Before Eli Whitney invented the chair, going out to eat was an awkward experience because diners attempted to simultaneously eat and balance on a horse. Have a modern, luxuriously seated meal with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of drinks and American cuisine at Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails, located in Jetton Village.
Alton's menu lets you begin a meal in jumbo style with an appetizer of jumbo shrimp cocktail ($10) or start off raw with a tuna poke (sashimi-like chopped tuna with avocado, $10). To satisfy beefeaters, have a center-cut filet mignon with a loaded baked potato ($24), or take a suggestion from the house and try the favorite New Orleans barbecue shrimp over basmati rice ($19) or the cabernet-braised lamb shank with mashed potatoes ($18). Slip in a side of couscous ($3) or oven-roasted beets ($4) and top off your tongue with the Cake Junkee cheesecake of the day ($6).
Alton's Kitchen is a newcomer to the Lake Norman dining scene, and the owner-operators have lavished attention upon its skeletal structure to provide an upscale yet casual atmosphere perfect for sipping one of the signature cocktails. Relax by the mahogany fireplace and sample a deep-dwelling concoction—the Lake Norman Loch Ness (Crown Royal, Triple Sec, peach schnapps, and sour, $8)—or head to the patio for a breath of fresh air while you quaff chilled Limon Crush (Bacardi Limon, Triple Sec, fresh lime, and a splash of orange and cranberry, $7).
Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails
Diners can take a trip around the US, with a glance at the menu at Alton's Kitchen & Cocktails, which borrows heavily from American regional fare. The kitchen stokes dreams of the Old West by gracing tables with lamb shanks from Colorado and salmon from Seattle, each teeming with tales of a life of train-hopping and hitchhiking east. Chunks of shellfish nestle into the New England–style lobster roll, and shrimp simmer in creole barbeque sauce, giving diners a taste of New Orleans.
A curved bar extends from exposed brick walls, which frame shiny dark wood floors. These floors match the tall, bistro-style tables and the high-manteled fireplace, which gleam beneath the light of cascading chandeliers, giving the room a refined, yet cozy feel. Diners can also find seating on an outdoor patio, where they can feel the breeze on their face, a sure sign that the moon is sneaking up behind them to steal their dessert.
19918 N Cove Rd.
Cornelius, North Carolina 28031Get Directions