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Though the culinary and agricultural history of Southern Appalachia is as vast and robust as the tall and rigorous mountains that make up this region, the intense worldwide focus and adoration for the ingredients, recipes and folks who stir it all together is more of a 21st century phenomenon. 

For generations, the people of Waynesville looked to the auto repair shop at the intersection of Branner Avenue and Depot Street as a place to get oil. 

An Old World delicacy tied to myths of the supernatural, the truffle is often construed as a rare exotic, likely to grace only the most expensive of culinary creations.

But truffle cultivation is seeing a surge in North Carolina, with more than 200 truffle growers popping up across the state since word began spreading in the 1990s.

Heading up Hemphill Road, just outside of Maggie Valley, the lush fields and bungalow homes of Jonathan Creek fade into the rearview mirror. Pulling up to a large metal gate, it opens slowly and you soon find yourself meandering a dirt road, pushing ever so carefully toward the top of the 5,000-foot ridge.

Places to eat

Andrews

• Burger Basket — American. 828.321.3785

• Hoppy Trout Brewing Company — American. 828.835.2111

• MakAly’s on Main — American. 828.516.9661

• Mi Pueblito — Mexican. 828.321.2220

• Monte Alban — Mexican. 828.321.1802

• Myaca’s Sea & Soul Food — Seafood/Gourmet. 828.321.9103

• Potter’s House — American. 828.321.1786

Bryson City

• Anthony’s — Italian/American. 828.488.8898

• Bar-B-Que Wagon — Southern/American. 828.488.9521

• The Bistro at the Everett Hotel — Southern/Gourmet. 828.488.1934

• Derailed Bar & Lounge — American. 828.488.8898

• Everett Street Diner — American/Café. 828.488.0123

• Filling Station Deli — American/Southern. 828.488.1919

• Fryemont Inn — Southern/Steak/Seafood. 800.845.4879

• Great Smoky Mountains Winery — American/Southern. 828.788.1346

• Guayabitos — Mexican. 828.488.1336

• Hemlock Inn — Southern/Gourmet. 828.488.2885

• Iron Skillet — American/Café. 828.488.4766

• Jimmy Mac’s — American/Southern. 828.488.4700

• La Taqueria — Mexican. 828.488.9162

• Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Café — American/Café. 828.488.9561

• Naber’s Drive-In — American/Southern. 828.488.2877

• Nate & Nick’s Pizza — American/Southern. 828.588.0500

• Pasqualino’s — Italian. 828.488.9555

• Village Bistro — Southern/American. 828.488.9000

• The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing — Southern/Gourmet. 828.585.5885

• Water’s Edge — Seafood/Southern. 828.488.7977

Canton

• Black Bear Café — American/Café. 828.648.1003

• Breaking Bread Café — American/Café. 828.648.3838

• Canelos — Mexican. 828.648.0303

• China King Buffet — Chinese/Asian. 828.235.8815

• El Chapala — Mexican. 828.235.9193

• El Pobre — Mexican. 828.235.9311

• J-RO’s — American. 828.492.0015

• Jukebox Junction — American/Café. 828.648.4546

• Papertown Grill — American/Café. 828.648.1455

• Sagebrush — Steakhouse. 828.646.3750

• Southern Porch Kitchen & Drink — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.492.8006

Cashiers

• Buck’s Coffee Café — American/Café. 828.743.9997

• Carolina Smokehouse — Southern Barbecue. 828.743.3200

• Chez Dupont & The Stone Soup Café — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.743.1960

