The Top 10 Restaurants In Mooresville, North Carolina
Mooresville in North Carolina – known locally as ‘Race City’ as it’s the home to so many NASCAR drivers and racing teams – is also home to a vibrant and diverse local restaurant scene. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants.
Lancaster’s Bar-B-Que is based in what was once a gas station on the Rinehart Road. The automotive theme is continued in plenty of racing memorabilia that decorates the walls and the arcade racing games. The menu is extensive, with celebrated specialities including barbecue pork, beef brisket, fried chicken and pork ribs. There’s plenty of southern staples like catfish and buffalo shrimp – all served with sides of Brunswick stew, potato salad, and fried okra.
Caruso’s has a reputation for being the go-to place in the town for fine-dining on special occasions. Start off with antipasti like prosciutto and marinated artichoke spears, or lobster and crab meat in brandy sauce. The indulgent entree courses on offer include veal scaloppini served with porcini and cremini mushrooms, baked sole stuffed with lobster and crab, and Alaskan king salmon marinated in classic Italian herbs.
Duckworth’s Grill and Taphouse offers 40 different beers and a menu of unpretentious, hearty fare. Dishes available at the Taphouse include ribeye and sirloin steaks, Philly cheesesteak with grilled onions and green mushrooms, and tacos, chicken wings and hot dogs. You can wash it down with excellent craft beers from the Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Jeffrey’s offers some of the best contemporary American cuisine in Mooresville. Chef Gene Peacock uses fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and infuses them with a bit of Southern style and finesse. The restaurant is sited close to the shores of Lake Norman in the business and shopping district that’s also home to the Hilton Garden Hotel. On the menu you’ll find dishes such as spinach artichoke dips, fried green tomatoes with a Cajun sauce, and Hickory smoked salmon with horseradish and croissants. The signature entrees include shrimp and grits, a succulent 6oz petite filet with bordelaise sauce, and a selection of daily chef’s specials.
The Epic Chophouse serves Southern classics, steaks, seafood and pasta dishes. On the menu are intriguing dishes including fried oysters Rockefeller, the house signature lobster bisque, and entrees such as slow roasted prime rib of beef, medallions of filet beef, and bison ribs served up with brandied peppercorn sauce.
The Blu Star Grill is the home of gluten-free, healthy options in Mooresville. You’ll find the restaurant on Marketplace Avenue just a few seconds walk from the town square, one of the main retail areas in Mooresville. Everything is made with fresh ingredients on-site as and when you place your order. Choose from burgers of high-quality Angus beef or bison, chicken breast on fresh ciabatta rolls, blackened mahi-mahi with lettuce fried green tomatoes and freshly made garlic aioli, or black bean burger topped off with your choice of dressing.
Popular with locals as the best spot for ribs in Mooresville, Carolina Ribs on the Run pulls off something of a magic trick in food preparation. You can drop in if you’re pressed for time and order a set of pork ribs – they’ll be with you in quick-time and still be wonderfully tender with the meat flaking off the bone. That’s because the ribs are beings pressure-cooked for hours during the day – so they’re ready almost as soon as you walk in and place your order. The restaurant has just set up in a new location on River Highway, close to the Port Village Shopping Center. Head chef Randy Rodecki has cooked up his ribs for local NASCAR drivers and bands like NSYNC.
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Joe Fish Casual Seafood brings something a little different to Mooresville. The owner Roland Le Breton has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant scene in New England, where seafood like lobster and scallops are the order of the day. Joe Fish Casual Seafood brings the New England approach to Mooresville – fresh fish with crisp white wine. On the menu are seafood classics like clam chowder, deep sea scallops, and haddock chunks served Bostonian style, fresh oysters and mahi-mahi. The wine menu features some excellent vintages from California and overseas.
Burrito Loco offers a menu packed with Mexican classics like tacos, burritos and quesadillas made with fresh, local meats and seafood. Dishes include tacos filled with chicken and BLT, shrimp and spicy salsa, and tempura-battered fish. Or you can opt for burritos crammed with surf and turf, shrimp and guacamole, and vegetarian options with refried beans and plenty of rice.
Sushi at the Lake Too is just a stone’s throw from Mooresville Consumer Square and the Walmart store, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a bite to eat whilst shopping. There’s a huge menu of maki rolls made of ingredients like tempura shrimp, tuna, avocado, strips of filet mignon, and crab meat. The wine list features lots of good vintages from New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, Portugal and South Africa.