Written by Bill Kopp
Tucked away in Sapphire is a hidden gem of a dining experience, Canyon Kitchen.
A look at the four-course, prix fixe menu at Sapphire, North Carolina, restaurant Canyon Kitchen reveals some fancy entrees. And the descriptions sound tantalizingly mouthwatering. But Chef Ken Naron plainly states his approach to food. “I don’t do too much to it,” he says. His guiding philosophy: Start with fresh ingredients and combine them in ways that make sense. “If you do that well,” he explains, “you don’t need to do a whole lot to the food.”
Situated near the base of a towering rock face on the edge of the Lonesome Valley community, Canyon Kitchen opened in 2009. The restaurant (capacity approximately 125 diners) is a hub for residents of Lonesome Valley—they get first crack at reservations—but draws people from all over. “When we open the [reservation] books to the public, it fills up pretty quickly,” says Naron.
Canyon Kitchen has been closed for the season but will reopen at the start of May (hours 5PM-9PM). Visit 150 Lonesome Valley Road in Sapphire, 828-743-7696 / Lonesomevalley.com/cashiers-nc-restaurant
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