For those under 21, restaurants with drink specials and cocktail bars are irrelevant. But you can still find plenty to choose from, no matter if you're looking for a fun place to go with friends or a new date spot.
Brooklyn South Pizzeria
For a relaxed environment to both eat and enjoy the company of friends, check out Brooklyn South. With a wide variety of pizza, including New York style, garlic knots and calzones, the menu has something for everyone - and a cannoli makes a great dessert. Also check out Brooklyn South's sister restaurant, Brooklyn Boys.
Brooklyn South Pizzeria, 19400 Jetton Road, Cornelius. 704-896-2928. www.brooklynsouthpizzeria.com. Brooklyn Boys Pizzeria, 119-A Market Place Avenue, Mooresville. 704-696-2697. www.brooklynpizzaparlor.com.
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Eez Fusion & Sushi
One of the more popular sushi places in the area, Huntersville's Eez Fusion is a favorite for many visitors of Birkdale Village. The restaurant offers both Chinese and Japanese entrées, but the main draw is the sushi. The specialty rolls are delicious but can be a little pricey. The regular rolls of sushi - both raw and non-raw - are more affordable with the same fresh, unique taste.
Eez Fusion & Sushi, 16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Suite F, Huntersville. 704-892-4242. www.eezfusion.com.
Fuel Pizza Café
The pizza in this Davidson joint is always enjoyable with a wide variety of flavors. More unusual, however, is the atmosphere - Fuel looks as if it was converted from an old gas station, and the gas motif is part of the ambiance. An outdoor patio makes it a nice place to sit with friends.
Fuel Pizza Café, 402 South Main Street, Davidson. 704-655-3835. www.fuelpizza.com.
Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi Bar
Peninsula China Bistro has always been a good place to go for great Chinese food. Since its recent renovation, the restaurant has an upscale feel with a more intimate atmosphere, while keeping reasonable prices. A sushi bar and Japanese dishes have been added, along with blue lighting and new seating, giving the restaurant a modern look but the same great taste.
Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi Bar, 19906 Northcove Road, Suite A, Cornelius. 704-765-5258. www.peninsulachinabistro.com.
Pueblo Grande Mexican Restaurant
Pueblo Grande offers quality Mexican food for good prices. The menu has countless Mexican specialties from which to choose. The low-key atmosphere at this family-owned restaurant rounds off an enjoyable experience.
Pueblo Grande Mexican Restaurant, 241 South Broad Street, Mooresville. 704-799-8499. bit.ly/PuebloGrande
Although a coffee shop, Summit also offers food like cookies and breads. The Davidson favorite is a great place to catch up with friends. It has live music certain nights a week and a patio to watch local bands perform. While the main floor can be crowded, the upstairs has couches and comfortable chairs to relax. A spot for open mic nights is also on the second floor.
Summit Coffee, 128 South Main Street, Davidson. 704-895-0505. www.summitcoffee.com.
For a quaint place in Davidson, try Toast. While the inside of the restaurant can be crowded, there is a great outdoor patio at the back of the restaurant. Toast serves lunch and dinner, but the real treat is breakfast and brunch, with well-made eggs and stuffed French toast. The daily specials do not disappoint.
Toast Café, 101 North Main Street, Davidson. 704-655-2778. www.toastcafeonline.com.