Welcome to our Places to Shop and Dine page. Its purpose is to share some of our favorite shopping and dining options (we took the photos and only added restaurants we enjoy) for the Lake Norman area and uptown Charlotte. Featuring personal reviews and photos and organized alphabetically by area. This page will be updated frequently. If you would like us to add any of your favorites feel free to submit your dining and shopping choices in the form at the bottom of the page:
Birkdale in Huntersville
Plenty of Dining and Shopping Options at Birkdale
A favorite place to visit in Huntersville is Birkdale. Birkdale is a mixed-use community that has become very popular. Many enjoy the shopping, restaurants and movie theater located in this vibrant community.
Birkdale Village is a live/work community and a popular destination for shopping and restaurants:
131 Main – Featuring fresh foods. Open for lunch and dinner with $5 appetizer specials select evenings and a wine night.
Acropolis Cafe and Grille – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for casual Greek food.
Cork and Cask – Cozy place to meet for beer or wine and cheese.
Cork and Cask
Port City Club – This uniquely designed waterfront restaurant can be enjoyed year round. With a heated enclosed patio and deck dine by Lake Norman even in the winter.
Brick House Tavern – Open for lunch and dinner featuring brick oven baked pizza, delicious sandwiches and entrees inside a 120-year-old Davidson Cotton Mill.
Famous Toastery (Toast Café) – with a new name and logo and new locations!
The Pickled Peach – Features handcrafted soups, salads and sandwiches. Open for lunch and dinner.
Block Bistro – Downstairs of Harvey’s in the Vermillion community in Huntersville is the new Block Bistro. Specializing in “classics done right” and offering half off wines on Wednesdays this restaurant is worth checking out. Chef Josh McCracken has brunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the eggs benedict is amazing.
Carrabbas– Popular Italian food chain restaurant.
Duckworth’s – Grill and Taphouse. Known for its wide selection of craft beers like the Curmudgeon beer in the photo.
Hickory Tavern – Lunch and dinner restaurant popular with the lunch crowd during the work week and on the weekends as well. A great place to catch the game. In Huntersville, Mooresville and Charlotte, plus now in 13 communities in North Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Enjoy their food cart specialties, casual atmosphere and grill and bar food.
La Unica – Mexican family owned and operated restaurant in three locations in the Charlotte area. Great option for a quick business lunch or anytime evenings or on the weekend. Food is served fresh with no waiting.
Lancaster’s BBQ – Two locations – one in Huntersville and one in Mooresville features Southern eastern NC BBQ. Authentic North Carolina BBQ. Pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw and a vinegar based sauce are specialties here. The hush puppies are another popular item.
Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar – Not sure whether you want seafood or burgers? Check out this favorite. Located near South Park Mall.
Ruth’s Chris – Steak House, Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner all days, Brunch Sunday.
Amelie’s French Bakery – Authentic French cuisine specializing in French pastries made by hand. Added to the sweet treats are coffees and specialty drinks along with soups and sandwiches. The atmosphere is artsy and fun with quirky decor. New locations including one in uptown Charlotte along with the original NoDa location.
Submit Your Favorite Places to Shop and Dine: