EAT & DRINK

dining guide

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This sports bar is big on burgers, and the bigger the better. Take the Burger Challenge to find out if you can eat a three-pounder, plus fries, in 30 minutes. Or try the house specialty, served with a topping of pepper jack cheese and grilled pineapple. Finish off your meal with a deep fried brownie. 
ADDRESS:
18 N. Jefferson Ave.West Jefferson, NC 28694United States
CITY:
West Jefferson
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 246-3295
PRICE:
$
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Regulars of this popular restaurant have a tough time deciding on their favorite dish since the menu changes nightly, but the breast of duck and Maine scallops make the list. For dessert, try the bread pudding or choose from a selection of homemade ice creams. Weekly Sunday Salons present intimate concerts, featuring bluegrass, folk, jazz, classical, and more. Call for hours.  
ADDRESS:
1896 Old Field Creek Rd.Grassy Creek, NC 28631United States
CITY:
Grassy Creek
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 982-2109
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
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Located at the crossroads of Lansing’s solo intersection, this small pizza shop is one of the town’s greatest attractions. The pizzas come in popular topping combinations—carnivore, Hawaiian, pesto, white, barbecue chicken, and sandwiches and salads are thoughtfully made. The restaurant makes an extra effort to create fresh soups and desserts and source local ingredients, such as Benton’s bacon. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
9360 N.C. 194 N.Lansing, NC 28643United States
CITY:
Lansing
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 384-8008
PRICE:
$
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This historic building, which used to be a railway inn, provides ambience indoors and out. Sip a cocktail or dine in the fresh air on the wide patio. Inside, historic photos hang above cozy booths, offering a glimpse of West Jefferson’s past. The menu includes casual and high-end offerings, and Sunday brunch features a build-your-own bloody Mary bar. 
ADDRESS:
5 W. Main St.West Jefferson, NC 28694United States
CITY:
West Jefferson
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(336) 846-212
PRICE:
$$
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Situated between three golf courses and three miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Nikola’s Restaurant offers an extensive menu featuring starters, such as shrimp scampi and escargot, and entrées of stuffed fillet of sole, veal marsala, and chicken romani. Desserts include parfaits and strawberry siciliana.  
ADDRESS:
10498 U.S. 21 S.Roaring Gap, NC 28668United States
CITY:
Roaring Gap
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 363-6060
PRICE:
$$$
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Feel right at home in this friendly salad and sandwich shop, which is tucked away in the back of a department store building. Classic sandwiches include BLTs and grilled cheese and tomato. For something heartier, try the specials: Pot roast subs and bacon barbecue chicken sandwiches are on rotation. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
38 S. Main St.Sparta, NC 28675United States
CITY:
Sparta
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(336) 372-7444
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
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This family restaurant serves honest to goodness barbecue and an assortment of fried sides. Try the Motley’s Special, a corncake topped with barbecue, cheese, and coleslaw. Daily rotating specials are selected for the truly hungry: pork chops, meatloaf, potpies, and more. Homemade desserts include brownies, cobblers, and banana pudding. And despite the effort that goes into making all the menu items from scratch, the restaurant remains truly affordable. 
ADDRESS:
4917 N.C. 113Laurel Springs, NC 28644United States
CITY:
Laurel Springs
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 359-2191
PRICE:
$
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Just south of the Virginia border, Buckaroo’s serves down-home mountain favorites in its wood-paneled, heavily decorated dining room; there’s a taxidermy coyote on display, among other novelties. Enjoy a substantial salad bar, a wide selection of burgers and barbecue dishes served with home-style Southern sides. 
ADDRESS:
9531 N.C. 93Piney Creek, NC 28663United States
CITY:
Piney Creek
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 359-2825
PRICE:
$$
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In winter, watch the snow fall as you drink a Turkish coffee or delve into the large tea selection; or in spring, try a white wine and enjoy the mountain breeze. Whatever the time of year, Backwoods Bean offers proper sips and snacks, plus house-made baked goods, pastries, salads, and sandwiches. The café keeps pace with culinary trends, sourcing regional ingredients and thoughtfully combining flavors. 
ADDRESS:
21 N. Main St.Sparta, NC 28675United States
CITY:
Sparta
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(336) 372-7888
PRICE:
$
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If you’re hungry, a boat of steaming Southwestern food probably sounds like a dream come true. The boat is perhaps Coyote Kitchen’s specialty, though it isn’t an actual boat, but rather an individual-serving casserole dish layered with corn bread, beans, veggies, salsa, and melted cheese. The restaurant started in Boone, but now has a second location in Jefferson. In addition to boats, look forward to salads, tacos, burritos, burgers, and sandwiches. 
ADDRESS:
327 E. Main St.Jefferson, NC 28640United States
CITY:
Jefferson
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 846-2696
PRICE:
$$
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As Ashe County’s only brewery, Boondocks is serious about its contribution to the burgeoning WNC beer scene. With more than 30 beers on tap and two bars, Boondocks offers both regional specialties and national session beers. The menu presents fun bar food (think peel-and-eat shrimp and bedecked burgers), plus handmade pizzas and indulgent entrées, such as pot roast dinner.  
ADDRESS:
108 S. Jefferson Ave.West Jefferson, NC 28694United States
CITY:
West Jefferson
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 246-5222
PRICE:
$$$
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Although the menu seems to focus on northern Indian cookery, Cinnamon Kitchen serves flavors from across the subcontinent. The menu includes abundant tandoor-cooked dishes, several styles of flatbread, and plenty of vegetarian and seafood dishes.
ADDRESS:
1838 Hendersonville Rd., Ste. 103Asheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575- 2100
PRICE:
$$
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If you’re looking for a café with regulars, City Bakery has them. Many days at breakfast and lunch, you’ll see the same folks sitting out on the sidewalk enjoying a pastry or cup of coffee. Light breakfasts are great for nibbling while reading the paper, and lunch sandwiches and paninis served on artisan bread are great to grab on the go or to enjoy in the dining room. 
ADDRESS:
60 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 252-4426
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
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In the historic Grove Arcade, Chorizo offers sidewalk dining and full-flavor Latin and Caribbean cuisine from one of Asheville’s most passionate chefs. The menu nods to Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Mexico, Spain, and even Texas. Expect robust flavor profiles, color, and fresh ingredients. For more, check out sister restaurants Salsas, Modesto, and Bomba.
ADDRESS:
1 Page Ave., Ste. 139Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 350-1332
PRICE:
$$$
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From the owners of the popular Corner Kitchen, Chestnut creates a polished atmosphere in which to celebrate important moments. The menu features classic American cuisine with culinary touches and an emphasis on local ingredients. “Medium plates” provide satisfying fare for light eaters—there’s even a three-ounce steak. 
ADDRESS:
48 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 575-2667
PRICE:
$$$
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Eat like an artist at this café nestled among the shops and studios of the River Arts District. Breakfast sandwiches and decked-out bagels fuel creativity. The Boss features corned beef, egg, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and chipotle mayo on an everything bagel. Salads and sandwiches are topped with equal abundance and care. 
ADDRESS:
242 Clingman Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 253-2177
PRICE:
$
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Housed in a Tudor-style cottage in Biltmore Village, Corner Kitchen offers a fresh approach to Carolina classics under the direction of Chef Joe Scully. Best bets include the Reed Street Roast Beef sandwich—thin slices of sirloin paired with Havarti, red onion confit, and horseradish mayonnaise on pumpernickel bread. For dinner, try the meatloaf with a sweet mustard glaze and sides of collards and cheddar grits. Reservations recommended. 
ADDRESS:
3 Boston WayAsheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 274-2439
PRICE:
$$$
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Located on the north end of downtown, this small restaurant offers gluten-free crêpes with a selection of fillings that stray from the classic French choices. The barbecue and Cuban crêpes hold pulled pork. Don’t miss The Presley, filled with Nutella, bacon, peanut butter, and bananas. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
113 N. Main St.Weaverville, NC 28787United States
CITY:
Weaverville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 484-9448
PRICE:
$
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Of the several contenders for Asheville’s most romantic restaurant, Creperie Bouchon is not the most obvious choice, but it could be the best place to fall in love. Live music fills the air in the tucked-away courtyard, and the intriguing crêpes are great for sharing. Like its parent restaurant, Bouchon, the crêperie offers all-you-can-eat steamed mussels Monday through Wednesday. 
ADDRESS:
62 1/8 Lexington Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 350-3741
PRICE:
$
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Cucina24 interprets the flavors of Italy with Southern touches. Start with cauliflower soup, and follow up with one of the wood-fired pizzas, such as the mushroom with truffle oil, or the prosciutto, arugula, and smoked mozzarella pie. For a more extravagant dinner, choose a full spread from the five-course menu and a dessert of affogato, a sweet fusion of gelato, cookies, and espresso
ADDRESS:
24 Wall StAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-6170
PRICE:
$$$
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A former apprentice under acclaimed Chef Ferran Adrià of elBulli in Spain, Chef Katie Button brings her expertise to Cúrate, an authentic Spanish tapas bar that creatively blends local and exotic ingredients. Jamón ibérico (cured ham of the black-footed pigs of Spain) appears on the extensive menu alongside local fare such as fried eggplant and rosemary, drizzled with local honey. Try the sangria, which is made tableside. Closed Monday.  
ADDRESS:
11 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 239-2946
PRICE:
$$
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Desoto Lounge presents a perfect opportunity to hide out, eat tasty food, and drink craft beer while playing ping-pong and pinball at a dive-bar. The food here is way better than bar food. There’s something sweet about the lineup of pimento cheese sandwiches, black bean wraps, and mezza plates, as if it were imagined by a group of good friends hanging out and drinking beer—at Desoto Lounge, of course. 
ADDRESS:
504 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 255-1109
PRICE:
$
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This colorful eatery transports diners to India with a menu of exotic street food. Samosas and pakoras served with tamarind and green chutneys are great snacks. Sandwiches and wraps include the Sloppy Jai (spicy lamb hash cooked with tomatoes and potatoes). Pav Bhaji, a Mumbai treat of spicy vegetables and potato hash on a bun, is served with cilantro-flecked shoestring fries or a cup of daal. Wash down your meal with a sweet chai or mango lassi, a chilled yogurt drink with mango and cardamom. 
ADDRESS:
22 Battery Park Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-4003
PRICE:
$
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This pub on Biltmore Estate is the best place to try the estate’s signature brew, Cedric’s Brown Ale. Take in the grounds from the patio while dining on fish and chips, bison burger, or mountain trout with grilled vegetables. 
ADDRESS:
1 Lodge St.Asheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 225-1320
PRICE:
$$$
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Best known for Southern food with flair, this bistro has something for a variety of tastes. Start with the fried green tomatoes, the house specialty, before moving on to entrées such as blackberry-barbecue pork chops or the Black Mountain burger with Cajun seasoning and blue cheese crumbles.
ADDRESS:
203 E. State St.Black Mountain, NC 28711United States
CITY:
Black Mountain
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 669-5041
PRICE:
$$
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Blue Mountain isn’t your average pizza joint. This family friendly eatery features music nightly, including an open-mic night on Wednesdays. Create a gourmet pie with toppings such as walnuts, smoked Gouda, pesto, and almonds, or choose from more traditional selections. Closed Monday.  
ADDRESS:
55 N. Main St.Weaverville, NC 28787United States
CITY:
Weaverville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 658-8777
PRICE:
$$
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This tucked-away café in South Asheville provides fun, light lunches, plus baked goods, local Ultimate Ice Cream, coffee, smoothies, and more. Although the sandwich selection isn’t huge, it presents interesting, full-flavor choices. 
ADDRESS:
1854 Brevard Rd.Arden, NC 28704United States
CITY:
Arden
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 708-3816
PRICE:
$
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Come here for fun takes on traditional breakfast food. Meaty biscuit sandwiches abound, including the Mountain Man, a biscuit topped with pulled pork, pickled cabbage, and barbecue sauce. Vegetables are treated sensitively, and vegetarians will find plenty to please, such as Off the Beaten Path, a biscuit topped with seared beets, coleslaw, a poached egg, and tomato jam. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
601 W. State St.Black Mountain, NC 28711United States
CITY:
Black Mountain
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast
PHONE:
(828) 357-8501
PRICE:
$
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This tiny urban café is a great place to watch the action in downtown Asheville. It’s located right on Pack Square, and the floor-to-ceiling windows mean you’ll see every passerby. The food ranges from takeaway Cuban coffees and pastries to larger sandwiches with Latin flare. Salsa’s, Modesto, and Chorizo are sister restaurants to Bomba, so expect inventive cookery at all four spots.
ADDRESS:
1 SW Pack Sq.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-0209
PRICE:
$
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When a fine restaurant doesn’t take reservations, you know it’s worth the wait. Bouchon is a place to spend an evening, whether you’re enjoying all-you-can-eat mussels (Monday through Wednesday) or savoring the classic French comfort food with friends and family. 
ADDRESS:
62 N. Lexington Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 350-1140
PRICE:
$$$
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Every city needs a place where you can dine on all-you-can-eat meat sliced from massive skewers at your table, and Asheville has one. If you’re unfamiliar with Brazilian steakhouses, the abundance of roasted meat is the main attraction. This restaurant has 16 different varieties. It’s all you can eat, and prices are fixed. 
ADDRESS:
26 E. Walnut St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 785-1599
PRICE:
$$$
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With its sultry urban cool, Buffalo Nickel feels like a big-city restaurant, but in fact, the talent behind its New American menu is all Asheville. Sit at the long bar and sip the namesake signature cocktail of Buffalo Trace, sorghum, wintergreen, sassafras, vanilla and bitters, or enjoy a carefully accented main course from the small but select menu. The less formal but equally flavorful bar menu is served until midnight every day. 
ADDRESS:
747 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575-2844
PRICE:
$$$
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When it opened in 2013, Bull & Beggar appeared an instant success; everyone was talking about it. The railside eatery in the River Arts District serves the type of food you might have indulged in at the top of a Manhattan skyscraper in 1958, only the setting is much more casual. Steaks, slow-cooked meats, and full-flavor veggies are present, but the emphasis is on seafood; the restaurant serves Asheville’s only known two-tiered seafood platter. 
ADDRESS:
37 Paynes Way, No. 7Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575-9443
PRICE:
$$$
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This bar and grill at the historic Grove Arcade offers American cuisine. Enjoy lunch on the patio at the corner of Battery Park and Page avenues. For dinner, make an appetizer of the 10-inch Brie pizza, followed by local Sunburst Trout or spicy jumbo lump crab cakes.
ADDRESS:
1 Page Ave., Ste. 129Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-8730
PRICE:
$$$
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Cecilia Marchesini has served Argentinian food to Asheville for many years from restaurants and food trucks. At her current post, Marchesini serves celebrated crêpes, tamales, and empanadas. She cooks from an open kitchen and chats with guests as she prepares the food. She also sells frozen empanadas to take home. Hours vary by day, so double check before you go.
ADDRESS:
961 Merrimon Ave.Asheville, NC 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 545-9107
PRICE:
$
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Choose from dozens of fine teas to enjoy in a fresh, serene atmosphere with decorative touches from Morocco (Asheville) and Japan (Black Mountain). The space invites visitors to remove their shoes and relax. Light fare includes Middle Eastern pita bread with various spreads and desserts ranging from low-sugar to decadent. And it’s all gluten-free. 
ADDRESS:
78 N. Lexington Ave.,120 Broadway St.Asheville & Black Mountain, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville & Black Mountain
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575-2424
PRICE:
$
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Doc Chey’s eclectic mix of affordable Chinese and Thai fare keeps the dining room packed. The menu includes classic rice and noodle dishes, as well as inventive plates such as tomato-ginger stir-fry with eggplant, red pepper, and fresh basil. Menu items are customizable with a variety of meats and proteins to suit vegetarians and carnivores alike. Closed Wednesdays.  
ADDRESS:
37 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-8220
PRICE:
$$
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This Irish pub has brought great beer and food to Asheville since 1996. Choose from a large selection of beer and Scotch while listening to live music amid a lively atmosphere. The music and live jam sessions even draw some of the area’s most revered old-time musicians to the stage. Or, enjoy a better-than-bar-food dinner of rabbit ragout, shepherd’s pie, or a vegan hemp-nut burger. 
ADDRESS:
95 Patton Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-5445
PRICE:
$$
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Belly dancing performances and live Middle Eastern music aren’t the only reasons Jerusalem Garden has been in business since 1999. In a setting as exotic as the food, you’ll find flavors from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Turkey, and Israel. The lamb shank marinated in red wine, garlic, rosemary, and Syrian spices, and vegetarian platter with hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, stuffed grape leaves, olives, and pita, are popular choices. The Garden serves a weekend brunch that includes omelets and eggs with lamb or crab cakes.
ADDRESS:
78 Patton Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 254-0255
PRICE:
$$
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This River Arts District eatery hosts a daring and decadent Sunday brunch of Southern-inspired, scratch-made cuisine, including barbecue pork biscuits and breakfast gnocchi. Come dinnertime, it’s easy to imagine you’re dining at a local farm, so fresh are the proteins and produce. And don’t miss trying one of the original cocktails, which change regularly and offer creative flavor combinations.
ADDRESS:
348 Depot St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 225-3497
PRICE:
$$$
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A melding of breakfast and dinner, this classic soul food restaurant comes to Asheville from the owners of Early Girl Eatery. Chicken is served in several stylings, and large, playfully accented salads provide a healthy balance to the menu. Open late Friday and Saturday. 
ADDRESS:
444 Haywood Rd., NC 28806United States
CITY:
444 Haywood Rd.
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 785-1690
PRICE:
$
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This restaurant offers a comprehensive Korean dining experience, including the tabletop cookery. The stone bowl dishes and grilled meat and seafood entrées incorporate fresh vegetables and familiar flavors, but the more adventurous will order grilled whole squid or eel bibimbap (a Korean mixed rice dish). 
ADDRESS:
122 College St.;Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 785-1500
PRICE:
$$
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It began as a lunch counter in 1991; today, Laughing Seed is one of the restaurants that truly define Asheville. Its menu of creative vegetarian cuisine captures the flavors of the globe and intrigues even the most stalwart meat eaters. Closed Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
40 Wall St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-3445
PRICE:
$$
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Whenever you see a “Don’t Postpone Joy” bumper sticker around WNC, rest assured the driver has eaten at Laurey Masterton’s downtown staple, since this was her motto. The restaurant’s ready-made meals, such as twice-baked chicken, make for a fast and delicious lunch and dinner. Wraps and salads change daily. Closed Sunday.  
ADDRESS:
67 Biltmore AveAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-1500
PRICE:
$$
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Restaurant, brewery, and music venue in one, this spacious downtown joint stays busy until 2 a.m. Brews crafted in-house are on tap, and the menu offers a spin on traditional pub food. Appetizers such as beef sliders and green chili pork nachos foreshadow entrées like pork belly tacos and steamed Atlantic salmon. A variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches are also on the menu. 
ADDRESS:
39 N. Lexington Ave., NC 28801United States
CITY:
39 N. Lexington Ave.
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-0212
PRICE:
$$
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Take your time exploring the dizzying array of Latin and California creations of owner and Mexico City-born Chef Hugo Ramirez. The menu changes daily, and offers dishes such as lobster nachos and Rioja slow-braised short ribs. A wide selection of fine tequilas can be savored by the flight or in one of the many tasty cocktails made with fresh juices, including a jalapeño martini and blood-orange or peach-chipotle margaritas. 
ADDRESS:
13 Eagle St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 252-2327
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
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“Cute” and “gas station” don’t often go together, but The Local Joint combines them both. The attached filling station sort of adds to the restaurant’s charm. The grapevine will tell you breakfast is the restaurant’s specialty, and the lineup of omelets, scrambles, and huevos rancheros substantiates the gossip.
ADDRESS:
1185 Charlotte Hwy.Fairview, NCUnited States
CITY:
Fairview
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 338-0469
PRICE:
$$
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Make an evening of a visit to Isis; have dinner and drinks, and stay for a show. Local and touring acts perform most nights. The food here, like the entertainment, is high quality. Foraged mushrooms, fine meats, and flavorful vegetarian dishes might make you forget you’re in a venue. The kitchen serves a late-night menu until midnight most days. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
743 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 575-2737
PRICE:
$$
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The vantage point of Isa’s Bistro is unparalleled; the corner restaurant projects into one of Asheville’s main thoroughfares, providing an excellent view for diners who feast on shrimp and succotash, roasted duck breast, or grilled lamb loin. 
ADDRESS:
1 Battery Park Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 575-9636
PRICE:
$$$
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This industrial chic charcuterie and cocktail bar perches atop its parent restaurant, Table. The menu centers around cured and raw meats, including tartare, sashimi, and lomo. On the cocktail menu, you’ll find several negronis and a wider selection of original drinks, such as the King’s Cup—Pimm’s No. 1, St. Germain, Fernet Luxardo, vanilla, orange bitters, and soda.
