Your Foodie Cheat Sheet | Lenoir NC Restaurants
How much do you know about Lenoir NC? Here in the foothills, restaurants offer delightful surprises at every turn. Any preconceptions that casual visitors bring with them soon vaporize, as they learn of the incredible opportunities for adventure, exploring, learning and just plain fun this area has to offer.
It’s much the same for Lenoir NC restaurants. In any town, you would expect to find a number of national chains represented, along with some lesser-known local favorites. And we certainly have those here. But dig a little deeper, and prepare to be amazed.
You’ll have a wealth of choices for ethnic cuisine, from Italian to Mexican to Central and South American. Looking for simple pub food? We have plenty of that, too. Steaks and seafood? No problem. And of course there’s our famous, mouth-watering pit barbecue, and traditional American favorites served with a large helping of world-renowned southern hospitality.
Here’s a partial list of the Lenoir NC restaurants recommended most by locals:
538 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir
family style recipes, southern comfort décor
2303 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir
southern home cooking
129 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir
a traditional American diner
117 Main Street NW, Lenoir
vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free options
975 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
510 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
American fast food
Loes Brewing Company
1048 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
Side Street Pour House and Grill
128 Main Street NW, Lenoir
Eola Beer Company
1048 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
STEAKS AND SEAFOOD
303 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
Sagebrush Steakhouse Lenoir
954 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
137 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Route 321, Lenoir
Smokin Hogs BBQ
920 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir
Buffalo Mercantile Company & Cafe
6353 Buffalo Cove Road, Lenoir
Piccolo’s Pizza and Pasta
915 West Avenue NW, Lenoir
1112 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir
Cazuelas Dona Vicky
361 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
2153 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir
Mi Carreta Mexican Grill
1146 Hickory Boulevard SW, Lenoir
528 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICAN
Fresh and Delicious Bakery
458 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir
Los Izotes El Salvadorean Restaurant
1506 Main Street NW, Lenoir
Consider this as just a starting point for your own culinary journey of discovery. One thing we’ve learned at The Coves Mountain River Club is that just when you think you know all there is to know about living here, something new will knock your socks off.
Be sure to take a few minutes to give your favorite Lenoir restaurants a good review. We like to support local businesses and our neighbors who work hard to make them successful.
From a bowl of diner chili when the weather turns colder to a sit-down dinner for a special occasion, our Lenoir NC restaurants offer just about any dining experience you might be looking for.
Welcome Fercott Fermentables
Shorter days and cooler temperatures have arrived in North Carolina—along with the holiday season. This is the perfect time of year to find unique things to do in Lenoir, and thanks to Fercott Fermentables, a new establishment at 107 Main Street NW, plenty of folks are wetting their whistle, satisfying their appetites and spending some much-needed down-time with close friends and family.
Visit their Facebook page and it’s obvious this is one fun place to hang out and try some new beverages. Beer, wine, mead, cider, bottles, taproom, homebrew, and wine-making supplies, fermentation demos and classes—are all beneath Fercott’s roof. Oh yeah along with specialty gifts…if you’re searching for that cool holiday gift for those who live nearby in their North Carolina mountain homes.
The reviews sum it up perfectly—“Best atmosphere, staff is amazing, excellent craft beverages. Fercott Fermentables is definitely something Lenoir has been missing!!” Or, “When we are in town, this is a must stop spot. The folks in Lenoir are lucky to have Chris and Jen. Swing by and tell them what flavors you like and they will match you up with a beer or wine that you will love. Guaranteed. Then relax, enjoy, and repeat often. Their customer service is second to none and I can’t wait to get back!”
Here’s what’s going on at Fercott’s for those of you nearby in your North Carolina mountain homes this holiday season:
• Monday, December 3; 6 pm-8pm–German Comfort Food Bake-Off with Red Oak Brewing
“It’s turning cold, so it’s finally time for some comfort food! The people’s choice winner will get a $30 Pour-It-Forward on the board, so bring us your best bratwurst, sauerkraut, rotkol, spaetzle, German potato salad, Black Forest Cake, or whatever German recipe is in your collection! We’ll be offering pairing flights of 4 of Red Oak’s German style lagers. Can’t cook? Then just come vote! Please have food dishes at the shop by 6 pm. Bring enough for a crowd!”
