32 Mountain Breakfast Spots Worthy of a Wake-Up Call

Whether your preference is a traditional, family-style spread or something more culinarily creative, we’ve found 32 local spots that are worthy of an early start.


Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy

See this step-by-step recipe guide for a hearty Southern breakfast worth trying.


Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Our State Eats blogger Steve Gordon shows us how to make mouth-watering Southern buttermilk biscuits, just the way his mama taught him.


Recipes from Snowbird Lodge

Enjoy these recipes for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Oatmeal Stout Pecan Pie, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Shrimp & Grits from executive chef Sarah Zell at Snowbird Lodge in Robbinsville.


Joey’s Pancake House

Anyone who has eaten breakfast at Joey’s knows the food is delicious and the service exceptional. What customers might not know is the love story that built the Maggie Valley restaurant.


The Perfect Pair

If you’re talking about the people who keep the eggs and biscuits coming, you would call the Old Richmond Grill Eddie and Hazel’s place. If you’re talking about the people who feel at home here, you’d call it everybody’s place.

January 2011

Breakfast: Windy City Grill

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Ellen Fountain remembers going to the Windy City Grill with her husband when they were freshmen at Lenoir-Rhyne College 20 years ago. “And 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday were the times to go,” she says. Never mind that Lenoir-Rhyne’s convocations just … Continued

January 2011

Breakfast: Knight’s On Main

“When you find a place that will carry livermush or cook an egg to order, you hang on to it,” says Tracy Brown, executive director of the Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority. That place is Knight’s on Main. “It’s a local favorite that serves a good helping of comfort food with a strong dash of … Continued


Breakfast: Peter’s Pancakes & Waffles

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Michele Galloway and her husband, Dale, both teach in Cherokee and both love breakfast food. “Breakfast reminds me of weekends spent with my grandparents when I would wake up smelling biscuits, gravy, bacon, and eggs,” she says. “We would all pile into the … Continued