El Tacorriendo – Best Restaurants in Lenoir NC Includes a Delicious Food Truck
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!
Did You Know the North Carolina Burger Trail Starts in Lenoir NC?
“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.
Piesmith Pizza Opens in Lenoir NC
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!
1841 Shag/Line Dancing in Lenoir NC
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.
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!