• Wednesday, December 5; 3 pm-8 pm; Winesday! “Glühwein”
“Glühwein is a European tradition at the outdoor Christmas markets! Nothing warms the body & soul quite like hot spiced wine. Enjoy a flight of four different glühweins, our housemade version side by side 3 bottled versions. Any leftover bottles of glühwein will be 15% off that day, all other wine in the shop is 10% off. We’ll have cheeseboards made to order and a specialty warm pretzel recipe just for the occasion!”
• Wednesday, December 12; 6 pm; Winesday! “Orin Swift Wines”
“Join the folks from Associated Brands as they show us through a flight of Orin Swift wines. Orin Swift has a cult-like following, thanks to their meticulous Napa Valley grape sourcing paired with distinctive label art. This flight will have a limited time slot, so be sure to mark your calendars!”
• Sunday, December 16; 3 pm-5 pm; CPR & Basic Life Support Class
“Fercott’s will be hosting a CPR & Basic Life Support Class for those needing certification, or those who want to learn to save a life. Cost is $60 per person and includes a beverage following the class. Class size is limited to 15 people.”
• Saturday, December 22; 5 pm-10 pm; 2nd Annual Fercott Festivus
“You asked for it again, and we are continuing the tradition! Festivus Feast featuring the popular Crock-a-thon! Bring a potluck dish to share, but the catch is it HAS to be in a crockpot! Last year we had 14, will we break that record?
Feats of Strength competition, with a prize to the winners! Details to be announced on this. And something new this year: a Christmas Onesie challenge! Anyone brave enough to don a onesie will be entered in a raffle for an EXTREME Fercott Prize pack!”
And speaking of things to do in Lenoir, check out Fercott’s activities board while you’re sipping your drink. They capture all the happenings near your North Carolina mountain homes so you won’t miss out!
The folks who live at The Coves appreciate the finer things to do in Lenoir and in life! Did you know The Coves has its own vineyard? Evelyn’s Vineyard sits right beside the Johns River and is where you’ll find sweet muscadine grapes. The setting continues to inspire residents into learning how to create wine together in this serene and inspiring setting.
Living at The Coves also puts us all in proximity to the more than 100 vineyards that grace North Carolina—producing fine Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, and Chardonnays, just to name a few! Visit The Coves and share a glass of fine local wine…or two!
Welcome Fercott’s Fermentables to Lenoir!
Where to Find a Great Cup of Coffee Near The Coves
Our American love affair with specialty coffees started back in the 1960s. Baby boomers discovered that the local cafés and coffee shops were the perfect place to gather, chat, perform live music and poetry, and create a counterculture. In Berkeley, California, Peet’s Coffee and Tea introduced artisan roasting styles that began setting trends, and in 1971 two business partners in Seattle first sold specialty roasted beans under the name “Starbucks”.
Of the roughly 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States, about a third would rather sip espresso drinks like cappuccinos and lattes than a simple cup of Java. And another third like their coffee black.
The coffee culture has something for everyone and attracts new converts every day. And residents of NC mountain communities are no exception. If you think moving to The Coves Mountain River Club means giving up the coffee shop environment you’ve come to love, think again.
At one time, we might have called Highland Coffee House Lenoir’s “best kept secret”. But it wasn’t secret for long. Word quickly got around about this downtown gem, with its 39 flavors of coffee beans and 20 specialty teas. And when the owners added fresh-baked breads and pastries, they earned even more praise.
Soon, visitors looking for NC mountain cabins for sale will be delighted to discover that what they believed was only a fixture of urban life had become one of the most popular things to do in Lenoir NC.
