Welcome Joan’s Sourdough Bread to Lenoir NC

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The cuisine in our Lenoir NC restaurants just keeps getting better and better—home-style cuisine to please our appetites whether you dine out or take out.  Joan’s Sourdough Bread, located at 107 Light Street SW in downtown Lenoir, has fast become a local favorite.  There’s nothing like strolling downtown in the early morning with the scent of Joan’s freshly baked bread drifting outside her store front.

“You are always welcome when you bring Joan’s,” sums up this awesome little eatery that’s fairly new to the town of  Lenoir–although Joan’s recipes have been appreciated at farmer’s markets and other local events stretching back through the years.

Joan’s commitment to serving the folks in the mountain towns of North Carolina is genuinely expressed in her own words: “We work with local suppliers to source the freshest and most authentic ingredients, and use old-fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality. Our goal is to make your taste buds happy!”

No wonder the folks of Lenoir gather at Joan’s to sip her sweet tea or rich Crown coffee while trying to choose which of her mouth-watering sweets to enjoy.   Comfy seating and Wi-Fi make it easy to linger a little longer.

Joan’s original recipes are the reason lunchtime never tasted quite so wholesome, fresh and flavorful.  Her BBQ is cooked to perfection on an open pit and seasoned to please your palate.  And thanks to Joan, this wholesome goodness doesn’t have to end with lunch.  Her breads lend themselves to breakfast (generous slabs of homemade bread turned into French toast), and dinner– a basket of home-made buns will be gone before you know it.  If you don’t have the time or skills to bake yourself, your friends and family will love a fresh loaf from Joan’s just as much.

Joan’s Menu:

Sandwiches at Joan’s are created on freshly-made buns and are served in style with petite pickles and a bag of chips.  She makes her own chicken salad and pimento cheese, as well as creamy fresh slaw.  For those with a discerning palate, it’s good to know that Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses are the go-to and be sure to leave room for Joan’s delightful sweets.

Bread choices:  plain, wheat, cheesy garlic, jalapeno, garden herb; condiments:  mayo, mustard, heavy mayo, mayo on side, raisins, craisins, walnuts, extra tomato, onion, lettuce and pickled jalapeno.

Home-style Chicken Salad: “Made with a handed down recipe. This is our best- selling sandwich. You can enjoy it on one of our sourdough buns or on a bed of lettuce.”

Handmade Pimento Cheese: “Henry’s Mother’s recipe handed down to him. This is an all-time favorite especially on our Jalapeño Sourdough Bun.”

BBQ & Slaw: “The BBQ is cooked on an open pit and seasoned just right. The slaw is made in house. Add it all to our Plain Sourdough Bun.”

Blazing Buffalo Chicken Breast: “Tender Chicken and spicy seasoning. How about adding some Vermont cheddar and the garden…..on our Cheesy Garlic Sourdough Bun. Smoking good!!!!!”

Cajun Style Turkey Breast: “So full of flavor and the spicy is spot on. Pair with our Monterey pepper jack cheese…. all on our Jalapeño Sourdough Bun. This choice will be hard to forget.”

Cheese Sandwich: “Made with naturally smoked gouda, smoked gruyere and full flavored provolone. Add the garden and choose your favorite sourdough bun.”

Ham: “Made with Tavern Smoked Ham, the flavor is so rich. It pairs so well with any of our cheeses especially Swiss on any Sourdough Bun.”

EverRoast Chicken Breast: “So very tender and seasoned just right. Pairs so well with our cream Havarti cheese or provolone on our Garden Herb Sourdough Bun.”

Turkey: “Mesquite Wood Smoked, Roasted Turkey Breast. So full of flavor….it can stand alone. But lets load it up with some Muenster cheese and the garden and pack it in a big Sourdough Bun.”

Ham & Turkey: “What a pair! And the flavors mingle so well….cheese it up and dump the garden in and you have a happy tummy.”

Roast Beef: “Londonport Top Round Seasoned Roast Beef. Has just a hint of port wine. So tasty and tender. It can blend with any cheese and doesn’t need a lot more.”

Roast Beef Combo: “This is the king of them all. Londonport Roast Beef, Tavern Smoked Ham and Mesquite Wood Smoked Turkey Breast makes the combo. Cheese please?… the garden all on a fresh Jalapeño Sourdough Bun.”

