Local Food & Dining

Local Food & Dining

Lodging at The Mast Farm Inn includes a country gourmet breakfast for two each morning. Lunch, brunch and dinner is available throughout the year at Over Yonder, a few hundred yards from the Inn. Click here to see menu, days and times for Over Yonder.

You will find below a listing of local options for Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and Food Shops & Markets, as well as links to local dining guides. There are untold dining options in our area ranging some of the finest award winning restaurants in North Carolina, to rural diners, national chains, fast foods and convenience stores. We have added the mention Highly Recommended to those restaurants which have been highly recommended by our guests and have added several restaurants we recommend. As many of our cottages and cabins have full kitchens, we have also included food shops and markets in case you would like to cook at home. All of this information is also available at the front desk, so do not hesitate to ask for suggestions, recommendations and directions while here, you can also request more information from our concierge services by clicking here. Keep in mind we are out in the country, so driving times will vary between 3 minutes to 45 minutes depending on your selection, and your preference for main roads or country road shortcuts.


Lunch

Over YonderFaceBook
Highly Recommended • “Over Yonder” is a new destination restaurant in Valle Crucis, near Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, and Linville in The Western North Carolina High Country mountains. Designed, owned and managed by Chef Andrew Long, “Over Yonder” restaurant tells the story of historic Appalachian cuisine in a picturesque setting atop the rolling hills and peaks of Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Located across from the Original Mast General Store, a few hundred yards from The Mast Farm Inn. See menu & pricing by clicking here.

Proper, Homestyle Southern CookingFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Proper is an homage to a Southern upbringing. It is preserving a way of life that includes an honest living, being polite, and eating good food. Since 2010, Proper has offered locally sourced Southern cuisine at extremely reasonable prices, lovingly prepared by our talented cooks, and served by our friendly, good-looking wait staff. Serving daily lunch and dinner specials, as well as desserts made in-house, Proper is located in the historic old Jailhouse, Boone’s oldest building. Dine on our garden patio, front porch, or cozy interior from 11:30-9:00, Monday thru Saturday, or for brunch, 11:30-3:00, on Sundays. Check website for most current days and times open.

Earth FareFaceBook
Highly Recommended • As one of the largest natural food retailers in the nation, Earth Fare makes healthy eating convenient, affordable, fun and – of course – delicious! With 21 stores in six states, we offer everything from ready-to-go meal options, local and organic farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and full service meat, poultry and seafood departments.

Banner Elk Cafe & The Lodge Espresso Bar and EateryFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Located downtown Banner Elk, The Banner Elk Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Great food, ranging from eggs benedict to big juicy burgers. For the healthy and weight conscious we offer grilled mahi and chicken sandwiches, salad bar, and homemade daily specials. Dinner nightly offering: Ribs, Steaks, Fish and always fresh and creative specials and from our talented Chef. The Lodge Espresso Bar and Eatery, friendly coffee-house atmosphere with a smoothie bar, fresh bakery, and gourmet food. Serving, delicious salads, seared Tuna, pizzas, pastas, and wraps. Best Bloody Mary and Cadillac Margaritas in town.

The LocalFaceBook
Highly Recommended • The Local is the hottest spot in Boone for great food and fun times. No one is a stranger here, and there’s a little something for everyone. The Local is a home away from home, where family and friends can come to enjoy a meal, crafted in-house from fresh ingredients, play a game of pool on our billiards tables or relax in our lounge area on comfortable couches with drinks and appetizers. Sports enthusiasts can watch their watch their favorite sporting events on our large flat screen TVs

Bistro RocaFaceBook
Bistro Roca Restaurant provides American Bistro fare, including unique salads, sandwiches and appetizers, homemade desserts and inspiring entrees. Specializing in hand tossed, wood-fired, Neapolitan style pizzas and French influenced comfort food, Bistro Roca has been serving the North Carolina High Country since 2004.

Woodland’s BBQFaceBook
Located just minutes south the Blue Ridge Parkway on Highway 321 Bypass in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, The Woodlands Restaurant specializes in North Carolina Barbecue Pork and Ribs, catering, great food and nightly entertainment. Our Restaurant’s Menu features barbecue beef, pork, chicken and ribs. Home style Mexican food as well

Old Hampton Store & BarbequeFaceBook
Visit a step back in time at the Old Hampton General Store, located at the foot of Grandfather Mountain in Linville North Carolina. This Historic 1920 general store and grist mill, was the original train stop for the Tweetsie Railroad. Located inside the store is Uncle Lee’s Barbeque. You can sit inside on the front porch and enjoy the best barbeque in the south, served on sourdough buns baked fresh daily at the country store. To top off the meal, try the banana pudding or a slice of homemade pie a la mode!

