The Blue Ridge Mountains are way more than just a pretty place. Folks in this gorgeous region serve up some of the best food around, and Lenoir NC restaurants rank right up there for Southern-style fare and just about any other cuisine to satisfy our appetites. If you’ve visited the charming downtown of Lenoir, then you already know how many amazing restaurants serve a wide array of delectable fare throughout the day.
One cozy bistro, 1841, located at 117 Main Street NW, opened in February, 2013, has become a popular fixture in the community with loyal customers. The 1841 staff give all who enter a warm welcome before serving up their American-style home-cooking. And for those who like to move and groove, every Tuesday until August 27, folks will be heel clicking the night away, taking free lessons and line dancing beneath the roof of 1841.
If you’ve never tried it, line dancing is an incredible foot-stomping pastime where folks come together for some honky-tonk fun. The early settlers discovered that clogging and cutting the pigeon wing were a wholesome activity and the rest is history. Whether you’re a skilled dancer, or you simply want to try out your fancy footwork, 1841 is the place in Lenoir to gather for a little two-steppin’ with your partner and friends. Or sip your cocktail and watch the line dancing in action while you socialize with your friends.
1841 is a casual and intimate spot to gather whether you’re a visitor or a regular. Photos and paintings from local artists like Charlie Frye give the place real appeal. The online reviews say it all, “1841 is more than just a restaurant…it’s a defining part of what makes Lenoir special.” Although the restaurant surely does it right, “a fresh infusion of ‘home cooking’ with a little or a lotta something freshly prepared for everyone. Vickie Setzer, co-owner, was voted Best Bartender during Lenoir’s News-Topic’s 2015 Best of Caldwell competition, and 1841 received Best Night Spot and Best Local Beer awards.
When you’re hankering for a little local flavor from Lenoir NC restaurants, made even more mouth-watering with fresh, local produce, head over to 1841. Here’s some of what you’ll find:
Jumbo Fresh Wings (mild, hot and in between); Breaded Cheese Sticks; Stuffed Egg Rolls; Nachos served with Chili; Pimento Cheese Dip; Beer-battered Portobello Fingers; Sweet Potato Fries; Pub Chips; Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Signature Sandwiches and Burgers:
Cheeseburger; Philly; Pork BBQ; Blackened Chicken Pita; Chicken Salad Croissant; Patty Melt on Rye; Chicken Sandwich; BLT; Portobello Spinach Melt; Club; Rueben on Rye; Granny Smith and Wilson Croissant
Seafood du Jour; Pulled Pork Plate; 12 oz. Ribeye; Chicken Tenders; Lemon Caper Chicken; Shrimp Primavera; 5 oz. Filet; Shrimp and Grits; Fettuccini Alfredo; Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
Fresh Salads and Soups:
Classic Caesar; Crisp Apple Salad; Fresh Garden Salad; Cold Chicken Salad Plate; Kickin’ Chili; Cobb Chef; Tomato Basil Bisque; Wedge Salad
Vegetarian Served with Side Salad:
Veg and Grits; Cauliflower Burger
Menu Sides: Broccoli; Cabbage Slaw; Collard Greens; Cheese Grits; Fried Okra; Parmesan French Fries; Mac-n-Cheese; Grilled Asparagus; Pub Chips; Seasonal Vegetables; Mashed Potatoes; Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Daily specials are not to be missed as well as their famous Casper sauce! Save room for their sweet desserts, or simply take a confection to go!
Other than the line dancing on Tuesday nights, this historic café, nestled in a three-story building that went up in 1903, is the gathering spot for bluegrass, folk rock, jazz and Dixie. This is the place to be to hear lively music from both local and touring bands every night. Many top-notch musicians gather at 1841, some brand new and others well-seasoned and familiar to the stage.
This cafe is also the host location for the Caldwell JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) classes, Live Music and Spoken Word, ant The Singer & Songwriter’s Series at Tucker’s Barn. Don’t forget there’s music every night, convenient parking, outdoor seating, take out, and catering; walk ins are always welcome. Available for parties and events. For more info call 828-572-4145. Hours Monday-Saturday 11 am-9 pm.
This is one sweet time to visit The Coves Mountain River Club and see how peaceful life can be in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Coves is an impeccable gated community situated perfectly in the heart of the region in historic Lenoir. Include 1841 in your evening plans when you’re dining at Lenoir NC restaurants–be sure to kick up your heels and take part in a little line dancing, or sit back and enjoy some amazing musical talent.
If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page complimentary Western North Carolina Visitor’s Guide which provides more information about living in the foothills.