Even with the recent cold snap, spring is officially here and local restaurants have opened up their patio seating to prove it. The menus of the local eateries remain diverse, catering to the eclectic residents who socialize and dine in Lake Norman. Whether you're looking for a good place for Easter brunch, a bar with a good late-night menu suitable for hanging out with friends, or the latest version of the fish taco, you'll find plenty to choose from this month.
Pelican's Patio Bar & Grille
This Key West-inspired restaurant in Cornelius offers a brunch buffet on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from Black Angus prime rib, made-to-order omelettes, Belgian waffles, Applewood bacon and other options. Prices are $13.95 for adults and $5.95 for children younger than 12. Open daily for lunch and dinner, it also offers a variety of burgers, homemade pizzas, sandwiches and fish tacos. Live music starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday and free delivery is offered.
19930 W. Catawba Avenue
Alton's Kitchen and Cocktails
Alton's Kitchen in Jetton Village has also opened its patio for the season. The restaurant serves dinner daily and on Wednesdays; patrons can stop in for a $19.99 lobster meal. Other items on the menu include seafood, ribs, filet mignon, burgers, fish tacos, salads, chicken and lamb.
19918 North Cove Road
Café 100 provides ample outdoor seating for those hoping to dine in the warmer weather, but be sure to arrive early to get a seat. The restaurant prides itself on serving breakfast items all day, and you can get a glimpse of the daily specials, such as the cheddar, basil and mozzarella quiche on its Facebook page. They are also open Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner from 5-10 p.m.
100 Huntersville-Concord Road
Davidson Soda Shop
Offering made-to-order breakfast items until 11:30 a.m. daily in a fun and lively atmosphere, The Soda Shop on Main Street in Davidson is another option for those who love to eat breakfast out. A staple in downtown Davidson since 1951, the restaurant serves homemade egg, chicken and tuna salad, burgers, corn dogs and a variety of sundaes, shakes, ice cream and numerous other special beverages, such as cranberry orangeade and limeade. This is one restaurant that does not take credit cards, however, so be sure to bring enough cash or a local check to cover your meal.
104 South Main Street
Victory Ale House
Victory Ale House has opened in Cornelius on Bethel Church Road in the space that previously housed Xo Tapas. The restaurant, spread out over three floors that include a large bar area and numerous 50-inch flat-panel televisions is open daily for lunch and dinner. Menu items include lighter fare such as spring rolls, as well as pizza, pasta, burgers, wraps, seafood and desserts. The bar portion of the restaurant stays open until 1 a.m.
17901 Bethel Church Road