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Good restaurants and bars in Banner Elk /Boone NC?

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Heading to the area for the first time for a weekend of skiing and will be staying right between Boone and Banner Elk. Any recommendations for restaurants or bars? All kinds of food, from low to high. Not so much sports bars, but just about anything else goes. Thanks!

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  1. If you do a search you'll find several previous posts, such as:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7126...
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7419...

    In Boone, Hob Nob Farm Cafe and Vidalia are good. I don't know much about Banner Elk, but the options there are very limited....Louisiana Purchase is supposed to be good. Overall, thats not an area with lots of great food choices.

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    Vidalia
    831 W King St, Boone, NC 28607

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    1. re: jla1960

      Not many recent comments in the old threads I searched for, and the recent ones just discuss the same few places. I did find a few restaurants that sound good, but no info about bars. There's a lot you can find online, but it's hard to tell from a website.

      1. re: jla1960

        Mélange is a good little restaurant in the tynecastle shopping center just outside Sugar Mountain. Blowing rock has plenty of decent places to eat. Crippens, Gamekeeper and Artisinal are three that jump to mind

    2. Gamekeeper & Best Cellar come to mind. Just recently had a superb dinner a Rowlands Restaurant located at West Glow Spa in Blowing Rock. True fine dining. I rate this place as one of the best restaurants I have enjoyed. Atmosphere, dinning room, service and food all impeccable.

      1. Casual spots in Boone: If you like Thai food, Cha Da Thai is superb - great flavors, fresh ingredients, beautiful presentation, and very gracious service. Another favorite lunch spot is Our Daily Bread for soups, sandwiches, and salads with a local twist. Hob Nob Farm is good (especially for organic and vegetarian dishes), but it will take a long time so be patient. From any of these, you can walk to galleries and antique shops on King St. We haven't ever found anything we love in Banner Elk but have heard that Louisiana Purchase is good for dinner.

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        Louisiana Purchase Restaurant
        397 Shawneehaw Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604

        Our Daily Bread
        627 W King St, Boone, NC 28607

        1. Unfortunately, you are not going to find much in "the Bs" (Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk).

          Banner Elk:
          Zuzda: tapas, it is okay, and has a small but lively bar scene
          Bella's:Italian, decent; the bar is a favorite spot for locals
          Hearthstone:bar is popular, again, for locals; the food is consistently decent
          Puerto Nuevo:Mexican; looks upscale, but is simple Mexican food
          Melange: tiny, tiny bar; decent food
          Artisanal: closed for the season I think, but incredible (sorry)

          Boone:
          Coyote Kitchen:organic, run; I like the food here; the service is usually spotty but I expect that when I go; lots of "boats", burritos; good, although limited, beer selection; no bar
          Vidalia: it has been good every time I have visited (5 or 6 times); very small bar
          There are several other places in Boone, but nothing exciting in my opinion. The bar at Boone Saloon seems to be popular, but I am old and boring so it does not appeal to me

          Blowing Rock:
          Bistro Roca: very good, decent wine list, nice bar area
          Storie Street Grille: decent
          Rowland's (at Westglow Spa): very good, fine dining

          These are the places that quickly come to mind...several "good" places, nothing "great" (at least not in the winter when places like Artisanal and Eseeola are closed).

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          Storie Street Grille
          1167 Main St, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

          Boone Saloon
          489 W King St, Boone, NC 28607

          Vidalia
          831 W King St, Boone, NC 28607

          Zuzda
          502 West Main St., Banner Elk, NC 28604

          1. Gamekeeper is between Banner Elk and Blowing Rock-Great food focus on wild game, but whole menu is great!