ADDRESS:
48 College St., NC 28801United States
CITY:
48 College St.
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-8980
PRICE:
$$
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Overlooking Pritchard Park, this cozy and casual eatery offers a variety of delicious Southern dishes and comfort foods, including biscuits with vegetarian herb gravy, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches, and broccoli-cheddar hush puppies. All items are made from scratch, and ingredients are sourced from local farmers. Breakfast is served all day. 
ADDRESS:
8 Wall St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 259-9292
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Harkening back to inventor Thomas Edison’s frequent visits to the Grove Park Inn, this bar and restaurant blends local craft beers with Southern comfort cuisine. Handcrafted cocktails are best enjoyed on the spacious outdoor patio that offers stunning views of Asheville and the mountains. Locally sourced ingredients comprise small plates and entrées, such as shrimp popcorn and achiote braised pork quesadilla.
ADDRESS:
290 Macon Ave.Asheville, NC 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-2711
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This popular burger joint emphasizes local sourcing and seasonal ingredients. Burgers and salads come topped with the stuff of dreams—marinated beets, candied jalapeños, peach chutney, aged smoked Gouda, pork belly, and more. The small chain also has three locations in Atlanta
ADDRESS:
10 Patton Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 348-8540
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This whimsical hangout is more than the sum of its parts. Serving all manner of chocolaty goodness—truffles, cake, mousse, brownies, and more—along with wine, beer, and coffee, the Chocolate Lounge is among the few bean-to-bar operations in the country; owners Dan and Jael Rattigan own a cacao farm in Costa Rica and make most of their chocolate at a small factory down the street. The atmosphere invites guests to relax and savor the experience. The overall effect is something magical. Revisit when new location opens.
ADDRESS:
10 S. Pack Sq.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-4181
PRICE:
$
Body:
The Glass Onion proves that upscale dining doesn’t need to be fussy. The husband-and-wife owners specialize in modern takes on northern Italian standards like cannelloni Florentine, wild boar Bolognese, and creamy Gorgonzola polenta. Stop in during Wine Lover’s Wednesdays, when the restaurant offers half-priced bottles of wine and $15 plates of pasta.
ADDRESS:
18 N. Main St.Weaverville, NC 28787United States
CITY:
Weaverville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 645-8866
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
An eco-friendly establishment, the Green Sage offers fair trade coffees and teas, as well as a breakfast menu that’s available all day and includes omelets, quiche, and French toast. Savor tasty salads and sandwiches, like the tempeh Reuben. The restaurant adheres to its green philosophy, using organic ingredients and solar-heated water. 
ADDRESS:
5 Broadway St.70 Westgate Pkwy.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-4450
PRICE:
$
Body:
Tucked inconspicuously into Asheville’s west side, this sushi restaurant is a hot spot for locals. An extensive menu offers sushi rolls and sashimi, as well as entrées such as teriyaki steak and grilled red snapper. Try the signature Green Tea roll with lobster, king crab, spicy tuna, and salmon, wrapped in soy paper and topped with avocado and caviar. 
ADDRESS:
2 Regent ParkAsheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-8300
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Heiwa isn’t the sort of place where you ask for a fork. This authentic Japanese restaurant offers an intimate setting and an innovative sushi selection. Try chef creations like the caterpillar roll (eel topped with avocado and tobiko), or sample sushi that combines unconventional ingredients like sweet potatoes and almond butter.
ADDRESS:
87 N. Lexington Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-7761
PRICE:
$$
Body:
A stylish, comfortable atmosphere and wireless Internet access make High Five a perfect setting for study sessions and informal business meetings. The muffins, pastries, pies, and lunch selections are made from scratch. Beer and wine are also available. 
ADDRESS:
190 Broadway St., Ste.13 Rankin Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 398-0209; (828) 713-5291
PRICE:
$
Body:
This unassuming eatery just feels right: Maybe it’s the comfort food; maybe it’s the house-turned-restaurant space. Whatever the reason, it feels good to dine on fried chicken sandwiches, blackened Sunburst trout, and banana pudding at HomeGrown. And it is right, ethically speaking, because the menu features lots of locally grown food. 
ADDRESS:
371 Merrimon Ave.Asheville, NC 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 232-4340
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The Lobster Trap pulls in a steady dinner crowd of locals and tourists looking for fresh seafood at a high elevation. One could easily enjoy a casual evening with a glass of wine or house-brewed beer, fresh oysters, and the delicious lobster roll on a brioche bun, or go all in and indulge with Alaskan king crab legs or the $92 triple seafood tower. There’s live entertainment most nights.  
ADDRESS:
35 Patton Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 350-0505
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
Patrons of this homey spot rave that the barbecue pork sandwich is the best in North Carolina. Smoky Mountain cures its meat with salt and brown sugar, and then roasts the whole hog. The restaurant takes a similar approach to its barbecue chicken and beef.  Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
1008 S. Jefferson Ave.West Jefferson, NC 28694United States
CITY:
West Jefferson
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 246-6818
PRICE:
$
Body:
Dunn’s offers a selection of Boar’s Head meats, fresh breads, and toppings to create satisfying sandwiches. The Avalanche, a pile of hot roast beef and capicola ham with mozzarella and blue cheese on sourdough, and the Not So Basic BLT (spiced up with banana peppers) receive high recommendations from regulars. Dunn’s also offers a selection of domestic draft beers.  
ADDRESS:
134 Main St. W.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-6731
PRICE:
$
Body:
There’s a touch of decadence to every dish at this North Asheville restaurant. Even the standard salad comes with heirloom tomatoes, pickled carrots, lemon-compressed cucumber, sunflower seeds, and cave-aged cheddar. Despite this flair for indulgence, the menu is tight, not sprawling. It features a solid handful of easy-to-share appetizers, small plates, and “suppers,” where you’ll find luxuriant touches. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
1020 Merrimon Ave.Asheville, 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 350-3033
PRICE:
Body:
Equal parts coffee shop and pizzeria, Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery is sure to please. In addition to traditional pizzas and other Italian dishes, the menu offers inventive eats such as the Fire & Ice Mahi Wrap—blackened mahimahi topped with fresh pineapple-cilantro salsa and cabbage. 
ADDRESS:
324 Shawneehaw Ave.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-4242
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Located in Cheshire Village, this market and deli is a pleasant spot to stop for a light breakfast or lunch. Try the roasted chicken breast sandwich, prepared with avocado, roasted red pepper, and pesto on ciabatta with a cup of organic tea. The market also sells locally made foods, meats, fresh seafood, and more than 600 wines.
ADDRESS:
2 E. Market St.Black Mountain, 28711United States
CITY:
Black Mountain
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 357-5500
PRICE:
$
Body:
Louisiana Purchase offers fine Cajun and Creole cuisine in downtown Banner Elk. Entrées include seafood étouffée, jambalaya, and barbecue shrimp. The chefs create nightly specials such as roasted rack of lamb, veal, and Scottish salmon. And the restaurant’s wine list offers more than 80 selections. 
ADDRESS:
397 Shawneehaw Ave.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-5656
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Restaurant, brewery, game room, and movie theater in one, this is a great place for a casual dinner with family or friends. Murals from classic films cover the walls in the dining area and bar, where you can enjoy one of the gourmet pizzas. Order one of the house brews to enjoy in the theater (Merrimon Avenue location only) which shows recently released movies for $3. Merrimon and Coxe locations offer a pizza and salad lunch buffet. Hendersonville Rd. is takeout and delivery only.  
ADDRESS:
675 Merrimon Ave.77 Coxe Ave.Asheville, 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 255-4077
PRICE:
$
Body:
At Old Hampton, perhaps “barbecue restaurant” should come before “store.” While the place has plenty of novelty gifts, preserves, and candies for diners to take with them, food steals the show. The popular hickory-smoked barbecue pork and chicken are served with traditional sides, including fried pickles and Carolina caviar, and banana pudding is on offer for dessert. The restaurant also hosts events: live bluegrass and, most notably, the annual Cornbread Cook-Off in June. 
ADDRESS:
77 Ruffin St.Linville, NC 28646United States
CITY:
Linville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 733-5213
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Don’t take these sandwiches to a tea party, unless your guests really love big subs overflowing with slow-cooked meat and French fries. While the over-the-top, French fry-stuffed sandwich is this shop’s specialty, the eatery also serves breakfast, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. 
ADDRESS:
794 Haywood Rd.491 Sardis Rd.Asheville & Enka/Candler, 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville & Enka/Candler
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-0110
PRICE:
$
Body:
With one of the more inventive menus around, The Painted Fish offers Southern food with Southwestern twists. For example, the mixed grill features grilled-to-order lamb chop and tenderloin along with house-roasted jalapeño and peach pork sausage served with mashed potatoes and asparagus, finished with a blackberry demi-glace. Vegetables, seafood and salads abound, and a solid selection of beer on tap highlights local breweries. 
ADDRESS:
2941 Tynecastle Hwy.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 898-6800
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Spend an evening at this two-story beer and pizza mecca; it hosts plenty of amusing activities, including trivia, pool, darts, and live music. The pizzas are a weeknight favorite among locals, and are sized for sharing with friends. The menu includes plenty of salads and wraps, plus a Beefalo burger, a low-fat hybrid of beef and bison. Two bars boast 43 taps, so Barley’s is a great place to try beers from near and far. This taproom and pizzeria can also be found in Spindale, in Polk County. 
ADDRESS:
42 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 255-0504
PRICE:
$$
Body:
“Attention to detail” sounds like an understatement when talking about All Souls Pizza. The pasta, polenta, and pies are prepared with care and fastidiousness. Owner and baker Dave Bauer (also of wholesale bakery Farm & Sparrow) sources and mills wheat from farmers who grow heirloom varieties, thus lending an original taste to the pizzas. The menu is straightforward; the resulting dishes are delicious. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
175 Clingman Ave.Asheville, 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-0169
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Chef Dominic Geraghty isn’t actually recommending that diners eat birds at his cozy, small-town café and bakery. The name references an old idiom, which roughly means to humble oneself. Perhaps the name is a nod to Geraghty’s change in career path; for many years, he headed a fine dining restaurant at The Inn at Crestwood. Now, he serves simple, high quality lunches, as well as a bimonthly dinner, at his own shop. He specializes in sweet and savory pies, a nod to his homeland in England. Try a shepherd’s pie or Bakewell tart for a taste of the UK. Closed Sunday and Monday.  
ADDRESS:
9872 N.C. 105 S.Foscoe, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Foscoe
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 963-8228
PRICE:
$
Body:
Find this small sandwich shop in the rear of Fred’s General Mercantile, a mountaintop one-stop shop that stocks groceries, outdoor gear, and novelties. The deli is a great place to grab a meal before skiing or exploring Beech Mountain. For breakfast, the eatery serves sandwiches on biscuits and English muffins, and at lunch and dinnertime, the menu focuses on loaded nachos, wraps, sandwiches, and burgers. Take home a whole pie to enjoy after a busy day on the mountain. 
ADDRESS:
501 Beech Mountain Pkwy.Beech Mountain, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Beech Mountain
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 387-4838
PRICE:
$
Body:
This chic, modern dining experience at Diamond Creek Golf Club offers artful dishes made from seasonal ingredients. You can read descriptions of the tuna tartare, foie gras, veal loin, and the elk chop, but to understand these dishes, plated in the style of nouvelle cuisine, you need to see them. They’re beautiful. Open May through October. Reservations recommended. 
ADDRESS:
1200 Dobbins Rd.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-5395
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
The Banner Elk Cafe is open more hours of the day than it’s closed, and that’s a great thing. Start the day here at dawn with a hearty three-egg omelet on the patio. Lunchtime features accessible fare for both adults and children; the kids’ menu offers a wide selection for even the pickiest eater. At dinnertime, come hungry. The café mostly serves large plates of steak, barbecue, and ribs, although mountain trout, crab, and salmon also feature prominently.  
ADDRESS:
324 Shawneehaw Ave.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-4040
PRICE:
$$
Body:
On a grassy village knoll, this restaurant is definitely not in the bayou, but that doesn’t stop the folks behind Bayou Smokehouse from serving Cajun cuisine. The gumbo promises lots of heat, and the étouffée is served with a choice of catfish, shrimp, or crawfish. The menu also does Texas proud with ribs, brisket, chicken-fried steak, and other Lone Star State dishes. 
ADDRESS:
130 E. Main St., Village ShopsBanner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-8952
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This quaint Southern joint honors its namesake with buttermilk biscuits, buttermilk fried chicken, and buttermilk pie. The family owned restaurant promises homemade goodness, whether you’re dining on a meal-size salad or a plate of country ham and down-home sides. Don’t miss dessert, which includes coconut rum buttermilk pie. 
ADDRESS:
35 Milton Buchanan Ln.Newland, NC 28657United States
CITY:
Newland
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 765-2200
PRICE:
$
Body:
This massive menu includes a strong showing of Vietnamese food, a rare find in WNC. Staple dishes such as bun (cold vermicelli noodles) and pho (a flavorful, brothy soup) provide a great introduction to the country’s cuisine. Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find lots of vegetarian options, pad thai, hibachi and other Japanese cookery, plus sushi. Don’t miss the chef’s specials, some of which is prepared tableside. 
ADDRESS:
Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-4121
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Host to eclectic live music most nights, this intimate cornerstone of Asheville’s nightlife calls its food “bar snacks,” and sure, it serves boiled peanuts, but these dishes are far more than bar snacks. The menu provides a cross section of the local food scene, with Sunburst Trout jerky, Hickory Nut Gap salami, Three Graces Dairy chèvre, and Roots Hummus. There’s also craft beer and a vast selection of wines by the glass and bottle.
ADDRESS:
5 Walnut St.28801United States
CITY:
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 253-2593
PRICE:
$
Body:
Located in Asheville’s River Arts District with a second eatery in Arden, 12 Bones serves some of the area’s most acclaimed barbecue and draws a sizeable lunch crowd because of it. Meat lovers should order the Hogzilla—a hoagie stuffed with pulled pork, sausage, sugared bacon, and pepper jack cheese.
ADDRESS:
3578 Sweeten Creek Rd.Arden, 28704United States
CITY:
Arden
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 253-4499
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Find this small sandwich shop in the rear of Fred’s General Mercantile, a mountaintop one-stop shop that stocks groceries, outdoor gear, and novelties. The deli is a great place to grab a meal before skiing or exploring Beech Mountain. For breakfast, the eatery serves sandwiches on biscuits and English muffins, and at lunch and dinnertime, the menu focuses on loaded nachos, wraps, sandwiches, and burgers. Take home a whole pie to enjoy after a busy day on the mountain. 
ADDRESS:
501 Beech Mountain Pkwy., NC 28604United States
CITY:
501 Beech Mountain Pkwy.
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 387-4838
PRICE:
$
Body:
Arguably, this cinder block restaurant in West Asheville was the match that lit the restaurant explosion in the neighborhood. It remains a favorite, both for its creative, ever-changing menu and its late-night weekend dance parties. Don’t miss the beef tartare with its 64-degree egg or the PEI steamed mussels; these items are reliably present on the menu. For the rest, prepare to be surprised and intrigued. 
ADDRESS:
400 Haywood Rd.28806United States
CITY:
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
828) 252-2541
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This restaurant is for wine-lovers: Enjoy one of more than 300 bottles while observing one of the best views around. By-the-glass selections number 28 and include several North Carolina wines. On the menu, you’ll find an interesting mix of Southern and European dishes, perhaps curated to complement the wine selection. 
ADDRESS:
2489 Beech Mountain Pkwy.Beech Mountain, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Beech Mountain
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 898-9004
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
This Mexican restaurant offers more than the standard combination platters (although those are available). Dinner specialties include ranchero-style rib eye, chiles poblanos, and traditional and American-style tacos. There’s a heavy focus on seafood, mostly shrimp and tilapia. The interior is new and polished, and the bar holds a massive selection of tequila. 
ADDRESS:
2120 Tynecastle Hwy.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-3332
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Once an auto garage (as the name suggests), this restaurant and late-night spot is a shrine to carefree living. Its huge courtyard is filled with novelty sculpture and plant life, and inside, a massive chandelier hangs above a tiny, no-frills dining room. These folks make sake; they host dance parties; they cook fun, Asian-inspired bar food. Indeed, Ben’s is popular for good reason. 
ADDRESS:
195 Hilliard Ave.Asheville, 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 424-7580
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Burnt orange walls and rich brown and gold hues create a warm welcome inside this restaurant, where everything on the menu is made from scratch. The signature burger, with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and applewood-smoked bacon, is a favorite from the seasonal menu, as well as the cornmeal-dusted oysters and pimento cheese grits. Enjoy your meal at the bar, in the dining room, or on the shaded patio. 
ADDRESS:
139 W. Union St.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 433-1540
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This farm-inspired restaurant is cheerful and fun. Dishes such as Boiled Peanut Hummus and Bourbon & Coke Meatloaf pique the interest and the appetite. With two settings for enjoying the food—an upstairs dining room and a downstairs pub—visitors are sure to find a spot that suits them. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
108 E. Meeting St.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 475-6200
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This local gathering spot often hosts musicians. The mood of the menu is Southern, with specials such as prime rib and jambalaya, but the kitchen tends to get creative with fish tacos and all-day breakfast. 
ADDRESS:
117 Main St.Lenoir, NC 28645United States
CITY:
Lenoir
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 572-4145
PRICE:
$
Body:
Everyone who passes by notices this barbecue restaurant: It’s housed in a bright pink hoop house. The motto, “If we can’t smoke it, we grill it,” describes the restaurant’s love affair with pork, chicken, and beef. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
2608 Hickory Blvd.Hudson, NC 28638United States
CITY:
Hudson
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 728-6611
PRICE:
$
Body:
This brewery and gastropub will release its own beers soon; in the meantime, local beer flows from 11 taps. Burgers come on glossy, fresh buns, and small plates benefit from artful touches. An outdoor patio provides space to sit and chat in the sunshine (or moonshine, as the case may be). Closed Sunday and Monday. 
ADDRESS:
1048 Harper Ave. NWLenoir, NC 28645United States
CITY:
Lenoir
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 962-9551
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Located at the Lenoir Golf Club and open to the public, this restaurant serves comforting Southern food. Thoughtful touches such as rosemary-tomato mayonnaise elevate the burgers, dogs, sandwiches, and wraps. 
ADDRESS:
701 Norwood St. SWLenoir, NC 28645United States
CITY:
Lenoir
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 754-9064
PRICE:
$
Body:
This old bottling plant has been refurbished to host a brewery and restaurant. While it still looks industrial on the outside, the stylish interior and decadent food menu will make you wonder whether it’s always been a restaurant. The pub fare includes pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and even rib eye. The chef clearly has a passion for burgers, with more than a dozen versions available. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
47 Duke St.Granite Falls, NC 28630United States
CITY:
Granite Falls
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 212-1222
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Yet another great example of why North Carolina is famous for its barbecue, this local favorite serves delicious meat doused in a distinctive, vinegar-based sauce. With ribs so tender the meat falls off the bone, barbecue fans will rejoice. Open Thursday through Saturday. 
ADDRESS:
2757 Connelly Springs Rd.Granite Falls, NC 28630United States
CITY:
Granite Falls
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 728-8884
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This charming main street spot is beloved for its chicken salad, accented with pineapple, pecans, and capers. If that isn’t enough, egg and tuna salad are also front and center. The daily specials feature heartier dishes, such as barbecue ribs and meatloaf. 
ADDRESS:
104 Main St.Lenoir, NC 28645United States
CITY:
Lenoir
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 757-3381
PRICE:
$
Body:
The large dinner menu at this sleek downtown restaurant offers large, choice steaks, grilled seafood, and Southern twists. It’s a little bit of Appalachia, the Lowcountry, and California. The bar offers a casual alternative to the dinner menu, with oysters and cheese, meat, and vegetable boards. One of the owners is a pastry chef, so save room for dessert too.  
ADDRESS:
47 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast
PHONE:
(828) 254-2502
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This European restaurant blends old-world charm with a menu of German and northern Italian favorites. A great starter is the Black Forest Platter, which offers a sampling of German dishes, including Wiener schnitzel, a choice of breaded pork or veal served with sauerkraut. Italian menu options include eggplant parmigiana served with pesto pasta. Finish the meal with apple strudel.  
ADDRESS:
2155 Hendersonville Rd.Arden, 28704United States
CITY:
Arden
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 687-7980
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Family owned and operated, this open-kitchen pizza joint makes you feel right at home. Voted Best in Burke by locals for the past five years, the Pie Hole’s dough and breads are made daily. Build your own pizza with Party Pie, a 19-inch pizza covered in your choice of toppings. Closed Sunday.  