Family-owned Highland Coffee House occupies a beautiful building right on Main Street, nestled in small town surroundings. Inside, it’s warm and friendly. A comfortable lounge beckons you to relax in front of the fireplace. Read, chat or use the free wi-fi. And there’s meeting space available. The works of local artist Charlie Frye adorn the walls, and his studio is right upstairs.
The air’s rich with the sweet aroma of cookies, cakes and fresh bread that regular patrons travel miles to savor. The atmosphere’s very laid back, and the owner’s happy to answer your questions and discuss the finer points of their remarkable selection of beans.
In addition to the four coffee flavors featured daily, they serve smoothies and gourmet hot chocolate. The brew at Highland Coffee House has been called the best you can find between Boone and Hickory. They bake one of the moistest cakes in the mountains. And their prices are very easy on the wallet. Why spend more and get less somewhere else?
As one customer put it, her first visit to Highland Coffee House was like “finding a pearl in the sand”.
Of course, that could apply to much of what makes the foothills area so special. No matter what your mental image of NC mountain communities might be, pleasant surprises await you around every corner. Many who chose to build a mountain home at The Coves Mountain River Club in Lenoir were astonished to learn how much there is to do in the area. And it just keeps getting better.
Our location on five miles of Johns River frontage near Wilson Creek provides easy access to popular fishing sites, boating, swimming and more. Pisgah Mountain Lodge is the perfect finish to an exciting day. Our great gathering place for neighbors where residents enjoy special activities such as cooking demonstrations by local chefs, themed events and games.
Living here, you really do get the best of both worlds. The air is fresh, the skies are clear, there’s mild weather all year long, and the stress level is zero. But we’re still close enough to mountain towns and metropolitan cities that you can easily get there if you need to.
If you’re in the area looking at NC mountain cabins for sale, be sure to stop by The Coves Mountain River Club for a tour and see what our design team has been able to create for others like yourself.
And be sure to treat yourself to a visit to Highland Coffee House, one of our favorite hometown things to do in Lenoir NC.
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.
Buffalo Mercantile Company – Circa 1897
When you’re in the market for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, you need to explore the Blue Ridge Mountain region and discover first-hand how enchanting life can be. There are a host of vibrant towns filled with caring communities to entice you to make the move you’ve long imagined become a reality.
For those who live in the gated communities near Asheville, The Buffalo Mercantile Company is surely on their list of local favorite restaurants. And if your family has enjoyed life going back generations in this gorgeous region of North Carolina, then they are familiar with the rich history of this local treasure.
Lenoir NC restaurants are just one of the undeniable draws to living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and this historic landmark is reflective of all that matters to those who decide to make Western North Carolina their permanent home—love of tradition, culture, community, fine food, and gatherings with those you care most about.
The Buffalo Mercantile Company has had its roots here since 1897 when it was opened to provide all the basic necessities to local folks. In 1924 John C. Todd and his wife Pearl purchased the store and named it Todd’s Place, running it until the mid 1980s. Their daughter took their place over, added a kitchen and dining area, and kept it open until she retired.
That’s when Tom Kassab, a frequent visitor to the gorgeous region for two decades, saw the store for sale, and made an offer. He understood the importance of this old-time establishment to the gated communities near Asheville.
Tom decided to restore its original name, and to carry on the country store tradition while making the necessary improvements, ensuring The Buffalo Mercantile Company’s success alongside other fabulous Lenoir NC restaurants.
Now it’s the perfect blend of past and present. There are hundreds of nostalgic products in the store to browse, and when you settle down with a cup of fresh coffee, Wi-Fi will fulfill your modern-day needs.
You and your friends can gather around the fire on the gorgeous stone patio, or stroll over the bridge that spans the creek. Spend a little more time and take in some of the local entertainment–like legendary Doc Watson. The motto of The Buffalo Mercantile Company is “Join us, step back in time, it’s a destination worth the drive!”
When you’re traveling to the region to search for North Carolina mountain homes for sale, here are some of the menu’s savory highlights made from the finest and freshest ingredients:
- assortment of starters to kick start your appetite
- handmade pizza created with the finest and freshest ingredients; endless toppings anddeep dish too! Your choice—red or white, thin or thick!
