Piesmith Pizza Opens in Lenoir NC

Lenoir NC restaurants pizza

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

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:


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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Welcome Fercott Fermentables

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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!

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Where to Find a Great Cup of Coffee Near The Coves

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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.

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Buffalo Mercantile Company – Circa 1897

Lenoir NC Restaurants

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

Lenoir NC

Hours—Closed Mondays

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. 

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