A lakeside location, racing décor and downhome values add up to a true taste of Mooresville at Big Daddy’s of Lake Norman.
The seafood restaurant has been a local hot spot and Southern tradition since 1974. Owner Freddie Lancaster says the popular restaurant attracts locals and also draws diners from an hour away.
“Our atmosphere is family-oriented and our service is warm and friendly – two of our waitresses have been with us since the beginning,” Lancaster says. “Big Daddy’s has maintained a large number of regular customers, many of whom have been dining with us since our restaurant’s opening.”
Big Daddy’s bills itself as having some of the best seafood on the East Coast. Its entrees include broiled lobster, steamed shrimp served hot or cold, seafood Alfredo, fried scallops, snow crab clusters, king crab, catfish fillets and stuffed fillet of flounder. Also on the menu are fresh oysters raw or steamed – the staff will even shuck them for you.
“The oysters here are great, and we even have a separate oyster bar on site with seating for 51,” Lancaster says.
As for steaks, Big Daddy’s serves New York strip, 16-ounce rib eye, filet mignon and chopped sirloin. Other dinner sections include teriyaki chicken and baby back ribs, and the restaurant also has a kid’s menu and senior citizen’s menu with sandwiches, pasta platters and desserts such as cheesecake and key lime pie.
“We have restaurant seating for 500 and a private room for up to 35, so Big Daddy’s is a perfect place for family reunions, corporate meetings, wedding receptions or whatever your occasion may be,” Lancaster says.
The restaurant is only open at night for the dinner crowd. Hours are 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.