Under 30-minute meals
by Capt. Jan
Whether on a boat or at home, it is always great to have many delicious recipes that you can prepare and get out of the galley quickly. Whatever the occasion - entertaining guests or feeding your family - here are Under 30-minute meals for you … breakfast, lunches, and dinners. more>>
the never-ending quest to find the perfect
meal, the gastronomically insatiable staff
of Piedmont Lakes Pilot is constantly sampling
the fare at lakefront and lake-access restaurants.
find here is a compendium of eateries we recommend
to our closest Friends. This list will grow, and
we’re looking for your input.
9887 NC Hwy 127, Taylorsville
Convenient to both Lakeside and R&N marinas.
George’s on the Lake
101 Catawba Ave, Rhodhiss NC
By water, located on the west end of Lake Hickory, 2 miles west of the 321 bridge. By land, find George’s at the corner of Catawba Ave & Duke St at the Rhodhiss Bridge. Very casual. Slips available, dock-side service too. M – Sat 11am – 10 pm, Sun 11am – 7pm. $-$$
7227 NC Hwy 16 S, Taylorsville
At the Oxford Dam. Great, down-home food, casual atmosphere. Country style steak specialty. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. M – Fri 5:30am – 8pm, Sat 5:30am – 3pm, Sun 7am – 2pm. Very casual. $
Armin’s Sunshine Cafe
15901 NC Hwy 73, Huntersville.
Located at Blythe Landing, a large and popular public access complete with picnic areas, Armin’s offers a range of catering services. Open now for causal dining and take-out. Open W-Sat 11am – 4pm; optionally on Sun. Closed rainy days. Very casual. $
Big Daddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Hwy 150 West (River Hwy) at Robinson Rd, Mooresville. 704-663-4242.
Roomy 500-seat restaurant with oyster bar and salad bar. Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib. Seafood at its best since 1974. 5pm – 9:30pm Sun – Th; 5pm – 10pm F & Sat. Casual. $$
Boss Hog BBQ
Hwy 150, Sherrill’s Ford.
BBQ. Hickory-smoked pork barbecue, ribs and chicken cooked fresh daily. Served with homemade baked beans, slaw, Brunswick stew. Buffalo wings. 11am – 8pm M – Sat. Casual. $
Derado's Italian Gourmet Market
8301-3 Magnolia Estates Dr, Magnolia Plaza, Cornelius NC.
Derado’s is an Italian market specializing in a wide array of Italian delicacies, from pasta to pizzas and sandwiches to Italian staples. Also available are a wide variety of freshly-prepared, “ready-to-go” meals such as our own pasta selections, meatballs and Parmesan dinners. Derado’s has a wide selection from appetizers to entrees, including a hand-selected collection of Italian table wines and a variety of Italian deli meats and cheeses. Get a sandwich to go, a full picnic for your day on the lake, or a ready-to-go meal for the galley or your home kitchen. Tu-Sat 10am – 7pm; Sun 9am – 1pm. Casual. $-$$
The Landing Restaurant
4491 Slanting Bridge Rd, Sherrill’s Ford.
Waterfront dining. Steaks, chicken, seafood & pasta dishes. Home-made pizza, hot & cold subs, burgers, salads. Enjoy appetizers with your favorite beer or wine. 4 – 10pm M – Th; 12 – 12 F & Sat; 12 – 10 Sun. Come by boat, there are slips, dock, and a ramp. Casual. $-$$
Midway Boathouse Grill
8693 Hwy 150 E, at Midway Marina, Terrell
Family-style restaurant with a long reputation (but newly renovated & under new management) for great food in a casual atmosphere. Fish, burgers, hot dogs, daily specials. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Come by boat, there are 32 slips, gas dock and ramp. (see 17 on the LKN map) M – Th 7am – 9pm; Fri 7am – 10pm; Sat – Sun 6am – 10pm. Casual. $
North Harbor Club
100-D North Harbor Dr, Davidson.
American fare ranging from sandwiches to full dinners. Indoor or outdoor dining. Live entertainment weekends. Open for lunch and dinner, but only seven days a week. Come by boat, 18 day slips available. Casual. $$-$$$
The Rusty Rudder
20210 Henderson Rd, Cornelius.
Next to Holiday Marina. (see 12 on the LKN map). Come by boat, there are 10 slips. Casual. $-$$
River City Bar and Grill
115 Pinnacle Ln, at River City Marina, Mooresville
This isn’t just another bar on the lake, it’s a lively family restaurant with a laid-back theme. In the morning, try some of the best homemade biscuits & gravy in the south, cooked up by the legendary “Butch,” who’s been cookin’ on the lake for years. For lunch, make sure you come relax and enjoy some sweet tea or a freezing cold beer on the big ol’ deck. Enjoy fresh peel & eat shrimp or large, juicy wings prepared by Johnson & Wales grad, Chef Ryan. Casual. $
Vinnie’s Sardine Grill & Raw Bar
643 Williamson Rd, Mooresville.
A seafood and sandwich joint. Peel-and-eat shrimp and grouper sandwiches are menu favorites. Open for lunch and dinner. No slips, but this one is right on the water so you can anchor and splash ashore! (Bring your own towel.) Casual. $-$$
Bull & Barrister Draft House & Grille
3615 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd, Callabridge Commons, Charlotte.
