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Trend Magazine Online™
Travel Review Spring 2023
North Harbor Club
Lake Norman
Davidson NC
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By Jay Whipple

Trend Magazine Online™

Quaint Inland Watery Experience!

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I ended up at this lake shore eatery at the invitation of a former boss who works for the Small Business Administration. She hired me as a moonlighter while I was attending the Belk College of Business at the University of Charlotte/North Carolina. Go 49niners! My part-time job was that of a facilitator at the Small Business Resource Center who assisted would-be and current entrepreneurs in the start-up or enhancement of their existing small business enterprises.

North Harbor Club Lake Norman Davidson NC Travel Review Pic!In my position I assisted many types of personalities and their endeavors to include the owner of the now famous Uptown Charlotte eatery Mert′s Heart and Soul, and the start-up of the Dell Curry Foundation; father of future NBA Hall of Famer and four-time champion and two-time league MVP Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II. The most bizarre interaction that I experienced was when a uniformed CMPD officer came in to discuss the start-up of a new enterprise selling light bars. Those are the emergency lights on top of marked police cruisers. I did my job by advising him on the best way to get that business off the ground but in the back of my head I was hoping that they would change their mind as this was right about the time that some looney toon was masquerading around the area stopping unsuspecting women at night under false pretenses. Yikes!

This eatery is nestled along the largest lake in the two Carolina′s - Lake Norman was created in 1963 by Duke Power Company (1924; formerly known as the Southern Power Company [1905]), today known as Duke Energy [1997]. It feeds off the Catawba River and its original purpose was to provide hydroelectricity to the growing Charlotte area as well as recreation. The lake is 34 miles long with over 520 miles of shoreline and today houses a steam as well as a nuclear power plant. It is named in honor of Mr. Norman Atwater Cocke, a Virginia native, who served as president of the power company from 1947 to his retirement in 1959. His former home as well as the Duke Mansion are located in the Myers Park community and are part of the QCT Charlotte Daily City Toursm - Charlotte′s Longest-Running Daily City Tour.

North Harbor Club Lake Norman Davidson NC Travel Review Pic!I arrived at approximately 11:15 AM, 30 minutes before our business lunch, and to get a chance to scope out the area and snap some pics. I noticed that they have limited parking to support the multiple shops that are located in proximity to the restaurant. Fortunately, I was able to find one near the entrance as people were leaving. I then headed into the North Harbor Club, which is a catchy name but nowhere near the ocean which is about a four-hour drive to the east. I was acknowledged immediately by a friendly hostess who escorted me to my choice seating near the lake and at the suggestion of my former boss who arrived shortly after I was seated. The outdoor patio decor was typical featuring hard plastic chairs and similar tables with a canopy over most seats. Our server, Liz, approached our table and was very friendly and cordial. I had already scoped out what I wanted from their well-designed website the day before our lunch engagement.

We both agreed on their Spinach Artichoke Dip for an appetizer which came with Pita Bread and was up in about 10 minutes. While waiting I headed to the men's restroom which was very clean and well attended. I also got a chance to check out their indoor dining room area which was decorated with very chic linen tablecloths and fancy wood furniture. The dress code was family casual (per their website) but I would have felt a bit underdressed with my shorts and polo shirt inside this eatery.

North Harbor Club Lake Norman Davidson NC Travel Review Pic!The pita bread was soft and very flavorful, and the dip was perfectly prepared, not too watery, or stiff, with all the ingredients in perfect sync. My old boss ordered their romaine lettuce salad and one of their pasta entree's while I ordered their lamb sandwich which was the special of the day and came with fries. Both orders came with their delicious pita bread and were up before we finish our appetizer. She stated that her order was good, and my lamb sandwich was scrumpdillyicious and very tender; the fries were prepared to perfection -- golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. My old boss also suggested that I could cook it at home, and I suggested that it was not in my culinary wheelhouse. The total bill came to $64.95 with drink and taxes. Not bad for a business lunch, right?

All in all, this was a great inland watery experience with excellent service and tasty menu items. It was also nice to see my old boss after all these years. I am not sure if and when I will be back because of its quaint location along Lake Norman which is many miles away from the Charlotte area. In addition, although from Miami, I am not a fan of water!

The North Harbor Club is located at 100 North Harbor Place, Davidson, NC 28036, their phone number is (704) 896-5559, and website is https://northharborclub.com/. Tell them that Trend Magazine Onlinetm sent you!

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