Roast Beef & Ham: “Just two of the best on this choice. A little lighter, two dainty hands can handle this one as long as they behave themselves. It’s hard not to get carried away with a sandwich this good.”

Roast Beef & Turkey: “Another double gets me in so much trouble. I love these sandwiches. Add some provolone or Swiss, hey cheddar is fine on this with some lettuce and ooh, some red onions.”

Rosemary Sun-dried Tomato Ham: “This ham has the perfect amount of rosemary infused. Lets toast our Garden Herb Sourdough Bun, heat our ham with mozzarella cheese just until they are blended. Add our condiments, don’t really need much and put it all on the bun and you have a meal like no other.”

Other Offerings:

Plain Sandwich Buns: “a favorite go-to bun. There isn’t anything this bread won’t enhance.”

Plain Loaf: “Our very first sourdough bread loaf and there isn’t anything plain about it…our best seller…goes with anything and makes everything fabulous…not San Francisco Sourdough. I make Appalachia style sourdough and it has its own flavor.”

Cinnamon Loaf: “for the folks that don’t like raisins.”

Cinnamon Raisin Mini: “Just as good as the mother loaf.”

Plain Bread Mix: “My very first sourdough loaf is also available in the mix. It’s the easiest to make and so very good.”

Brownies: (package of 6—ships only November-April); “made from scratch… the best you will ever eat. Triple chocolate means the cake is chocolate…chocolate chips…and a soft fudge-like icing.”

Jalapeno Sandwich Buns and Loaf: “fresh jalapeños, cheddar cheese and a little onion…”

Wheat Loaf: “another package of sourdough wheat goodness. Provides 12 nice servings and makes the best toast by far.”

Wheat Dinner Rolls:  “King Arthur bread flour and stone ground whole wheat flour…my wheat bread is to good to be ignored. It’s higher in fiber which is a plus.”

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls: (package of 4); nice and thick with an incredible glaze.

Apple Cinnamon Loaf; “a big hit…the fresh apples make the difference.”

Cheesy Garlic Mini Loaf and Buns:  “Sharp cheddar blends well with the garlic and hey it‘s Appalachia style sourdough, the best there is.”

Plain Dinner Rolls:  “Excellent choice to serve with any meal.”

Joan’s Holiday Cake: “the best Holiday Cake…made with brandied fruit (peaches, pineapple and maraschino cherries)…raisins, coconut and pecans. Each large cake weighs 3.2 pounds.” Only available to be shipped at Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Bread Mixes: Cinnamon Raisin, Cinnamon Apple,  Wheat, Cheesy Garlic, Jalapeno.

Plain Hotdog Buns: New England style…3 varieties.

Also available for the family—cups of chicken salad and pimento cheese!

What’s even better?  Joan’s is one of many contemporary Lenoir NC restaurants—with an online menu so that customers can create their own personal fare with ease from the comfort of their mountain homes. Joan guides her online customers through the ordering process with a personal touch so it feels as though you’re standing in line at her Light Street store!   In time Joan will be adding even more to her online menu, but for now there’s every sandwich under the North Carolina sun!

Joan’s Store Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday—10-4; Friday—10-7:30; Saturday—10-3; closed Sundays and Mondays; call 828-757-9080 to place an order.

For those with charming homes in The Coves, a peaceful and gated community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s easy to pop on down to Joan’s Tuesdays-Saturdays.  Joan’s warm and sunny personality suits those who have settled into an amazing life at The Coves.  One of the perks of this close-knit gated community is its proximity to top-notch Lenoir NC restaurants and quaint shops.  You can choose or build your own idyllic mountain home at The Coves and discover how perfect life can be in historic Lenoir.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine

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El Tacorriendo – Best Restaurants in Lenoir NC Includes a Delicious Food Truck

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Lenoir NC restaurants come in all shapes, and sizes but did you know that some even have wheels?  If you’ve passed by 228 Morganton Boulevard SW, on a Thursday or Friday, then you’ve seen El Tacorriendo, a colorful red food truck that was set in motion in March of 2016 by owners Alejandro and Ashley Leon.

