The vibe: In celebration of our annual Guy Issue, we chose the guy-friendly vibe of the Denver location of The Sports Page, tucked into the Waterside Crossing shopping center at the busy intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73. Other locations are in Mooresville and Charlotte. In Denver, the entrance leads to two choices – TV-filled bar to the left, or a bustling dining area to the right, busy with a lunch crowd of locals during the Lake Norman Magazine staff’s weekday visit. The lunch menu includes a varied mix of sandwiches, salads and classics like fajitas, plus daily specials. “Great place to catch a game and grab a bite to eat,” commented Jane Rodewald, account executive. “The service was impeccable,” added Stephanie Sturm, team lead advertising sales.
Menu best bets:
Cuban sandwich ($8.50): “Served in the traditional manner, with pork, cheese, pickles and mustard. It was on a white bread roll, heated but not heavily pressed as is the usual custom – the pork was thinly sliced, which when combined with the soft, fresh warm roll made it delicate and delicious!”– Darren Frank, advertising director
Fajitas (lunch special for $7.99 for steak, chicken or shrimp): “The charbroiled chicken was just enough to fill me up.” –Amy Wall, account executive; “The (steak) was absolutely tender.” –Stephanie Sturm, team lead advertising sales; “Impressive portion of shrimp, and nice that shrimp doesn’t cost extra.” –Leigh Dyer, editor
Turkey Reuben ($8.25): “Lots of shaved turkey and very fresh bread.” –Jane Rodewald, account executive
Seared Tuna Salad ($7.99 small; $9.99 large): “The tuna was cooked nicely with a lot of pink still left in the middle. Overall, an unusual salad choice to find on a sports bar menu but they pulled it off well and it was very satisfying!” –Leigh Baker, graphic designer
Mahi Mahi Salad (on special, $8.99): “Huge – half of it was enough to fill me up. The healthy portion of citrus grilled mahi was light and perfectly seasoned to complement the honey lime vinaigrette dressing.” –Angela Daley, editorial director of targeted publications
Fish Tacos ($9.95): “I loved the idea of the avocado ranch sauce it came with, but I do wish it had a bit more. The fish had the right amount of seasoning in the breading. The pico was fresh. Overall, I would recommend this dish.” –Tracie Stafford, graphic designer
Fried Pickle Chips ($3.95): “Very tasty and came to the table nice and hot. Pickles were good and salty and a nice pairing with the cool ranch. A good amount for the price.” –Leigh Baker, graphic designer
Want to go?
What: The Sports Page Food & Spirits
Where: Denver: 179 Cross Center Drive, 704-827-6283; Mooresville: 128D Argus Lane, 704-662-8851; Charlotte (Coulwood): 8400 Belhaven Blvd., 704-399-4417.
Prices (all three locations): Lunch specials $6.10-$8.50; appetizers $3.75-$12.70; sandwiches $7.75-$9.99; salads $7.55-$9.99; burgers $7.30-$7.99; entrees $7.99-$16.95; seafood $9.95-$14.95; pasta $10.50-$12.50; $2.99 kids menu.
Hours (all three locations): 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; Sunday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.