1807 Montford Drive; 704-525-4088; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday to Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Across from the bowling alley on Montford, Moosehead Grill feels more like a bar than a restaurant, but its food is surprisingly delicious. The house music is loud and the air is often smoky, which appeals to a younger demographic. Owner Chris Neilsen doesn't change the dinner menu often, but he mixes up the lunch menu regularly.
The dinner menu offers some typical pub food, including sandwiches, burgers, potato skins and quesadillas. The wings are some of the best in town.
THE SCENE: Moosehead was transformed from an old Pizza Hut, and you can tell from the outside. Inside, a large bar area sits in the middle of the dining room. The dining room is simple and comforting, and filled with regulars. There's an outside patio, which leads upstairs.
THE MENU: Everything on this menu is worth ordering. The wings (try the bee stings) are outstanding, and the burgers are top-notch.
At one point, I was hooked on the spinach quesadilla (add chicken to it), and many of my friends enjoy the wet burritos (you'll need a fork).
THE CROWD: Most of the crowd is under 35 or so. The loud music and smoky and dim dining room drive older couples away. It's not unusual to see families with young children dining for lunch or in the early evening.
WHAT THEY'RE KNOWN FOR: There's a good patio (which extends to the roof) and great beers on tap. There are plenty of TVs to watch football. The bee sting wings (a fiery honey and habanero mix) are special. Service is typically very good.
THE CHECK: Most everything on the menu is less than $10. Most of the sandwiches available for lunch are even less.
CASH OR CHECK: Cash, Visa and MasterCard.
VEGETARIAN ENTREES: Potato skins and the veggie burrito might be your best options. Or, you can always order the fried cheese.
KID-FRIENDLY: You will see children dining in high chairs, but mostly for lunch or an early dinner. After about 9 p.m., the restaurant is filled mostly with thirsty adults.
FOR HERE OR TO GO? Both options are available.
SMOKING, SMOKE-FREE? There is smoking throughout.