Dining on Lake Norman

MEGAN PINCKNEY | 6/28/2018, midnight
Slightly north of Charlotte sits Lake Norman, North Carolina’s largest man-made body of water.
Lake Norman Megan Pinckney photo

Apps & Taps is a must if you plan on spending any time on Lake Norman. Don’t let their name fool you. They’re ready to offer much more than beer and a few unexciting appetizers. In fact, they honestly have some of the best food on the lake. Their menu isn’t the traditional menu of wings and mozzarella sticks you’d expect of a waterfront bar. Instead, you’ll find things such as chicken teriyaki wraps, sloppy Joe and a lobster roll (that I haven’t stopped dreaming of). Apps & Taps is also known for their selection of live music. It’s the only place on the lake you’re almost certain to find a party, no matter which night of the week it is.

Blue Parrot is the quintessential “beach bar,” even though it isn’t located on the beach. It has everything you’d need from a restaurant on the water: a full-service bar for your favorite summer cocktails, inexpensive classic dishes that are served pretty quickly, an area for children (or adults) to play in or relax by the water and the occasional live band. Blue Parrot could seriously be any restaurant at any beach. The food isn’t particularly great, but it’s good enough to serve as the backdrop for a great day out on the lake. It wouldn’t be the first place I’d tell you to visit, but Lake Norman would certainly miss it if it were gone.

Eddie’s is only worth the long boat ride if you are able to snag a table out on the back deck, in my opinion. The restaurant is a surprising take of Italian food with seafood influence. I had the lasagna when I dined there and truly enjoyed it, but I don’t think I would have enjoyed the total experience as much if we had been forced to sit in the dining room instead of outside. The back deck, however, was great. It is exactly what summer nights should be made of: lots of people enjoying themselves, great drinks and live music. It should be noted that Eddie’s is extremely strict on their dress code, even if you sit outside, so be sure to bring a shirt and shoes if you’re coming by boat.

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.