This married couple put in years of hard work in the Mexican food industry before trying their own hand at creating fresh Mexican cuisine. There’s no doubt that Alejandro’s Guadalajara roots lend an authenticity you just won’t find in any old restaurant. Alejandro’s mission is to provide food from his country that’s not Americanized.

The community voted in March of 2019 and El Tacorriendo won the Strange Carolina’s Best Food Truck in NC Award.  Their reviews reflect the amazing fare that’s served from this busy little truck–“easily the best authentic Mexican food around…” Fans of Lenoir NC restaurants rave about the reasonable prices, the professional service and the cuisine you’d have to travel to Mexico to enjoy.

 No wonder so many folks in Lenoir frequent this little truck when it rolls into their mountain town.  From 11-4, and 5-8, two days a week, you’ll find the festive food truck serving up friendly service and to-die for Mexican to its happy customers in Lenoir.

Here’s what you’ll find on their menu:

  • Tacos served with grilled onions and jalapeno, radishes, lime wedge, cilantro and side of salsa.  These are homemade corn tortillas with a choice of meat or shrimp.
  • Quesadillas filled and served with grilled onions and jalapeno, radishes, lime wedge, cilantro and side of salsa.  Some of the ten-inch-flour tortillas to choice from— Original, Shrimp or Cheese.
  • Tortas, a Mexican sub sandwich filled with beans, cheese, onion, cilantro and a choice of meat; served with grilled onions and jalapeno, radishes, a lime wedge and side of salsa.
  • ACP Wraps served with a grilled jalapeno and salsa; Original served in flour tortilla—filled with rice, chicken, cheese dip and grilled onions; Plus Wrap served with chorizo; ACAsada Wrap with rice, carne asada (steak), cheese dip and grilled onions; AC Shrimp Wrap with rice, shrimp, cheese dip and grilled onions; Alex’s Wrap with rice, chicken, cheese dip, fresh and grilled onions, bell peppers and cilantro; Diablo Wrap—the Original with fresh onions, cilantro and spicy salsa.
  • Burritos—flour tortilla filled with beans, cheese, cilantro, choice of meat,  grilled jalapeno and onion, fresh onion, radishes, lime wedge and side of salsa.
  • Vegetarian served with grilled onion, jalapeno, radishes, lime wedge and side of salsa; Tacos—corn tortillas filled grilled bell peppers, cheese, beans, fresh onions and cilantro; Potato Tacos with fried potatoes, onion, tomato and cilantro;  Quesadilla—flour tortilla with cheese, grilled bell peppers, fresh onions and cilantro; Burrito—flour tortilla filled with beans, cheese, grilled bell peppers, fresh onion and cilantro; Wrap; flour tortilla filled with rice, grilled bell peppers, onions and cheese dip.

Visit El Tacorriendo’s website or Facebook page for some delicious glimpses of what’s being served any given week in downtown Lenoir.  The ACP wrap is a popular choice, but do yourself a favor and try something new each time you step up to the little red truck.

The Coves gated community affords the folks who live there the simple ease of being nestled in the gorgeous mountains of the Blue Ridge conveniently close to the amazing variety of Lenoir NC restaurants. Whether it’s a fresh and local breakfast, lunch or dinner, this town has it all going on!  Ashley and Alejandro may soon be opening the doors of a restaurant where they will expand their menu for all their fans, but in the meantime look for the little red truck in downtown Lenoir.

Come see at The Coves and we might take you to lunch.

Call 828.754.0700 now!



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Did You Know the North Carolina Burger Trail Starts in Lenoir NC?

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“North Carolina may be famous for its barbecue, but there are a lot of people who know how to make a great burger.  We thought it was time to shine the spotlight on them.”  And with that goal in mind, “Strange Carolinas” web site editor Chris Hocker added the burger category to his annual poll for “Best of NC”.

After two weeks of voting by readers, the clear winner was announced:  Lenoir’s iconic Carolina Burger, at 606 Blowing Rock Boulevard.

Foodies who frequent Lenoir NC restaurants probably weren’t surprised.  At The Coves Mountain River Club, we’re well aware that some of the state’s best comestibles are found far from the bigger cities.

