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.
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Great Places 2019 Winners Include Lenoir NC!
“Great Places in North Carolina” is an awards program established by the state’s chapter of the American Planning Association in 2012 to honor the state’s remarkable places and the communities and citizens, planners, business leaders, and elected officials who create and sustain them.
The public is invited to vote each year – with a hundred words and a photo – for “Great Street”, “Great Street In The Making”, “Great Transformation”, “Great Historic Rehabilitation” and “Great Public Art”.
More and more, people have come to value communities that see the importance of highlighting their creative sides. And Downtown Lenoir, renowned for its displays of public art, was chosen the 2019 winner in that last category for international sculptor Thomas Sayre’s monumental work “Across The Grain”. Weighing 40,000 pounds and twenty-six feet in diameter, it’s an impressive centerpiece for Caldwell County’s Sculpture Art Trail.
The Sayre piece is sure to draw plenty of attention during the 34th annual Sculpture Celebration on September 7th in T. H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir. Visitors can stroll and look at the entries, talk with the artists, and buy sculptures.
This popular event is one of the things to do in Lenoir NC that attracts enthusiasts from all over. They come to enjoy our wonderful early Fall weather and learn more about this very special part of the state. There’s a lot to explore, and September’s a great time to enjoy festivals and other outdoor fun.
Long-time residents may remember that the Sculpture Celebration began modestly with a single piece: the chicken weather vane that now adorns the roof of the Caldwell Arts Council building at the corner of College Avenue and Norwood Street. From there, the County developed what is now one of the largest collections of public sculpture in the United States. There are over 80 publicly-displayed works, most of which are outdoors.
The Caldwell Arts Council has a reputation for quality exhibits of art from all over the country. The galleries are housed in a historic home that’s over a hundred years old, and you’ll find everything from
contemporary to traditional, with both 2-D and 3-D works on display. New exhibits are featured each month, and one of the things to do in Lenoir NC that’s a must for art lovers is attending the opening receptions to meet the artist, typically held on the first Friday.
Sculptural artwork is offered for sale in Tucker’s Gallery. The name has historic significance. The Tucker family settled in what is now Lenoir around 1797, and their barn became a center of activity in the area. It served as a voting precinct, a militia muster ground, a store and a place for “frolics” and celebrations, at least one of which featured a drum corps, a march of Revolutionary War veterans and speeches by General William Lenoir.
Pieces remain on display in Tucker’s Gallery for one year or until they’re sold.
The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by a grassroots grant from the North Carolina Arts Council – a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources – and by individual and corporate donors.
When you visit for the Sculpture Celebration or to take advantage of the many other things to do in Lenoir NC, be sure to set aside some time to visit The Coves Mountain River Club, a community designed and built to represent the very best of what it means to live in the Blue Ridge foothills. We’re proud of what we have to offer, and we’d love to give you a tour.
Lenoir is just over 70 miles from both Asheville and Charlotte, southwest of the Brushy Mountains and next to the beautiful Pisgah National Forest.
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.
Bathroom Tile Designs for Your Mountain Home
Remember when choosing the tiles for your new or remodeled bathroom was pretty much a matter of functionality? As long as they were water-resistant, durable and low maintenance, you just went with whatever color you liked.
Now, when you’re building a mountain home at The Coves Mountain River Club, you’re presented with so many tile options that it’s easy to imprint your own style aesthetic on a bathroom. Design, shape and texture are just as important as color. Manufacturers compete to create products that meet the needs of customers seeking to break away from the norm and find a look that’s uniquely theirs.
If you haven’t shopped for tile recently, you may not be aware of trends that are sweeping the market in 2019.
Intricate graphic patterns have quickly grown in popularity. You see them mostly on encaustic ceramic tiles, but porcelain styles are now becoming available as well. Whether you choose soft, subtle hues or bold, contrasting colors, you’ll be part of this year’s biggest trend.
Matte finish tiles will continue to hold their own against the more traditional glossy look and texture. And both have their advantages.
A matte finish projects an earthy, elegant image – soft and powerful but not overwhelming. From a practical standpoint, matte tiles are less likely to reveal smudges and water marks and are easier to maintain. Because they don’t reflect light, it’s important that your bathroom have sufficient natural and artificial illumination.
If you want a more dramatic, attention-grabbing look, glossy tiles are the better choice because of their highly polished appearance and feel. Because they reflect so much light, they tend to make small bathrooms appear larger. But remember that they need more maintenance. And the fact that they can be a slip hazard makes their use more appropriate for walls or on floors that are low-traffic.
Building a mountain home, we tend to lean toward incorporating the subtle hues of nature rather than bright, dramatic colors. This is in line with most contemporary thinking, where grey, cream and beige continue to dominate as preferred choices for tile. That’s not to say that white is no longer in vogue. In fact, it’s perfect for bathrooms that need a little more brightness. Neutral colors can be layered in to bring the design together and create a calming, sanctuary effect.
