Are you a fun-seeker living in Lenoir? Then your calendar is bound to be filled with Lenoir NC events like live theater, art exhibits, craft shows, seasonal celebrations, food festivals, and music events to enjoy every month throughout the year. But if you’re looking for good food and good entertainment on a daily basis, we know a place where you can get your fill of both. It’s 1841 Café, a cozy Lenoir bistro that serves up a fresh infusion of home cooking with a side of live music from local and touring bands. This real-food/real-music combination creates a feast for the senses that’s not to be missed!
Located on Main Street in the heart of the city, 1841 Café is known as Lenoir, North Carolina’s Hottest Downtown Spot, and is the place to go, as one diner puts it, “where everyone knows your name.” It’s where hearty home-cooked meals are celebrated with craft beer toasts among friends gathered around the table for music, a meal, and a great time.
Lenoir NC restaurants are known for Southern-style cuisine with Appalachian flair. If you’ve never had a Carolina egg roll, 1841 Café is the place to give it a try. This Asian-Appalachian infusion is a taste sensation of slow-cooked pulled pork with collard greens, deep fried in an egg roll wrapper, and topped off with 1841’s famous Casper sauce. Other favorites on the infusion menu include Cuban sandwiches, Creole cuisine, and “the best nachos in Lenoir.”
When it comes to traditional American fare, this place is known for its premium burgers and sandwiches, barbecue, steaks, mac and cheese like Mom used to make, and a variety of healthy soups and salads made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms that thrive in the mountain towns in North Carolina. You’ll definitely want to save room for one of 1841 Café’s amazing home-made desserts. But we warn you, it’s not easy to choose between the melt-in-your-mouth coconut cake and the tangy-sweet key lime pound cake. May we suggest trying both?
Lenoir locals come back time and again for favorite menu items like the savory house-made pimiento cheese dip, the Granny Smith croissant (Turkey, granny smith slices, Swiss cheese, and brown sugar mustard), and the 1841 jumbo hot wings, served with an amazing array of sauces to choose from, including: plain, Cajun dry rub, BBQ, Buffalo, garlic Buffalo, Casper, HOT!, honey Teriyaki, afterburner, scorpion, and mango habanero. Whew! That’s a lot of sauces!
Know what else 1841 has a lot of? Live music! If there’s one thing that goes great with craft beer and Southern-inspired food, it’s Southern-inspired music. That’s why 1841 Café brings the best variety of local musicians right into the dining experience. If you like a little bluegrass, Dixie, jazz, or folk rock with your home-style meal, take a table on a live entertainment night, and enjoy some of the best local bands, singer/songwriters, and other musical artists from the mountain towns in North Carolina and beyond.
1841 Café gives voice to new artists who often debut on its intimate stage. But you’ll find more than just breakout artists. This cozy space is a perfect venue for already-established local and national music artists who want to share an up-close, personal concert experience with their fans. And 1841’s live event schedule is chock full of popular bands who perform here throughout the year.
The café also hosts numerous Lenoir music events, including Live Music and Spoken Word, The Caldwell JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians), and The Singer & Songwriters Series at Tucker’s Barn, which takes place 7-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month from April through September. This series provides a unique venue for local musicians to showcase their original music and lyrics; and proceeds benefit Lenoir’s local student artists by helping to support the mission of the James C. Harper School of Performing Arts.
It’s a great time of year to schedule your visit to Lenoir. And, when you do, be sure to include 1841 Café in your plans. It’s one of the many attractions in Downtown Historic Lenoir that helps turn tourists into locals. Because once folks experience all that this charming town has to offer, they quickly embark on a plan to buy property in one of the mountain towns in North Carolina in or around Lenoir.
There are unlimited Lenoir NC events to keep your calendar full year-round. And Lenoir NC restaurants are a foodie’s dream-come-true! When it comes buying property here, look no further than The Coves Mountain River Club. Living in this pristine gate community puts you in the heart of it all, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, with both river and mountain views. And The Coves boasts a long list of top-notch amenities, including hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, horse stables, community vineyard and garden, state-of-the-art workout facilities, and a community lodge with spectacular 360-degree views of the most gorgeous landscape nature has to offer. One visit to The Coves Mountain River Club, and you’ll be ready for mountain living in the Blue Ridge.
When you’re ready to start shopping for that perfect mountain home that puts you just minutes from Downtown Historic Lenoir, give us a call to schedule your visit to The Coves Mountain River Club. Be sure to let us know that you’d like to check out 1841 Café while you’re in town, and we’ll point you in the direction of the Hottest Downtown Spot “where everyone knows your name.” They’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and the friendly staff is waiting for you to stop by for some good home cooking!
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule your visit.
If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84-page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide, which gives you more information about living in the foothills of North Carolina.