- burgers—1/3 lb. ground steak
- specialty subs
- meatball or Italian sausage calzones
- selections for “Little Buffalos”
- hand-dipped ice cream
“The Buffalo Mercantile Company and Cafe offers General Store Merchandise, Coffee Shop, Candy Store, Ice Cream Parlor, Cafe with outdoor seating/entertaining along the rushing creek complete with large fire-pit. This Restaurant is Ranked #1 On TripAdvisor!”
Here’s where to find it and business hours:
Buffalo Mercantile Company
6353 Buffalo Cove Road
Open 11-8 Tuesday-Saturday
Call (828) 758-9879
Come visit our charming towns in Western North Carolina where you’ll find a welcoming haven for those of us who appreciate a relaxed pace within a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, artists, and professionals.
Lenoir NC restaurants are just one of the many perks of living in the region that add genuine southern hospitality and of course incredible culinary fare.
Why not make The Coves Mountain River Club your first destination when you are ready to select a home near the gated communities of Asheville NC? Whether you build a new mountain home, choose a new home package, or find the ideal resale, The Coves will inspire you to embark on your idyllic next chapter.
What could be better than waking up by the Johns River surrounded a frame of majestic mountains? The Coves has a number of stunning North Carolina mountain homes for sale within easy access to all the quaint and happening towns. Take a life-changing journey and come visit us at The Coves.
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit.
Granite Falls Brewery – Great Beer Near The Coves
There are four waterfalls at The Coves Mountain River Club. They’re popular attractions and symbolic of the amazing fresh water and natural beauty that bring so many people to the Blue Ridge foothills area.
But many visitors aren’t aware of their connection to one of our fastest-growing industries: the brewing of beer. The rivers and waterfalls of Western North Carolina supply the clear, cold mountain water for a remarkable number of local breweries.
In the city of Asheville alone, you can enjoy around 100 local beers on draft and in bottles – from hoppy IPAs to dark stouts. Each has its own distinct identity, reflecting the unique character of its brewery of origin. You may be surprised to learn that Asheville has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country. Since 2009, it’s earned the title of “Beer City USA” almost every year.
It follows that beer festivals are a regular occurrence, highlighted by the Beer City Festival in late Spring, the Winter Warmer when the weather turns cold, and Brewgrass at the start of leaf peeping season in early fall. And when you visit, be sure to sign up for one of the city’s popular beer tours.
One of the fun things to do in Lenoir NC is a trip to Granite Falls Brewing Company, less than thirty minutes away. A partnership of Mastroeli-MacNeil Equity Investments and Head Brewer Ben Barber,
Granite Falls crafts an exceptional beet that’s born, brewed, and raised locally. The mountain towns in North Carolina are full of delightful surprises like this. The business was built on the site of a historic bottling plant that dates back to 1903.
While you’re there, be sure to try the handcrafted burger, topped with peanut butter, local jam, and a local farm egg. Or sample one of the artisanal made-from-scratch pizzas or delectable desserts. Granite Falls Brewing Company is also a great place to enjoy live entertainment and special events. Check their web site for a current schedule.
Some of the most magnificent waterfalls of western North Carolina can be found along the Johns River, which originates at Grandfather Mountain and winds its way to where it hugs five miles of shoreline at The Coves Mountain River Club. Fishing, swimming and boating on the Johns and Wilson Creek are just a few of the many things to do in Lenoir NC. Anyone with a sense of adventure will find plenty to explore and discover throughout the area, and you can be as active as you want to be or just relax and enjoy the countless benefits of living in such a remarkable environment.
There’s an abundance of history here, along with the modern-as-tomorrow discoveries such as Granite Falls Brewing Company. When you have a home at The Coves Mountain River Club, each day can bring a new adventure. You have all of the advantages of country living, but you’re not far from the places you need to go in the cities. You’ll love having a front row seat when the foliage changes color, and the year-round mild weather allows you to spend more time outside.