Carolina BarbequeFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Down home southern restaurant that serves up good pork BBQ, smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then chopped fresh every morning. Every Friday & Saturday come on in and listen to live Bluegrass Bands. All of our sides are made in house, sauces are our own original recipes. Our catering services come with a personal guarantee “If it’s not right, we’ll make it right” Come in for an experience you’ll never forget!

Wild Craft EateryFaceBook
Highly Recommended • As Wild Craft Eatery we will draw our flavors from as many wild and bountiful foods, especially ones that both delight the taste buds and sooth the soul. But please know, as wild and crafty as we may be, a majority of our foods will come from large distributers, who, luckily for us all, now offer a wide array of local, regional, organic and fresh foods with daily deliveries, year round.

Our Daily Bread
A small cafe tucked away on Boone’s busy King Street. Great for lunch with a variety of excellent sandwiches and soups in a casual atmosphere. ODB only uses local and organic produce in season. Located just across the street from Mast General Store.

The Pedalin’ PigFaceBook
From fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs to mouth-watering pork belly tacos, the Pedalin’ Pig offers a menu aimed to please. Renowned local chef turned pit-master, Jarad Blackley, prepares homemade sauces and rubs that will make your taste buds squeal. We use seasonal, local ingredients to pair unique flavors like a blackberry bourbon glaze or the sweet and spicy bite of our signature honey chipotle rub. Our BBQ pits are fired up nightly, slow-roasting locally sourced meats over hickory smoked hardwoods.

Pepper’s RestaurantFaceBook
Pepper’s was established in 1975, serving the High Country its first taste of sumptuous, “deli style” sandwiches. In addition, we were one of the first restaurants in Boone to recycle all of our cardboard, glass, plastic, tin and aluminum. We have also cleaned up our own environment by becoming a 100% smoke-free establishment.

Stick Boy Bread CompanyFaceBook
We are a small, family-owned artisan bakery where high quality baked goods and great service come together to create a special experience for you, our customer. We offer everything from fresh baked breads, steaming cappuccinos, delicious cinnamon rolls, and decadent chocolate tortes. The best part is that everything is made right here in our bakery using the best ingredients and methods.

Melanie’s Food FantasyFaceBook
Melanie’s has been serving delicious home cooked food made to order since 1991. We use the freshest and highest quality whole food ingredients to create dishes that are nutritious and full of flavor. We use local and organic ingredients when feasible. We are very sensitive to vegetarian and vegan concerns and take the utmost care to cook meat items separately. Please let your server know if you have a food allergy or diet concern and we will do our best to accommodate you. Our bread and biscuits are made from scratch and provided by our local bakery, Stick Boy Bread Co.


Dinner

Fine Dining

VidaliaFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Owner operated by Chef Samuel Ratchford and his wife General Manager Alyce Ratchford, Vidalia is an upscale Casual Restaurant located in historic downtown Boone, just across from the Watauga county courthouse, serving creative American cuisine… think comfort foods with a twist!

The Story Street GrillFaceBook
Highly Recommended • A truly enjoyable meal is the sum of its parts: seasonal, sustainable and locally harvested ingredients prepared with distinctive, regionally crafted flavors and served in a warm, welcoming environment. That’s Storie Street Grille. Simple. Seasonal. Memorable. Chef Andrew Long is a native son of South Louisiana, Andrew grew up with the aromas of celery, bell peppers, and onions in the kitchen to go along with whatever seafood was in season at the time.  After learning the finer points of kitchen subculture while working in the restaurants of New Orleans, he moved to Charleston, SC, where he attended Johnson & Wales University and majored in Culinary Arts.

Louisiana PurchaseYelp
Highly Recommended • Louisiana Purchase Food and Spirits Celebrating twenty six years in downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina surrounded by the  beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. Join us for our house specialty Creole or Cajun cuisine in a fine dining environment. Chef owner Patrick Bagbey’s menu evolves with the changing seasons, and will always include favorites like BBQ North Carolina shrimp, Cajun Seafood Etouffee, and Creole Jambalaya. All food is prepared in house daily and made to order, using the finest seafood and fresh local organic produce.

