Lake Norman & Mooresville

Places for the young adults, before they turn 21

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.

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

Summit Coffee

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.

Toast Café

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.

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