Best eats in Boone/Blowing Rock
Storie Street Grill
Six Pence Pub
Kilwins for ice cream is a must
There is also a cute gas station that has a deli counter and has great sandwiches made to order. Very, very reasonable. I know it sounds odd to get a sandwich from a gas station. They will make you just about anything. We took our stuff on a picnic but they also have a patio you can eat at.
If you want something nicer, try the Best Cellar in Blowing Rock. Storie Street Grille is good too.
Black Cat Burrito in Boone IS a fun burrito place, with little games on the tables and such. And although it's a chain, Mellow Mushroom in BR is good. I also like KNights on Main in BR just becuase of the kind of old fashioned diner atmosphere and huge portions! And stop by Kilwins for ice cream.
Dinner - Crippins - somewhat pricey but very worth it.
Storie Street Grill in Blowing Rock is excellent.
Cafe Portifino is good for lunch or dinner - Rivers Street in Boone.
Lunch - Black Cat Burrito in Boone on Depot Street (maybe - my memory is failing me)
Woodlands BBQ in Blowing Rock, on US 321 on the way to Lenoir