A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

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Casual Stops

Buxton Hall Barbecue

photograph by Tim Robison

Buxton Hall Barbecue

This storied spot, housed in a former roller rink, is known for its tried-and-true ’cue. Be sure to order one of their creative cocktails alongside your barbecue tray. Our pick? The bourbon and Cheerwine slushie.

32 Banks Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 232-7216

photograph by Lynne Harty

Five Points Diner

This old-school restaurant is known for its hospitality, loyal regulars, and classic diner fare. The Five Points specialty is classic Greek chicken and roasted potatoes. The recipe is such a favorite, it’s been known to sell out in under an hour!

258 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-8030

Our Daily Bread Serves Up Deli Classics in Downtown Boone

A classic King Street lunch: the Jamaican and a cup of chili. Jennifer and Sam Parker’s vision for Our Daily Bread has shaped both the menu and the interior. photograph by Jon Eckard

Our Daily Bread

This sandwich shop on the edge of the Appalachian State University campus has been a long-time student favorite and is renowned for its daily specials. If a special develops enough of a loyal following, it might get promoted to the permanent menu, which was the case with the strawberry salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and honey-balsamic dressing.

627 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 264-0173  

Sand Hill Kitchen’s fried chicken sandwich was named “The Fried Chicken Champion of Asheville,” and the Bowl of Goodness makes for the perfect breakfast. photographs by Tim Robison

Sand Hill Kitchen

From famous crispy chicken sandwiches to banana pudding like grandma used to make, this Asheville restaurant — housed in a corner gas station — has become a classic.

491 Sardis Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 633-6868

Pair The Bluffs’ famous fried chicken with sides like collard greens, cathead biscuits, mashed potatoes, and something sweet, like blackberry peach cobbler. photograph by Stacey Van Berkel

The Bluffs

As the first restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this spot was a staple for hungry hikers, motorists, and families for more than 60 years before it closed. Now, it’s serving up delicious dishes once again. After working up an appetite on your fall drive, be sure to order some fried chicken, sweet tea, and cathead biscuits.

45338 Blue Ridge Parkway
Laurel Springs, NC 28644
(336) 372-7875


Special Occasion Spots

Guests mingle on the patio behind the restaurant, where seared tuna with local radishes and peppers makes a summer appearance. photograph by Tim Robison

Canyon Kitchen

In Sapphire, a majestic box canyon — the largest one east of the Mississippi — provides a feast for the eyes, and the first taste of Canyon Kitchen’s seasonal, sensory experience. The restaurant emphasizes relationships with local farmers — “we can’t raise everything we need, so we cultivate relationships with those who can,” Executive Chef Ken Naron says. “Cooking requires relationships.”

150 Lonesome Valley Road
Sapphire, NC 28774
(828) 743-7967

A cabbage pancake with sausage, sprouted field peas, and mayo chowchow brings together all of the Appalachian and West African flavors of Benne. photograph by Johnny Autry

Benne on Eagle

The soul of Appalachian cuisine comes alive with every detail at Benne on Eagle, where the comforting meals are served on dishes made by local potter Jim McDowell, telling a story of African-American history that is tangible, with both flavors and textures telling a story.

35 Eagle Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 552-8833

Seasonal entrées at Library Kitchen + Bar include (clockwise from left) coriander sautéed trout, Burgundy-braised Black Angus short ribs, and sautéed foie gras. photograph by Tim Robison

Library Kitchen + Bar

Sapphire Valley’s oldest structure now houses one of the area’s finest dining spots: Library Kitchen + Bar. The restaurant emphasizes locally-sourced ingredients (crispy sauteed mountain trout, anyone?) and head chef Johannes Klapdohr’s goal is to put the area on the map — “We wanted to elevate this area to a status that can compete with New York and Chicago. And it’s working.”

184 Cherokee Trail
Sapphire, NC 28774
(828) 743-5512

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photograph by Cheryl Zibisky


Housed in an old jail, Proper has become a top pick for Boone residents who love refined Southern food. The menu boasts a large swath of dishes that you’d find at an elevated Sunday supper, including tomato pie, sweet potato casserole, and collards — always collards!

142 Water Street
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 865-000

photograph by Tim Robison

Star Diner

In tiny Marshall, a bright spot has appeared on the Blue Ridge Mountains dining scene and is here to stay. Located in a former gas station, this acclaimed restaurant is one of many local businesses reinventing retro spaces and serving delicious meals. When you visit, be sure to try the brown butter pecan pie!

115 North Main Street
Marshall, NC 28753
(828) 649-9900

This story was published on Oct 06, 2022

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