Father's Day falls on June 19 and most dads love to eat out just as much as moms, although their tastes may vary. Whether he's in the mood for grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, seafood or pizza, the Lake Norman restaurants are happy to oblige. Plus, we've got the scoop on a new bakery that also serves up a daily lunch menu.
Big Daddy's of
The Lobster and Steak Combo is a favorite at this restaurant and oyster bar.
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Big Daddy's of Lake Norman, 1162 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-4242. www.bigdaddysoflakenorman.com.
If it's pizza he craves, take in the fun ambience of the Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, located in a refurbished cotton mill originally built 100 years ago. In addition to pizza, the restaurant also has a diverse menu that includes seafood dishes, pork chops, meatloaf, ribeye and ribs. There are more than 16 specialty pizzas on the menu to choose from, as well as appetizers, pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. Adjacent to the dining area is a full-scale bar with both mixed drinks and 50 draft beers.
Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. 704-987-2022. www.brickhousetavern.com.
Chances are, if he hasn't tried it yet, Dad might be in the mood for a burger at the new Char-Grill, now open in Davidso. The original Char-Grill opened more than 50 years ago in Raleigh and is a favorite with the college students. A few years ago, the owners decided to franchise, and the new location serves as the ninth to open in North Carolina. On the menu you'll find burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, milkshakes, salads and more. Cheeseburgers start at $2.79.
Char-Grill, 624 Jetton St., Davidson. 704-896-8710. www.chargrilldavidson.com.
eez Fusion is celebrating six years in business during the entire month of June. Each day of the week will feature a $6 special, such as $6 mojitos on Mondays or $6 Mu Shu Lettuce Wraps with chicken or tofu on Fridays. The restaurant is also partnering with Highland Brewery to offer a five-course meal using many locally sourced ingredients paired with craft beer selections on June 13. The price is $50 per person. Contactashley@eezfusion to reserve your spot.
Eez Fusion, 16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. 704-892-4242. www.eezfusion.com.
Five Guys Burgers
The simplest menu around makes it easy for a burger, fries and a drink.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 654 #F River Highway, Mooresville. 704-799-7500. www.fiveguys.com.
Big-screen TVs and games for the big boys and small boys.
Hickory Tavern, 115 Morrison Plantation Park, Mooresville. 704-660-9793. 9526 Birkdale Crossing Drive # 30, Huntersville. 704-897-8490. www.thehickorytavern.com.
Matt's Chicago Dog
Another quick lunch or dinner option is Matt's Chicago Dog in Cornelius. While the word "dog" may lead newcomers to believe this is only a hot dog joint, take note. The restaurant also serves deli sandwiches, fries, chicken items, burgers, Italian beef, salads, and children's meals. Choose from a "Chicago" hot dog (an all-beef frank on a poppy seed bun with mustard, relish, onions, tomato wedges, and peppers) or a "Carolina" dog (an all-beef frank served on a poppy seed bun with chili, mustard, onion and cole slaw).
Matt's Chicago Dog, 19732 One Norman Blvd., Cornelius. 704-892-5005. www.eatatmatts.com.
MJ's Bar and Grill
Fifty televisions, a comfortable casual dining style and a large menu of variety dishes..
MJ's Bar and Grill, 279 Williamson Road, Mooresville. 704-799-4690. www.mjsbarandgrill.com.
The Baker's Joint
Johnson & Wales graduate and pastry chef Rochelle Courey has opened a custom bakery called The Baker's Joint. The bakery offers items baked fresh daily, such as muffins, biscuits, sticky buns and focaccia loaves, as well as coffees and teas. The Baker's Joint also serves up light lunch options daily with an emphasis on Mediterranean delicacies, including spinach and meat pies, salads, tabouleh, hummus and focaccia pizzas. Custom cakes are available upon order. Closed on Mondays.
The Baker's Joint, 19826 North Cove Road, Cornelius. 704-892-9799. www.thebakersjoint.com.