ADDRESS:
115 Independence Blvd.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
www.morgantonpiehole.com
PRICE:
$
Body:
At this tiny eatery, the kitchen is enthusiastic about food—both the flavors and the portions, which are ample. Toppings are fresh, and salsas are homemade and offer varying levels of heat. Daily specials often include chiles rellenos. 
ADDRESS:
408 W. Fleming Dr.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 438-5008
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This sweet cottage restaurant serves breakfasts and lunches with attentive detail. Start the day with a jumbo banana-cream cheese muffin or a helping of baked Greek yogurt and berries (think custard for breakfast). Lunches let favored Southern staples shine—pimento cheese, chicken salad, and coleslaw. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
142 Main St. E.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 898-4000
PRICE:
$
Body:
Chef Jason Roy grew up on Southern cathead biscuits, so called because they’re about the size of a cat’s head. At his brunch restaurant, he continues the tradition. The menu features large biscuit sandwiches with playful profiles, such as the Brisket Biscuit. Also try the large selection of house-made jams and butters.
ADDRESS:
417 Biltmore Ave.733 Haywood Rd.Asheville, 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 333-5145
PRICE:
$
Body:
Steak and seafood lovers in Banner Elk consider Stone Walls a top choice for fine dining. Try the succulent crab-stuffed mushroom appetizer or savor a cup of lobster bisque. The blackened chicken, prime rib, Maryland crab cakes, and jumbo shrimp scampi are classics.  
ADDRESS:
344 Shawneehaw Ave.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-5550
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
A casual yet sophisticated atmosphere awaits at this premier dining spot on Biltmore Estate. Only the freshest ingredients are used, many of which come from Biltmore’s fields. Not to be missed is the local mountain trout served with roasted red peppers, asparagus, haricot vert, and saffron butter cream sauce. A ticket onto the estate is required, and reservations are suggested.
ADDRESS:
1 Approach Rd.Asheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 225-6230
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
The menu at this bed-and-breakfast was created to complement local wine and beer from affiliated businesses, Plumtree Valley Vineyards and Blind Squirrel Brewery. Pair a Belgian-style tripel with a trout po’boy, or savor the Toe River Red with the Ultimate Fajita Wrap or specialty pizza. Open Mother’s Day through Halloween. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
4716 S. U.S. 19 E.Plumtree, NC 28664United States
CITY:
Plumtree
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 765-9696
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This eclectic tapas restaurant is the kind of place where one could easily stay until closing time. The menu boasts more than 100 small plates, categorized by main ingredient. Find familiar offerings like potato skins, an iceberg wedge or meatball sliders, or try something with culinary flair, such as duck wings, sautéed squid steak, or calves liver. Like the small plates menu, the wine list is notable for its length and variety. 
ADDRESS:
502 W. Main St.Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 898-4166
PRICE:
$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This family friendly diner has been serving home-style meals for more than 30 years. The breakfast bar offers staples such as bacon, eggs, and fresh fruit. For lunch and dinner, selections of fish, steak, sandwiches and burgers, ribs, and salads will satisfy your hunger without emptying your wallet.  
ADDRESS:
2156 S. Sterling St.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 433-5400
PRICE:
$
Body:
This cute coffeehouse knows how to serve a meal. Breakfast and lunch selections change daily, but past meals have included ham and potato hash and beef fajitas. On weekends, the café stays open late for live music, and weekly special dinners accompany the entertainment. 
ADDRESS:
136 W. Union St.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 430-4343
PRICE:
$
Body:
Located on the Rutherford College campus, this community barbecue shack serves some of the best smoked meat in the area. The place is often packed. Locals and visitors alike rave about the brisket, ribs, and home-style sides, such as fried okra, sweet potato fries, and Brunswick stew. Open Thursday through Saturday. 
ADDRESS:
500 Malcolm Blvd.Connelly Springs, NC 28612United States
CITY:
Connelly Springs
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 522-1227
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Try the signature barbecue chicken, pork, or beef served on a bun with fries, or as an entrée with baked beans and corn, while enjoying a view of the Catawba River. The lunch buffet allows you to sample a little bit of everything. 
ADDRESS:
128 Greenlee Ford Rd.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 433-5798
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This restaurant serves upscale European fare in a charming Victorian cottage. Look forward to cheese fondue, seafood, roast duck, and steak au poivre. During Sunday brunch, servers deliver unlimited portions of eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, and more for a flat rate of $12.95. Hours are day specific, so call ahead. 
ADDRESS:
207 S. King St.Morganton, NC 28655United States
CITY:
Morganton
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 475-6188
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This surprising strip mall spot shines with authentic dishes such as tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet), yakiniku (grilled meat) and ramen. The sushi selection includes both American favorites and Japanese staples. Plan to spend an evening in this tiny eatery learning about Japanese culture and trying new dishes. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
40 Cloninger Mill Rd.Hickory, NC 28601United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 322-5511
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This restaurant, bar, and market channels Hickory’s railway vibe to its benefit. The massive beer selection includes two cask ales, and rotating taps mean there’s always something special at hand. Selections from the large menu are seasonal, creative, and beautifully plated. Start with cauliflower fritters and move on to vegetable pasta primavera with spaghetti squash or a rib eye steak.     
ADDRESS:
232 Government Ave. SWHickory, NC 28602United States
CITY:
Hickory
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 322-2356
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Relax on Lake Norman with casual fare at every meal. The vast breakfast menu includes pancakes, waffles, eggs, corned beef hash, and livermush. At lunch and dinner, choose from mahi-topped salads, barbecue, and hamburgers. 
ADDRESS:
8693 U.S. 150 E.Terrell, NC 28682United States
CITY:
Terrell
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 478-3078
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This elegant former industrial space showcases some of the region’s finest dishes. Local ingredients shine in stylings you won’t see elsewhere. Mountain trout pairs with eggplant, squash velouté, and grilled lemon. A perfectly smoked pork chop is served with oyster mushroom hash and padrón peppers. The cocktail and dessert menus include similarly thoughtful gems. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
883 Highland Ave. SEHickory, NC 28602United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 267-9800
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
On a leafy thoroughfare in Hickory’s Oakwood neighborhood, Vintage House offers a formal dining experience and French-leaning American cuisine. Classic dishes include Muscovy duck breast, beef tenderloin medallions, and Cobb salad. Pasta dishes compose a significant portion of the menu. 
ADDRESS:
271 3rd Ave. NWHickory, NC 28601United States
CITY:
Hickory
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 324-1210
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
With a comfortable upscale ambience, this eatery offers an award-winning wine selection to accompany its many scrumptious entrées, including filet mignon and Moroccan chicken. The signature 242 burger features applewood-smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, and barbecue sauce. 
ADDRESS:
242 11th Ave. NEHickory, NC 28601United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 324-2005
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This unassuming diner serves popular breakfasts of pancakes and eggs. Local Brasstown beef often appears on the specials list, and during the growing season, the place hosts special farm-to-fork dinners. Local jams, cakes, and pastries are also for sale.  
ADDRESS:
30 N.C. 141Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 837-1362
PRICE:
$
Body:
This community spot is decorated with wood paneling and wagon wheels, and it’s got the country food to match the décor. That’s a great thing, because it means plates of mountain trout, liver and onions, and frog legs. The Country Bowl spreads fried chicken, corn, and cheddar-jack cheese over red-skin mashed potatoes. The menu is large, so everyone is sure to find something that suits them. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
1466 Andrews Rd.Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 835-9100
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This wine shop doubles as a café. In the morning, grab a coffee and pastry. Later on, enjoy any bottle you purchase while dining on one of the sandwiches or wraps. The Tuscany panini combines Genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone, roasted red peppers, and Italian vinaigrette. You’ll also find wines by the glass, draft beer, and live music at the shop. 
ADDRESS:
46 Valley River Ave.Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 835-7322
PRICE:
$
Body:
Come for a Boar’s Head deli sandwich on fresh baked bread and stay for dessert. The cupcakes at this downtown favorite are dainty and delicious. They’re just bigger than bite-size and topped with a generous dollop of homemade icing. Closed weekends. 
ADDRESS:
104 Tennessee St.Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 835-8986
PRICE:
$
Body:
Inside Doyle’s Cedar Hill, white table linens against rich, wood walls set the scene for a fine dining experience. Appetizers such as steamed mussels in a Pernod, white wine and garlic sauce lead the way to well-executed entrées, including broiled mountain trout topped with lemon juice and toasted almonds. A pub menu of burgers and sandwiches is also available and best enjoyed with a cold brew on the expansive outdoor patio, where you can catch live music most weekends. 
ADDRESS:
925 Andrews Rd.Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 837-3400
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Marvel at a massive chalkboard wall covered with the names of impressive options. Here, the sandwiches are bold: a Pork Banh Mi with cilantro, pickled carrots, and Sriracha; a Brie melt with apples and capers; and the veggie Rueben with Brussels sprouts, Russian dressing, fontina, kraut, and peanuts. Sides include mac and cheese and broccoli with miso. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
268 1st Ave. NWHickory, NC 28601United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 322-1196
PRICE:
$
Body:
You’ve probably heard of industrial-chic, but what about astrological-chic? This polished eatery is painted the color of the night sky and recessed lights illuminate the ceiling like stars. The flatbreads and sandwiches are named for planets and moons; the Titan sandwich comes topped with a roasted portobello mushroom, spinach, feta, and pesto. Twenty-seven microbrews help diners experience weightlessness. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
256 1st Ave.; NWHickory, NC 28601United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(877) 517-3635
PRICE:
$
Body:
Breakfast is served all day at this gourmet sandwich shop, where customers savor The Rapp, a whole-wheat tortilla filled with granola, yogurt, honey, banana, and peanut butter. The Reuben is also a house specialty. Come for bingo every third Thursday and frequent beer and wine tastings throughout the year.  
ADDRESS:
2960 N. Center St.Hickory, NC 28601United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 267-1300
PRICE:
$
Body:
This cleverly renovated auto shop is a popular hangout for soccer fans, but it’s far more than a sports bar. The menu features accessible fare for family time or futbol—think sweet potato tots, po’boys, and tempeh melts. Every Tuesday, tacos sell for just $1.50.
ADDRESS:
401 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 505-7929
PRICE:
$
Body:
With an atmosphere to match the traditional Japanese cuisine, this restaurant features an extensive menu. For dinner, begin with an appetizer like Tako Su, sliced octopus with a sweet vinegar sauce, and move on to the shrimp tempura entrée. Shrimp dumplings are a popular item from the sushi bar, and patrons can round out their meal with green tea or ginger ice cream. 
ADDRESS:
19 Broadway StAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 225-2551
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Choose from breakfast sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries, and cakes to go with gourmet coffees. Lunch standouts include the curried chicken salad served on a croissant, which can be paired with an array of healthy, fresh sides. End on a sweet note with delicate truffles, tiramisu, or a signature eclair, among many other tempting options.
ADDRESS:
6 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803; 26 N. Main St., Weaverville, NC 28787
CITY:
Asheville & Weaverville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 774-5307
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Enjoy breakfast all day at this sunny, kid-friendly spot in West Asheville. Baked goods, including arguably the best cinnamon rolls in town, are made from scratch and use local ingredients. For lunch, choose from a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, hearty soups, and organic salads. On the weekend, stop by for a leisurely brunch of challah French toast with seasonal fruit and maple syrup. Vegan, spelt, and gluten-free options are available. 
ADDRESS:
757 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 252-9378
PRICE:
$
Body:
With two locations, this Asheville favorite serves more tacos than ever before. The aesthetic is cheerful picnic tables and bright colors. The food is superior, offering an array of creative tacos, including Thai peanut chicken, a sweet Bangkok shrimp with pickles, and crispy chicken BLT. The restaurant manages both speed and incredible attention to detail. 
ADDRESS:
1 Roberts St.,12 Biltmore Ave.,Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 258-1660
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This lunch counter is tucked away in the Woolworth Walk art gallery, a nod to the building’s former life as a department store. The current owners reconstructed the luncheonette with chrome accents and red vinyl stools to resemble the 1938 original. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, and hot dogs, plus hand-dipped ice cream and old-fashioned milk shakes.
ADDRESS:
25 Haywood St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 254-9210
PRICE:
$
Body:
Zambra transports diners to exotic locales with a romantic ambience and cuisine from around the world, namely Spain and Northern Africa. A robust selection of wines and exciting small plates are meant to be shared. The menu changes regularly, but dishes such as pistachio-encrusted veal sweetbread, pomegranate-braised pork spring rolls, and sesame-encrusted scallops are a sampling of the offerings. 
ADDRESS:
85 Walnut St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 232-1060
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The owner’s travels in Mexico inspired this restaurant, which has a twin in Charleston. Recipes represent their region, whether fish tacos from Baja or grilled chicken from the Yucatán. Be sure to order a side of roasted corn and a specialty margarita. 
ADDRESS:
521 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
PHONE:
(828) 575-9393
PRICE:
Body:
Sample Olde Hickory’s beers in the building where they were born, before the operation moved to a larger space. Ruby Lager, Hickory Stick Stout, and Irish Walker are sure to intrigue and satisfy. You’ll want to eat some food with the latter—its 10 percent alcohol. Amos Howards serves a full menu of burgers, sandwiches, and steaks, plus several vegetarian items. Try a blackened tuna steak sandwich with a Table Rock Pale Ale. 
ADDRESS:
2828 U.S. 70 SWHickory, NC 28602United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 323-8753
PRICE:
$
Body:
Bistro 127 presents an atmosphere that’s as comfortable as the food is comforting. Meals at this North Center Street restaurant start with gourmet, house-made doughnuts and coffee in the morning, and end with steak au poivre or wood-fired pizza and a glass of wine at night. The menus—there are eight once you’ve counted drinks and desserts—change regularly. Stop in Wednesdays for Spanish tapas night, when bottles of wine are half price. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
2039 N. Center St.Hickory, NC 28601United States
CITY:
Hickory
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 328-3432
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This restaurant calls itself an American brasserie, and the food and ambiance reflect this combination of stateside and French elements. Large mains feature lobster, duck, trout, and steak. The Grove Park Inn setting provides unparalleled mountain views. 
ADDRESS:
290 Macon Ave.Asheville, NC 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-2711
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Slow-roasted prime rib, filet mignon smothered in béarnaise sauce, blackened rib eye with blue cheese and other choice cuts aren’t the only reasons diners flock to Murphy’s premier steak house. The seafood, including Maine lobster tails, North Carolina trout, tuna steaks, and Atlantic salmon, is equally tempting. Lunch offers soups, salads, and a bounty of sandwiches and burgers. 
ADDRESS:
130 Valley River Ave.Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 835-3287
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This underground burrito haven also hosts big dance parties and live music on the third Friday of every month. Key lime margaritas have helped make these events extra popular. During dining hours, the food is like music for your mouth—a mixture of global flavors doused in special sauces and wrapped in a tortilla. Black Cat is the sister restaurant of Asheville’s Lucky Otter. 
ADDRESS:
127 S. Depot St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 263-9511
PRICE:
$
Body:
Sixteen types of bagels and bialys comprise the foundation of this local dining empire, which is way more than a bakery. The large menu includes bagel sandwiches with fried eggs, lox, whitefish, tempeh, and more. For breakfast, order pancakes and omelets, and later on, go for a gyro or pita pizza. Gluten-free eaters, there’s a bagel for you, too. The Bagelry closes at dinner but reopens from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 
ADDRESS:
516 W. King St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 262-5585
PRICE:
$
Body:
Sixteen types of bagels and bialys comprise the foundation of this local dining empire, which is way more than a bakery. The large menu includes bagel sandwiches with fried eggs, lox, whitefish, tempeh, and more. For breakfast, order pancakes and omelets, and later on, go for a gyro or pita pizza. Gluten-free eaters, there’s a bagel for you, too. The Bagelry closes at dinner but reopens from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 
ADDRESS:
125 Graduate Ln. BooneBoone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 262-1600
PRICE:
$
Body:
This Italian-inspired grill specializes in pasta, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. Café Portofino, a relaxed dining room, and The Tap Room, a game room and bar, share the same menu and a drink list of popular pitchers, craft beers, and affordable wines. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
970 Rivers St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 264-7772
PRICE:
$$
Body:
With views of Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, and Table Rock, Canyons certainly serves a feast for the eyes. The menu offers an eclectic mix of Southwestern dishes, sandwiches, and bar food from around the world. Try the duck burger or the black bean, cheese, and cilantro rolls. Daily specials highlight North Carolina favorites, and Sunday brunch features live jazz. 
ADDRESS:
8960 U.S. 321Blowing Rock, NCUnited States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 295-7661
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This restaurant specializes in really good pizzas named after really bad people. The Don Vito is a deep-dish pie stuffed with mozzarella, smoked provolone, and marinara. The Bonnie and Clyde features spinach, tomato, and pineapple. Hot subs, salads and pasta are also available. For dessert, try Al’s Huge Cannolis, which are five-and-a-half inches long. 
ADDRESS:
454 B West King St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 265-1886
PRICE:
$
Body:
Lovers of authentic Italian cuisine can satisfy their appetite in the warm, candlelit ambience of Casa Rustica. Zesty sauces drench mountains of pasta, accompanied by baskets of warm garlic bread. Try the Chicken Saltimbocca Piemontese for an authentic taste of Italy. The dessert tray offers treats such as a rich tiramisu and sweet, crunchy cannolis. 
ADDRESS:
1348 N.C. 105 S.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 262-5128
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Specializing in a fusion of Southwest and Caribbean soul food, this eatery serves big flavors in a cozy environment. Catering to vegetarians, Coyote Kitchen serves tofu dishes, as well as tacos, seafood, and unforgettable sangrias. All meats are hormone-free. 
ADDRESS:
200 Southgate Dr.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 265-4041
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Upscale Southern dining with a generous helping of hospitality is what you can expect from owners Ken and Wendy Gordon. Enjoy a selection of duck and trout, or expand your tastes with the flavors of grilled elk leg or wild boar. Closed Sunday through Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
3005 Shulls Mill Rd.Blowing Rock, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 963-7400
PRICE:
$$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
A highlight of sophisticated dining in the High Country, Gideon Ridge Inn offers an à la carte seasonal menu with a four-course dining option. The unique menu changes weekly and the intimate setting is perfect for a gathering of family and friends. The view of Pilot Mountain will ensure a return visit. 
ADDRESS:
202 Gideon Ridge Rd.Blowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 295-3644
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
This bistro and bar features the best in seasonal fare with a friendly, attentive staff and an extensive beer and wine list. Start with roasted figs stuffed with Manchego cheese, sourwood honey, and herbs. Stop in on Mondays and Wednesdays for the $10 pizza-and-pint special, or savor a black-and-blue grilled rib eye with mashed potatoes, blue cheese, crispy onions, and a special steak sauce. Closed Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
143 Wonderland TrailBlowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 295-4008
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Established in 1975 and located at The Inn at Ragged Gardens, The Best Cellar serves the fine-dining needs of High Country locals and visitors in a rustic setting. For lunch, enjoy a grilled portobello sandwich or fried green tomato BLT. Dinner entrées include an Asian-marinated tuna and New Zealand rack of lamb. 
ADDRESS:
203 Sunset Dr.Blowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 295-3466
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Wraps, sandwiches, and scratch-made pastas and sauces comprise the menu at Basil’s. Sandwich selections include substantial offerings such as the Tuscan (salami, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke spread, and onions) and the Smoot (turkey, mozzarella, Havarti, walnuts, lettuce, and spicy mustard). The pastas are cut to order and are available for dine-in or takeout. You can mix and match an array of flavors, such as garlic-parsley or basil noodles with vodka cream, wild mushroom, or puttanesca sauces. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
246 Wilson Dr.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 386-4066
PRICE:
$
Body:
Tired of sandwich-oriented pub fare? The Parson’s Pub serves thoughtful British entrées of Goliath beans, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie. The Beervangelists Club incentivizes regulars to try new beers from the 75 rotating taps, cans, and bottles. 
ADDRESS:
19 Tennessee St.Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 837-4151
PRICE:
$
Body:
ShoeBooties pairs good food with good prices. Stop by during lunch to enjoy a salad, sandwich, or wrap, or sit down for a dinner of oysters and a glass of wine. Wednesday is trivia night.  
ADDRESS:
25 Peachtree St.Murphy, NC 28906United States
CITY:
Murphy
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 837-4589
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This restaurant and bar in a cute converted Victorian house prepares decadent specials, such as chocolate steak, the chef’s specialty, served with an espresso crust and Bailey’s cream sauce. The regular menu focuses on grill standards, such as salmon, crab cakes, wild mushroom ravioli, and a Kobe beef hamburger. Closed Sunday and Monday. 
ADDRESS:
210 6th St.North Wilkesboro, NC 28659United States
CITY:
North Wilkesboro
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 903-1166
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Inside this strip mall spot, photos of Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast dot the walls, even though the food is not particularly regional. The menu includes eggplant Parmesan and pizza as well as creamy pasta dishes and tortellini. Veal lovers can look forward to about half a dozen preparations of the tender meat. 
