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Mar 23, 2013 07:31 AM

West North Carolina recommendations

We are visiting the western region of North Carolina at easter (Great Smoky Mountains regions). I'd love some recommendations where to eat. I've heard some great things about food in Asheville (seven sows looks great among others). We are also really keen to try some barbecue, both NC styles. We love all types of food especially those types which are regional or just really good in the area.
I think what we will do is fly into charlotte, drive to asheville then into the national park for a little hiking and driving. Then maybe coming back to charlotte via road 74.
Thank you in advance.

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  1. How long are you in the area? Where are you planning to visit? What part of the park system?

    Bear in mind traveling the back roads, especially in the Nat. Park and Forest areas can take quite a bit longer than you would think. Many places will be closed Easter.

    The only place that I am aware of in that area serving East Carolina style BBQ closed several years ago.

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    1. re: meatn3

      We only have a few days so we will just be doing a hike or two and driving a little. We don't have any expectations to see it all, especially with our 6 month baby. But we are still looking forward to anything that we are able to see/do/eat.
      Thank you for your help.

      1. re: sriggall

        Are you staying is Ashville? it is a large area and as meatn3 mentioned the back roads will take quite a bit longer then you would think.

        While it is not traditional NC BBQ would recommend going to 12 bones for the ribs. Also some of their sides are excellent.

        1. re: chazzer

          If you are here over a weekend, keep in mind that 12 Bones is closed on the weekends at their restaurant in town. The south Asheville restaurant has some Saturday hours, I think.

          Luella's BBQ is very good also, as is Okie Dokie in Swannanoa and Hubba Hubba in Flat Rock.

    2. I don't think you will find any eastern style nc BBQ in thai area. Excellent western style can be found at Bridges BBQ Lodge in Shelby, right on Hwy. 74 between Charlotte and Asheville.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Ohh -- if you stop for BBQ in Shelby, you MUST try Bridges!
        Bridges! Bridges! Bridges!

      2. You could stop by Statesville for a unique to the area dipped chicken. Can't think of another place in NC that does this.

        While in Charlotte you could pick up some chicken from this famous fried chicken shack. Hasn't changed much since they opened 50 some years ago.

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        1. re: initialdrew

          As an fyi, a visit to Keaton's would add an hour and half to the drive to Asheville.

        2. When you drive back, stop by Lake Lure and Chimney Rock and visit the Lake Lure Smokehouse ( .

          Lake Lure & Chimney Rock are in between Charlotte and Asheville off of Highway 74.

          You might type "Waynesville" into the search engine and find some good eats in Waynesville, too. 30 minutes west of Asheville.

          Also had some delicious Italian on last visit to Asheville at Strada

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          1. re: Tehama

            So, Lake Lure Smokehouse is good? I'm always up to try a new BBQ restaurant.

            1. re: Leepa

              You know what - it really was! And when we rolled up I wasn't expecting "all that," but it was really, really tasty! We both cleaned our baskets.

              1. re: Tehama

                Thanks. I'll try it out the next good weekend I can get away.

          2. If you're going to be in Bryson City, you might want to check out the Cork & Bean. It's a casual coffee house/wine bar that serves crepes and other goodies. It's a great place to stop before or after a hike near Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.