My first career, years ago, was in advertising. I remember as a young media planner, I was often invited to lunch or dinner with visiting media reps. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of the job! I was introduced to "fine dining", and had a crash course in ordering etiquette, food and wine, and how to intermingle business and dinner conversation. I also developed a taste for expensive food, especially when someone else is paying!! Unfortunately, I no longer have access to those lavish expense accounts, so I have to be budget minded when dining out. I've begun a review of Lake Wylie area restaurants, and hope you'll find it useful. I've included Fine Dining, Casual Fare, and Take-Out. The focus is primarily locally owned and operated restaurants, though a chain may make its way in on occasion. Check back often for new reviews!
Fine Dining Restaurants (Relatively Speaking!)
City Tavern - Rivergate Shopping Center, 704-504-8888. Steaks, seafood, American cuisine. casual atmosphere restaurant.
Concord Cove - 5303 Concord Road. Lunch & Dinner. Dinner entrees $12-$35 or so. Lunch selections $6-$13. Saturday Brunch $5-$12. Reservations suggested by not required. Concord Cove Review
Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, 14126 Rivergate Pkwy, Charlotte. 704-583-6366. Dinner entrees $11.95 - $29.95. Lunch $7.95-$15.95. Read review of Fuji for Sushi .
Lotus Eatery & Bar , 1941 Hoffman Road, Gastonia. 704-853-1693. Dinner entrees around $14-$24. Lunch $7-$11.
Old Stone Steakhouse, 23 South Main Street in Belmont, NC.
Red Bowl Asian Bistro - 2760 Celanese Rd, Rock Hill, 803-366-2226 AND 845 Stockbridge Drive (Lowe's Food shopping center at Hwy 160 and Gold Hill Rd), Fort Mill, 803-802-5666. Chinese, Sushi, Thai, Vietnamese, Hibachi.
River Rat - an old favorite, with new owners. 5301 Hwy 557 Lake Wylie.
T-Bones on the Lake - 3990 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie. 803-831-0170
BT's burgerjoint -14130 Rivergate Parkway, Steele Creek area. Burgers $5-$6, milkshakes, fries, and more. Inside and outside dining available. Read BT's Burgerjoint Review
Cafe 49 - 4516 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie. 803-631-5350
Christopher's Grill & Bar , 1500 Village Harbor Drive, Lake Wylie 803-831-2461. Burgers & sandwiches $6-$8, pasta, steak & seafood $10-$17.
Clover Station, 105 North Main St., Clover. 803-222-1500. Open Tue-Sunday 11-8. Closes at 2pm on Sat & Sunday. Breakfast on Friday & Saturday. Home cooking, meat & three. Everything freshly prepared and homemade, read the Raving Review of Clover Station .
The Hickory Tavern - 13545 Steelcroft Pkwy, Charlotte. Open 7 days a week, lunch and dinner. Several locations in Charlotte and other areas of the Carolinas. Outdoor dining available. Seafood, burgers, great appetizers, salads.
Jackson's Kitchen , 304 North Main Street, Clover. Open Monday - Friday for lunch, 11am - 2pm. Catering for large or small events. For dinner or events, call ahead to order anything from a pan of lasagne, to a complete holiday dinner, to a buffet for 200! 803-222-9441 Read review of Jackson's Kitchen .
Lake Wylie Pizza and Italian Restaurant, 4074 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie.
Luigi's Pizza - 13551 Steelcroft Pkwy (Corner of Hwy 160 & Hwy 49), 704-587-6010. Voted best pizza in Charlotte in 2009, serving authentic New York Style pizza, hot Italian specialties, fresh salads.
McHales Irish Pub - 1820 Gold Hill Road, 803-548-2151. A Tega Cay/Fort Mill favorite for years! Irish pub, raw bar, live music.
Palmetto Seafood - 2910 S. Hwy 161, York. Off the beaten path, out-of-the-ordinary, and a dining experience you don't want to miss! Specializing in fried Southern seafood - - shrimp, frog legs, catfish, and hushpuppies
Pier 51 - 2921 Mt. Gallant Rd, Rock Hill SC. 803-980-1234. Open Tuesday thru Saturday for dinner, Sunday lunch. Seafood, steaks and chicken. Entrees $6.99-$14.99. Pier 51 Review
Pizza Man, 107 Bethel St., Clover 803-222-3343. Tired of "chain restaurant" pizza? Read The Pizza Man review and give this place a try.
Portofino's - Arysley. Italian fare, pizza, pasta. 2127 Arysley Town Blvd, Charlotte.
Rey Azteca - 4052 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie. 803-831-9277. Every day is a fiesta at Rey Azteca.
Steve's Grill - 2150 Gold Hill Road (near the entrance of Tega Cay), 803-548-1799. Great choice for happy hour and casual dining, with a friendly party-like atmosphere, great food, inside or outside dining, and occasional music. Terrific appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, steak, about $7 and up. Read Steve's Grill review .
Best China- 5243 Hwy 557, Lake Wylie, SC. 803-831-5540 (Located in the Bethel Commons Food Lion Plaza). Shrimp, Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Vegetarian entrees. $6.75-9.95, plus lunch selections around $5. Seating for about 30 plus take-out. Open 7 days/week, 11am-10pm. Best China Review
Koizumi Express - 4859 Old York Rd, Ste 102, Rock Hill SC. 803-366-7007. Located in the Walmart shopping center near Newport. Serves Hibachi shrimp, steak, chicken, scallops, Yakisoba noodles, $5.25-$15.50. Mainly take-out, limited seating. Koizumi Review
Mobile BBQ - Various places, various hours . . . Read Review BBQ on Wheels
The Pizza Man - 107 Bethel St., Clover. 803-222-3343.