Category: Cuisine

Top tables for drinking and dining at Lake Norman.

Burger Buzz

The development at Merino Mill continues with a new restaurant concept. Merino Mill, located at 500 S. Main St. in Mooresville, has progressively transformed into a hub for food enthusiasts from the lake and beyond. In addition to the infamous Alino Pizzeria, the space now includes Barcelona Burger Bar & Beer Garden. Both concepts are owned by the visionary Michal…

Summer Soiree

As summer winds down, take advantage of the remaining days with a backyard bash. Step up your food selection from typical backyard eats with this impressive late summer recipe.   Blackened Trout with Charred Corn Cream Sauce 4 boneless trout filets  1 stick unsalted butter, melted Blackened seasoning, to taste Sauce: 2 ears corn on the cob, par-boiled, drained, cooled,…

Pig Out

Barbecue lovers rejoice as Midwood Smokehouse comes to Birkdale Village. With the closing of Smoke Modern Barbeque at Birkdale Village, it was only a short time before a new tenant was announced. At the end of May, news broke that Midwood Smokehouse would take over the space and bring its signature style north. Midwood Smokehouse is part of the FS…

Low & Slow

The key to any summer cookout has to be the spread—and ribs cooked just right are a guaranteed palate pleaser. People still have preferences (barbecue sauce, dry rub, or some combination of both), so this recipe tells you how to master all three. Countdown Baby Back Ribs 2 racks baby back ribs Bacon drippings (cold) or lard (oil) to coat…

Funky Fusion

Ramen is the latest trendy dish to take over the food scene. Chef Troy’s version is a Cajun-influenced fusion dish perfect for experimenting in the kitchen. Gumbo Ramen 1/3 cup shortening or canola oil 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup celery, fine dice 1/3 cup green bell pepper, fine dice ½ cup onion, fine dice 3 cloves of garlic, fine…

Flour Power

After 30 years working in human resources, Deborah Hamilton retired at age 55 to start a second career managing dough—bread dough, that is. Five years ago, she and her husband, Bob, opened a Great Harvest Bakery Café in north Charlotte and this spring, they are gearing up to open a second location in Cornelius. The bakery is slated to open…

Kindred’s Milk Bread Cinnamon Rolls

By now, most people know the milk bread at Davidson’s Kindred restaurant is a must. After all, it has garnered national praise—and the warm loafs delivered to every table set the tone for a tasty meal before you’ve even ordered at the popular restaurant. But the other can’t-miss dough creations at the family-run spot are the milk bread cinnamon rolls.…