Written by Bill Kopp
Call it The Bourdain Effect: We pull back the curtain on some of our region’s outside-of-Asheville best-kept-secret dining options for discriminating gourmands and adventurous foodies alike. (Spoiler alert: recipes ahead!)
Western North Carolina diners have no shortage of dining options—fine and otherwise
—throughout the region.
But while the culinary offerings found in the cultural hub of Asheville are many, so, too, are there a number of superb restaurants in and around smaller cities and towns. Such establishments may be well-known to locals and return visitors, but—more often than not—the wider public is unaware of these hidden gems.
These fine eateries—places like Bryson City’s Bistro, The Gamekeeper near Boone, Weaverville’s Glass Onion, and Star Diner in Marshall—share a commitment to fresh, uncluttered, and delicious food. They’re the kind of restaurants frequented by in-the-know locals who forgo the drive to Asheville. But why should they have all the fun? Herewith we’ll pull back the curtain on some of Western North Carolina’s best-kept culinary secrets.
The full article continues below. Click to open in fullscreen (and don’t forget to check the special recipes the chefs at the restaurants have offered to the readers)…