In their search for offbeat and interesting places and people, “Strange Carolinas” learned that there are excellent burgers along the trail to suit any and all tastes.  Carolina Burger offers ten different types, from “The Standard’ to the popular “Carolina Firecracker”, with grilled Texas toast, Swiss and jalapeño cream cheese, grilled onions, and their famous homemade lava sauce.  They’re all hand-pattied each morning with locally-sourced 100 per cent ground chuck – always fresh and never frozen – and served on a buttered and toasted bun with your choice of toppings.

The menu also includes amazing quarter pound 100 per cent Angus beef hot dogs and crispy shoestring fries.  Carolina Burger believes in making food like you would at home, with big portions and lots of flavor.

Living here in the foothills, we’re blessed not only with great Lenoir NC restaurants but plenty of others in small mountain towns and larger metro areas within easy driving distance. 

If our travels take us to Greensboro, must-stops for burgers might include Burger Warfare, Hops, PorterHouse and Emma Key’s.  Asheville has Juicy Lucy’s and Farmburger, and Charlotte swears by The Ashbury, Cowbell, Bang Bang Burgers, Zack’s, Brook’s and Pinky’s.  Try the mac ‘n’ cheese burger at The Loaded Goat in Mount Airy.  It’s “so good it feels wrong”.  And if you want slaw and chili in your bun, you can’t beat Duke’s when you’re in Monroe and hungry.

We know that Lenoir has plenty of things to brag about.  Having the best burger in the state is just one of the newest.  Living at The Coves Mountain River Club, you soon come to realize just how many advantages there are to putting down roots in this area.

For the person who loves to stay active outdoors, we have spectacular nature trails for hiking, walking and riding bikes.  Being right on the water means boating, fishing and swimming are all nearby.  There’s camping in Pisgah National Forest and day trips to local attractions like Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain.  And our golf course at The Coves offers remarkable mountain views.

Lenoir and its surroundings are steeped in culture and history, and our residents often take advantage of lifelong learning classes at local colleges.

And, of course, our year-round mild weather makes it especially easy to pursue whatever hobbies or other special interests you may have.

Carolina Burger is just one of many Lenoir NC restaurants that have developed a loyal following.  The food scene here is very active.  We host tastings at our Pisgah Mountain Lodge that are always well-attended, with wonderful local chefs preparing the fare.

When you’re close to Lenoir, please make it a point to stop by and take a tour of The Coves Mountain River Club.  Talk to our design team and learn how easy it is to bring your dreams to life with a custom home in our community.

And take some time to relax and breathe in the mountain air.  Marvel at our majestic mountains and forests.  Hear the whisper of Wilson Creek as it winds along to join the Johns River right at the edge of our property.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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.

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Piesmith Pizza Opens in Lenoir NC

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Americans have shared a passion for pizza that began over a century ago with the opening of the first pizzeria in New York City. In the decades that followed, our obsession for pizza has intensified and the craft of pizza-making has become downright delicious as well as nutritious. This complete meal, especially when made with a whole grain crust, is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants–add a little lean protein and red sauce, filled with lycopene, and you’ll be serving up healthy fare for the whole family and eating to your heart’s content.

Life in the Blue Ridge Mountains just got a whole lot tastier thanks to the recent opening of the Piesmith Restaurant in its new home on the corner of 819 West Avenue. Lenoir NC restaurants keep the folks in the High Country satisfied no matter the time of day, no matter the season. Owner Stephen Loe, is well-versed in pleasing the locals, having successfully operated Loe’s Brewing for years which may reopen in a new space by 2020. Piesmith is Loe’s new pizza project with all the ingredients necessary to wow the community. Featuring ancient grain in its hand-forged pizzas, a craft beer pub (10 to choose from) and a scrumptious handmade dessert bar, (of course from scratch), accompanied by locally-roasted coffee, this establishment will be a sure-fire knock out.

