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Oct 25, 2012 07:22 AM

Decent food near Concord Mills?

My wife has some relatives coming to town from France this weekend. Two couples & three kids. Saturday they are all heading to Concord Mills. My wife wants to grab lunch in the area. I don't know of anything in the area other than TGI Mc Bennibee's places. Does anybody know of someplace not terrible around there? They are from northeast France & know food. They aren't accustomed to Asian or Mexican food or anything spicy. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Drive the 10-15 minutes to Davidson. Lots of good choices there and pretty area for them to see.

    1. rcburli is right, Cornelius is pretty much a wasteland of chain restaurants. I'd take the short drive to Davidson. It's a quaint, small, college town.

      Here's a link to a thread I started a little over a year ago about Davidson restaurants(and Cornelius and surrounding area) . I just scanned it and it looks like Restaurant X in downtown Davidson may fit the bill for you. It's in the historic area and it's very pretty w/ interesting food. Here is a link to Restaurant X Hopefully, they're still open. Good luck!

      1. I'm going to be totally harsh here. I was at CM for the first time in a few years just last weekend. I was shocked by the growth around it. Every chain restaurant you could imagine. Packed with tour buses. Apparently it's the most popular tourist destination in NC. Truth be told, it's really not an outlet mall at all. Exactly same product and prices you'd find at Southpark, with few exceptions. We left empty-handed and we were ready to shop! Southpark is a beautiful mall with tons of great dining options around it. If I had relatives visiting who wanted to shop and eat, that's where I'd go.

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        1. re: southernitalian

          I completely agree southernitalian. No big bargains to be found up there... not to mention the lack of good food and pretty scenery.

          1. re: lynnlato

            Concord Mills is one of the most depressing places I've ever been to. There is an Indian restaurant across the street from the mall that's decent but I think the OP said nothing spicy.

        2. Thanks, everybody. CM (and malls in general) is pretty much hell on earth for me, so I don't know much about the area. Part of the reason the various in-laws get taken there is because of the ludicrous American spectacle of it all. I figured my initial impression would be correct but thought there may be something I didn't notice. We live in Charlotte, so Davidson is the opposite direction. I'll argue for it but I am not hopeful. Thanks, everybody!

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          1. re: phalanxausage

            I think Southpark would be just as much of an American mall spectacle but with much better stores and restaurants... Take them there instead!

            1. re: miss piggy

              Amen! Cowfish would be a fun American experience - burgushi! ;-)

          2. We ended up grabbing sandwiches from Firehouse. They were happy with them. They had a blast at Concord Mills. It's very colorful & loud, which satisfied their curiosity. Thanks, everybody!