After multiple sit-downs at these delicious Blowing Rock restaurants, we’re convinced that North Carolina‘s High Country is filled with culinary geniuses. And when planning a weekend there, picking a restaurant can be tough, because there are so many good ones! So we’ve decided to compile a list of our favorite must-eat restaurants in Blowing Rock. You’ll find spots along the main drag and beyond in this guide, so grab your fork and appetite and let’s go!
Blowing Rock Restaurants
Blowing Rock Ale House
Sure, Blowing Rock Ale House (152 Sunset Dr) is known for incredible brews. But did you know that the High Country Ale pairs wells with their Ale House Pretzels? Oh, and don’t forget to order a juicy Carolina Bison Burger served with charred tomato jam and a stout glaze. Stop in for a brewery tour on Saturdays or book a room at their Inn. Either way, just make sure to grab a six pack to go after your delicious meal!
Back to the beer for a second, because we also included Blowing Rock Ale House among our favorite North Carolina breweries.
The Chestnut Grille
The Chestnut Grille (9239 Valley Blvd) is located inside of the iconic Green Park Inn, and is a nice spot to dig into High Country fare. The seasonal menu highlights local produce with elevated techniques. You can also enjoy Braised Pork Osso Bucco over house-made pasta or a locally sourced Elk Meatloaf with blackberry jus. Snag your reservation before the place gets booked up. Oh, and hopefully, you’ll have plenty of time walk around this historic hotel!
If you love good food with a surprising twist then head out to Foggy Rock (8180 Valley Blvd)! This locally owned spot (partnered with Sunny Rock Eggs and Things next door) strives to make food fun and interesting. True foodies will love the innovation in dishes like Chicken and French Toast and their Voodoo Mama Juju Pizza. The secret sauce in their Royale with Cheese makes this one of our favorite Blowing Rock restaurants.
The New Public House
Tucked away off Main Street in Downtown, The New Public House (239 Sunset Dr) combines a boutique hotel with a farm-forward eatery. With eight beautiful and unique guest rooms, you can book a night or just pop over to say “hello” and dine. They’re open for all meals, and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you’re going to twist our arms, we say go for the Liver Mush Benedict (breakfast), the Coconut Shrimp Po Boy (lunch), and the Hot Brown Burger (dinner)!
Six Pence Pub
When in the High Country, you should spend at least one meal eating like royalty at Six Pence Pub (1121 Main St)! This delightful spot brings us back to the pubs of London, and for good reason. Serving both American and British comfort food surrounded by British décor, it’s not hard to feel like you’ve just hopped across the pond. Grab some Bangers & Mash, a Beef Guinness, or a Shepherd’s Pie while there. Oh, and wash your meal down with a delicious pint or a snort of Glenfiddich.
The Speckled Trout
Is there any better introduction to Appalachia than a home cooked and locally sourced meal from The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop (922 Main St)? This Blowing Rock restaurant celebrates regional dishes and supports North Carolina farmers. They also serve delicious meals like the Cracker Crusted NC Mountain Trout (pictured, above), Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings, and a finger-licking-good Smoked Trout Toast. The Speckled Trout’s bottle shop also boasts an impressive wine and beer selection for dine-in or take-out.
Storie Street Grille
A beautiful stone walkway leads to Storie Street Grille (1167 Main St). There, you’ll find one of the best upscale restaurants in Blowing Rock, where Southern classics mix with Mediterranean flavors. Storie Street Grille offers and extensive wine list and cocktails liquored up with NC Spirits. But the best part of all is their dishes. Stars like Watermelon Salad, Chicken Piccata, and Aegean Pasta stand out among some stiff competition.
Town Tavern (1182 Main St) mixes a classic feel with a beautiful outdoor patio, as well as delicious comfort food and live music. Loosen up your vocal chords on some of their world famous wings before belting out some Whitney on Karaoke night. Take a minute and browse their impressive menu of delicious specialty sandwiches and burgers while sipping on a refreshing brew.
The atmosphere and fresh, vibrant dishes are just a couple of reasons to make a reservation at Twigs (7956 Valley Blvd). I mean, you can’t just have an incredible meal inside a mountain cabin, can you? Start with an order of Peach BBQ’s Duck Tenders and feast your Southern foodie heart on seasonal dishes featuring Mountain Rainbow Trout, Veal Liver, Venison Chops, and other traditional delicacies.
The Village Café
Another Blowing Rock restaurant just away from Main Street, The Village Café (146 Greenway Ct). This beautiful, rustic house once served as workshop for spinning, weaving, basketry, and woodwork and today, pumps out tasty meals. Follow the restaurant’s delicious smells down a stone pathway and indulge yourself with light and airy crepes, Fugasa Toast, or their warm pecan-crusted Montrachet Goat Cheese Salad. Reservations are strongly encouraged because this place fills up!
If you’re hankering for BBQ and Mexican, why not have both in the same place? Woodland’s Barbeque (8304 Valley Blvd) is a quirky little spot bursting with flavors from the South and south of the border. Located off the main drag, diners can chow down on juicy pulled pork and ribs, the biggest wings you’ll ever see, and homestyle Mexican food. With nightly entertainment and award-winning food, we think a meal at Woodland’s is a must!
Bonus Blowing Rock Restaurants
While not a Blowing Rock restaurant or a locally owned, we couldn’t leave Kilwin’s (1103 Main St) off of our list. Sweet smells of chocolate and fudge waft down Main Street, where you’ll usually find a queue of people waiting to get in. This is the perfect place to stop for an ice cream cone or to satisfy your post-meal sweet tooth!
Thoughts and Honorable Mentions
Of course, we couldn’t mention Blowing Rock restaurants without adding a few more. Don’t forget about Bistro Roca (143 Wonderland Trail) and Savannah’s Oyster House (155 Sunset Dr). Oh, and we could never leave out the delicious fried pies and more that come out of J&M Produce along US 321(117 Shore Dr). Now that we’ve put our favorites out there, we’re hungry for another visit to the High Country. In the meantime, we hope you can make it out there and keep these places warm for us.
Also, do you have any favorite Blowing Rock restaurants to add? If you’ve never been before, which of these places to eat would you try first?