There’s much to be said for the mountain towns in North Carolina as retirement destinations. When you’re in or near the Lenoir area, we invite you to stop at The Coves Mountain River Club and let us show you around the property. We know it’s a great place to live.
Relax on the balcony at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge with a glass of wine, breath in the clean air, and watch the sun set over the mountains while you’re here. You might just find yourself nodding in agreement.
Call us 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!
Green Park Inn – Blowing Rock Historic Landmark
Green Park Inn, located at 9239 Valley Boulevard in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, is one of the few remaining “Grand Manor Hotels” in the region. This quaint inn has enjoyed a long history, first opening in 1891, and continues providing nostalgia and charm to those who are fortunate enough to stay beneath its roof. For those who welcome discovering more about the history of Blowing Rock NC, why not book your reservations for 2018 at the second oldest resort hotel and give yourself something incredible to look forward to with friends, family, or your special someone.
This illustrious hotel has pampered many renowned artists, writers, movie stars and even presidents, who chose the High Country to luxuriate, relax and unwind. Check this guest book: J.D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Annie Oakley and Margaret Mitchell who wrote many pages of Gone with the Wind during her stay. Old photographs, antiques and furnishings add to the collective charm. Grab a rocking chair and sit for a spell on the inn’s front porch after you’ve spent a day packed with Blowing Rock NC activities. There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee or a cocktail while you gaze out on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.
For those of you who know a little about the history of Blowing Rock NC, three Lenoir businessmen were inspired to open the inn on a large plot of land known as Green Park. The original hotel had three floors of over 73,000 feet, the only post office for the area, (some of it has been preserved to this day) a restaurant and bar. The “golf wing” was added in the late 1950s with larger accommodations and balconies. In 1982 the hotel earned the prestige of being included on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2010 its new owners refurbished, refurnished and repaired this cherished piece of our region’s history, knowing there were a lot of folks looking for things to do in Blowing Rock NC.
There are now 88 guest rooms with more coming soon. And it’s no wonder why more rooms will be needed—considering the inn is located in such a prime spot—at the gateway of the Blue Ridge National Parkway. Landscaping has also made the outdoors more lush and open. Inside you’ll find a 300 person conference room along with a smaller meeting room for 50-60 people. A fitness room awaits you when the mood strikes to get in some exercise…perhaps to burn off the delicious fare offered from the Chestnut Grille or the Divide Tavern where you are certain to love the casual mountain dining experience.
Sample the Grille’s popular wines in a warm space graced with reclaimed American Chestnut, or sip a beer or refreshing cocktail in the Tavern which straddles the Eastern Continental Divide.
A selection of some of the inn’s fare: corn bread, fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, sweet tea brined fried chicken, and local trout.
Be sure to relax in the lobby on weekend evenings to the live piano while you sip your drink.
When you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, visit the Green Park Inn’s website. The accommodations blend the sweetness of another time with the comfort we love today—Wi-Fi, HDTV, Keurigs, and the ultimate in comfy bedding.
• Standard Room; Queen-sized bed. Comfortably-appointed and located in the “historic section.” Some rooms face the street; no mountain views available. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Deluxe Room; Queen, King, or two Queen-sized beds. Many of these rooms located in the “historic section” with no mountain views, and some rooms face the street. May involve stairs. Pet-friendly options available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Superior Room; King or two Queen-sized beds; private balcony overlooking the yard and golf course. Adjoining rooms available upon request and availability. May involve stairs. Pet- friendly options are available by reservation on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• Junior Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Located in the “historic section” with no mountain views. May involve stairs.
• Balcony Suites; King-sized bed with a Queen-sized sleeper sofa in separate sitting room. Balcony overlooks yard and golf course. May involve stairs.
• Victorian Suite; elegantly-appointed with a lovely open air environment and Jacuzzi tub in the room; claw foot tub in the bathroom.