ADDRESS:
1919 U.S. 421, Ste. GWilkesboro, NC 28697United States
CITY:
Wilkesboro
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 838-3188
PRICE:
$$
Body:
At this country smokehouse, which was featured on a Food Network special with Bobby Flay, the main thing you have to decide is how much barbecue you want. Choose from hickory-smoked pulled pork, sliced pork tenderloin, chicken, or St. Louis-style ribs. Then decide whether you want a lot or a whole lot. After the meal, visit the adjoining creamery for homemade ice cream sundaes and fried apple pies. A lunch buffet is available on Sunday. Closed Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
201 Wilkesboro Blvd.North Wilkesboro, NC 28659United States
CITY:
North Wilkesboro
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 667-9464
PRICE:
Body:
This small North Carolina chain serves a giant menu of diner, grill, home-style, Greek, and Italian favorites. Can’t decide what to order? Zero in on the specials—country-style steak, chicken potpie, prime rib, and like. The vegetable sides are abundant and diverse. Choose from beets, cucumber salad, fried okra, pinto beans, and collard greens. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
1200 Central St.Wilkesboro, NC 28659United States
CITY:
Wilkesboro
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 667-6008
PRICE:
$
Body:
Among downtown’s charming shops and manicured streets you’ll find this bistro-style coffeehouse. Offering a relaxed atmosphere and free Wi-Fi, you’ll want to cozy up with your laptop and a gourmet mocha. Or enjoy a lunch of chicken salad prepared with grapes and caramelized almonds on a fresh croissant at one of the outside tables. If you don’t have time to linger, a cup of the day’s soup or a Mediterranean pita with hummus, feta, alfalfa sprouts, and cucumbers make for quick lunches. The café also has a drive-thru location in Wilkesboro. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
1921 U.S. 421Wilkesboro, NC 28697United States
CITY:
Wilkesboro
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(336) 838-1011
PRICE:
$
Body:
Tipton’s serves Eastern Carolina barbecue, burgers, pizzas, and salads in a clean, modern setting. Cuts of pork are smoked for 14 hours and served pulled, chopped, or sliced with hush puppies and slaw. Choose from three signature sauces. 
ADDRESS:
1840 Winkler St.Wilkesboro, NC 28697United States
CITY:
Wilkesboro
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(336) 667-0669
PRICE:
$
Body:
This takeout sandwich shop is where locals and visitors-in-the-know head for a breakfast biscuit or lunch. The Hawksnest sandwich, named for a nearby mountain, comes with its own impressive elevation of honey-baked ham, spicy capicola, and smoked provolone. For something with more world flavor, try the Russian Mistress with turkey, spinach, tomato, bacon, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing. You can also take home fresh bread from the bakery. 
ADDRESS:
124 Broadstone Rd.Valle Crucis, NC 28691United States
CITY:
Valle Crucis
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 963-6310
PRICE:
$
Body:
Specializing in wood-smoked barbecue, Bandana’s is a haven for meat lovers. Start with the fried pickles or barbecue cheese fries. The baby back ribs receive high marks, but for a taste of it all, try Bandana’s Bar-B-Que Sampler, a feast of pork, turkey, and chicken, as well as St. Louis and baby back ribs.  
ADDRESS:
1475 N.C. 105Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 265-2828
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This King Street eatery offers abundant options for vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters. The portions are large, prices reasonable, and options of ethnic foods include Japanese, Cuban, Italian, Greek, Indian, Thai, Jamaican, and Southwestern. What’s more, much of the food is local and organic, including produce from the owner’s namesake farm. Whether you order a nori roll, curry, a noodle bowl, or enchiladas, you really can’t go wrong. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Cash only. 
ADDRESS:
506 W. King St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 262-5000
PRICE:
$$
Body:
At this North Asheville hot spot, go for the traditional hickory-smoked chopped pork, or branch out with the andouille sausage sandwich served with a choice of sides, including scratch-made mac and hoop cheese, fried okra, and spicy vinegar slaw. 
ADDRESS:
501 Merrimon Ave., NC 28803United States
CITY:
501 Merrimon Ave.
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 505-7427
PRICE:
$
Body:
Locals frequently argue about Asheville’s best breakfast; someone always pulls for Over Easy. Dining here makes each day feel fresh, and the food and house-squeezed juice feel nourishing. Try the hash bowl with potatoes, eggs, seasonal vegetables, and your choice of protein and cheese, or go big with the huevos rancheros. 
ADDRESS:
32 Broadway St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Breakfast
PHONE:
(828) 236-3533
PRICE:
Body:
A stout brewed with oysters? Yes, this microbrewery does just that and has accrued a following because of it. The flavor is briny and malty at once, and it pairs well with Oyster House’s menu of burgers, sandwiches, fish and, of course, oysters on the half shell. 
ADDRESS:
625 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575-9370
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The 1907 Hayes and Hopson building, which overlooks Pack Square Park and houses Pack’s Tavern, has history; during Prohibition, liquor was exchanged at this spot via underground tunnels. Today, more than 60 dishes create the menu, from the thick and hearty Mt. Mitchell burger, stacked with bacon, fried green tomato, and cheddar cheese, to the Carolina bison meatloaf. Local beers rotate through more than 30 taps.
ADDRESS:
20 S. Spruce St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 225-6944
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Chef Reza Setayesh of Rezaz in Biltmore Village created this fun Mediterranean eatery so his family, who lives in East Asheville, could eat there. But the rest of us are very glad he produces this lineup of wood-fired pizzas, crisp paninis, and Italian entrées. 
ADDRESS:
4 Olde Eastwood Village BlvdFairview, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Fairview
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 298-7224
PRICE:
$$
Body:
If you’re looking for a dining experience full of discovery, Plant is the place to eat. Savor vegetables in a fascinating new way at this polished vegan restaurant. The range of produce on the menu is astounding, and the cookery is top-notch. 
ADDRESS:
165 Merrimon Ave.Asheville, NC 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 258-7500
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Start your meal with bruschetta caprese, spanakopita, calamari fritta, or choose from one of the many Greek or Italian salads. Classic pastas include pesto primavera, eggplant Parmesan with linguine, and four-cheese lasagna. Pizzas and entrées, such as chicken marsala or mousaka, a dish that layers lamb, potatoes, eggplant, and zucchini, round out the menu.  
ADDRESS:
1070 Tunnel Rd.Asheville, NC 28805United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 299-3032
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The beautifully executed brunch, lunch, and dinner options at this contemporary American restaurant, bar, and lounge will make you reconsider gluten-free dining; everything on the menu is made sans gluten and with organic ingredients, and it’s all delicious. From a lobster mac ‘n’ cheese appetizer to a seared duck breast with peach-maple jus, you can’t go wrong. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
1 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 505-3969
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
In a former bank off College Street, Rankin Vault offers an ambience that hearkens to the 1920s, when the speakeasy was the place to be. A selection of beers, wines, and cocktails complement the menu, which includes tacos made with your choice of Ashley Farms roasted chicken, Hickory Nut Gap pork belly, or black beans, and cheeseburger and pork sliders. The bacon-cheddar burger, winner of the 2014 WNC Battle of the Burger, is not to be missed. Food is served until late.
ADDRESS:
7 Rankin Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-4993
PRICE:
$
Body:
Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel and decorated in the vein of a European hunting lodge, Red Stag Grill serves a fine selection of game as well as traditional favorites. Dishes include New Zealand rack of lamb, Carolina Bison rib eye, elk tenderloin, Chilean sea bass, and other artfully crafted entrées paired with locally grown produce.  
ADDRESS:
11 Boston WayAsheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 398-5600
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This elegant, comfortable restaurant in Biltmore Village offers Mediterranean cuisine with California style. Enjoy flavors from North Africa, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and the Middle East, as well as local fare with entrées such as the roasted North Carolina trout served with dill-saffron basmati. Delectable desserts include Persian baklava with cinnamon gelato. The staff is happy to suggest wine to complement your meal. Reservations recommended. 
ADDRESS:
28 Hendersonville Rd.Asheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 277-5537
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
You don’t have to spring for a room at the artsy Hotel Indigo to enjoy a reasonably priced breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the modern and sophisticated restaurant. Grab baked goods and local Dynamite Roasting company coffee for a quick breakfast, or sit down for a hearty meal of French toast or naturally sweetened oatmeal. The lunch menu offers healthy salads and sandwiches, while dinnertime brings an assortment of small dishes, including local cheese and charcuterie plates, flatbreads that are great for nibbling, and more substantial entrées.  
ADDRESS:
151 Haywood St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 239-0239
PRICE:
$$
Body:
What began as a food truck enterprise serving barbecue at local events, grew into a two restaurants and a catering venture. The menu offers smokehouse ribs and pork, chicken, and beef barbecue. Complete your platter with Southern sides, including hush puppies, beans, greens, okra, and macaroni and cheese. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
801 Smoky Park Hwy.Candler & Swannanoa, NC 28715United States
CITY:
Candler & Swannanoa
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 633-0777
PRICE:
$
Body:
At Nine Mile, reggae and a comfortable, contemporary ambience set the stage for a menu of Jamaican-inspired pastas. Dishes such as the Soon Come (sautéed bananas, apples, raisins, and pineapple tossed with cheese tortellini) or the Ark of the Covenant (wild Alaskan salmon with veggies in a basil-butter sauce) offer flavor combinations you won’t find elsewhere. The lunch and dinner menus are similar, though you can expect smaller portions at about half the price for lunch.  
ADDRESS:
233 Montford Ave.751 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 505-3121
PRICE:
$$
Body:
From the owners of Boone’s Black Cat, the Lucky Otter specializes in California-style burritos with twisted flavor profiles. The Thai Me Up features chicken, tofu, or tilapia in a coconut curry sauce, while the Don’t Be a Jerk comes with your choice of protein, black beans and rice, pineapple, jicama, and jerk sauce, of course. Wash it all down with a house-made key lime margarita. 
ADDRESS:
630 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 253-9595
PRICE:
$
Body:
The patio of this New Orleans-inspired restaurant opens onto Pritchard Park where the drum circle takes place on Friday nights. If you prefer to be further from the hubbub, a hidden back courtyard provides tranquility. The kitchen serves Southern food all day, from Brasstown flank steak and eggs in the morning to cornmeal battered catfish or shrimp po’boy at night. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
ADDRESS:
22 College St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-8840
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Inspired by the flavors of true Mexican and West Coast taquerías, this eatery often has folks lined up out the door for Baja fish and sautéed veggie tacos, as well as pulled pork burritos. But quick service ensures a short wait. Glittery, red vinyl booths, brightly painted walls, and a mural tagged by local graffiti artist Ishmael create an eclectic setting. Mamacitas is open until 10 p.m. for concertgoers who want to grab a bite before a show at The Orange Peel next door.  
ADDRESS:
77A Biltmore Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 255-8080
PRICE:
$
Body:
With owner and Chef William Dissen at the helm, this upscale eatery is committed to cuisine made from local ingredients sourced primarily within a 100-mile radius. Bathed in candlelight, diners savor small plates, including house-cured pickles and charcuterie and cheese boards, or entrées such as Sunburst trout with beluga lentils, bacon, and a confit-tomato vinaigrette. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
20 Wall St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-4162
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
The daily lunch buffet at this upscale Indian eatery includes an array of vegetarian selections and a rotation of specialties. Dinner entrées include seafood, lamb, chicken, vegetable, and tandoori oven dishes. Try the Gosht Roghan Josh, lean cubes of lamb cooked Kashmiri style, or the shrimp vindaloo cooked in a tangy curry sauce. The exotic décor and low lighting make this a romantic dinner spot.  
ADDRESS:
70 N. Lexington Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 225-8880
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This lively craft cocktail lounge hosts hip hangouts in an atmosphere inspired by the streets of India. A group of passionate young bartenders and chefs host special events throughout the week, so odds are, there’s a party happening. Creative, small plates rotate nightly, and the cocktails are all original, made with an array of Indian spices.
ADDRESS:
19 Wall St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-4363
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This eatery beneath the Asheville Music Hall serves Southwestern-inspired fare late into the night. Many dishes feature pineapple-black bean salsa and fried plantains. Every Sunday, the Bluegrass Brunch serves up huevos rancheros, zucchini fritters, plantain pancakes, and more.
ADDRESS:
55 College St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 255-7767
PRICE:
$
Body:
A group of professionals with families got together to open this shabby-chic hangout. Tacos, pizzas, and sandwiches with inventive twists are accessible for kids and inspiring for adults. Closed Sunday and Monday. 
ADDRESS:
204 Whitson Ave.Swannanoa, NC 28778United States
CITY:
Swannanoa
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 581-0480
PRICE:
$
Body:
This eco-friendly modern burrito eatery has big aspirations; a third Asheville location, on Tunnel Road, is already on the way. Neo Burrito is sleek and streamlined in a way that could earn it popularity far and wide. But for now, enjoy the pineapple salsa and by-weight pricing in Asheville.
ADDRESS:
1341 Parkwood Rd.,2 Town Square Blvd.,Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 989-6949
PRICE:
$
Body:
James Beard award-nominated Chef Katie Button infuses Nightbell’s menu with the same innovation she’s so noted for at her flagship Spanish tapas restaurant, Cúrate. Nightbell offers familiar small bites in wildly creative ways, such as a crispy waffle with duck confit poutine and cheddar mousse. Don’t miss the “deviled egg.” Served deconstructed with Sunburst smoked trout gravlax inside an eggshell, it’s an amazing singular bite like nothing you’ve ever had.
ADDRESS:
32 S. Lexington Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575-0375
PRICE:
$$
Body:
James Beard nominated chef John Fleer’s clever culinary skills entice diners to try something new while offering familiar tastes. The menu brings global flavors to Appalachian food traditions, as exemplified in dishes such as the mountain trout paired with celeriac and fennel or nettles accenting local goat cheese gnudi. 
ADDRESS:
7 SW Pack Sq.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 785-1503
PRICE:
$$$, $$$$
Body:
The menu at Roman’s is proof that all sandwiches (and burgers, salads, soups, and sides) are not created equal. The delicious and creative paninis include pomegranate and goat cheese and turkey with cranberry pesto, both on French bread, or a savory chicken salad prepared with sun-dried tomatoes. The tropical coleslaw is a sought-after side, as is the spicy white bean chili. Downtown delivery makes this place a favorite among workaholics, but the friendly staff and spotless dining room will make you want to step away from your desk for a meal. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
75 Haywood StAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 505-1552
PRICE:
$
Body:
Pass through the Grove Park Inn’s massive lobby, and you’re standing in the outdoor dining area of Sunset Terrace. The menu evolves with the seasons to accommodate the freshest local ingredients, and you can always count on a strong selection of upscale American classics, including steaks and large salads, to enjoy as you take in a scenic view of Asheville and the mountains beyond.
ADDRESS:
290 Macon Ave.Asheville, NC 28804United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-2711
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Owner Suwana Cry has worked as a chef on three continents, and that global culinary know-how shows on the menu at Thai Orchid. Try the popular Gaeng Kur—curry with pineapple, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet basil, coconut milk, and a choice of protein.
ADDRESS:
11 Broadway StAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 281-8151
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Table’s College Street location gives it the feeling of a side-street café awaiting discovery. The atmosphere is distinctly upscale but not fussy, and co-owner and Chef Jacob Sessoms regularly updates European-inspired menu selections to showcase seasonal ingredients. Indulge in the lamb merguez sandwich for lunch or the Watauga Co. rabbit with coffee-roasted carrots for dinner. Closed Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
48 College StAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 254-8980
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Table’s College Street location gives it the feeling of a side-street café awaiting discovery. The atmosphere is distinctly upscale but not fussy, and co-owner and Chef Jacob Sessoms regularly updates European-inspired menu selections to showcase seasonal ingredients. Indulge in the lamb merguez sandwich for lunch or the Watauga Co. rabbit with coffee-roasted carrots for dinner. Closed Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
48 College StAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 254-8980
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
While you can’t go wrong with any of the curry, noodle, or rice plates, the traditional dishes keep fans of Thai cuisine coming back. Vegetarian options, plus seafood, duck, and fish specials are served with three sauces: flavorful tamarind, roasted chili, and peanut curry. There’s also an assortment of sushi rolls on order as well.
ADDRESS:
330 Rockwood Rd., Ste. 112Arden, NC 28704United States
CITY:
Arden
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 654-0988
PRICE:
$$
Body:
In response to local demand, this craft beer pub has expanded all over town. Each location has a slightly different character. The original, downtown location stocks an array of Belgian beers on tap. The Biltmore Park spot includes a brewery, and the Reynolds Village location has a large food menu of flat bread pizzas, brats, and tacos.
ADDRESS:
92 Patton Ave.20 Gala Dr.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-5470
PRICE:
$
Body:
This happy spot in the historic Montford neighborhood hosts lots of regulars, who come for the house-made bagels, omelets, and breakfast bowls, which come with creative toppings such as tots and cheddar or hot sauce and chèvre. Lunch and dinner feature sandwiches and salads with playful twists, like the option to add house-made kimchi. 
ADDRESS:
102 Montford Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 505-3701
PRICE:
$
Body:
The namesake honey isn’t the only reason diners flock here; it’s also the café’s polished spin on Southern cuisine. Generous omelets, sweet potato pancakes, shrimp and goat cheese grits, chicken and biscuits, and sandwiches, including Southern-fried chicken, are among the many items served during the day. For dinner, you’ll find selections like Not Your Mama’s Meatloaf, made with grass-fed local beef and peppered bacon gravy, as well as seared mahimahi topped with orange marmalade butter and cilantro-jalapeño pesto. The downtown location doesn’t take reservations, so expect a wait; it’s worth it.  
ADDRESS:
1829 Hendersonville Rd.12 College St.Arden & Asheville, NC 28803, 28801United States
CITY:
Arden & Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 505-7676
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This hip diner-pub splits its menu into two sections: burgers and nonburgers. But don’t let that division fool you into thinking that anything outside a bun is an afterthought. Yes, UJ offers a savory lineup of perfectly portioned burgers, such as the Steinbeck, a patty with pimento cheese, smoked bacon, and jalapeño, but you’ll also find a bevy of tasty soups, classic pub starters, cheesy quesadillas, and a rotation of 16 quality beers on draught. 
ADDRESS:
784 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 505-7262
PRICE:
$
Body:
The Veranda’s menu includes grilled sandwiches and wraps, large salads, and a rotation of specials, including she crab soup on Fridays. Among the house-made soups, the Hungarian mushroom is a standout. Choose from more than 15 desserts, such as the decadent chocolate-raspberry cake. Dogs are welcome on the patio with a treat and bowl of water. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
119 Cherry St.Black Mountain, NC 28711United States
CITY:
Black Mountain
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 669-8864
PRICE:
$
Body:
This cute spot located in the historic train depot feels welcoming like a neighborhood diner or pub. The menu boasts an eclectic assortment of dishes, including hot pastrami sandwiches, crab cakes, fettuccine alfredo, Hungarian-style cabbage rolls, curried chicken salad, ahi tuna tacos, and barbecue duck wings. The bar remains open until 1 a.m. 
ADDRESS:
30 Lodge StAsheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 277-4121
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The line of patrons waiting to eat brunch every weekend lets you know this is a favorite spot among locals. Sunny Point Café serves dishes made from organic and locally grown foods in a cheerful dining room or on the veranda. Try the huevos rancheros for breakfast, or the dinner favorite, hemp seed-encrusted Sunburst trout served with creamy jalapeño-corn pudding. Salads, sandwiches, and burgers made with free-range beef fill the lunch menu.
ADDRESS:
626 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-0055
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This laid-back family owned establishment models itself after an Alaskan roadhouse. The menu includes healthy options, such as salmon burgers, vegetable stir-fry, and grilled portobello sandwiches, as well as burgers and chili dogs. On weekends, the pub usually hosts live music. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 
ADDRESS:
1722 N.C. 9Black Mountain, NC 28711United States
CITY:
Black Mountain
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 669-8856
PRICE:
$
Body:
Since 2002, this bohemian eatery has served fresh vegan and vegetarian fare. Diners enjoy healthful comfort foods such as iron-skillet corn bread or Tempelo Wings—fried beer-battered tempeh strips swimming in hot sauce and served with house-made vegan ranch dressing. A rotation of eclectic local art hangs on exposed brick walls. One dining area overlooks Lexington Avenue and the other, Broadway Street, which makes it a great place for people-watching with a local draft beer in hand.  
ADDRESS:
111 Broadway St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 232-0738
PRICE:
$
Body:
A creative fusion of Mexican and Caribbean flavors makes up Salsa’s menu. This colorful downtown eatery offers heaping plates of fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas, and empanadas, made with your choice of chicken, salmon, steak, pork, or vegetables. 