At The Coves Mountain River Club, we’re seeing homeowners mixing and matching tile patterns or textures and even shapes in new and exciting ways. The hexagon is coming back, in various sizes, colors and textures, mostly on shower floors. Subway tiles are getting thicker and longer, with new pattern variations such as dome, beveled, arched, and sculptural.
You’ll find realistic porcelain wood-grained tiles that mimic oak, maple, and cherry, and they can be distressed, weathered, or whitewashed in appearance. They can both provide stain and water resistance and enhance the organic feel of the bathroom space.
Marble has also come into fashion, with a huge variety of color and veining patterns to choose from. It’s a high-end material that works especially well in bathrooms that feature the softer tones of neutral finishes. And the classic look of marble is available in porcelain tiles that resemble the real thing in nearly every way.
Three-dimensional and textured field tiles add variation, depth of color and surface interest. The effect can be either subtle or pronounced, depending upon how you want to use them.
You may be surprised to learn that the next big trend in bathroom tile may be metallic. It’s shiny, reflective, edgy and dramatic. Time will tell if its appeal is long-lasting.
Having so many options can be overwhelming. Building a mountain home involves making a lot of small decisions as you create a living space that’s a perfect fit for your needs and desires.
Luckily, help is available. Our design professionals at The Coves Mountain River Club are experts at bringing dreams to life.
Stop by and talk with us today!
A Happy Life Surrounded by Beautiful WNC Arts & Crafts
It’s time once again for the Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival, presented by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce at beautiful Banner Elk for the last 26 years.
This unique, juried event is known and highly anticipated by local owners of Carolina mountain properties for its eclectic array of presentations and pleasant ambience. Visitors will find more than 70 vendors on hand offering hand-crafted wares, including – but certainly not limited to – photography, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and pottery.
The dates this year were Friday, July 19th through Sunday, July 21st and again August 9th through the 11th.
Locals also enjoyed the Fifth Annual Banner Elk DiscDogathon held on July 20th at the historic old elementary school. They saw all skill levels on display as teams compete for five places in the World Championships. Any dog that is safe off-leash, was able to catch a frisbee and participate. All profits from the DiscDogathon benefit the Avery County Humane Society.
NC mountain communities enjoy so many wonderful art festivals and other events during the summer months. At The Coves Mountain River Club, many of our retired residents have found a passion for creating artwork of their own in media such as watercolor, oil, metal sculpture, woodcarving, dried flowers and so many more. And their interest provides welcome support for our arts community here in the foothills.
It’s fair to say that inspiration stems from happiness. Once your mind is freed from the negatives of daily life, ideas can then start to flow and dreams can become reality.
Western North Carolina mountain properties offer a sea change from urban living and its many pressures. Just being able to breathe fresh, clean air on a daily basis does wonders for your health and outlook. As you settle into a new, far more peaceful environment, it’s as if a load is lifted from your shoulders. And then you can think about what you really want to do with your life.
You can easily see the area’s natural benefits. Hikers, bikers, water sports enthusiasts, photographers, campers and fishermen all take full advantage of our world-class trails, rivers, lakes, parks and scenery.
But for those who are less adventurous or unable to handle as much in the way of physical exercise, we have just as much to offer in terms of artistic, cultural, and educational opportunities. You can stay as active and busy as you like and devote time to your own talents and personal growth.
It’s not uncommon for homeowners at The Coves Mountain River Club to dedicate part of their living spaces to their new-found artistic pursuits. Our highly-experienced home design professionals are sometimes asked to include art studios, for example, that will incorporate plenty of natural light.
Living here, perhaps you’ll find a talent you weren’t aware that you had. Sometimes, all it takes is one opportunity to see what others are doing. NC mountain communities celebrate the arts in so many ways, and festivals are a great way to showcase the remarkable creativity that surrounds us.
Save the date for next year so you can enjoy the Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival. And while you’re here, stop by The Coves Mountain River Club and let us give you a tour. Stroll along our five miles of beautiful waterfront on the Johns River, play our golf course with its spectacular views around every turn, visit the Pisgah Mountain Lodge, relax and watch the sun set over the mountains… We could go on and on.
Are you ready to see how great life in the foothills can be?
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!
Shop for Your Grandbabies at Doodle Bugs in Lenoir NC
Summer in Lenoir has settled in with cold glasses of sweet lemonade and dining beneath the canvas of North Carolina stars. There’s so much to enjoy during this glorious season in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an incredible array of things to do in Lenoir NC. Thankfully the days are good and long so we have plenty of time to do it all!
And luckily for us, stores like Doodle Bugs, conveniently located at 108 Main Street, make unique shopping an easy affair. Doodle bugs celebrated its grand opening on June 7th, and already local and visiting folks are handing out rave reviews: “Great selection, cute store, everything you need at awesome prices and service. Definitely recommend!”
Owner Jennifer Sime had a feeling that Lenoir would adore a children’s clothing store. She naturally included her mother, Rebecca Sime, who shares her affection for the community and the town, in her business dream. This is a four-generation family affair, customers who are discovering things to do in Lenoir NC have found Rebecca’s happy grandchildren giggling in the store.
