Shoals Grill aims to please visitors of all ages in a dining room centered around its polished wood-paneled bar. The restaurant's chefs craft a menu of comfort cuisine, including fried pickles and Angus beef sirloin, as well as special meals designated for each day of the week. On Fridays, for example, they fry fish and chips, and on Sundays, families can stop in for a wholesome roast-beef dinner with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. Dessert choices include four-person servings of s'mores, for which servers present tables with a flaming bowl and a spread of chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallows, skewers, and an acoustic guitar to lead campfire songs.
Gliding through the crystal waters of Lake Norman, Queen's Landing offers sightseeing and catered dinner expeditions on its two steadfast vessels?the 90-foot yacht Lady of the Lake and the Catawba Queen, an old-fashioned paddle boat. Trips during the autumn provide stunning views of changing foliage, whereas cruises at other times of the year supply a buoyant venue for holiday parties or tax audits. When in season, you can inquire about the business? partnerships with other dining and entertainment spots such as Pirate Land Miniature Golf and Jack?s Lakeside Grill.
Start your cruise through Vinnie's menus with the pelagic flavors of one-dozen oysters, blackened and served hot and spicy ($10.99). For diners that are extra-hungry and in need of an odd hat, there's the big combo basket of all of Vinnie's fried delights: crispy oysters, butterfly shrimp, calabash shrimp, and fish fillets ($16.99). Vinnie's original fish sandwich with fries ($9.99) offers a handheld seafood option, not to be confused with the derivative fish sandwich—the chicken club ($8.99). Vinnie's seasoned chefs also put together wraps and entrees such as the shrimp and grits, which fuses ground-corn flavors with ocean-fresh shrimp ($10.99).
The DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 25th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies, such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers, and other flavor options, including Georgia Mud Fudge, blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve (up to $4.09). The Peanut Buster Parfait (up to $3.79) slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight. This location harnesses the relentless power of the Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius smoothies (up to $5.29) and fruit drinks (up to $3.89) to create a sweet-treat superpower.
The popular sandwich franchise offers an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups and salads. For a trimmer take, try a Torpedo or Bullet, where longer, leaner baguettes get packed with yummy stuffings such as mozzarella, turkey, and basil pesto in the Pesto Turkey or heaping stacks of meat––ham, salami, capicola, and pepperoni––in the Italian. Other sliced-bread standouts include sammies (flat bread), signature sandwiches, classic subs, and deli subs. View a complete menu here.
There’s a sense of presentation that permeates Hanayuki Japanese Restaurant. The bright orange and red colors and geometric shapes that inform the decor are almost plates of sushi writ large—colorful fish arranged with flair sit next to rolls drizzled with zigzagging lines of eel sauce. Dragon rolls contain tempura shrimp topped with eel and avocado, whereas spicy-tuna rolls are packed with tuna, cucumber, and spicy sauces. In addition to sushi, chefs grill entrees featuring both seafood and chicken or beef. They coat teriyaki chicken and steak in sauces made from scratch and mingle shrimp, scallops, and chicken with rice or soba noodles. Amid the elegant trappings of the eatery—wood trim wraps its way around plush booths and flat-screen TVs embedded in walls, and backless shelves offer glimpses of other dining areas—servers deliver consistently friendly interactions along with the beautifully presented food.