ADDRESS:
6 Patton Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 252-9805
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This wine bar and café in the historic Grove Arcade offers a dozen wines on tap (yes, on tap), plus bottles, flights, and local beers. The pizzas, sandwiches, and snacks, which highlight locally made fish and cheese, allow you to make an evening of the experience. 
ADDRESS:
1 Page Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 254-8188
PRICE:
$
Body:
This casual eatery from the owner of Strada Italiano provides one of the best vantage points in downtown Asheville—a rooftop patio—and the menu lives up to its motto of “Eat. Drink. And Be Social.” Bar snacks like truffled popcorn are great for sharing, as are the cheese and meat boards. Entrées include PEI mussels or the hefty grass-fed burger.
ADDRESS:
29 Broadway St.;Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575-9005
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This popular gathering spot features a large stone patio, classy bar room, and game area in the back. Any night of the week it’s packed with locals, who snack on lobster mac and cheese, steak sandwiches, deviled eggs, and soft pretzels with queso, spicy mustard, and house-made apple butter.
ADDRESS:
41 N. Lexington AveAsheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 251-1777
PRICE:
$$
Body:
It may surprise some diners that this stylish eatery, with its burnished wood interior, was once a stable. This restaurant on Biltmore Estate serves burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus North Carolina staples such as barbecue, grilled sausage, and slow-roasted chicken. A ticket onto the estate is required.
ADDRESS:
1 Lodge StAsheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 225-1333
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This casual pizza joint offers slices and big pies with plentiful and creative toppings. Try the Cuban, which comes festooned with banana, ricotta cheese, jalapeños, and bacon. Gluten-free crust is available. 
ADDRESS:
631 Haywood Rd.Asheville, NC 28806United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 255-8122
PRICE:
$
Body:
An exotic atmosphere and diverse menu are just two reasons to check out this Mediterranean restaurant that embraces American classics. Lunch and dinner fare cover everything from a Moroccan chicken wrap with feta and spinach to braised lamb tacos. Classics like fried green tomatoes, meatloaf, and sides of lima beans and sweet potato soufflé also make appearances on the menu.  
ADDRESS:
337 Merrimon Ave.;Weaverville, NC 28787United States
CITY:
Weaverville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 645-3309
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Asheville’s first Korean restaurant serves a large menu of soups, rice and noodle dishes, plus stone bowls, servings of rice, vegetables, protein, and eggs sizzling in a pumice vessel. The menu also emphasizes Korean barbecue (although there are no table-top cookers) and stir-fry. 
ADDRESS:
1987 Hendersonville Rd.(828) 676-2172, NC 28803United States
CITY:
(828) 676-2172
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 676-2172
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
If Hemingway moved to Asheville and opened a bar, this would be his place. The décor and ambience are akin to the cozy den of a world traveler. The dinner offerings are equally eclectic. A broad selection of charcuterie and cheese platters, and a host of decadent entrées, including pork shoulder in a boiled peanut vinaigrette, pan roasted duck breast, and lamb burger, complement an extensive list of fine rums and tequilas. The cocktails, created using fresh-squeezed juices and house-made mixes, are all original. Stop in on Monday for the $10 burger and pint special.
ADDRESS:
125 S. Lexington Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 505-8560
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This cheerful Italian café also includes a bakery, so diners can take home a loaf of fresh-baked bread. Comforting yet nuanced dishes are served with fresh vegetables. The menu includes pizzas, pastas, and grilled and sautéed dishes with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Don’t miss the eggplant “meatballs.”
ADDRESS:
27 Broadway St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 348-8448
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Marshall Container Co. combines the creative intrigue of a ceramics studio with the friendly atmosphere of a neighborhood bar and snackery. The storefront on Marshall’s Main Street offers a welcoming bar and café area where diners sip local brews and eat charcuterie, white bean salad, and artisan pickles. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
ADDRESS:
10 S. Main St.NC 28753United States
CITY:
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 319-5354
PRICE:
$
Body:
Come to Longneck’s for huge burgers, local beer, and a game of pool. This idiosyncratic cross between a bistro, bar, and an inn, founded in 1948, also serves big steaks, pulled pork, and quesadillas. Open Thursday through Sunday.
ADDRESS:
5145 U.S. 25/70 BypassMarshall, NC 28753United States
CITY:
Marshall
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 649-0400
PRICE:
$
Body:
There are Irish pubs, and then there’s Dugan’s, which really plays up its Irishness with tons of Notre Dame memorabilia, Appalachian barn wood paneling, and a daily countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. On the menu, plenty of Irish staples are present: bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Guinness meatloaf. There’s a large vegetarian menu too. 
ADDRESS:
29 W. French Broad St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 862-6527
PRICE:
$
Body:
Iron Horse provides casual cuisine like tomato jam-basted paninis and spicy black bean burgers—all tempered with ice-cold brews. Come dinnertime, the place fills with families, jovial barflies, and groups of friends ordering rib eyes, New York strip steaks, and the popular pan-seared trout. Vegetarians can opt for sautéed tofu with honey-soy glaze or barbecue sauce. Tuesday is open mic night, and the restaurant hosts live music on weekends.
ADDRESS:
24 S. Andrew Ave.Hot Springs, NC 28743United States
CITY:
Hot Springs
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(866) 402-9377
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Dine on fine fare at this historic inn, which uses organic, local produce whenever possible. Sautéed scallops, New Zealand rack of lamb, and chicken and waffles are sure to please. For a dinner that feels like an event, book the chef’s table and receive a custom, five-course tasting menu. Call for reservations.
ADDRESS:
204 Lawson St.Hot Springs, NC 28743United States
CITY:
Hot Springs
MEALS:
Breakfast,Dinner
PHONE:
(800) 914-9306
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Here you’ll find fresh fish prepared classically and paired with a glass of wine or sweet tea. Steaks and pastas round out the dinner menu, while lunch offers simple salads, sandwiches, and delectable chowders. Outdoor seating is available. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
18 E. Main St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 884-2835
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This community favorite serves thick-crust pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and baked entrées from a cute brick shop in downtown Mars Hill. Try Murphy’s Pizza, a vegan pie (no cheese) topped with artichoke hearts, banana peppers, olives, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
ADDRESS:
15 College StMars Hill, NC 28754United States
CITY:
Mars Hill
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 689-8566
PRICE:
$
Body:
Appalachian Trail hikers frequent this diner as they pass through town. For breakfast, sizzling skillets of meat, cheese, potatoes, eggs, and veggies provide fuel for outdoor adventures. Later on, try the Poorman’s Supper of pinto beans, potato cakes, corn bread, and coleslaw. On your way out, pick up some apple butter, pepper relish or a fresh pie to take home.
ADDRESS:
70 Lance AveHot Springs, NC 28743United States
CITY:
Hot Springs
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 622-7571
PRICE:
$$
Body:
From the elegant lakeside dining room or terrace, the only thing more breathtaking than the view of Lake Toxaway is the menu, which features a decadent, six-course meal. Entrées rotate regularly, but guests can expect items such as New Zealand lamb chops, paprika and chili grilled mahimahi, and pecan-encrusted trout, all expertly paired with one of the many world-class wines. 
ADDRESS:
1 Greystone Ln.Lake Toxaway, NC 28747United States
CITY:
Lake Toxaway
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 966-4700
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
This eatery specializes in tasty bar food (burgers, wraps, pizzas) and craft beer. Sit on the large covered porch to listen to the soothing sounds of the creek. A few nights a week, musicians entertain on the deck.
ADDRESS:
145 Bridge StHot Springs, NC 28743United States
CITY:
Hot Springs
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 622-0187
PRICE:
$
Body:
This down-home restaurant serves ribs, steaks, and smoked pork. Although a departure from the Southern fare, the chimichanga will fill you up for mountain rambles. The beer list shows reverence for local brands.
ADDRESS:
159 Bridge StHot Springs, NC 28743United States
CITY:
Hot Springs
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 622-9400
PRICE:
$
Body:
Don’t whiz by this café on your way from Brevard to Greenville. If you did, you’d miss out on maple-bacon pancakes, huevos rancheros, burgers bedecked with pickled onions, jalapeños, and goat cheese, and prime rib dinners on Friday nights. Breakfast and lunch are served daily; dinner happens Thursday through Saturday. 
ADDRESS:
10667 Greenville Hwy.Cedar Mountain, NC 28718United States
CITY:
Cedar Mountain
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 884-5272
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The garden pavilion, outdoor deck, and fireside tables all provide an excellent atmosphere to enjoy the nationally recognized creations of Chef Wolfgang. With Creole and Bavarian flavors, fresh seafood and steaks, the meals won’t disappoint. For an appetizer, try the portobello stuffed with goat cheese and spinach and topped with applewood-smoked bacon and provolone cheese. Visit the bistro for small plates paired with one of the 1,200 bottles of wine.
ADDRESS:
474 Main StHighlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-3807
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
This perfect perch on Main Street is tucked into a quaint courtyard filled with fashion and food boutiques. An American bistro with international flair, the restaurant serves salmon with Vidalia onion crust as well as Thai-inspired beef stir-fry with ginger, cilantro and lime juice on basmati rice.
ADDRESS:
343-D Main St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-4035
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
One unique attribute of this establishment is an expansive view of Lake Sequoyah. Pair one of the 200 wines, ports, or aperitifs with delicious tapas such as the fried Brie with tomato jam, caramelized onions, and garlic oil, or a dinner entrée. Choices include spicy Thai coconut-ginger shrimp with purple sticky rice, veal Porterhouse, and the char-grilled Kurobota pork chop with chipotle chili-onion relish.
ADDRESS:
1536 Franklin Rd.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 526-2338
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This spot serves macchiatos and Cuban espressos as well as house-made cheesecake and biscotti. But the ambience is more akin to the German meaning of its name, a tavern below street level—in this case, under Main Street. You’re likely to catch a few locals gathered at the bar starting the weekend with a stout and Landjaeger jerky stick. By the end of the night, a crowd will be listening to a band while noshing on calzone-style wraps and raising toasts with hard ciders. Closed Sunday and Monday.
ADDRESS:
58 Stewart St.Franklin, NC 28734United States
CITY:
Franklin
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 349-0598
PRICE:
$
Body:
ADDRESS:
12 Gaston Rd.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
PHONE:
(828) 884-3663
PRICE:
Body:
Enjoy northern Italian dining in an elegant old-world atmosphere. Pastas, fish, duck, veal, beef, and chicken comprise the extensive menu, but the seafood is a crowd favorite here. Jumbo lump crab cakes, baked clams, crispy Gulf oysters, fried calamari, and Maine mussels are among the dishes. The restaurant offers a selection of 1,300 wines, and has earned Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence since 1987.
ADDRESS:
440 Main St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-4906
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Brevard’s source for decadent Southern cakes also cooks prize-winning spanakopita, a Greek dish of layered filo dough, spinach, and cheese. The $4.95 portion is large enough for lunch, but if you’re still hungry, try a fresh salad, gyro, slice of quiche, or chicken salad wrap. Lunch is served Monday through Friday; closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
400 S. Broad St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 883-8444
PRICE:
$
Body:
This historic yet elegant setting—an actual log cabin from the early 1900s—makes an enlivening backdrop for The Log Cabin’s sleek Italian cuisine. Expect nuanced sauces and vegetable accents. Entrées include New Zealand venison chop, filet mignon, wild Alaskan halibut, and more. Closed Sunday and Monday
ADDRESS:
130 Log Cabin Ln.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-5777
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This diner combines home-style recipes and from-scratch cooking with a bohemian attitude: The motto is, “Peace, love and biscuits.” Flavored pancakes, omelets, and biscuits and gravy make up the breakfast menu, and burgers, chicken and dumplings, and meat-and-threes emerge at lunchtime.
ADDRESS:
111 E. Main St.Franklin, NC 28734United States
CITY:
Franklin
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 524-8198
PRICE:
$
Body:
As the name suggests, this fine dining restaurant is all about trout. The menu boasts 11 preparations of the fish, sometimes served beneath blackberry sauce, sometimes crusted in cornmeal. The menu also includes pasta, steak, lamb, salmon, and tuna. 
ADDRESS:
502 Blue Ridge Rd.Lake Toxaway, NC 28747United States
CITY:
Lake Toxaway
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast
PHONE:
(828) 877-3474
PRICE:
$
Body:
This happening spot is Highland’s best place to have dinner and hear live music. A section of the menu is devoted entirely to hot dogs. The restaurant uses Alpha Dogs, which are locally made from premium beef. Try one topped with pimento cheese, or choose a burger, sandwich, or flat bread pizza.
ADDRESS:
294 S. Fourth St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 526-8364
PRICE:
$
Body:
The aroma of sweet cinnamon rolls fuses with the scent of rising dough at this bakery. Yummy treats like Sicilian bread made with semolina flour and fresh peach Danish pastries are always served with a smile. 
ADDRESS:
42 S. Broad St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 883-4034
PRICE:
$
Body:
For a quick, casual gourmet meal in the heart of Highlands, Mountain Fresh is the place. Once a grocery store, the business is transitioning into an upscale deli and specialty shop. Dine on pressed sandwiches, burgers, and two styles of pizza with a glass of wine, or take home a meal of prime rib or a Lowcountry boil.
ADDRESS:
521 E. Main St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-2400
PRICE:
Body:
This country-style home filled with beautiful antiques offers a cozy, quiet dining experience. Entrées such as apricot-glazed scallops served with wasabi mashed potatoes and julienned vegetables will satisfy even the most discerning palates. 
ADDRESS:
192 W. Main St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 966-4662
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This simple seafood joint benefits from its peaceful streamside setting. Crab legs, fried fish, po’boys, and oysters, of course, populate the menu. There’s also a potato of the day.
ADDRESS:
483 Skyland Dr.Sylva, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Sylva
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-1985
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
With 60 years of combined experience, three generations of the café’s founding family have served delicious homemade fare since 1948. Sample the hamburger steak, dig into the popular chicken club sandwich, or try a favorite: the BLT with a side of onion rings.
ADDRESS:
2968 Old Cullowhee Rd.Cullowhee, NC 28723United States
CITY:
Cullowhee
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 293-3334
PRICE:
$
Body:
Listen to live music almost every night during the high season at this farm-to-table tavern. As the name suggests, the menu incorporates a variety of meats, including elk, pheasant, and lamb.
ADDRESS:
3646 U.S. 64 E.Sapphire, NC 28774United States
CITY:
Sapphire
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-4263
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
When Guadalupe Cafe brought a Caribbean influence to Sylva’s culinary scene, it also helped ignite a nightlife in downtown with musical performances. This restaurant offers traditional Caribbean favorites like fried plantains and tacos prepared with sofrito beans and Ashe County cheese in a blue-corn tortilla. The café also serves made-to-order burritos and quesadillas, as well as mango-pork tacos, coconut rice, fried okra, and jerk chicken.
ADDRESS:
606 W. Main St.Sylva, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Sylva
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-9877
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This historic bed-and-breakfast opened in 1884 and still serves the Southern staples on which it was founded. It prides itself on chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, and battered catfish. For dessert, try vinegar pie, a custard-filled, apple cider vinegar-enlivened concoction.
ADDRESS:
100 Haywood Rd.Dillsboro, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Dillsboro
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-0265
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
Longtime residents of the Cashiers and Glenville area hang out at this gas station haunt to hear live music from local artists such as Zorki. The menu includes bar favorites, and Thursday nights feature 75-cent wings and beer specials.
ADDRESS:
6188 S. N.C. 107Glenville, NC 28736United States
CITY:
Glenville
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-7778
PRICE:
$
Body:
Long before vegetarians and vegans were so plentiful in the mountains, Lulu’s was serving hummus and biryani wraps. But don’t be mistaken, meat eaters are just as welcome, with choices including the tropical pork tenderloin dusted with Jamaican jerk spices and caramelized with orange glaze. For a light lunch, try the Italian pasta salad; it’s simple and fresh with chopped peppers, onions, and a lemon-oil drizzle. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
612 W. Main St.Sylva, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Sylva
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-8989
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This hot spot is popular with the collegiate crowd at Western Carolina University. Pizzas, wraps, homemade soups and chili, fresh-baked bread, bagels, and pastries fill the menu. Mad Batter also offers beer and wine, which can be enjoyed on the cozy back deck or while watching a classic film on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Look for the restaurant’s food truck about town.
ADDRESS:
568 Centennial Dr.Cullowhee, NC 28723United States
CITY:
Cullowhee
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 293-3096
PRICE:
$
Body:
In a 100-year-old farmhouse, The Orchard serves fresh, thoughtful fare—the sort that farmers would have grown, raised, and caught on the surrounding land a century ago. The menu includes four trout dishes, vegetarian entrées, steaks, lamb chops, duck, and more. The preparation highlights Southern flavors. A nice wine selection complements the cuisine.
ADDRESS:
905 N.C. 107 S.Cashiers, NC 28717United States
CITY:
Cashiers
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-7614
PRICE:
$$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
Locals jostle for a table at this popular spot. Lunches of well-executed burgers and wraps draw a crowd. At dinner, the food is more elegant, although the atmosphere remains relaxed. Try seared halibut with lobster risotto or tequila-lime duck breast with cilantro-lime onion relish.
ADDRESS:
18 Chestnut Sq.Cashiers, NC 28717United States
CITY:
Cashiers
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 743-0190
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This aptly named restaurant boasts an abundance of traditional and inventive recipes, from the crowd-pleasing crab cakes served with a side of slaw, to crispy green bean fries served with a creamy cucumber-wasabi ranch dip. Entrées such as filet mignon will satisfy hungry patrons. Be sure to visit the adjoining cheese and specialty shop.
ADDRESS:
16 Cashiers School Rd.Cashiers, NC 28717United States
CITY:
Cashiers
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 743-3750
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
The significance of a 25-cent price difference between a meat-and-three plate and the same meal with just two sides might be lost on younger generations, but it isn’t on the die-hards who frequent The Coffee Shop. This diner opened in 1926, when a quarter went a lot further. It still does here. We’re talking hearty Southern dishes like country-fried steak with gravy or meatloaf with mashed potatoes for lunch. And with a sugar-sweet selection of fruit and cream pies, it’s no wonder this place is still cookin’. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
385 W. Main St.Sylva, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Sylva
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-2013
PRICE:
$
Body:
Reminiscent of a European café, this cozy eatery serves sweet and savory crêpes, paninis, specialty coffees, bakery treats, and wine. Kids love the Fluffer-Nutter—melted peanut butter and marshmallow cream on a crispy panini. Grown-up fare includes blackened chicken penne pasta with Cajun cream sauce. The menu features vegetarian and dairy- and gluten-free dishes.
ADDRESS:
3 E. Jackson St.Sylva, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Sylva
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 587-2233
PRICE:
$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
Named after a California beach, this coffeehouse occupies a trendy space with high ceilings and large windows overlooking Main Street. Patrons can get their java fix (the Milky Way is a house favorite) or choose from house-made soups, salads, or sandwiches. Desserts, muffins and cookies, including the Zuma Gold with walnuts, pecans, chocolate, and espresso, are made fresh daily. The coffeehouse is open late on Thursday nights for a bluegrass jam with Grammy-award winner Bobby Hicks. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
7 N. Main St.Marshall, NC 28753United States
CITY:
Marshall
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 649-1617
PRICE:
$
Body:
This popular gathering spot provides lots of seating areas; the patio is particularly nice, offering a stunning view of the mountains. Order one of the many creative burgers—the Hawaiian Volcano comes with grilled pineapple and a sweet chili glaze—or try a more complex dish, such as bacon-wrapped trout. A big slice of coconut cake makes for an excellent Southern dessert.
ADDRESS:
48 W. Jordan St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
PHONE:
(828) 883-2558
PRICE:
Body:
If it weren’t for the artistic metal sign in the front yard, Marco Trattoria, set inside a former private home, could be pegged as the scene of a great house party. Inspired continental specials and Italian and Mediterranean dishes include pasta with scallops and shrimp, veal saltimbocca, house-made meatballs, and eggplant Parmigiano. Wood-oven pizzas, including the Gorgonzola with sautéed mushrooms, prosciutto, and pesto, are ample enough for sharing. 
ADDRESS:
204 W. Main St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 883-4841
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
Savor a taste of Italy in the mountains at this family run restaurant that offers quaint tavern seating. Hearty classics like veal scallopini and flounder francese never fail to please. On the lighter side, fresh fish with white wine-lemon sauce, artichoke hearts, and cherry tomatoes is available. Closed Mondays. 
ADDRESS:
19131 Rosman Hwy.Sapphire, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Sapphire
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 883-2551
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
The intimate atmosphere, friendly service, and modern décor make Sora a great place to enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi. The list of special rolls includes a variety of flavor combinations, while entrées, such as the spicy Kani crab salad, continue to inspire the palate with each visit. Look for Sora’s sister restaurant, Umi, in Hendersonville. 
