Lake Norman & Mooresville

Find the perfect place for Mom

With Mother's Day approaching, it's time to start thinking about dining options for May 8. Many area restaurants accept reservations and have both brunch and lunch options. We've got the lowdown on which restaurant offers a course in sushi making, where children can eat free, where to find fresh hushpuppies and which restaurants serve up menus for the calorie-conscious.

Coral Sushi

If sushi is what you're in the mood for, there are plenty of places to choose from in the Lake Norman area. Coral Sushi, on Birkdale Crossings Drive, offers both Japanese and Asian menu items, from grilled hibachi meals to a large variety of hand-rolled sushi. The restaurant also offers a regular "Sushi 101" class, where patrons can learn how to make their own sushi. On May 4, the owners will be hosting a Sake Tasting at $35 per person. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and the cost includes appetizers, sushi and five different sakes. Visit their website for more details.

9525 Birkdale Crossings Drive



131 Main

From veggie burgers to Cobb salads to shrimp and grits and grilled trout, Mom will enjoy the Southern fare, cozy atmosphere and most likely, the cornbread. 131 Main opens at 11 a.m. for brunch on Sundays and offers a separate brunch and gluten-free menu.

17830 N. Statesville Road



Lancaster's BBQ

This restaurant, on Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville near the Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road intersection, offers a good blend of food and atmosphere for families who might also be NASCAR fans. The automotive decor provides plenty to look at while waiting for a plate of pork barbeque with the vinegar-based sauce. The menu includes items such as fried pickles, beef brisket, pork barbeque, fried fish, sandwiches and salads. Fresh hushpuppies are served to every table. Open Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m.

9230 Beatties Ford Road



Zapata's Mexican Restaurant

If you're looking for a good place to take the whole family on Mother's Day and are craving Mexican food, you might want to stop in at Zapata's in Cornelius, as children eat free on Sundays. The menu features everything from enchiladas to quesadillas to New York Strip, with a separate children's menu. The décor is casual, with comfortable booths on each wall, decorative tile on many of the tables and a small indoor fountain.

19905 West Catawba Avenue



The Egg at Davidson

There is more to brunch than Eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles, and the owners of The Egg at Davidson have filled their menu with the options to prove it. Located on Griffith Street in the same shopping center as The Healthy Home Market and Our Town Cinemas, this restaurant is a favorite of students and staff at Davidson College. Open early mornings for breakfast, the restaurant is also open Saturdays and Sundays until early afternoon. You'll find the egg in a majority of the menu items, including omelettes, an assortment of other egg dishes and sandwiches. Not in the mood for eggs? Grab a stack of pancakes, a burger, a hoagie or sandwich instead. The menu also contains a convenient "carb counter" menu for those watching their waistlines.

231 Griffith Street