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Looking for good food in Mooresville, NC. Specifically fresh seafood.

gigglbx Jan 12, 2012 01:18 PM

Going to the Mooresville side of Lake Norman this summer. I stayed for a week 2 years ago and had several disappointing experiences. I am specifically looking for seafood, non-Calabash style. I also like Vietnamese, Thai, and Mexican.

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    ickymettle RE: gigglbx Jan 12, 2012 03:14 PM

    Well, you can find plenty of that in Charlotte (about a 40-minute drive away), but I doubt, with the exception of Mexican and maybe Thai, you'll find any of that in Mooresville or immediately nearby.

    1. meatn3 RE: gigglbx Jan 12, 2012 07:11 PM

      This link is to a blogger who focuses on Lake Norman - might have some new to you options:


      1. lynnlato RE: gigglbx Jan 15, 2012 08:58 AM

        Lots of good info in this thread that I started a while back. Mooresville, Cornelius & Davidson are in the same general area, FYI.


        P.S. For Thai, check out Thai Marlai in Cornelius. Great authentic Thai food (my friend's sister lives in Bangkok and she loves the place). The lady who owns the place is a hoot to boot. Also, La Patisseriein Mooresville is a locally owned bakery and breakfast & lunch spot. They have all sorts of pastries, breads, sandwiches and some delicious empanadas (spinach and feta is really good). Great coffee too. Here is a link totheir website: http://www.mooresvillebakery.com/

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          HungryDonkey RE: lynnlato Jan 17, 2012 11:21 AM

          Since my original comments (via lynnlato) I've been to Flatiron a couple of times and it's way improved. Also in Cornelius is 131 Main which is decent and in Birkdale Village (Huntersville/Cornelius border) there's eeZ which is owned by the same folks who own Cowfish. The eeZ and Cowfish menus are not exact but they have some of the same items.

          North Harbor Club is a nice place for lakeside dining in the summer. Not epic food but pleasant service and passable. They catered a work party for me last summer and the food was outstanding but for some reason, the regular menu isn't quite as good. I prefer lunch to dinner there. If you go, look online or in the local papers for a 2-for-1 coupon. There always seems to be a deal.

          For good take-out to heat at home, try Ferrucci's Italian market in Cornelius. The sandwiches are good and the prepared foods are fresh and tasty -- pretty old school Italian stuff.

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            picklelicious RE: HungryDonkey Jan 21, 2012 11:23 AM

            Looks like you hit the right spots. I've heard good things about an Italian restaurant in Mooresville named Caruso's. I had lunch there onece enjoyed it, but never dinner.

            Sometimes you can get a decent plate of seafood at a place in Mooresville named Big Daddy's, but fried is their wheelhouse.

            Eez probably has the best variety of seafood done reasonably well in the area.

        2. picklelicious RE: gigglbx Mar 24, 2012 12:41 PM

          Let me now confirm to you that Caruso's is an extraordinary restaurant with great attention placed on their seafood offerings. It is an Italian restaurant, very low lighting, on the fine dining side, but not in a stuffy way. Their Chilean sea bass dish is their house specialty and for good reason. They do warn that sometimes it will not be available due to inability to get a product of their standards (that speaks volumes to me). I highly recommend this restaurant.

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            staceyinNC RE: gigglbx Mar 24, 2012 07:00 PM

            For seafood, try Restaurant X in Davidson, about 13 minutes from mooresville. Intimate and special, without being stuffy. A wide-ranging and creative menu--and their seafood dishes are always delicious!

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              picklelicious RE: staceyinNC Mar 25, 2012 01:45 AM

              Really, never knew. I will try.

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