ADDRESS:
91 Forest Gate Dr.Pisgah Forest, NC 28768United States
CITY:
Pisgah Forest
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 883-9808
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Stroll the charming Times Arcade Alley to find this Art Deco-style eatery and gallery. From favorites such as mountain trout encrusted with almonds and topped with a pumpkin beurre blanc to Eastern-inspired dishes like five-spice seared ahi tuna, the eclectic mix of Southern delicacies and Asian-American fusion draws a steady crowd. 
ADDRESS:
33 Times Arcade AlleyBrevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 884-6171
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
The Sunrise Café is always hopping with college students, professionals, families, and friends seeking healthy fare at a reasonable price. Breakfast, smoothies, and coffee are served all day, while quiches, soups, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and wrap specials make up the lunch menu. 
ADDRESS:
273 N. Broad St.Brevard, NC 28712United States
CITY:
Brevard
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 884-3331
PRICE:
$
Body:
Stunning views complement the cuisine at this historic mountain inn, founded in 1908. The chef prepares trout amandine and chicken marsala with European method, but dishes such as shrimp and grits and pecan-encrusted catfish taste like home. By reservation only.
ADDRESS:
68 Seven Springs Dr.Balsam, NC 28707United States
CITY:
Balsam
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(800) 224-9498
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
A partnership between Sunburst Trout and Chef Adam Hayes yields this elegant, open-air dining experience. The expertly constructed prix-fixe menu allows diners to relax and enjoy the pristine valley that surrounds them. Open seasonally, Wednesday through Sunday.
ADDRESS:
150 Lonesome Valley Rd.Sapphire, NC 28774United States
CITY:
Sapphire
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-7967
PRICE:
$$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This combination of an upscale bistro and laid-back café serves artistic small plates as well as big burgers. Specials represent a range of cuisines from around the world—think hanger steak and lobster chili with papaya, mandarin oranges, and sesame wontons. Closed Sunday and Monday.
ADDRESS:
32 Village Walk WayCashiers, NC 28717United States
CITY:
Cashiers
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-1960
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Recycled century-old bricks, whiskey barrels, and flooring give this restaurant its rustic ambience. SMBC specializes in award-winning wood-fired pizzas and calzones, including the jerk shrimp and Hawaiian barbecue chicken. Appetizers, sandwiches, and a broad selection of entrées offer many choices. With each dish, the menu offers recommendations for wine or beer.
ADDRESS:
50 Slicers Ave.Sapphire, NC 28774United States
CITY:
Sapphire
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-0220
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Those with an appetite for French-Italian cuisine will discover a perfect marriage of food and art with this fine dining experience. Enjoy escargot or a savory bruschetta appetizer before relishing one of the many chef’s selections, including scallops au poivre and Maple Leaf Farm duck breast. The bistro also boasts an extensive wine selection and a large coffee and dessert menu. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
115 New Market CentreBoone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 265-0500
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Enjoy a panoramic view of nearby mountains while feasting on high-end cuts of North Carolina beef, fish, and chicken. Start with the Lobster Louis salad served with two deviled eggs or the lightly fried calamari. If you’re craving something hearty, try the Louisiana blackened prime rib.
ADDRESS:
86 High Ridge RdLittle Switzerland, NC 28749United States
CITY:
Little Switzerland
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 765-2153
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Going strong since 1984, this café brings a fresh approach to the standard salad and sandwich menu. Try the grilled chicken breast salad with lettuce, mushrooms, olives, scallions, and tomatoes. Entrées include house-made pizzas, coffee-rubbed sirloin, and grilled tuna with tomato-caper butter. The artichoke dip is a house favorite. 
ADDRESS:
227 Hardin St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 264-5470
PRICE:
$$
Body:
You won’t find Central American food of this caliber for miles around. Inspired by the owners’ travels in Guatemala, Tropical Grill serves fresh salads topped with fruit and fish, Cuban-style beans, rice and plantains, coconut shrimp, and tropical juices. Burgers and paninis are also on the large menu. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
198 Oak Ave.Spruce Pine, NC 28777United States
CITY:
Spruce Pine
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 765-0909
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Take a seat in the former summer home of renowned artist Elliot Daingerfield, and start with the Hawaiian blue king prawns served over grilled sourdough with tomatoes, edamame, and garlic-butter sauce. The miso-broiled sea bass served with black forbidden rice, sautéed baby bok choy, and carrot-ginger foam demonstrates a mastery of complex flavors. 
ADDRESS:
224 Westglow CircleBlowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 295-4463
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
From the creators of Boone’s most popular bakery comes this all-day café. Begin the day with a walnut and raisin sticky bun and a latte or an all-fruit smoothie. If you’re hungry, order a breakfast plate. The Mount Arti piles potatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, two eggs, pesto, and feta atop a bed of spinach. At lunch, soups, salads, and hot sandwiches on Stick Boy’s beloved bread will fill your belly. 
ADDRESS:
211 Boone Heights Dr.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 265-4141
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
Body:
On the shores of Lake James, this restaurant serves burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, and fried seafood baskets. The views are unparalleled. Live music and a full bar create a lively atmosphere.
ADDRESS:
608 Marina Dr.Nebo, NC 28761United States
CITY:
Nebo
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 655-1400
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This casual, upscale restaurant showcases regional American fare, emphasizing local meats with entrées such as ginger-marinated pork tenderloin and steak. Lunch offerings include gourmet appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Grab a seat beside a roaring fire, or in mild weather, sit on the deck among the trees. 
ADDRESS:
1167 Main St.Blowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 295-7075
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
You may recognize owner Bruce Brown as the resident chef on News 13’s cooking show Carolina Kitchen. At his restaurant, he serves sandwiches, wraps, and salads to a loyal lunch crowd. The dinner menu changes regularly, but items such as Yankee pot roast or white chicken lasagna are favorites. Don’t leave without sampling one of the 135-plus flavors of scratch-made cheesecakes, including the flapjack, a butter-maple cake with crispy bacon.
ADDRESS:
63 S. Main St.;Marion, NC 28752United States
CITY:
Marion
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 659-8023
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Located at the Inn at Crestwood, this charming restaurant and bar provides views of Grandfather Mountain and a selection of beef, fish, and fowl. Start the meal with North Carolina crab cakes with a Cajun rémoulade, and move on to the whiskey-glazed flat iron steak or maple-infused chicken and waffles. The Massaged Kale Salad offers flavors of mandarin orange, wasabi almonds, herbed goat cheese, and pomegranate vinaigrette. 
ADDRESS:
3236 Shulls Mill Rd.Blowing Rock, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 963-6646
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Countryside’s chopped barbecue comes with the right balance of sweet and smoky. The menu offers hickory-smoked pork and chicken, hand-breaded chicken tenders and flounder, and classic Southern sides, including green beans, white or red slaw, and mashed potatoes. Try the Monday special of hickory-smoked pork chops with sweet baked apples and a helping of okra. Pastries, pancakes, omelets and eggs with all the fixin’s are what’s for breakfast.
ADDRESS:
2070 Rutherford Rd.Marion, NC 28752United States
CITY:
Marion
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 652-4885
PRICE:
$
Body:
Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 334, this café serves a varied menu of comfort food. Homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches with house-smoked meats grace the lunch menu. You’ll find trout, hickory-smoked barbecue, smoked salmon, and more for dinner, which is served Friday and Saturday evenings. Open seasonally.
ADDRESS:
9440 N.C. 226ALittle Switzerland, NC 28749United States
CITY:
Little Switzerland
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 765-5289
PRICE:
$$
Body:
For a restaurant that started with a guy grilling steaks on the patio of the hotel he owned, The Peddler has come a long way. Meat lovers will fawn over the selection of hickory-smoked steaks, prime rib, seafood, and chicken, while an extensive salad bar will satisfy lighter appetites. 
ADDRESS:
1972 Blowing Rock Rd.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 264-4433
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Offering views over Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club, Stuart’s serves an array of American classics. Lunch offerings include sizeable salads, deli-style and hot sandwiches, wraps, and burgers. For dinner, steaks, seafood, pasta, and chicken come in many delectable stylings. Try the bourbon-glazed salmon, chicken Florentine or sirloin served with a Gorgonzola cream sauce. A Sunday brunch sets forth everything from build-your-own omelets to carved prime rib.
ADDRESS:
2360 Swiss Pine Lake Dr.Spruce Pine, NC 28777United States
CITY:
Spruce Pine
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
828-765- 6589
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This casual spot is a great place to break for a cup of coffee or tea between shopping Blowing Rock’s plentiful boutiques. The restaurant serves soups, salads, wraps, and sandwiches, including the popular Old Glory, featuring chicken salad and applewood-smoked bacon on multigrain bread. Free Wi-Fi.  
ADDRESS:
1132 Main St.Blowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 295-0015
PRICE:
$
Body:
The Local impresses with a medley of traditional Southern dishes, but with a modern twist. Savor delectable shrimp and grits, grass-fed or lentil vegan and gluten-free burgers, tacos, quinoa bowls, and much more. Formerly known as Char, this re-booted restaurant promotes a relaxing environment and cuisine that varies seasonally to support local goods and vendors. 
ADDRESS:
179 Howard St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 266-2179
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Bring your friends and plan to stay awhile at this polished brewpub; there’s plenty of interesting food and beer to keep you entertained. Sip a Doughton’s Dry Stout and order starters for the table: wood-fired pretzel, Sriracha-honey wood-fired wings, or hush puppies and pimento cheese to name a few. The menu often features local and seasonal ingredients and generally includes a variety of sandwiches and entrées and a creative selection of wood-fired pizzas. The Sweet Beet comes with garlic oil, fresh mozzarella, Gorgonzola, roasted sweet potatoes and beets, walnuts, and rosemary-jalapeño honey. Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
ADDRESS:
130 N. Depot St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 265-3506
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This tiny brewery pours six small-batch creations every day, including session lagers, farmhouse ales, IPAs, and Belgian-style brews. Salads and pizzas complement the beers. Gluten-free crust is available. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
ADDRESS:
585 Oak Ave.Spruce Pine, NC 28777United States
CITY:
Spruce Pine
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 765-4583
PRICE:
$
Body:
Breakfast, served all day, is a high priority here. Greek omelets with spinach, tomatoes, onions, garlic, black olives and feta, and side dishes of tempeh strips, stewed apples, grits and home fries draw diners from across the High Country. If you aren’t a fan of pancakes after 11 a.m., try one of the burgers stuffed with pesto-, herb-, garlic- or spicy Southwestern-butter, or one of the many vegetarian sandwiches. 
ADDRESS:
664 W. King St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 263-0300
PRICE:
$
Body:
With an array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, DT’s satisfies any time of day. For breakfast, try a specialty bagel with garden-veggie cream cheese, egg, bacon, and provolone. Lunch and dinner offer create-your-own sandwiches, wraps, and bagels as well as favorites like the classic BLT or Philly cheesesteak. Scones, muffins, croissants, and other baked goods are made fresh daily. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
169 Locust Ave.Spruce Pine, NC 28777United States
CITY:
Spruce Pine
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 766-8008
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
Body:
At this brunch-all-day café, the owners of The Mast Farm Inn show their sultry Southern side in historic Valle Crucis. Fill up on tomato cobbler (a savory combination of fresh tomatoes, cheese, and biscuit crust) or a skillet of grits, fresh eggs, Gouda, and tomato butter. Complete the experience with a creamy slice of chocolate chess pie. Closed Tuesday.     
ADDRESS:
3608 N.C. 194Sugar Grove, NC 28679United States
CITY:
Sugar Grove
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 963-6301
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This sports bar serves burgers, wings, and pizzas. What separates it from the typical sports bar? Maybe it’s the 13-ounce rib eye special or the fresh oysters, but probably it’s the spirit of community and the family friendly atmosphere that set this place apart.
ADDRESS:
89 Locust St.Spruce Pine, NC 28777United States
CITY:
Spruce Pine
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 765-2245
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The owners of this eatery purposefully keep the aesthetics simple, so diners can focus on the main attraction—sophisticated cuisine tied directly to the community farms. The menu changes daily based on local, seasonal availability of foods sourced within 30 miles. The rabbit rillette, a rustic appetizer, is simply presented on a cutting board with dressed spring greens. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
61 Locust St.Spruce Pine, NC 28777United States
CITY:
Spruce Pine
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 765-1511
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Enjoy stunning mountain views from the covered deck of this bistro near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The healthy, casual fare includes big salads, fish and lean meats, plus some burgers, steaks, and french fries thrown in for good measure. Try the mahimahi sandwich or the turkey club salad.
ADDRESS:
5253 N.C. 226Little Switzerland, NC 28777United States
CITY:
Little Switzerland
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 766-9670
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Choose your meal from a large selection at this Italian restaurant, which has a drive-thru in addition to its dining room. The place specializes in hefty hot subs, New York-style pizza, pasta dishes, and parmigiana. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
1284 Rutherford RdMarion, NC 28752United States
CITY:
Marion
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 652-4777
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This indoor/outdoor café focuses on European cuisine, wine, and ambience. The menu showcases Mediterranean flavors—plenty of eggplant, white beans, pasta, and herbs de Provence—fresh fish from the mountains and seas, and bistro classics, such as steak frites. Closed Tuesday.
ADDRESS:
490 Carolina WayHighlands, 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-1019
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
Baked with fresh, Sicilian-style focaccia dough, The Brick Oven’s hand-tossed pizzas and calzones let you put your own twist on two Italian favorites. Choose from more than 30 toppings, including conventional meats, cheeses, and fresh veggies. An impressive selection of sauces is also at your disposal for a custom creation.
ADDRESS:
423 N. 4th St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-4121
PRICE:
$
Body:
This chic, French-inspired restaurant stands in stark contrast to the Hot Spot gas station that occupies the same building. Highbrow appetizers like brandied chicken livers share the menu with substantial sandwiches like The John Gotti, with capicola, pepperoncini, salami, provolone, and balsamic vinegar on French bread. A bowl of the blue crab bisque is a meal in itself. Credit cards not accepted.
ADDRESS:
459 E. Main St.Franklin, NC 28734United States
CITY:
Franklin
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 369-9446
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The fresh, healthy fare at this café includes entrée salads, wraps, and paninis. At dinner, Thursday through Saturday, listen to live music from local talents while you dine on a small menu of pizza and barbecue. Breakfast, served daily, brings the widest selection of eats, including pancakes, omelets, waffles, oatmeal, and egg sandwiches. 
ADDRESS:
114 E. Main St.Burnsville, NC 28714United States
CITY:
Burnsville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 678-9362
PRICE:
$
Body:
Cyprus’ worldly menu is mirrored by the colorful and artistic dining room, which boasts a rooftop patio. Chef Nicholas Figel highlights a special menu nightly, with choices such as Malaysian-style coconut curry mussels or Thai basil calamari with celery and passion fruit dipping sauce. A traditional regional menu is also available.
ADDRESS:
332 Main St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-4429
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This polished bar and grill at the base of Mount Mitchell provides great views with attentive service. Specials feature creative touches: tea-smoked salmon on a bed of greens with a honey-lavender glaze and a bone-in pork chop with peach compote and grilled peppers. The restaurant is part of the Mount Mitchell Golf Club, but it’s open to the public. Closed Sunday and Monday. 
ADDRESS:
11484 N.C. 80 S.Burnsville, NC 28714United States
CITY:
Burnsville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 675-4911
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Decadent baked goods and hearty burgers and sandwiches are standards at this spot, which is tucked away in a historic barn in the center of Highlands. Cute details accent the meals; the Turkish Turkey Burger is topped with apricot spread. Whatever you order, get a side of Fresser fries, which are more like thick-cut chips. Dinner often ends early, so call ahead.
ADDRESS:
470 Oak StHighlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 526-8847
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Far more than a market or a deli, this humble shop serves dinners of fried frog legs, broiled flounder, and fried clams along with sandwiches, po’boys, and salads. The atmosphere is simple, but the food is prepared enthusiastically. Take home shucked oysters and crab cakes from the meat case.
ADDRESS:
61 S. Patton Ave.Franklin, NC 28734United States
CITY:
Franklin
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 369-0001
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Indulge in a three-course meal accompanied by fresh vegetables and baked bread. The plates come artfully garnished with touches of iris blossoms from the garden. Seafood, including local rainbow trout, grilled Carolina grouper, and Maryland-style crab cakes, dominates the menu. Try the seared sea scallops, Asian-glazed buffalo short ribs, or Colorado lamb chops. The extensive, award-winning wine list is sure to feature a bottle that intrigues you.
ADDRESS:
531 Smallwood Ave.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-9419
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Madison’s offers refined cuisine, such as low-rendered duck breast with rutabaga purée and a parsley crêpe with wilted mustard greens, served in the elegant dining room of the Old Edwards Inn. Outstanding meals and an exceptional wine list have earned Madison’s numerous Wine Spectator awards and a AAA Four-Diamond award.
ADDRESS:
445 Main St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 787-2525
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Perched on the side of a steep cliff above Lake Toxaway, this small café serves pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and egg-and-biscuit breakfasts. For dinner, specials of meat and fish add a culinary touch to the offerings. 
ADDRESS:
15887 Rosman Hwy.Lake Toxaway, NC 28747United States
CITY:
Lake Toxaway
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 885-6004
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This quaint café serves breakfast wraps and quiches all day with a focus on organic ingredients. Menu options include a hearty steak sandwich with provolone cheese, red onion, and tomato on ciabatta. The grilled chicken wrap with Havarti and sesame-ginger dressing is a popular lunch choice. The eatery stays true to its name by selling small plants and vegetable starts for your garden in the spring. 
ADDRESS:
409 W. Main St.Burnsville, NC 28714United States
CITY:
Burnsville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 682-1680
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This locals’ favorite brings big Eastern flavor to Franklin’s dining scene. It’s a good place to get a solid curry dish or satisfy your pad thai craving. Service is always friendly and attentive. Closed Wednesday.
ADDRESS:
553 Highlands Rd.Franklin, NC 28734United States
CITY:
Franklin
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 524-1111
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Garden Deli brings the authentic taste of New York subs and sandwiches to Western North Carolina. Best bets include hot pastrami on rye and the traditional sub—a combination of Italian meats and provolone cheese. Desserts include New York cheesecake. Closed Sundays. 
ADDRESS:
107 Town Sq.Burnsville, NC 28714United States
CITY:
Burnsville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 682-3946
PRICE:
$
Body:
This elegantly restored 1846 home boasts three well-appointed dining rooms. The restaurant is situated in the Bob Timberlake Inn, and offers tranquil views of nearby Lake Chetola. Entrées include blackberry chicken, steak, and fresh seafood selections. 
ADDRESS:
500 N. Main St.Blowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 295-5505
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Salad lovers, rejoice. Holly’s has a wide selection of fun, meal-size salads made from responsibly sourced ingredients. The café also serves nachos, sandwiches with Boar’s Head meats, and burgers. Complete your meal with a slice of fresh coconut cake. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
385 U.S. 70 WMarion, NC 28752United States
CITY:
Marion
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 652-3354
PRICE:
$
Body:
The cozy atmosphere and diverse cuisine make this a popular dining destination. There are 133 wines to choose from and enjoy while you listen to live music in the bar. Begin the meal with the peach-barbecue duck tenders with goat cheese before moving on to entrées such as New Zealand lamb chops, sautéed veal liver, and crab cakes—the house specialty. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
7956 U.S. 321 BypassBlowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 295-5050
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
If you’ve never had tomato pie, head to Low Country during the summer months, when the restaurant serves this cheesy tomato side dish alongside steaks, lamb, seafood, and fried chicken. Local beers on tap complete the experience.
ADDRESS:
105 S. Main St.Marion, NC 28752United States
CITY:
Marion
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 652-2000
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
The sweet onion that is this restaurant’s namesake enhances many dishes on the menu. Get started with the Georgia vegetable in its simplest adaptation—the Cajun-seasoned, Highland Porter-battered, thick-cut rings appetizer. Follow up with the sesame- and coriander-encrusted tuna served with teriyaki caviar, chili-ginger Napa cabbage slaw, and jasmine rice. Wine tastings are offered regularly. Closed for lunch Monday.  
ADDRESS:
831 W. King St.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 263-9176
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Tucked into a white-frame cottage that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this café highlights the most important meal of the day until close at 2:30 p.m. Try the French toast of dense Argentinean bread, eggs Bernice with smoked turkey and tomato, and Scandinavian eggs with vodka-cured salmon. The lunch menu is punctuated with elegant flourishes, such as grilled molasses-glazed salmon. 
ADDRESS:
146 Greenway CourtBlowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 295-3769
PRICE:
$$
Body:
In the summer, sit on the sidewalk at this Main Street café and sip a frozen chai while you dine on Cobb salad. In the winter, heartier fare awaits inside. Snuggle up with a cappuccino and bowl of biscuits and gravy, or try a vegetarian gyro with seasoned diced potatoes. 
