MOORESVILLE – Dockside Deli and Catering is tucked away in a small strip mall.
The space is full of light with simple décor. A long counter runs almost the entire length of the restaurant with both open and closed refrigerator cases full of entrées, side dishes and desserts. An artistic chalkboard menu lists the specials of the day in colorful letters. Manager Beverly Underwood smiles from behind the counter, ready to take any sort of order.
Rita Deal began Dockside Deli and Catering in 2001 in Sherrills Ford. In 2009, the restaurant moved to Mooresville, off Exit 33, to be more centrally located for both the catering and walk-in lunch patrons.
“We wanted to be more of a year-round location,” Underwood said. “The move was meant to improve our catering and business lunch business, and it has worked.”
However, the location can be a bit tricky for some customers.
“We still have people who walk in saying, ‘We didn’t know you were here,’” Underwood said.
But the business keeps growing as more people discover the goodness and convenience of the restaurant.
The lunch menu is filled with sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, sides and desserts. Patrons can walk in and order off the menu or have a custom item made fresh right at the moment.
Many of the items are made in-house, including chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad, ranch dressing, pasta salad, spinach dip and potato chips. The sourdough bread is also baked right at the restaurant. All of the meat is sliced in-house so it has the freshest flavor.
Each item has a unique twist, such as almonds for crunch in the chicken salad.
“I can’t tell you what else is in that chicken salad though,” Underwood said with a smile. “It’s a secret.”
Be sure to try the sweet potato fries, which are dusted with cinnamon sugar and taste like mini funnel cakes. The Reuben is piled high with fresh, hot corned beef and the perfect melding of ingredients.
All the desserts are homemade and can be bought whole or by the slice.
The restaurant also offers take-and-eat items, such as casseroles, chicken pies, salads, pasta dishes, side dishes and desserts. Customers can just stop by and see what is available or call ahead and have it ready when they walk in. The items can be bought fresh or frozen.
They also do a bustling catering business for any sort of occasion.
“We’ve done weddings, family reunions and other events,” Underwood said.
Businesses also use Dockside for take-and-go lunches.
“Pharmaceutical reps and other professionals often use us for boxed lunches for clients,” Underwood said.
Lunch is the largest crowd at Dockside. The restaurant opens 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There is a good sized area to sit inside and eat lunch with ample tables and comfortable chairs. Plus there is an outdoor patio and tables with umbrellas for dining el fresco on a lunch-break.
And there is a multitude of people who stop by to grab dinner on their way home from work.
“We really cater to busy people who need a complete meal,” Underwood said. “We do the cooking for you.”
Dockside Deli is a wonderful go-to place for lunch, catering or take-and-eat items. It is a worthy, local sandwich shop. The staff is happy to try and oblige any patron requests.
“We make so much of our food fresh that it is easy to accommodate our customers,” Underwood said.
Want to go? Dockside Deli and Catering 123 Trade Court, Mooresville, 704-663-5252.