Joy BistroFaceBook
Highly Recommended • At Joy Bistro we want to welcome you to elegant but rustic dining, where we wish to serve you some of our favorite foods. Husband and wife team, Chef Melissa Joy Claude & Gary E. Claude delight in preparing fresh, seasonal foods in a relaxed & casual atmosphere.

The Best Cellar
The Best Cellar prides itself on having provided its customers with the finest of food, wine, and service for 30 years. All dishes, including bread and desserts, are prepared each day on site. Many of our dishes have been favorites for years, but we always have daily specials to satisfy those customers looking for something new.

The GamekeeperFaceBook
It’s a true gourmet restaurant, with an engaging blend of upscale elegance and mountain charm. Famous for an evolving menu that blends the traditional with the exotic, The Gamekeeper features a selection of perfectly prepared game, fish and vegetarian selections using humanely farm raised meats, and locally grown organic produce. Many items are prepared over a wood fired grill. The Gamekeeper has: all ABC permits, an extensive wine list, a cozy bar and beautiful outdoor dining. The Gamekeeper is available for party rental and offers a fabulous catering menu.

ArtisanalFaceBook
Chef Bill Greene’s passion for cooking started at a very early age working at a local country club in North Carolina. After high school he enrolled into the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and upon graduation he was asked to be a sous chef at the Ocean Reef Club In Key Largo, Florida. Visiting his home town, he discovered a spot for a restaurant and three months later Artisanal Restaurant was born. After three successful years, the restaurant relocated to Diamond Creek Golf Club in May 2009. This was the restaurant Greene always dreamed of. Specializing in day boat fish from Hawaii to Maine, the menu focuses on seasonality and creativity. Chef Bill’s main focus is for the guest to have a great experience from start to finish and make the evening a memorable one.


Dinner

Casual Dining

Over YonderFaceBook
Highly Recommended • “Over Yonder” is a new destination restaurant in Valle Crucis, near Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, and Linville in The Western North Carolina High Country mountains. Designed, owned and managed by Chef Andrew Long, “Over Yonder” restaurant tells the story of historic Appalachian cuisine in a picturesque setting atop the rolling hills and peaks of Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Located across from the Original Mast General Store, a few hundred yards from The Mast Farm Inn. See menu & pricing by clicking here.

Proper, Homestyle Southern CookingFaceBook
Proper is an homage to a Southern upbringing. It is preserving a way of life that includes an honest living, being polite, and eating good food. Since 2010, Proper has offered locally sourced Southern cuisine at extremely reasonable prices, lovingly prepared by our talented cooks, and served by our friendly, good-looking wait staff. Serving daily lunch and dinner specials, as well as desserts made in-house, Proper is located in the historic old Jailhouse, Boone’s oldest building. Dine on our garden patio, front porch, or cozy interior from 11:30-9:00, Monday thru Saturday, or for brunch, 11:30-3:00, on Sundays. Check website for most current days and times open.

The LocalFaceBook
Highly Recommended • The Local is the hottest spot in Boone for great food and fun times. No one is a stranger here, and there’s a little something for everyone. The Local is a home away from home, where family and friends can come to enjoy a meal, crafted in-house from fresh ingredients, play a game of pool on our billiards tables or relax in our lounge area on comfortable couches with drinks and appetizers. Sports enthusiasts can watch their watch their favorite sporting events on our large flat screen TVs

Cha da ThaiFaceBook
Highly Recommended • With limited choices for ethnic cuisine in the High Country, Cha Da Thai, located at 173 Howard Street in downtown Boone, was a welcome addition to mountain palates when it opened 1.5 years ago. Cha Da Thai is located at 173 Howard Street in downtown Boone. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Wild Craft EateryFaceBook
Highly Recommended • As Wild Craft Eatery we will draw our flavors from as many wild and bountiful foods, especially ones that both delight the taste buds and sooth the soul. But please know, as wild and crafty as we may be, a majority of our foods will come from large distributers, who, luckily for us all, now offer a wide array of local, regional, organic and fresh foods with daily deliveries, year round.

Makoto’sFaceBook
Highly Recommended • 2006 Small Business of the Year! Watch as our skilled chefs perform their culinary magic tableside or dine at a private table in our cozy sushi bar. Fresh sushi prepared Monday-Saturday Lunch or Dinner. Patio open weather permitting. Makoto’s can accommodate business functions, private parties, large parties, rehearsal dinners and catering

Pepper’s RestaurantFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Pepper’s was established in 1975, serving the High Country its first taste of sumptuous, “deli style” sandwiches. In addition, we were one of the first restaurants in Boone to recycle all of our cardboard, glass, plastic, tin and aluminum. We have also cleaned up our own environment by becoming a 100% smoke-free establishment.