ADDRESS:
8 W. Main St.Burnsville, NC 28714United States
CITY:
Burnsville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 682-0120
PRICE:
$
Body:
Driving around the region, you’ll pass numerous Bantam Chefs—a popular, local franchise. In Burnsville, Bantam Chef offers diner fare all day plus hot apple pie, banana splits, and 17 flavors of milk shakes and malts. 
ADDRESS:
357 U.S. 19 E. BypassBurnsville, NC 28714United States
CITY:
Burnsville
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 682-6911
PRICE:
$
Body:
With its slick vintage décor, this diner looks like it’s been around since the ’50s, but it actually opened in 2002. No matter, the root beer floats, malted milk shakes, burger specials, and club sandwiches are just as good as those of yesteryear. Kids and classic car enthusiasts will discover plenty of marvels.
ADDRESS:
909 N. Main St.Marion, NC 28752United States
CITY:
Marion
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 655-1557
PRICE:
$
Body:
This fun spot, decorated with memorabilia from community sports teams, serves food for families, including burgers, pasta, steaks, and barbecue. Try the mountain trout with grilled mushrooms and sweet potato fries, or go big with a three-meat combo of sirloin, shrimp, ribs, and two sides. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
394 E. Main St.Burnsville, NC 28714United States
CITY:
Burnsville
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 678-3388
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Located inside the Main Street Inn, the bistro serves traditional American cuisine. Guests fill up for breakfast on pumpkin pancakes or scrambled eggs with Southern fixin’s. Appetizers, soups, salads, and sandwiches, including the shrimp po’boy and turkey apple Brie, are served for lunch and dinner, while entrées include a chicken-mushroom potpie, pot roast, and grilled salmon. Finish the meal with a puff pastry stuffed with white chocolate mousse and berries. Dinner is served seasonally.
ADDRESS:
270 Main St.Highlands, NC 28741United States
CITY:
Highlands
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 526-2590
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Built in the early 1900s, the former Imperial Hotel is now home to Canton’s finest dining experience. Remark the Victorian charm of the building while savoring Southern favorites, bacon-wrapped catfish, fried chicken, crab cakes, and a few classic Italian dishes. Veggie lovers will appreciate the vegetable bowl: grit cake served with black-eyed peas, kale, and fried okra for $8.50. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
117 Main St.Canton, NC 28716United States
CITY:
Canton
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 492-0618
PRICE:
$$
Body:
A reservation for dinner at this mountaintop resort yields a four-course meal of elegant local dishes. The inn’s garden provides some of the produce, and the remainder of the ingredients is sourced from Sunburst Trout, Farside Farms, and other local outlets. Since The Swag is in a dry county (and outside of city limits), guests should bring their own alcohol. Reservations are required. 
ADDRESS:
2300 Swag Rd.Waynesville, NC 28785United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 926-04030
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Here you’ll find the Southern comfort food you’d expect if a chef got hold of your grandma’s recipes—think bacon-wrapped meatloaf, cornmeal-dusted catfish, chicken potpie, and cheddar scalloped potatoes. Enjoy favorites, including the house salad made with dried cranberries and candied pecans with lemongrass vinaigrette, and the three-cheese eggplant Parmesan. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
39 Miller St.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 456-5559
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Waynesville boasts three breweries, but Tipping Point is the only one that serves food. A Punch in the Face IPA tastes great with the fish tacos, and Chunky Girl Amber Ale pairs nicely with the Jeff Salad, an eggy, meaty entrée-size affair. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
190 N. Main St.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 246-9230
PRICE:
$
Body:
As for what’s important at this restaurant, the name says it. Pizzas come with a range of toppings from light to meaty. The spectrum runs from the light pesto and broccoli to the hearty cheeseburger pizza, which comes with a mustard base, bacon, pickles, onion, cheddar, and ground beef. Decisions are easier with the ribs; just choose a half or full rack. After dinner, stay for arcade games and dancing. Cash or check only. 
ADDRESS:
121 W. Barnwell St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 693-6755
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This unassuming sandwich shop has been open since 1974, long enough to develop its Secret Spice and Special Sauce. Try The Daredevil, packed with corned beef, or a panini. The Alykat Salad is a sandwich in a bowl, topped with mild peppers and relish. 
ADDRESS:
635 Spartanburg Hwy.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 697-0311
PRICE:
$
Body:
This family eatery in a historic house is great for kids. Nathan’s hot dogs anchor lunch, served Tuesday through Friday, and sandwiches stuffed with pimento cheese, avocado, and barbecue are also available. Hershey’s ice cream comes in cones or sundae dishes covered in toppings. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
188 Saint John Rd.Fletcher, NC 28732United States
CITY:
Fletcher
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 676-6449
PRICE:
$
Body:
This centrally located pub proudly pours from 24 taps. The food includes burgers, sandwiches, and Irish dishes such as bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage. The patio is a great place to observe downtown Hendersonville. 
ADDRESS:
222 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 698-2622
PRICE:
Body:
Nestled in a curious barn-like building, this café serves straightforward yet charming breakfasts and lunches. Morning selections are plentiful: waffles, omelets, chipped beef, eggs Benedict, pancakes, oatmeal and even fried bologna. Lunch focuses on dainty apple-pecan salad, croissant sandwiches, wraps and roast beef sandwiches, plus Reubens for the very hungry. 
ADDRESS:
1908 Haywood Rd.Hendersonville, NC 28791United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 692-4100
PRICE:
$
Body:
Part of the Maggie Valley Country Club, this bar and grill delivers bistro-style soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch, and dinner selections include steak and grouper tacos. Try one of the grill’s most popular items, the club sandwich, piled high with ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato, while enjoying a view of the golf course from the veranda. The indoor dining area boasts fireplaces and a bar. 
ADDRESS:
1819 Country Club Rd.Maggie Valley, NC 28751United States
CITY:
Maggie Valley
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 926-4848
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
You can smell the beans roasting while you sip coffee and laze on a couch at Panacea Coffeehouse, Café & Roastery in Frog Level, housed in a former warehouse. Make a lunch of almond-grape chicken salad with pretzels, fresh fruit dusted with powdered sugar, and blackberry lemonade. For some fresh air, grab one of a handful of seats on the shaded back porch overlooking Richland Creek. 
ADDRESS:
66 Commerce St.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 452-6200
PRICE:
$
Body:
Antique toys and sports equipment hang from the walls and ceiling of this long-time local favorite. Nick & Nate’s offers hot subs, burgers, and specialty pizzas. Start a meal with beer-battered mushrooms, then share a large Nantahala pizza topped with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and feta. Wash it all down with one of a dozen local craft beers on draft.  
ADDRESS:
38 The Villages OverlookSylva, Waynesville, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Sylva, Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-3000
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Located in a rustic red barn, Bogart’s is popular for its hearty soups, salads, sandwiches, and grilled steaks. Try a traditional favorite like the Philly steak and cheese, classic club, or Reuben paired with soup or salad. For dinner, go for the bacon-wrapped filet mignon, or if you’re really hungry, the 16-ounce Porterhouse. 
ADDRESS:
35 E. Main St.Sylva, Waynesville, NCUnited States
CITY:
Sylva, Waynesville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-6532
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This gastropub serves pretty plates of horseradish-crusted salmon, Creole shrimp and grits, veggie ravioli, and bourbon-glazed sirloin steaks. Cobb salads and BLTs are also available for lunchtime and lighter appetites. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
454 Hazelwood Ave.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 452-9191
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This restaurant on ranch grounds is open to the public; just call ahead to let them know you’re coming. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, dinners are served family style, with big plates of prime rib, corn on the cob, baked ham, and seasonal veggies circulating around the table. On the remaining nights, enjoy a cookout with mountain views on the lawn. 
ADDRESS:
119 Ranch Dr.Maggie Valley, NC 28751United States
CITY:
Maggie Valley
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 926-1401
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
This quaint restaurant showcases the creations of owner and chef Josh Monroe. Items such as New Zealand blue mussels, breaded quail legs, fried Brie salad, house-made pastas, and an assortment of seafood, steak, poultry and game dishes make this an excellent dinner spot. An extensive list of local and international wines complements the cuisine. 
ADDRESS:
30 Church St.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 452-6210
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This phenom began in Asheville and expanded west, to the benefit of the region. Slather a fresh biscuit with Imladris Farm blueberry jam and savor it with your morning coffee, or buy a loaf of artisan bread to take home. Bread recipes rotate throughout the week, so there’s something new every day. 
ADDRESS:
18 N Main St.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 452-3881
PRICE:
$
Body:
This popular local eatery recommends reservations during the high season. The kitchen creates alluring local fare, such as coriander-encrusted pork belly with rhubarb-ginger chutney and wild mushroom Bolognese with pasta, grilled portobellos, and Pecorino cheese. Everything pairs well with a craft cocktail. 
ADDRESS:
44 Church St.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 456-1930
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
In this charming red cottage restaurant, diners enjoy all their favorite things about barbecue: the rub, the ribs, chopped meat, tomato, mustard and vinegar sauces, and Brunswick stew. They also benefit from creative updates to Southern staples, such as the Fine Swine, a sandwich of chopped pork covered with collards and provolone. 
ADDRESS:
79 Elysinia Ave.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 456-7275
PRICE:
$
Body:
These folks have flipped flapjacks for about half a century; they know what they’re doing. Pancakes come with fruity, sweet, chocolatey, and healthy twists. Omelets, waffles, and chipped beef are also on the menu, but really, you’ve got to try the pancakes. Closed Thursday. 
ADDRESS:
4309 Soco Rd.Maggie Valley, NC 28751United States
CITY:
Maggie Valley
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 926-0212
PRICE:
$
Body:
This quaint restaurant is all about the seafood, offering fresh fish, crab cakes and stuffed shrimp. Try the oysters Rockefeller, broiled oysters on a bed of spinach served with mozzarella and hollandaise sauce. Closed Monday.  
ADDRESS:
1384 Sulphur Springs Rd.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 456-8945
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Whether you take a seat on Blue Sky’s patio or in the lively dining room, vibrant colors and eclectic decorations bring to life the restaurant’s theme of creative family dining. The abundant selection of salads, sandwiches, wraps, and vegetarian options makes for an adventurous lunch. If you’re really hungry, try a burger and pint. There’s even kid-size entrées for the little ones. 
ADDRESS:
3987 Hendersonville Rd.Fletcher, NC 28732United States
CITY:
Fletcher
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 684-1247
PRICE:
$
Body:
With scratch-made dough and sauce, this strip mall pizza shop offers some of the freshest pies around. The owners, a retired couple, have fun with the place, and their levity shows in items like the Double Pig with Fruit pizza made with candied bacon and pineapple. The restaurant also serves grinders, pasta, wings, burgers, salads and calzones. 
ADDRESS:
3987 Hendersonville Rd.Etowah, NC 28729United States
CITY:
Etowah
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 891-5648
PRICE:
$
Body:
This little eatery has two missions: to feed Hendersonville with healthy, local food and to provide job training for victims of domestic violence. Its work is heavy, but its interior is cheerful, and its food tasty and light. Try a slice of quiche or a grilled pimento cheese sandwich with a side of kale and apple salad. 
ADDRESS:
127 Fifth Ave.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(8282) 595-9365
PRICE:
$
Body:
Tired of Italian restaurants with a sprawling menu and miniscule beer list? You’re in luck. Mezzaluna has a tight menu of nuanced Italian entrées and pizzas as well as 50 taps. Try the roasted quail with apple and Brussels sprout stuffing or a wood-fired pizza topped with white truffle oil and house-cured bacon. 
ADDRESS:
226 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 697-6575
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Since 2008, this deli has served straightforward sandwiches and salads. Order a classic club or tuna salad sandwich; satiate yourself with a meatball sub. For a rare delight, choose the Cuban with pork roast, ham, Swiss, yellow mustard, and pickles on toasted white bread. 
ADDRESS:
2024 Asheville Hwy.Hendersonvile, NC 28791United States
CITY:
Hendersonvile
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 693-3112
PRICE:
$
Body:
As Hendersonville’s source for hot, carved sandwich meat, Mountain Deli proudly serves up fresh roast beef, chicken, and pork. It also offers thoughtful veggie options. These sandwiches are perfect for picnics; you can even pick up trail mix while at the shop. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
343 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 693-0093
PRICE:
$
Body:
For a light lunch, try Never Blue’s creative salads, like the combination of organic spinach, dried cranberries, blue cheese crumbles, applewood-smoked bacon, and candied pecans. More filling options include Gulf shrimp and smoked Gouda grits with a spicy tasso cream and an array of creative tacos, burgers, and sandwiches. Pair any dish with a signature martini or mojito. Closed Sunday and Monday. 
ADDRESS:
119 S. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 693-4646
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Season’s is a great place for family gatherings or romantic dining and offers a menu that changes seasonally to highlight locally sourced meats and produce from the on-site organic garden. Dinner entrées include beef tenderloin, duck breast, sea scallops, and more. Guests can choose from more than 1,000 wines, a selection that has earned Season’s a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2000.
ADDRESS:
86 Lily Pad Ln.Flat Rock, NC 28731United States
CITY:
Flat Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 696-9094
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This bistro brands itself as “American cuisine with a world view.” Try Indian-style chicken curry, or stick with a familiar chicken breast, because even the normally demure cut comes encrusted in pecans and mustard and served with sweet potato bread pudding and Bing cherry sauce. The Square Root has a second location in Brevard. 
ADDRESS:
111 S. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 693-7758
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
For those times when all you want is frozen yogurt but you know you should eat lunch first, there’s Strawberry Hill. Salads and sandwiches pack protein, despite their meatlessness, and personal pizzas are topped with fresh veggies and veg-pepperoni. Look forward to 15 flavors of frozen yogurt for dessert. Closed Saturday. 
ADDRESS:
111 S. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 209-6980
PRICE:
$
Body:
This tastefully decorated Thai eatery serves all the staple curries and noodle dishes, plus extravagant specials of crispy, roasted duck and whole red snapper in chili sauce. The soup selection is one of the largest around. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
220 S. King St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 693-7323
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
No, WNC is not near the ocean, but location has no bearing on Umi’s abillity to offer fine sushi in a sophisticated atmosphere. Some special convergence of clever sourcing, happy staff, excellent presentation and authenticity make for a highly successful sushi experience. Also try Umi’s sister restaurant, Sora, in Brevard. 
ADDRESS:
633 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 698-8048
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Two things to do if you’ve never done them: Listen to the Beatles song that inspires this restaurant and eat its Eggs Diana: seared salmon, sautéed spinach, chopped tomatoes, and fresh lemon-dill sauce with a poached egg, grit cake, and sourdough. Even Mean Mr. Mustard, who always shouts out something obscene, would approve. 
ADDRESS:
605 Kanuga Rd.Hendersonville, NC 28739United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 698-8584
PRICE:
$
Body:
Sample the flavors of Thailand at this restaurant noted for its beef salad with chili pepper sauce and lime juice, as well as the red snapper with hibachi sauce and fresh vegetables. With more than 60 selections on the menu, including classic curries, noodle dishes, and a variety of seafood, Lime Leaf is an exotic choice. 
ADDRESS:
342 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 692-3300
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Expect a brief wait at the Fireside. Locals line up to eat at this diner that specializes in homemade breads, light and fluffy pancakes made from a secret recipe, and American breakfast entrées. For lunch, enjoy the pot roast dinner or fireside club sandwich.  
ADDRESS:
295 Sugarloaf Rd.Hendersonville, NY 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 697-1004
PRICE:
$
Body:
Located inside The Wrinkled Egg, this small bakery and pizza shop is committed to high quality ingredients, natural leaveners, and handmade shaping. Start the day with a Danish and an espresso. About 9 a.m., the bread emerges fresh from the oven. Come back later for pizza and sandwiches. 
ADDRESS:
2710 Greenville Hwy.Flat Rock, NC 28731United States
CITY:
Flat Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 693-1313
PRICE:
$
Body:
If your family can’t decide between burgers, barbecue, and pizza, that’s OK. The Wood Room has them all. Then again, if you’re all in agreement, try one of the restaurant’s family style spreads, which include several meats and sides. Closed Monday. 
ADDRESS:
1501 Greenville Hwy.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 435-1391
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This versatile business opens as a coffee shop, with breakfast sandwiches, eggs Florentine, pancakes, deli sandwiches, burgers, and wraps, but at night (Wednesday through Saturday) it transforms into a tapas house and venue, often hosting jazz concerts. 
ADDRESS:
536 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 692-6335
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This popular gathering spot invites diners to a hefty bowl of Irish stew and glass of Guinness. But if you’re not feeling the Irish spirit, the large menu provides wraps, tacos, and salmon. The beer list features local and global bottles. 
ADDRESS:
300 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28739United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 696-1665
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This classic diner offers heaping helpings of burgers, ice cream, and nostalgia. Vintage signage adorns the parking lot, along with statues of Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. Inside, fill up on a barbecue sandwich or hot dog with a milk shake, and take in the large collection of tin signs and bric-a-brac. 
ADDRESS:
102 Duncan Hill Rd.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 692-1995
PRICE:
$
Body:
One of the best-kept secrets in Henderson County, the Horse Shoe Cafe serves lovable food all day long. The setting is low-key, crisp and cute. The owner has both a culinary degree and a penchant for fun, and the ginger-orange pancakes as well as the pulled pork and slaw sandwich on a brioche roll prove it. 
ADDRESS:
3754 Brevard Rd.Horse Shoe, NC 28742United States
CITY:
Horse Shoe
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 891-7414
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This popular takeout restaurant is devoted to the tradition of Southern cooking. With an 800-square-foot smoke room, Hubba Hubba specializes in pulled pork, brisket, baby back ribs, and chicken, which are cooked for 24 hours to reach the perfect tenderness. Customers can dress their meats with vinegar, mustard, sweet barbecue, chipotle, or tomato-based sauces, and complement the meal with baked beans, slaw, corn bread, or stewed okra and tomatoes over rice. On Fridays and Saturdays, treat yourself to the smoked fish tacos. Closed Sunday.  
ADDRESS:
2724 Greenville Hwy.Flat Rock, NC 28731United States
CITY:
Flat Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 694-3551
PRICE:
$
Body:
This centrally located coffee house and art gallery fills patrons’ mugs with locally roasted coffee and pours tall glasses of real fruit smoothies. The wraps, bagels, soups, and pastries that populate the menu use local ingredients and intriguing spices. 
ADDRESS:
117 S. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 696-9052
PRICE:
$
Body:
At West First, each stone-ground, wheat-crust pizza is baked just so—oozing mozzarella with the slightest shadow of char on the edges of a thin, crisp crust. In addition to the specialty pies, including the prosciutto pizza topped with aged Parma ham, marinara, mozzarella, and a sprinkling of nutty arugula, there are house-made pastas, calzones, tortes, and unexpected fare like shrimp tagliatelle. Finish with the decadent chocolate-hazelnut tiramisu. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
101 First Ave.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 693-1080
PRICE:
$$
Body:
From the owners of nearby Cornucopia Restaurant, Slabtown Pizza serves New York-style pizzas from fresh-made dough. Build your own, or choose one of the truly interesting house specialties. The Duke harnesses the flavors of Italian sausage, meatballs, pancetta, ricotta cheese, oregano, mozzarella, chilies, and Sunday gravy (instead of tomato sauce). Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
45 Slab Town Rd.Cashiers, NC 28717United States
CITY:
Cashiers
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-0020
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This historic building in downtown Spindale boasts 20 beers on tap and a large menu of pizza, pasta, and sandwiches similar to Barley’s Asheville location. When creating your pizza, try the beer mash dough, which is made from spent grains from North Carolina breweries.
ADDRESS:
123 W. Main St.Spindale, 28160United States
CITY:
Spindale
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 288-8388
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This bakery has been serving bear claws, blueberry cream-filled and chocolate-glazed doughnuts, cinnamon twists, and many more tempting pastries for 40 years. Select from more than 25 varieties, including the undisputed top seller, the Orange Twist; three strands of twisted dough coated in a sweet orange glaze. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
652 W. Main St.Forest City, NC 28043United States
CITY:
Forest City
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 245-1258
PRICE:
$
Body:
The mountain-chic dining room of this historic inn, founded in 1892, serves fare you might find at a neighborhood grill. Choose from trout, shrimp, steaks, and more. Sip a craft beer (there are dozens to choose from) on the large porch and enjoy the surrounding mountains. Call ahead for hours.
ADDRESS:
910 Main St.Chimney Rock, NC 28720United States
CITY:
Chimney Rock
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 625-2999
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Dine on bistro-style comfort food in an idyllic farmhouse near Lake Lure. The menu is just the right size, and focuses on fish and tender cuts of meat such as rib eye, pork loin, and prime rib. Vegetarians will enjoy the grilled Swiss chard and dried fruit pasta topped with Parmesan and pine nuts.
