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 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.
Monterrey’s chef, born in the restaurant’s namesake city, populates a menu with traditional Mexican dishes such as chilis poblanos, five kinds of fajitas, and seafood. In the sizzling fajitas ($9.95+), strips of steak or chicken roll up into flour tortillas as soft as a mattress stuffed with daydreams, and chihuahua cheese melts inside two deep-fried poblano peppers ($9.95). Delight taste buds with seafaring dishes such as the camarones al chipotle, where shrimp mingles with vegetables in a creamy chipotle sauce ($12.95), or tackle 10 inches of soft tortilla with chicken or steak, rice, bell peppers, and surfer jargon in the Super California burger ($11.95). Although not covered by this deal, the cantina pours carafes of homemade sangria alongside lime and peach margaritas ($9.50/half pitcher).