's good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing.

    1. Lancaster's BBQ & Wings is good. Have been going there since the original place was in a small gas station they remodeled to work out of.

      Also, if it's still there, The Little Kitchen has outstanding prime rib. It's been about 8 years since I ate there last (moved away from the area), but it was always a quality meal.

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      1. re: goodeatsinadive

        Little Kitchen is closed.

        Also down the road a bit is Flat Iron Kitchen in Davidson. The jury was out on the place early on but I had a really good meal there a couple of months ago. I had the hanger steak -- tender and perfectly cooked. Another in the group LOVED the shrimp & grits. Another time I had the ribs and while cooked well, the sauce was a tad too sweet for me.

        There's also a Mac's BBQ in Cornelius. If you search the board you'll find all kinds of comments about the place. The gang here has a love/hate relationship with the place.

        As lynnlato said, Thai Marlai is good.

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        Thai Marlai
        19700 One Norman Blvd, Cornelius, NC 28031

      2. Hey worktime, welcome to the area. Here is a link to a thread I started over the summer. It's got some good info: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788807

        We dined at Thai Marlai in Cornelius based on a few recs and it turned out to be a great place. Good Thai and the host woman is quite the character. My friend's sister lives in Thailand and she really likes the food and atmosphere.

        FYI, I like La Patisserie also - great empanadas, especially the spinach and feta ones.

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        Thai Marlai
        19700 One Norman Blvd, Cornelius, NC 28031

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        1. re: lynnlato

          Epic Chophouse is probably the best restaurant in Mooresville, and we've been to them all!!!!

          1. re: MommyTwingle

            Well I was in Mooresville for the weekend. Enjoyed Prickly Pear Friday night.
            On Saturday went to lunch at Flat Iron and it was very good. I has a salad with grilled shrimp, very yummy goat cheese, asparagus and almonds. It was very tasting, shrimp was cooked well not rubbery. Will definitely go back again.
            On Sunday went to Duckworth Taphouse. It was OK, it's a sports bar with average sports bar food, not very many coice for vegetarians, which I'm not but don't usually want meat at lunch.

            I will continue my search.

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            Prickly Pear
            761 N Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115

        2. We went La Patisserie for lunch today; out first time. Wow. When we we walked in, I wanted to order every single thing on the menu, and the pastries and cakes in the display cases make you want to cry they are so beautiful. We both got the empanada lunch special (choice of two empanadas and a side). We both go the chicken empanada and I got the spinach + feta one for my second. He got the beef empanada for his second.

          Overall, I was very pleased and I cannot wait to go back and pig-out on the pastries. Getting back to the empanadas, though, the spinach + feta was very "spinachy." And --- this could be a very unfortunate coincidence --- when we left, he got a G.I. reaction soon after we left. Since I felt perfectly fine, it was either a terrible coincidence or there was something wrong with the beef in his second empanada.

          The staff were all so sweet and kind, and gave us la lagniappe of two turnovers since we were first-time customers. We will both go back. The pastry around the empanadas was very flaky and light and not what I was expecting based on empanadas at other restaurants and what I I had in Buenos Aires (must be their spin on the empanada and it was very nice).

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          1. re: Tehama

            So glad you enjoyed La Patisserie (I hope his GI issue was a coincidence too). Thanks for reporting back. I need to get up there sometime soon. It's waaaay out of the way for me, but a nice day trip, nonetheless.

            1. re: Tehama

              Hey all! We went back to La Patisserie for lunch this past weekend before going to the Carolina Raptor Center, and just wanted to report again.

              He got exactly the same thing as last time (1 chicken & 1 beef empanada + side), so he was not dissuaded by the GI-aftermath of the previous visit, apparently. Smooth sailing and just as delicious as on our first visit! He had no weird reaction this time whatsoever!

              I got the California sandwich and wowsers was it yummy. I'm a sucker for turkey, avocado & brie and feel those extra 15 pounds on my thighs right now ---- but ----- I'll get it again!

              Oh - I'm excited about those posts on Caruso's ... I want to try that. I think I will be coming to the Lake pretty frequently this spring and summer. Good to be out of Raleigh!

            2. Two updates:

              (1) Caruso's: http://www.carusosfinedining.com/ My first time there. We had the special Chilean sea bass and the Vitello Trifilato. Good Golly Miss Molly! Impeccable and flavorful - well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. You could taste the attention to detail and I was really happy that is where we decided to go. I liked the ambiance, and couldn't believe such a well-decoated, warm restaurant was inside the shopping center. The veal leftovers were even more amazing the next day, if that was possible.

              (2) Prickly Pear: http://www.pricklypear.net/ Also our first time. NOT HAPPY. We had reservations at 8pm (still had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated) and didn't get food until 9:30pm. They had run out of margaritas by the time I ordered the second one. HELLO. It is a Tex-Mex place and they ran out of margaritas? I do not understand that. The server, while nice, was running around like a mad woman. No hostess, manager, chef, etc. came out to check on us and apologize or offer a lagniappe for the never-ending wait.

              Chips & salsa are on the appetizer menu; not brought out as compliments to the table. Fairly ridiculous in my opinion given the price-point of the menu.

              Because it was 9:30 by the time the food came, I was not hungry at all. (We both got fajitas: shrimp and chicken). I asked it to be prepared for take-home. Instead she brought me a styrofoam box. She didn't bring one for him who clearly had a ton of food on his plate. She did not bring containers for the fajitas condiments (beans, sour cream, pico, cheese) so I had to ask for containers for those. Not to mention I had to ask for a container for his, and the fajita sides for his left-overs. She had only brought out tiny portions of the condiments/sides to begin with which would not have been enough for us both to have had with the fajitas for the meal.

              Though the fajitas were tasty, I would have to be very hard-pressed to ever go back to the Prickly Pear.

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              1. re: Tehama

                Caruso's is a must...very nice restaurant...it is very dim lighting dining though-just an FYI.

              2. Hi all! Any recommendations on where to get dim sum within a reasonable driving distance from Lake Norman? Thanks!

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                1. re: Tehama

                  I would think Dim Sum (restaurant) in Charlotte would the closest place. 30 to 45 minutes depending on where on the lake you are.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Thanks! I saw that Dim Sum thread on another Chowhound page and seems pretty tasty. We may ride down there this weekend; I've got a hankering for it.