Puerto NuevoFaceBook
Highly Recommended • At Puerto Nuevo Mexican Restaurant, we take pride in serving our customers Authentic Mexican Dishes made fresh daily. That’s why our Salsa, Chips, Guacamole and Pico de Gallo are incomparable. Remember, Puerto Nuevo has all ABC permits, so we can not only provide for the best beers from around the world, but some of the best Cerveza.

Casa RusticaFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Casa Rustica Restaurant opened in December of 1981. Over the years, the restaurant has expanded by adding veranda and lounge areas, as well as new menu items and some upgrades like free range beef. Casa Rustica is a true family restaurant built on original family recipes, worldly culinary expertise, and using the freshest ingredients.

Stone Walls
Located in the heart of Banner Elk, Stone Walls restaurant has a tradition of serving the best Prime Rib, Steaks and Seafood in the High Country. Locally owned and operated since 1985, we pride ourselves on our exceptional service and value. We serve dinner daily from 5pm in a casual atmosphere. We offer an extensive Salad Bar included with all entrees as well as a Children’s Menu.

Sorrento’s BistroFaceBook
This upscale Italian Bistro, is a combination of a visual and culinary celebration. Although the menu is Regional Italian, the sky’s the limit for special events and private parties. Accommodates up to 150 for sit down dinners and up to 180 for cocktails and buffet in the patio garden, wine room and main dining room. Catering is also available. Located in Downtown Banner Elk, NC. Give us a call at (828) 898-5214.

Carolina BarbequeFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Down home southern restaurant that serves up good pork BBQ, smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then chopped fresh every morning. Every Friday & Saturday come on in and listen to live Bluegrass Bands. All of our sides are made in house, sauces are our own original recipes. Our catering services come with a personal guarantee “If it’s not right, we’ll make it right” Come in for an experience you’ll never forget!

Mellow MushroomFaceBook
Mellow Mushroom features a creative menu with an assortment of pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones, appetizers, vegetarian and vegan options and gluten-free crust is also available. Enjoy this new and unparalleled Mellow featuring unique artwork and craftsmanship from local artists embodying the spirit of the High Country.

The Peddler Steak House
The Peddler has long been recognized as “The Steak Place.” Our beef is specially selected heavy western beef. Precise aging adds the proper tenderness and texture. Only natural seasonings are used. All of the Peddler’s steaks are cooked over a glowing Tennessee hickory charcoal. Great Beef, all natural seasonings, exact aging, and real charcoal smoke is why The Peddler is “The Steak Place.”

Bayou Smokehouse & GrillFaceBook
Let your taste buds experience a red-hot recipe of Cajun and Cowboy culture, served with southern hospitality at the Bayou Smokehouse and Grill.  Authentic Louisiana and Texas cuisine abounds on the extensive menu.

The Painted Fish Cafe & Beer BarFaceBook
Step inside the Painted Fish Café and Beer Bar and discover something truly unique in North Carolina: recognizable dishes with a twist. We offer an upscale experience in a relaxed, casual ambience where you can indulge in great food, fun beers and superb wines all at surprisingly reasonable prices. Outdoor dining overlooking Sugar Mountain is just one of many inspirations.


Snacks

The Mast General StoreFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Quality goods at a fair price since 1883. The Mast General Store was started by Henry Taylor in 1883. WW Mast bought into the establishment in 1897 and purchased the remainder in 1913. Today, the Original Store in Valle Crucis is the patriarch of this family of stores. Listed on the National Historic Register as one of the best remaining examples of an old country store. This historic landmark, in the heart of North Carolina’s first rural historic district, has featured quality goods and traditional clothing since 1883.

Over YonderFaceBook
Highly Recommended • “Over Yonder” is a new destination restaurant in Valle Crucis, near Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, and Linville in The Western North Carolina High Country mountains. Designed, owned and managed by Chef Andrew Long, “Over Yonder” restaurant tells the story of historic Appalachian cuisine in a picturesque setting atop the rolling hills and peaks of Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Located across from the Original Mast General Store, a few hundred yards from The Mast Farm Inn. See menu & pricing by clicking here.