Fine place to meet friends for that burger or some wings. Strong menu, daily specials, plus sports TVs and pool. Live music. $-$$
T-Bones at the Lake
3990 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie.
Seafood and steaks. Large restaurant area, with outdoor bar and patio overlooking the lake. Next to Buster Boyd Access and Lake Wylie Marina. (see 27 on Lake Wylie map). Come by boat, there are 38 slips. Casual. $-$$
5800 Charlotte Hwy, York.
Homemade Pimiento Cheese and Chicken Salad are great, but the current big seller is the BLT. The menu includes burgers, dogs, and chicken as well as salads and a great club sandwich. Wonderful place to stop on the way to or from a day on Lake Wylie. Open 5:30am (for breakfast, of course) til 3pm M – F; 6am – 3pm Sat. Very casual. $
High Rock Boat & Ski Club
257 Boat Club Ln, Salisbury NC 28146
Cruise in by boat or drive in by car. The Boat and Ski Club is located right on the water’s edge on the Rowan County side of beautiful High Rock Lake. If you enjoy great food, live entertainment and a place to have a really good time then this is your port of call. Beer, wine and cocktails are available from our full service bar. We are open 4 days per week, Wednesday thru Saturday, from 6pm until... Come join us with good friends for great food and good times! Casual. $-$$
High Rock Marina & Campground
Jimmy’s Lakeside Restaurant
1013 Wafford Circle, Lexington.
Fresh, made-to-order snacks and dinners. Relax and enjoy good food on the deck, or get a to-go order to spend more time on the water. 20 Slips. Open 8:30am–7pm weekdays; 7:30am–9:30pm weekends. Casual to shorts & flip-flops. $
9185 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury.
Seafood and family dining. It’s at the public access ramp, and across Bringle Ferry from Tamarac Marina (see 51 on High Rock Lake map), so you can come by boat. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Very casual. $
9120 Bringle Ferry Rd, Salisbury.
Very fine grill food. Walk-up service with seating inside as well as deck seating overlook the lake. Broasted chicken, hamburgers (including the Smiley Burger!), hot dogs, shrimp. Breakfast buffet on weekends. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 10am – 8pm everyday. Come by boat, there are slips as well as a gas dock and ramp. (see 51 on High Rock Lake map) Very casual to short & flip-flops. $
Badin Lake Family Restaurant
Finally reopened in their original location, 2507 Blaine Rd, Badin Lake. 336-461-2660.
Great jumping off point for that Badin fishing trip. Above Fish Tales, Uwharrie Point Marinas and Badin Shores Resort. Southern breakfast and lunch menu items. Seafood & steaks available on weekends. Sun 5am – 11am; M 5am – 2:30pm; Tu – Sat 5am – 9:00pm. Very casual. $
Fish Tales Marina Grille
700 Lake Forest Dr, Badin Lake.
Casual lake-view dining with a variety of sandwiches, salads, fountain drinks, fresh-squeezed orange-ades. Breyer’s ice cream cones, sundaes & shakes. Game room. Open for breakfast and lunch. Seasonal hours: weekends only in April & May and mid-Aug thru Sept; open Th – M June thru mid-Aug. Come by boat, there are slips, gas dock and ramp. (see 45 on Badin Lake map) Very casual to shorts & flip-flops. $
Old North State Club Marina
201 Old North State Ln, New London.
Stop by the marina for barbeque on Sat & Sun, 11a – 2p. Very casual. $
Twin Harbor Cafe
197 Twin Harbor Dr, Mt. Gilead.
Twin Harbor Café opens at 7am daily. During winter months, closing time is an early 2pm. Twin Harbor offers the Lake Tillery community a full line of breakfast items like pancakes, eggs & omelets. Home-cooked meals make up the lunch menu during the week with lunch specials during summer months. Get nearly any kind of sandwich as well as BBQ plates, grilled chicken plates, hamburger plates, salads, subs, chili cheese fries, and more. On the lake? Call in your order for golf cart delivery to Twin Harbor Cove. Casual. $