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GREG'S FAMOUS B-B-Q 233 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, 704-664-4848. The menu has everything from barbecue to lasagna, chicken to foot long hot dogs and all at unbelievably low prices. $-$$
JASPER'S 127 Depot Street, Davidson, 704-896-1881. Secluded patio surrounded by a garden filled with fragrant herbs. Refreshingly light eclectic cuisine. L$$, D$$$.
KUDZU ON SOUTH BROAD 259 S. Broad Street, Mooresville, 704-663-1859. Chef-owner Chip Potts filters his culinary training in classical cuisine through his Southern heritage to arrive at a unique combination of tantalizing and mouth-watering dishes. Situated in a quaint Victorian house. Patio. L$$, D$$-$$$.
MAMA MIA TOO AT THE HOLBROOK HOUSE 101 Maxwell Avenue, Huntersville, 704-875-0575. New Yorkers love this place primarily featuring Southern Italian cuisine in a charming house in the center of town. L$$, D$$$.
MICKEY & MOOCH 9723 Sam Furr Road, Northcross Shopping Center (Exit 25), Huntersville, 704-895-6654. This stylish locally-owned restaurant has an infectious energy. Steaks and chops are served Pittsburgh style. Menu also has many Low Country dishes, pastas, barbecue baby back ribs, chicken, and seafood. Huge portions. Dinner only. $$$-$$$$
ROYAL SIAM 8301 Magnolia Estates Drive (Exit 28), Cornelius, 704-892-4811. Exceptionally fresh Thai food. Everything made to order in house. L$$, D$$$.
SARAGONI'S RESTAURANT & BAR 1459 River Highway, Mooresville, 704-664-6996. A neighborhood restaurant with pasta, pizzas, sandwiches and grill items with a view of Lake Norman. $$$
SOUTHEND BREWERY & SMOKEHOUSE 19441 Old Jetton Road, Cornelius, 704-895-BREW. Part of the locally owned, now regional chain featuring a micro brewery, house smoked meats, and regional American cuisine with southwestern flair. $$, $$$
SUSHI @ THE LAKE 19732 One Norman Road, Suite 300 (Exit 28), Cornelius, 704-987-8080. This West Coast styled Sushi bar offers traditional sushi and grilled items at very reasonable prices (for sushi, that is). $$$
ZAPATA'S CANTINA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1990S NC Hwy 73, Cornelius, 704-987-8890. Extensive, quality Mexican dishes like grilled lamb, along with variety of burritos, enchiladas and more. Good lakeside view from patio or deck. $$
BOARDWALK BILLY'S RAW BAR AND RIBS 1636 Sardis Road North, 704-841-8688. This beach-styled place may look like a bar, but offers much more. Their Billy's Steam Party (enough for two) is filled with steamed shrimp, oysters, clams, and crab legs. Serves food late. $$
GREG'S FAMOUS B-B-Q 10915 Monroe Road, Matthews, 704-847-5035. The menu has everything from barbecue to lasagna, chicken to foot long hot dogs and all at unbelievably low prices. Expect a line even at breakfast. $-$$
KRISTOPHER'S SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT 250 N. Trade Street, Matthews, 704-845-6200. Popular sports bar with more satellite dishes and televisions than anyone else around. They serve New York style pizza, Buffalo wings, soups and sandwiches. $$
MONTERREY MEXICAN RESTAURANT Windsor Square Shopping Ctr., 704-841-8068. Full array of Mexican specialties, including fabulous Margaritas. $$
PICADELI Fullwood Plaza, E. Independence Boulevard, and Hwy 51. 704-841-1918. Sandwiches galore and over 60 imported and domestic beers. $$
RAUCCI'S ON EAST JOHN STREET 131 E. John Street, Matthews, 704-841-8282. Family owned Italian restaurant serving New York-styled southern Italian cuisine (no pizza). This is hearty but unobtrusive fare. You can eat your fill of nicely turned out dishes. Wonderful desserts. L $$, D $$-$$$
TASTE OF ASIA, VIETNAMESE & CHINESE RESTAURANT 9626 Monroe Road, 704-846-2515. Fresh, large-portioned, and flavorful Vietnamese, Hunan and Szechwan cuisine prepared in an open kitchen. Eat in or take out. $-$$
TOWNSHIP GRILLE Matthews Festival @ Independence Boulevard, 704-847-2480. Matthews' version of Buffalo, NY with great wings, plus large selection of homestyle dinners and sandwiches and a massive beer selection. $
VINNIE'S SARDINE GRILL & RAW BAR 142 E. John Street, Matthews, 704-849-0202. Friendly, popular place for the after-work crowd. The menu ranges from soups, salads and wings to raw oysters and plentiful seafood dishes. $$
YEN'S 9010 Monroe Road, 704-845-9444. Fresh vegetables and individual preparation set this small Chinese restaurant apart from the rest. Crowd pleasers include spareribs in black bean sauce and lantern shrimp, which is sauteed with straw mushrooms and cilantro. $-$$
ETIENNE JAULIN'S TOWNHOUSE 1011 Providence Road, 704-335-1546. Chef Etienne Jaulin produces marvelous American Regional with a French twist. Elegantly presented in a handsome dining room. Extensive wine list. Dinner only. $$$-$$$$
FENWICKS 511 Providence Road, 704-333-2750. Smaller than some bathrooms, but cozier, and a fun place. The menu runs to standards like steak and pasta, with fresh vegetables daily. Everything comes in generous portions with fresh bread. $$-$$$
THE MEETING HOUSE RESTAURANT 801 Providence Road, 704-334-6338. Located in a charming house in the center of Myers Park, this is a meeting place for the neighborhood crowd. Chef-owners were trained at Le Cordon Bleu, yet the dishes are American bistro. $$$