If you want to do a little shopping for your children, your grandchildren or any special children in your life, this baby boutique store is the place to be! They have a colorful and whimsical collection of clothing and accessories mostly made in the US. Some items are even handmade with care by the Doodle Bug staff.
Here’s some of the adorable items you’ll find; of course right now the focus is summer clothing and swimwear:
- Sun dresses (size 12 months to 6x)
- Bubble outfits to beat the heat (size 6 to 24 months)
- Rare Editions adorable sets in dots and stripes
- Boys six-piece sets: two onesies, pants, socks, hats and bibs (size 3-9.5 months)
- Seersucker dresses (size 6-9 months up to 6x)
- Brother and sister Rugged Butts and Ruffled Butts matching outfits as well as Ruffled Butts Mommy and Me matching tees in four different styles
- Bodysuits (3 pack; 1 with lace tutu or a 5 pack)
- Trendy Baby Mocs—so soft and comfy!
- Holiday clothing
- Handmade burp clothes, and key chains in charming cloth prints
- Organic stuffed animals
- Teething rings, paci clips, Taggie blankets and bibs
- Mama Bear accessories and 1, 2 and 3 Cub Jewelry
- Diaper bags and utility bags
- Brushies to helpyourkids learn to care for their teeth
- Vintage children story books (Wonder Books, Rand McNally Start-Right Elf Books; as well asTell-a-Tale Books)
Don’t forget you can make your gift a little more personal with monogramming on bibs, blankets and burp cloths.
The community who call The Coves home appreciate Lenoir’s downtown and all it has to offer. When they are looking to get some shopping done for the little ones in their life, Doodle Bugs is a go-to shop–open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays 10-6, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays 10-7 and closed on Sundays. This boutique needs to be on your list of things to do in Lenoir NC. You will discover a world of unique treasures for little ones beneath their roof.
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. Or stop by! We’d love to show you around.
Collecting Rainwater for Your Mountain Home
Most of us tend to take potable water for granted. Getting it is just a matter of turning a faucet handle or buying bottles at the store. So it’s easy to imagine that there’s no end to the supply.
Over time, however, some have begun to wonder whether might be fooling ourselves.
More and more, we hear about pollution, waste, extended droughts and the increased usage that comes with population growth and realize that someday we might need to seek alternatives.
Here in the Blue Ridge foothills, the solution’s been around for a very long time: collecting rainwater. And now, with more sophisticated methods available, it’s starting to regain popularity.
You may be thinking of a simple rain barrel, and that’s still part of the equation. But so are complex and sophisticated irrigation systems.
For a lot of good reasons, using rainwater to supplement or replace other sources is an idea whose time has come – again. And harvesting features such as roof pitches, gutters and water tanks can be incorporated into the plan when you’re building a mountain home.
The quality is often superior to that of surface water. There’s no system maintenance involved, other than regular cleaning and inspections. And, of course, you save money. Collecting rainwater reduces pollutant runoff and contamination. In low-lying areas, it minimizes flooding in low lying areas and helps to control erosion and foundation damage. Watering gardens and planters can be done freely without impacting the public water supply.
It’s important to be aware of certain important guidelines that make rainwater collection safe and viable, especially if human consumption will be involved. One of the major advantages of building a mountain home at The Coves Mountain River Club is having the opportunity to consult with our design experts. They have the knowledge and experience to incorporate the features you want, while being attentive to the unique setting and natural environment in which your unique house will be constructed.
A basic collection system can consist of a properly pitched roof that routes the water into storm pipes leading to a large underground cistern for storage and later use. More sophisticated installations may also include filtration and UV treatment components.
Building a mountain home affords you the opportunity to have things your way. Maybe you’ve spent much of your adult life in cookie-cutter structures built for the masses, where cost-cutting is the norm and neighborhoods look alike, for the most part.
At The Coves Mountain River Club, our job is to bring your dreams to life. Write down all those ideas you’ve had for the house you’d build if you could. Tell us what’s important to you – what kind of lifestyle you’ll have now that you’re finally free to choose. Whether it’s a full-size home, a cabin, a cottage or even a tiny house, we can make it work for you.
Settling into such spectacular surroundings, with all this beauty and splendor right at your doorstep, you can’t help but think more about how our choices can impact the world we live in. The use of environmentally-friendly materials, minimal disturbance to the land we build on, conscientious care of common areas, and encouraging our residents to conserve water and other precious resources – these are some of the ways The Coves Mountain River Club has become such a popular choice for buyers who understand that nature is there to be enjoyed and not destroyed.
If you’re in the Lenoir area, please take the opportunity to come by and let us give you a tour. We’ll show you how others like you have incorporated imaginative touches such as recycled timber, local stone, re-purposed antique pieces, rainwater collection systems and more as they worked with us to create their own unique dream homes.
Let us show you around. Call 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!