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.
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.
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.
When you drive back, stop by Lake Lure and Chimney Rock and visit the Lake Lure Smokehouse (https://www.facebook.com/LakeLureSmok...) .
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 www.stradaasheville.com/
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.