Owners Jim and Renee Mitchell feature made-from-scratch pizzas and other homemade specialties at The Twisted Tomato eatery they opened in September on N C. 150 West.
Jim makes the pizza dough and Renee the sauce. He makes the Italian sausage for the restaurant's pizzas and subs, while Renee uses her homemade Tzatziki sauce on the gyros. She makes the Greek yogurt for her Tzatziki sauce as well.
The Twisted Tomato also serves hamburgers made of fresh ground chuck. They come with fresh, hand-cut fries.
The menu includes wraps, salads, chicken tenders, wings, calzones, hot dogs and various sandwiches and subs.
Specialty subs include the Italian, with pepperoni, salami, green peppers, purple onion, olives, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese and Jim's Italian sausage on a toasted baguette bun.
The Twisted Tomato also has $4.95 daily lunch specials.
The couple moved from Idaho in June to be near family in the Lake Norman area.
Jim Mitchell managed a couple of restaurants and owned one in Idaho in the late '70s and early '80s before entering the construction trade.
"Twisted" comes from the name of a hair salon that Renee, a cosmetologist, once planned to open in Idaho with her sister-in-law. They planned to call it Twisted Sisters Hair Salon.
The Twisted Tomato: 1230 River Highway (N.C. 150 West), beside the Shell station, 0.2 mile west of Big Daddy's; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 704-664-2377.
Original N.Y. Bagels grows
MOORESVILLE Armando and Irsa Corrales will open their third Lake Norman-area Original N.Y. Bagels Deli & Restaurant on Tuesday in the Mooresville Town Square retail center at Brawley School and Williamson roads.
The couple also owns locations at 2495 N.C. 16 in Denver and 8594 N.C. 150 in Terrell.
Besides nearly 20 bagel varieties made daily beginning at 1 a.m., Original N.Y. Bagels offers omelets, breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, jumbo combination sandwiches, hamburgers, smoked fish platters, cream cheeses and spreads, fruits, salads and soups.
The new Mooresville location will also open for dinner and add such offerings as rotisserie chicken and homemade spinach pies.
Flagels (rhymes with "bagels") are flattened bagels with an extra-crispy exterior.
Hours of the Mooresville location will be 5 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; 704-799-0669.