ADDRESS:
3959 Buffalo Creek Rd.Lake Lure, NC 28746United States
CITY:
Lake Lure
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 625-2643
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This community bar focuses on entertainment: live music, comedy, contests, pool tables, and darts. The menu of pub grub, burgers, and pizza also has a large vegetarian section. The full bar offers 11 beers on tap and dozens more by the bottle.
ADDRESS:
217 N. Main St.Rutherfordton, NC 28139United States
CITY:
Rutherfordton
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 286-9955
PRICE:
$
Body:
Located at Rumbling Bald Resort, Legends offers a classic sports bar feel and fare. Snack on jumbo wings or a slice of pizza while watching your favorite pros on one of the televisions. Or relax on the terrace, which looks over the golf course’s the ninth hole.
ADDRESS:
112 Mountains Blvd.Lake Lure, NC 28746United States
CITY:
Lake Lure
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 694-3032
PRICE:
$$
Body:
As part of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, this casual eatery offers fare to fuel hikers and adventurers. All visitors will enjoy the riverside ambience and live music. The small menu offers barbecue essentials and healthy sides, including braised kale, hummus, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and baked beans.
ADDRESS:
13077 U.S.19 W.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-7174
PRICE:
$
Body:
This enchanting café serves healthy, fresh gourmet meals all day long. Enjoy a variety of crêpes at every meal, plus eggs and roasted potatoes at breakfast, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and burgers, trout and rib eyes for dinner. Whatever you choose, you’ll find something to pair it with from the full bar. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
16 Everett St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 488-1934
PRICE:
$
Body:
This casual take-out joint offers hearty sandwiches with thematic names such as The Fill’er Up, a sub stuffed with Virginia baked ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, and honey mustard. There’s also an extensive selection of soups, salads, and foot-long kosher hot dogs. Relax in a rocking chair on the front porch while you polish off a bowl of the award-winning chili or a popular Cuban, loaded with ham, mojito-marinated pork, Genoa salami, and Swiss. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
145 Everett St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-1919
PRICE:
$
Body:
The smell of freshly baked bread casts a mouthwatering aroma as breakfast crowds enjoy a slice of quiche or a sticky bun. Sunday brunch offers a dizzying array of dishes. Friday nights during the summer are pizza nights.
ADDRESS:
173 E. Main St.Saluda, NC 28773United States
CITY:
Saluda
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 749-3356
PRICE:
$
Body:
This local favorite uses farm-fresh ingredients to execute a deliberate menu of Sunburst trout, grilled rib eye, pork tenderloin, and pasta. It offers just enough to do everything well. A nice wine list and several regional beers indicate that the chefs have thought of everything. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
40 Main St.Saluda, NC 28773United States
CITY:
Saluda
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 749-5854
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This place offers more than 60 teas, vegan fare, custom cakes, beer and wine, plus free Wi-Fi and live music on weekends. Wraps, pizzas, and salads for vegetarians abound. Meaty fare includes burgers, hot sandwiches, and nachos. Take your food to one of the picnic tables behind the restaurant and stay awhile.
ADDRESS:
628 E. Main St.Sylva, NC 28779United States
CITY:
Sylva
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 586-1717
PRICE:
$
Body:
This wine bar offers two dozen vintages by the glass and twice as many by the bottle. The selection of beautifully presented tapas complements the wine by incorporating flavors from around the world. Panko-encrusted cauliflower bites pair well with chardonnay; try the unwrapped tuna roll with a big red.
ADDRESS:
3093 U.S. 64 E.Sapphire, NC 28774United States
CITY:
Sapphire
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 743-4135
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
If the streets are empty around noon, it’s a safe bet you’ll find a crowd at this café contemplating which special to order; the salmon Caesar salad, scotch-broth soup, or a turkey sandwich made with house-baked sourdough. Take home a peanut butter thumbprint cookie topped with a dollop of peanuty goodness and chocolate drizzle. Folks come from miles around for the breakfast specialty: cinnamon-raisin brioche French toast with caramelized apples.
ADDRESS:
10 N. Trade St.Tryon, NC 28782United States
CITY:
Tryon
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 859-3010
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Enjoy Southern home-style meals, complete with red- and white-checked tablecloths, on the banks of the Pacolet River. Choose from entrées like fried chicken, rainbow trout, grilled mahimahi, and cold boiled shrimp. Every entrée comes with bottomless sides of slaw, macaroni salad, green beans, baked apples, and biscuits. Cash or check only. BYOB. Open Wednesday through Saturday.
ADDRESS:
3231 U.S. 176 WTryon, NC 28782United States
CITY:
Tryon
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 859-5200
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Located in a cozy, yellow farmhouse, Giardini Trattoria uses fresh ingredients straight from the on-site organic garden for its Italian cuisine. Pastas are made in-house, and wood-fired pizzas are a lunch favorite. House specialties include drunken fig salad with honey-balsamic vinaigrette, and roasted chicken served over an Italian bean and vegetable ragù. Closed Sunday and Monday.
ADDRESS:
2411 NC 108 E.Columbus, NC 28722United States
CITY:
Columbus
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 894-0234
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This restaurant goes beyond the typical barbecue shack with creative touches such as portobello mushroom fries, a fried green tomato and shrimp combo, and entrée salads. Of course, chopped pork, sliced brisket, smoked turkey, and ribs abound. The pet-friendly patio means everyone can enjoy the ’cue.
ADDRESS:
131 U.S.176 W.Saluda, NC 28773United States
CITY:
Saluda
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 749-9892
PRICE:
$
Body:
This menu of familiar foods includes steaks, grilled trout, ribs, and pasta. Lowcountry specialties dot the menu (the restaurant’s cousins are located in South Carolina), and prime rib is served every weekend. For something more casual, try a burger or panini.
ADDRESS:
155 W. Mills Ave.Columbus, NC 28722United States
CITY:
Columbus
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 894-8800
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Refined but not fussy, the midday menu at Lavender Bistro holds escargots and country-style pâté appetizers, a creative Mediterranean salad of salmon, tangerines, olives, feta, and mixed greens, and a signature Angus and short rib burger with sweet potato fries. For dinner, try the bouillabaisse, a traditional Provençal fish stew served with garlic crostini and cayenne aioli, or the stuffed boneless pork chop.
ADDRESS:
82 N. Trade St.Tryon, NC 28782United States
CITY:
Tryon
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 287-2932
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Featuring live music and outdoor dining, The Purple Onion serves Mediterranean-influenced and American dishes prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. The tabbouleh salad or Mediterranean sampler (hummus, baba ghanoush, feta, olives, and pita) will satisfy exotic cravings, while a selection of pizzas and entrées, including a grilled rib eye and linguine with a choice of salmon, shrimp, trout or chicken, bring familiarity to the table.
ADDRESS:
16 Main St.Saluda, NC 28773United States
CITY:
Saluda
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 749-1179
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The dining room at this venerable inn, built in 1923, is open to the public for breakfast and dinner, which features New York strip steak, braised lamb shank, and fresh rainbow trout prepared five ways. There’s also a full-service lounge with big-screen televisions and pool tables where guests can enjoy the inn’s popular Manhattans and martinis.
ADDRESS:
245 Fryemont St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
MEALS:
Breakfast,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-2159
PRICE:
$$$, $$$$
Body:
This family restaurant has offered a large buffet of Southern delights three times a day since 1984. Look forward to slow-roasted, hand-carved meats, fried chicken (a daily fixture), and home-style vegetable sides. A 25-item salad bar includes homemade coleslaw, potato salad, and pickled beets
ADDRESS:
1098 Painttown Rd.Cherokee, NC 28719United States
CITY:
Cherokee
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 497-5010
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This diner serves big breakfasts of omelets, biscuits, and grits. Later on, try a burger, patty melt, or pork chop. Regular specials and fresh desserts make this place a favorite with those looking for homey, no-frills dining.
ADDRESS:
165 Everett St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-4766
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This surprising source of Cuban comfort food in the mountains specializes in sandwiches—think roasted pork, grilled onions, and mojo sauce on airy Cuban bread. Fried plantains and empanadas provide smaller servings with rich flavors. 
ADDRESS:
268 N. Main St.Robbinsville, NC 28771United States
CITY:
Robbinsville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 479-1200
PRICE:
$
Body:
Driving enthusiasts come to Robbinsville to enjoy the challenging curves of the Tail of the Dragon, so it makes sense that a converted ’50s gas station serves as the town’s specialty coffee shop. In the morning, The Hub serves lattes and pastries, and later in the day, the menu switches to beer-steamed hot dogs, smoked meats, and hummus wraps. 
ADDRESS:
664 Rodney Orr BypassRobbinsville, NC 28771United States
CITY:
Robbinsville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 479-0478
PRICE:
$
Body:
Call for reservations to dine in an unparalleled historic setting near the Cheoah River. Jasper’s serves a small, five-course, prix fixe menu. Mains often feature local Sunburst trout, Yellow Branch cheese, Benton’s bacon and fresh veggies from nearby farms. Open Thursday through Saturday. 
ADDRESS:
14981 Tapoco Rd.Robbinsville, NC 28771United States
CITY:
Robbinsville
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 498-2325
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
This small-town diner offers hefty pork chops, home-style sides, and a salad bar. The ambience is simple with ubiquitous maroon vinyl chairs, but the hearty meals ensure no one goes home hungry. 
ADDRESS:
237 E. Main St.Robbinsville, NC 28771United States
CITY:
Robbinsville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 4779-9777
PRICE:
$
Body:
At this bistro, which offers views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South meets southern European cuisine. Choose from beef, pork, chicken, and seafood entrées, including three preparations of trout. 
ADDRESS:
300 Woods Rd.Fontana Dam, NC 28733United States
CITY:
Fontana Dam
MEALS:
Breakfast,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 498-2211
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This charming lodge offers a fine dining experience. The four-course dinner features dishes such as grilled sweet tea-brined pork loin served with a mustard cream sauce and trout with a lemon-tarragon beurre blanc. The staff will also pack gourmet picnics to go. A garden on the property provides fresh herbs and vegetables. Finish with a tangy, Italian lemon-rosemary granita. Open seasonally. 
ADDRESS:
4633 Santeetlah Rd.Robbinsville, NC 28771United States
CITY:
Robbinsville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 4779-3433
PRICE:
$$$$
Body:
Listen to live music on the wide porch while dining on burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Local bands perform most nights throughout the high season, and a full schedule of performances is posted online. Open seasonally. 
ADDRESS:
300 Woods Rd.Fontana Dam, NC 28733United States
CITY:
Fontana Dam
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 498-2211
PRICE:
$
Body:
The polished yet delightfully kitschy interior elevate the strip mall setting of this café, just as attentive touches elevate the comfort food above the realm of diner fare. With skillet-fried chicken, grits and greens, country ham, Cadillac pork chops, and pimento cheeseburgers, this place is Southern. Closed Saturday. 
ADDRESS:
207 Paragon Pkwy.Clyde, NC 28721United States
CITY:
Clyde
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 456-1997
PRICE:
$$
Body:
The large menu at this classic Italian restaurant has all your favorite dishes. With pizza, chicken piccata, hearty lasagna, mushroom ravioli, cannolis and tiramisu, you’re sure to find your go-to dish. 
ADDRESS:
319 N. Haywood St.Waynesville, NC 28786United States
CITY:
Waynesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 456-4900
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Sometimes, one rack of ribs is not enough. That’s why Rib Country offers an innovative one-and-a-half rack of ribs, plus your choice of two sides: french fries, coleslaw, baked beans, or apple sauce. If you’re not feeling pulled pork, there’s also smoked chicken or turkey, beef brisket, ribs, shrimp, or beans and franks. The small chain boasts five locations in North Carolina and Georgia. 
ADDRESS:
580 N.C. 69Hayesville, NC 28904United States
CITY:
Hayesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 389-9597
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This restaurant’s slogan “Not your ordinary deli” is on the mark. A breakfast buffet and baked goods pull in early birds, and later, a huge salad bar and the delicatessen attract loyal lunch patrons. Mountain trout, smoked pork chops, crab cakes, chicken, prime rib, and house-made desserts comprise the dinner menu, and Sunday brings a dinner buffet. 
ADDRESS:
955 N.C. 69Hayesville, NC 28904United States
CITY:
Hayesville
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 389-8473
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Appetizers such as pan-seared scallops and a crawfish crêpe introduce a decidedly upscale dinner menu. Choice cuts of beef, pork chops, and rack of lamb are entrée staples. If you’d like a cocktail or wine with dinner, this is the right place because it’s the only restaurant in town that serves alcohol. The wine list offers more than 150 choices. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
2 Sullivan St.Hayesville, NC 28904United States
CITY:
Hayesville
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 237-4030
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
The menu at this small Main Street eatery boasts more than 20 burger preparations, including elk and buffalo burgers and the Bigger Burger, made from a full pound of meat. The Hawaiian is topped with pineapple and cheddar; the Minnesota Fats is smothered in mushroom gravy, sour cream, and sautéed onions. The large menu also includes seafood, steak, and pasta. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
ADDRESS:
121 Main St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-4700
PRICE:
$, $$
Body:
This café and coffeehouse offers a bounty of espresso drinks, bagel sandwiches, and wraps. Try six flavors of house-made cream cheese, including horseradish, bacon-scallion, cayenne, and maple. The Key West wrap is filled with honey ham, greens, tomatoes, onions, cream cheese, and pomegranate-mango-chipotle sauce.
ADDRESS:
9 Depot St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 488-9561
PRICE:
$
WEBSITE:
Body:
This riverside diner and drive-in is a holdover from a past era. Dine in your car or sit inside. The menu focuses on fast food, but you can also order a 20-piece chicken dinner. A side of roasted corn on the cob is the standout dish. For dessert, there are pie, shakes, and sundaes.
ADDRESS:
1245 Main St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-2877
PRICE:
$
Body:
This straightforward neighborhood Italian restaurant serves pizza, pasta, and familiar entrées in a polished yet quaint shop. For lunch, burgers and sandwiches give the place a casual feel. At dinner, the full bar encourages diners to linger over cocktails.
ADDRESS:
25 Everett St.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-9555
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
Located at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, this eatery is as close as you’ll get to the Nantahala River without getting wet. Nearly every seat has a view of the water, allowing diners to watch rafters float by after completing the most challenging rapid. Hikers and boaters make their way to this joint for a heaping plate of Sherpa Rice, a medley of stir-fried jasmine rice, lentils, and barley topped with cheddar cheese and a choice of chili, steamed vegetables, chicken, or sausage.
ADDRESS:
13077 U.S. 19/74 W.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-2176
PRICE:
$, $$
Body:
After a day rafting, hiking, or biking in the Nantahala Gorge, satisfy your hunger for a refined meal at this bistro inside Nantahala Village’s main lodge. Refuel with char-grilled trout with radish-fennel slaw, grilled pork loin with goat cheese and balsamic reduction, or rib eye with marsala wine sauce. Closed Monday.
ADDRESS:
9400 U.S. 19 W.Bryson City, NC 28713United States
CITY:
Bryson City
MEALS:
Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 488-9800
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This popular strip mall Mexican joint serves fascinating breakfasts. Choose from chorizo omelets, skillet hash with eggs, a grilled rib eye with mashed potatoes and grits, or a brunch burrito. Later on, look forward to tasty guacamole, heaping nachos, enchiladas, fajitas, tamales, and other essential Mexican dishes. 
ADDRESS:
18 Creekside PlazaHayesville, NC 28904United States
CITY:
Hayesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 389-6061
PRICE:
$$
Body:
This established little Italian restaurant specializes in pizza, but also makes tasty subs and Italian entrées. The menu is simple; Angelo’s sticks to what it does well. The owners make the dough in-house, so it tastes fresh and chewy. Cash or check only. Closed Sunday. 
ADDRESS:
45 Main St.Hayesville, NC 28904United States
CITY:
Hayesville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 389-2500
PRICE:
$
Body:
Vintage Coca-Cola memorabilia, a mechanical rocking horse for kids to ride and rocking chairs on the front porch create a fun atmosphere at this general store. The kitchen puts out burgers, soups, and sandwiches, and hand-dipped ice cream rounds out the experience. 
ADDRESS:
4 Yellow Jacket Dr.Hayesville, NC 28904United States
CITY:
Hayesville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 389-0164
PRICE:
$
Body:
Situated in an old gas station that’s been beautifully remodeled with industrial chic elements, Gan Shan brings the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and other East Asian nations to the table. An array of flavorful dishes such as tamarind shrimp, pork ramen noodles, Korean bulgogi beef, and sweet coconut black rice are made with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
143 Charlotte St.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 774-5280
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Wraps, sandwiches, and scratch-made pastas and sauces comprise the menu at Basil’s. Sandwich selections include substantial offerings such as the Tuscan (salami, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke spread, and onions) and the Smoot (turkey, mozzarella, Havarti, walnuts, lettuce, and spicy mustard). The pastas are cut to order and are available for dine-in or takeout. You can mix and match an array of flavors, such as garlic-parsley or basil noodles with vodka cream, wild mushroom, or puttanesca sauces. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
246 Wilson Dr.Boone, NC 28607United States
CITY:
Boone
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 386-4066
PRICE:
$
Body:
This blending of French technique and American ingredients adds culinary heft to Hendersonville’s Main Street. Following a pragmatic American sensibility, Postero’s menu presents three sections—snacks, medium plates, and big plates—making for an easily customized dining experience in a space that’s modern and airy. Start with pork belly confit with apple kimchi and move on to shiraz-braised lamb shoulder topped with chowchow. Closed Sunday and Monday.
ADDRESS:
401 N. Main St.Hendersonville, NC 28792United States
CITY:
Hendersonville
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 595-9676
PRICE:
$$$
Body:
This brewpub serves dishes that go far beyond typical bar fare. Try the popular fried chicken sandwich with melted aged cheddar, crisp jalapeño-apple slaw, and pickles on a toasted brioche bun. The adjacent Blowing Rock Brewing offers 20 beers, including the malty Scotch Ale, bracing Grandfather Breakfast Stout, and a luscious chocolate porter. 
ADDRESS:
152 Sunset Dr.Blowing Rock, NC 28605United States
CITY:
Blowing Rock
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Saturday Brunch,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 414-9600
PRICE:
$$
Body:
With a rotating menu inspired by the culture of Asheville, Vortex serves confections such as the French Broad Dark Chocolate doughnut all day. Each pastry is scratch-made every morning with local ingredients. Be sure to try the delectable Rotating Tap doughnut, which blends Asheville beer with local malt. 
ADDRESS:
32 Banks Ave.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Breakfast
PHONE:
(828) 552-3010
PRICE:
$
Body:
Longtime Asheville culinary entrepreneurs Traci and Treavis Taylor continue to entice diners with modern, French-inflected cuisine. The menu holds such delectable options as house-cured pork belly and tuna tartare appetizers, and entrées of duck breast with black beluga lentil stew and pork loin with a pomegranate gastrique. 
ADDRESS:
18 Brook St.Asheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner,Sunday Brunch
PHONE:
(828) 277-0889
PRICE:
$$$
WEBSITE:
Body:
At this North Asheville hot spot, go for the traditional hickory-smoked chopped pork, or branch out with the andouille sausage sandwich served with a choice of sides, including scratch-made mac and hoop cheese, fried okra, and spicy vinegar slaw. 
ADDRESS:
501 Merrimon Ave.Asheville, NC 28803United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 505-7427
PRICE:
$
Body:
Sip one of several dozen signature craft beers while dining on elevated bar food. The brewery includes two floors and ample patio seating. Watch the website for special beer dinners, which often feature the brewery’s rare concoctions, perfectly paired with small plates. 
ADDRESS:
91 Biltmore Ave.Asheville, NC 288001United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch,Dinner
PHONE:
(828) 575-9599
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Located in Asheville’s River Arts District with a second eatery in Arden, 12 Bones serves some of the area’s most acclaimed barbecue and draws a sizeable lunch crowd because of it. Meat lovers should order the Hogzilla—a hoagie stuffed with pulled pork, sausage, sugared bacon, and pepper jack cheese.
ADDRESS:
5 Riverside Dr.Asheville, NC 28801United States
CITY:
Asheville
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 25304499
PRICE:
$$
Body:
Reid’s menu of elevated sandwiches, soups, and salads changes regularly. Items such as a New England style lobster roll, smoked bluefish with kalamata olives and herbs on foccacia, or grilled flank steak with pimento cheese on a yeast roll are served with sides of orzo, red peas, or heirloom bean salad. Closed Sunday.
ADDRESS:
4004 NC 205, Ste. 8Banner Elk, NC 28604United States
CITY:
Banner Elk
CUISINE:
MEALS:
Lunch
PHONE:
(828) 269-9600
PRICE:
$$