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Lake Norman, North Carolina Dining Guide


If you’re looking for a bite to eat in Lake Norman but aren’t sure where to go, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s check out the best eats in town.

Alton’s Kitchen and Cocktails

This locally owned spot boasts top-notch service, irresistible cocktails, and mouth-watering appetizers. Meat-lovers will find plenty to like at this local hotspot. The filet fried in duck fat is a favorite, and the short ribs will leave you wanting more. Many Lake Norman foodies claim that if you want the best cheeseburger in town, this is the spot.

Big Daddy's

A Southern tradition since 1974, Big Daddy's Restaurant and Oyster Bar is part of the local landscape. One of the best causual seafood restaurants in the South featuring fresh raw or steamed oysters, broiled lobster, shrimp, scallops, filet mignon, teriyaki chicken and more.

Choplin’s Restaurant

Choplin’s serves soul food so good that some folks drive hours just to eat the shrimp and grits. The catfish reuben is fresh and delicious, the drinks are expertly mixed, and the pan-seared flounder with corn relish and collard greens is drool-worthy.

Peninsula China Bistro

Right across from Alton’s Kitchen in the Harris Teeter shopping center is where you’ll find Peninsula China Bistro. As the name suggests, this local fave serves a creative fusion of French and Asian faire. Locals like the fresh, modern décor, not to mention the excellent sushi, pot stickers, and Mongolian Beef.