Food: Restaurants, Orchards and Farmer's Markets
Spruce Pine was voted one of Romantic Asheville's Coolest Towns Around and Conde Naste dubbed it as "possibly the best small town food scene in the US"! Plus, Bakersville, Burnsville and Western North Carolina in general have a lot to offer. Here are some of our favorites, but there are more! Please note, some of the local businesses change their hours in the winter (typically December - February, but some go into March), so you might call or check out their Facebook page or website to see what's going on during your proposed stay.
Agritourism & U-Pick Fruit, Orchards and Farmers Markets
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm Tour & Activities
Spruce Pine Farmers Market
Bakersville Farmers Market
U-Pick & Orchard Listings and Information
Restaurants & Shopping
Spruce Pine Area
In addition to some chain stores and restaurants there are a number of restaurants, in particular on upper and lower street in the historic part of Spruce Pine that are locally owned with unique offerings. And, don't miss the walking bridge to Riverside Park!
Here are some of our favorite haunts:
The Fox and The Fig
We love this restaurant and coffee shop. Everything is made from scratch and their coffee and tea drinks are a favorite! Guests also really like the laid back atmosphere.
The Knife & Fork
Farm to table restaurant that's white tablecloth, but casual - reservations suggested. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this and their sister spot, Spoon! Check their Facebook pages! It is not uncommon for either spot to have pop-up restaurants, guests or something interesting going on!
Mixology, Local Beer, Wine... great foods and snacks. It's kind of a pub in the European sense of the word - come early and people sometimes bring their children, Stay later and there is live music and/or great conversation and a little more adult atmosphere. Chef Nate is usually behind the bar or close by. Check their Facebook pages! It is not uncommon for either spot to have pop-up restaurants, guests or something interesting going on!
The Pizza Shoppe & Dry Co. Brewing Company
Handmade pizza and craft brews made in house
The Tropical Grill
Stuarts on the Green
Sports bar with big juicy burgers, an array of hot wings, pizza and other options!
DT's Coffee Shop
Sandwiches, coffee drinks, hand scooped ice cream
Penland School Coffee Shop (They make creative all handmade sandwiches, soups, drinks, desserts, latte, cappuccino, and espresso,)
Located on Penland Campus at the Pines Dining Hall call (828) 765-1083 for information.
9 am to 5 pm: Mon-Sat
9 pm to midnight: Mon- Fri
12 pm to 5 pm : Sunday
Bakersville, Burnsville & Nearby Areas
Bakersville and Burnsville have little shops to explore and mom and pop restaurants. Here are some of our favorites.
Bonnie & Clyde's - Bakersville
Great Burgers and other options!
Pig & Grits - Burnsville
Great breakfasts & Lunch - Known for BBQ
Helen's Restaurant - Bakersville
Blue Mountain Pizza - Weaverville (on the way to Asheville)
We make a point to stop here at least once per trip! The pizza is outstanding! Their homemade ice cream is excellent, as is their craft beer! They have traditional pizza combinations and their own special creations. Every one we have tried has been lip-smacking good and just a little different than anything else we've ever had. Try just about any topping with their parmesan peppercorn crust and you will go home a happy camper. We love the Parrot Head and The Islander!