PACKAGES TO KICK OFF THE YEAR:
• Winterfest; January 25-29, 2018; includes two nights and tickets to the Grand Wine Tasting held on Saturday, January 27 from 3pm – 5pm.
–Standard Room – $135/night
–Deluxe Room – $144/night
–Superior Room – $169.50/night
–King Suite – $203.50 / night
• Couples Getaway; enjoy premium beer or wine delivered to your room; soothing Swedish or deep tissue massage.
• Mid-Week Getaway; complimentary wine tasting.
Whatever the season, when you’re searching for things to do in Blowing Rock NC, remember the Green Park Inn has many year-long package specials, as well as many seasonal packages—Murder Mystery Weekend and Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Package are just two that are popular with people who adore Blowing Rock NC activities. Weddings, family reunions, and all sorts of celebrations can also be enjoyed here.
No wonder guests write such glowing reviews: “What a nostalgic experience to stay in this historical Inn during a snowy, picturesque weekend! We met one of the owners who made us feel like we were family, and the rest of the staff was friendly and helpful. The place has been restored to a point where you can still ‘feel’ like you are in the historical era, but still enjoy all the modern luxuries and amenities,” and “Beautiful piece of history! We loved our weekend stay at this quaint hotel. Staff was polite and attentive. The history, photos, antiques, creaking, crooked floors just add to the charm of this 126 year old inn. We loved every aspect from the wallpaper, quilts, the rocking chair porch, the stairs and even the water pipes from the ceilings.”
Call 828-414-9230 for more information or to make your reservations.
Adding to the history of Blowing Rock NC is the Bollinger-Hartley House, Gragg House, Flat Top Estate, and the Vardell Family Cottages. Blowing Rock sits on the crest of the Blue Ridge in Watauga and Caldwell Counties. The town has an elevation of 3,500 to 3,600 feet above sea level which provides cooler summers and colder winters than we experience at The Coves’ more temperate climate.
Folks who have already chosen The Coves as their home know it’s a pleasant excursion to Blowing Rock, to take in some of the awesome sights. A rock formation extends above the Johns River gorge, and Glen Burney and Glen Marie Falls are also legendary sights for those who want to experience Blowing Rock NC activities. Don’t forget the Tweetsie Railroad theme park with its authentic steam engine that will take you on a three-mile scenic ride. Mystery Hill and the Moon and Irene Mullins Arrowhead Collection boasts over 52,000 arrowheads, and the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum should not be missed. Moses Cone Memorial Park provides forests and trails to stride through, or if you prefer horseback, Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve offers 25 miles of trails.
There are many community events in Blowing Rock too–Art In The Park runs May-October, the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival happens in April; the Fourth of July festival and parade; Blowing Rock Winterfest takes place in November, followed by Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town, a Holiday Parade or the Charity Horse Show– a tradition for 84 years.
If you have not yet visited The Coves, or the gorgeous region of Western North Carolina that so many have chosen, stop by and see some of the stunning mountain homes. For example, the home on Oakcrest Lane is Craftsman-style on over seven acres with views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock right outside your door. The design of this home is spacious, with three generous bedrooms, three and a half baths, an office, great rooms, porches and a hot tub that gaze upon the mountains. If you tend to accumulate a lot of belongings, the storage closets will suit your needs in the home’s temperature-controlled floored attic. Stretch your legs in the Pisgah National Forest or paddle in Wilson Creek which are directly across the road. What are you waiting for?
Or how about Waterfall Lane, another Craftsman-style home on 2.25 acres also with inspiring views of Grandfather Mountain, Brown Mountain and Table Rock. This gem is designed with three spacious bedrooms, two and a half baths and an office. Great rooms, porches, and of course the hot tub provide you with glorious mountain views. You won’t be longing for more storage, and the temperature- controlled floored attic and whole house generator are the perfect additions. What more could you desire with Pisgah National Forest and Wilson Creek just across the way.
Be sure to visit The Coves and see all the other inspiring possibilities that await you include day excursions to the Green Park Inn.
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a visit!