The guide to eating in or dining out on the Piedmont lakes. The establishments listed here have water access on site or very nearby. Or we really, really like what they're sellin'!
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5585 Rink Dam Rd, Taylorsville NC
Cheeseburgers & homemade chili, barbeque, country style steaks & fried pies, Southern cooking, mentioned in Our State magazine. Open M – Sat 8am – 8pm; Closed Sun. Casual. $
5251 Hickory Blvd, Hickory NC 28601
Comfort food for working people at the 321 bridge, with slips available. Of course, you can beach your boat and splash ashore, too. There’s the full-service restaurant on the street level, and Factory Underground below, on the lake level. And what a diverse menu! … including fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds. Drop by to see for yourself. Factory Underground, open for summer hours, offers pool, darts, skee-ball, and basketball games in addition to its own menu. Restaurant hours: Tu-Th 11a-10p; F-Sat 11a-M. Sunday Brunch 10a-2:30p. Underground seasonal hours: Sun N-9p; Tu-Sat 2-9p. Casual. $-$$
6706 Limbaugh Ln, Hickory NC 28601
Hot dogs & meatball subs. Beer, wine, and sodas. Just above the gas dock at Lake Hickory Boat Rental & Marina. Available for private parties. May-Sept Hours: Sun 11a-7p; M N-5p; Closed Tues; W-Sat 11a-10p. Casual. $
Sandbar Marina & Grill
3210 Rink Dam Rd, Taylorsville NC
Formerly Rink Dam Marina and under new ownership. Under construction; opening scheduled for late 2019. Stay tuned for more details.
JPeters Grill & Bar
1000 Marina Village Dr, Mt Holly NC 28120
Waterfront, Lake Wylie at Tailrace Marina (see 62 on the Wylie map). Very full menu includes apps, soups, sandwiches, & burgers, steaks, ribs, seafood, chicken & pasta. What else is there? Oh… desserts and the bar, of course. There are slips, so come by boat. Casual. $$
Pier 88 Yacht Club
On the dock at River Mills Marina.
54 Marina Rd, Lake Wylie.
Hot dogs, burgers, BBQ, chicken wings, French fries, onion rings and much more. Beer & wine to go. On the lake in Joe’s Cove just two coves south of Buster Boyd Bridge. Ship’s store, boat slips & gas dock. Open 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Very casual. $
Papa Doc's Shore Club
3990 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie SC
What was once the Hungry Fisherman then, for many years, T-Bones, is just off the SC side of the Buster Boyd Bridge. The renovated space includes 4 bars and seating for 120 on the deck & 530 inside. 38 boat slips. Adjacent to Lake Wylie Marina & the Buster Boyd Public Access. The menu features steamed and fried seafood platters, oysters, burgers, salads, sandwiches, tacos and bar appetizers. It’s casual, but entrees range from an $11 cheeseburger to a $38 16-oz ribeye. Other items: tequila bacon mussels, Smack Down shrimp, seared tuna tacos, & mac & cheese burger. Tiki bar. Carry-out service for boaters. M-F 11a-2a; Sat-Sun 10a-2a. Casual. $$
Try one or all of these waterfront or water-access restaurants next time you're, you know, hungry ...