Be Natural MarketFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Founded in 1984 by local residents Mary Underwood and Ben Henderson, Be Natural Market is a homegrown natural food store. The new owners, Dave and Catherine Reczek will continue the Be Natural Market tradition of excellence. It is our intention to provide a continued, expanded and refined emphasis on local produce and healthy products, value and selection to our customers. For friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and dedicated service, visit us at Be Natural Market!

Earth FareFaceBook
Highly Recommended • As one of the largest natural food retailers in the nation, Earth Fare makes healthy eating convenient, affordable, fun and – of course – delicious! With 21 stores in six states, we offer everything from ready-to-go meal options, local and organic farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and full service meat, poultry and seafood departments.

Conrad’s Coffee CompanyFaceBook
Established in 2000, Conrad’s Coffee Company began when Conrad Poe brought coffee as souvenirs from his worldwide travels as a personal security professional. As word spread in Boone, NC that Conrad had fresh, right-off-the-plantation coffee beans, requests for “souvenirs” came from more and more people, illuminating for Conrad the lack of freshly roasted, gourmet coffee in Boone.


Food Shops & Markets

Be Natural MarketFaceBook
Highly Recommended • Founded in 1984 by local residents Mary Underwood and Ben Henderson, Be Natural Market is a homegrown natural food store. The new owners, Dave and Catherine Reczek will continue the Be Natural Market tradition of excellence. It is our intention to provide a continued, expanded and refined emphasis on local produce and healthy products, value and selection to our customers. For friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and dedicated service, visit us at Be Natural Market!

Earth FareFaceBook
Highly Recommended • As one of the largest natural food retailers in the nation, Earth Fare makes healthy eating convenient, affordable, fun and – of course – delicious!  With 21 stores in six states, we offer everything from ready-to-go meal options, local and organic farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and full service meat, poultry and seafood departments.

The Watauga County Farmers’ MarketFaceBook
Highly Recommended • The Watauga County Farmers’ Market has been in operation since 1974, and is located at the Horn In The West in Boone, North Carolina. The market is a direct link between our local farmers and the consumer. Local support for farming allows increased awareness of good land practices, preservation of rural landscapes and lifestyles, and the minimal use of pesticides. The members of the farmers’ market are proud of the high quality products we sell. We hope you will enjoy coming to the market as much as we do!

Ashe County Farmers MarketFaceBook
Ashe County Farmers Market is one of the few markets left in the country where all of the products are grown and made by local farmers and artisans. LOCAL FOOD. Shop for farm fresh eggs, fruit, honey & molasses, produce, fruit, fresh breads, cakes and pies, jams and relishes, culinary vinegars and farm raised meats. ARTISAN QUALITY CRAFTS. From lye soap made the old fashioned way to functional pottery, the crafts at the Ashe Market are high quality and uphold our rich Appalachian Heritage. You will find blacksmith forged iron work, wood carving, pottery, soap, candles, fine art, photography, fiber arts and floral arrangements. Sat. morning market starts April 9 from 8 am-1 pm. The Wed. morning market starts July 7 from 8 am-1 pm. We also have four holiday markets – November 20 and 27 and December 5.

Avery County Farmers MarketFaceBook
The Avery County Farmers Market is a cooperative of area farmers that produce freshly grown, organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, homemade jams and jellies, herbal products, crafts, maple syrup, fresh eggs, potting plants, ornamentals, seedlings, and much, much more. Saturday 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Join us downtown for the finest in fresh fruits, veggies, whole foods, and meats from local farmers. Get your Holiday Treats at the the Special Holiday Markets in November and December. Hours:Thursday 4:00pm — 6:00pm

High Country Farmers Market
Regional vendors selling fresh vegetables, fruit, flowers, plants, eggs, pasta, baked goods, and crafts. Various local entertainment appearing randomly. Stop by and see what’s fresh, fun, and local. Hours: Sunday 11:00am — 4:00pm

Ingles SupermarketFaceBook
Mr. Ingle’s background certainly qualified him to know the preferences of shoppers in his territory. A member of a third generation grocery family, he worked in a grocery store started by his grandfather in Asheville, North Carolina where the company headquarters is still located. Ingles offers a full variety of brand name products supplemented with Ingles’ own Laura Lynn brand products which are equal or superior to National Brands and guaranteed by Ingles Markets. Ingles Private Label products are named after Mr. Ingle’s daughter, Laura Lynn Ingle.

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Local Dining Guides
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