Piesmith is located on the lower level of a quaint corner brick building; the Salad Bar shares the building and is located upstairs. What better accompaniment to your fresh pie? Loe assures its partners will be serving up the best salad experience of Lenoir NC restaurants. Piesmith and the Salad Bar will be a match made in Blue Ridge Mountain heaven. 819 West Avenue is the former location of Bella Torte and Charlie’s Pub. It’s great to see such prime space being put to good use, and the reviews of Piesmith already speak volumes—raving about the friendly staff and fresh interior as well as the delicious, mouth-watering fare. Added soon after opening is Piesmith’s own specialty blend of fresh-roasted coffee, “hand-roasted by the masters at Sky Mountain Coffee of Stateville, NC!” Loe was pleased to announce their plans of expanding the brew’s varieties, in addition to soon packaging it to go, as the popularity of his place grows. This way locals will be able to begin their day in the mountains, sipping the old forge blend in the comfort of their sweet homes.

Menu options are to die for!

11 inch Personal Specialty Pizzas:

Campfire: smoky Italian sausage, red peppers, red onion, Calabria, peppers, smoked gouda, tomato base, mozzarella–$12

Cookout: bbq chicken, caramelized onion, applewood bacon, cheddar, mozzarella–$11

Woodsman: white base, sautéed mushrooms, feta, spinach, truffle and herb drizzle–$12

Rajun Cajun: Cajun cream cheese base, buttered shrimp, chicken, sausage, red onions, roasted peppers, mozzarella–$13

Gyro: sliced lamb, tomato, red peppers, pepperoncini, feta, mozzarella on a cream cheese fresh drizzle and served with white tzatziki sauce–$13

Summer Garden: roasted corn, asparagus, zucchini, squash on a tomato base, light mozzarella–$11

Mediterranean: garlic olive oil base, grilled chicken, feta, olives, parmesan, red onion, served with tzatziki sauce–$12

Classic Pepperoni: red sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella–$10

Bronx: pepperoni, prosciutto, red sauce, Italian sausage, mozzarella, fresh oregano–$12

Margherita: red sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil–$11

White Pizza: olive oil, garlic, sundried tomatoes, red onions, feta, basil, mozzarella–$11

House Special: red base, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, bacon, mushrooms, olives, green peppers, onions, mozzarella–$13

Carnivore: pepperoni, sausage, beef, bacon, ham, mozzarella–$12

Veg Head: red sauce, spinach, green peppers, onions, mushrooms–$11

Build Your Own: cheese $8.99; toppings $1

Buffet lunch $7; dinner $9; kids 5-12 $4.99; kids 0-4 free; no sharing or boxes to go

Soda; coffee; tea; draft beer

Folks who live at The Coves appreciate the fresh local cuisine of Lenoir NC restaurants like the Piesmith’s scrumptious and healthy fare. The Coves’ life style is all-around beneficial for its residents and their mind, body and soul. The idyllic gated community is perfectly situated in the gorgeous High Country, buffeted from the hustle and bustle but nearby to all the fabulous dining, shopping, recreation and entertainment you may crave. Those who live at The Coves can dine out at fabulous eateries, or stay in for a peaceful night at home with friends and family, cooking up their own healthy fare with fresh ingredients from their own lush gardens. Pizza is a food meant to bring people together to divvy up a pie, and The Coves is all about community. Visit The Coves and get a glimpse of what mountain life is all about, and be sure to share a fresh pizza pie in downtown Lenoir.

If you’re exploring the area for the first time, ask for our 84 page Complimentary Magazine!

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1841 Shag/Line Dancing in Lenoir NC

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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:

For Starters:

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.

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Your Foodie Cheat Sheet | Lenoir NC Restaurants

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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:


Perkz Cafe

538 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir


family style recipes, southern comfort décor

Judy’s Cafe

2303 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir

(828) 759-2200

southern home cooking

Bud’s Diner

129 Wilkesboro Boulevard SE, Lenoir

(828) 758-4459

a traditional American diner

1841 Cafe

117 Main Street NW, Lenoir


vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free options


975 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir



Cookout Grill

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



Mayflower Seafood

303 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir


Sagebrush Steakhouse Lenoir

954 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir



Hannahs BBQ

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


Italy Grill

1112 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir



Cazuelas Dona Vicky

361 Harper Avenue NW, Lenoir


Pancho Villa

2153 Morganton Boulevard SW, Lenoir


Mi Carreta Mexican Grill

1146 Hickory Boulevard SW, Lenoir


Dos Amigos

528 Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lenoir



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.

Bon Appetit!


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