• Chile Loco — Mexican. 828.743.1160

• Cornucopia Restaurant — Southern/American. 828.743.3750

• El Manzanillo — Mexican. 828.743.5522

• High Hampton Inn & Country Club — Steak/Seafood/Southern. 828.743.2411

• The Orchard — Southern/American. 828.743.7614

• Randevu — Southern. 828.743.0190

• Slab Town Pizza — American. 828.743.0020

• The Ugly Dog Pub — American/Southern. 828.743.3000

• Winslow’s Hideaway — Steak/Seafood. 828.743.2226

• Zookeeper Café — American/Café. 828.743.7711

Cherokee

• Brio Tuscan Grille (Harrah’s) — Italian. 828.497.7777

• Chestnut Tree — American/Café. 828.497.9181

• Frontier Pancake House — American/Café. 828.497.4718

• Granny’s Kitchen — Southern/American. 828.497.5010

• Lee Garden — Chinese. 828.497.4388

• Little Princess — Southern/American. 828.497.9000

• New Happy Garden — Chinese. 828.497.4310

• Newfound Lodge — American/Café. 828.497.4590

• Noodle Bar (Harrah’s) — Asian. 828.497.7777

• Paul’s Diner — American/Southern. 828.497.9012

• Peter’s Pancakes & Waffles — American/Café. 828.497.5116

• Rancho Viejo — Mexican. 828.497.0343

• Ruth’s Chris Streak House (Harrah’s) — Steak/Seafood. 828.497.7777

• Sassy Sunflowers Bakery & Café — American/Southern. 828.497.2539

• Selu Garden Café (Harrah’s) — American/Southern. 828.497.7777

• Wise Guys Pizza — American. 828.497.2838

Clyde

• Blue Rooster Southern Grill — Southern/American. 828.456.1997

• Coffee Cup Café — American/Café. 828.627.8905

• Ferrara Pizza & Pasta — American/Italian. 828.476.5058

• Sherrill’s Pioneer — American/Café. 828.627.9880

Cullowhee

• Cullowhee Café — American/Café. 828.293.3334

• The Point Coffee House — American/Café. 828.526.4685

• Sazon — Mexican. 828.293.9443

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille — American/Southern. 828.293.4688

Dillsboro

• Boots — Steakhouse. 828.631.9713

• Coach’s Bistro — American/Southern. 828.586.0265

• Country Traditions — American/Southern. 828.586.1600

• Haywood Smokehouse — Barbecue/Southern. 828.586.9556

• Jarrett House — Southern. 828.586.0265

• Kostas — Greek/Italian. 828.631.0777

• Lee’s at the Depot — American/Gourmet. 828.339.1700

• Well House — American/Southern. 828.586.8588

Franklin

• The Boiler Room — Steak/Southern. 828.349.5555

• Boone Thai — Thai. 828.524.1111

• The Bowery — Southern. 828.369.3663

• Caffé Rel — French. 828.369.9446

• Chris & Charlie’s — Italian/American. 828.349.0900

• City Restaurant — American. 828.524.4948

• El Charro — Mexican. 828.369.9002

• Gazebo Creekside Café — American/Southern. 828.524.8783

• Hungry Bear — American/Café. 828.369.2900

• Kountry Kitchen — American. 828.524.6209

• Las Barricas — Mexican. 828.349.4484

• Lucio’s — Italian. 828.369.6670

• Mi Casa — Mexican. 828.369.1580

• Motor Company Grill — American/Southern. 828.524.0099

• Ms Lois’ — American/Café. 828.369.8628

• Mulligan’s Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.349.3183

• Normandie — American/Café. 828.524.3118

• Papa’s Pizza of Franklin — American. 828.369.9999

• The Post & Beam at Mill Creek — Southern/American. 828.349.0402

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus — American/Café. 828.369.6796

• Root & Barrel — American/Gourmet. 828.369.3663

• Sakura — Japanese. 828.349.8917

• Stamey’s Café — American/Café. 828.524.8198

• Sunset — American/Café. 828.524.4842

• Thai Paradise — Thai. 828.349.0973

• Tienda Mexicana La Guadalupana — Mexican. 828.349.0108

• Vito’s Pizza — Italian/American. 828.369.9890

• Willy’s Ribs & BBQ — Southern/American. 828.524.0414

Hayesville

• Alazan — Mexican. 828.389.2727

• Anejo Grille — Mexican. 828.389.6061

• Angelo’s Downtown Pizza — Italian/American. 828.389.2500

• Chevelle’s 69 — American. 828.389.6069

• The Copper Door — Steak/Seafood/Southern. 828.237.4030

• Mika’s Pizza — American. 828.389.6366

• Rib Country BBQ — Barbecue/Southern. 828.389.9597

Highlands

• Asia House — Asian. 828.787.1680

• Bistro On Main — American. 828.526.2590

• Brick Oven Pizza — American. 828.526.4121

• Buck’s Coffee Café — American/Café. 828.526.0020

• Cyprus — International. 828.526.4429

• El Azteca — South Pacific/Mexican. 828.526.2244

• Highlands Smokehouse — Southern Barbecue. 828.526.1900

• Lakeside — Seafood/Southern. 828.526.9419

• Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.526.5477

• Main Street Inn Bistro — American. 828.526.2590

• Meritage Bistro — American. 828.526.1019

• Mountain Fresh Grocery — American/Café. 828.526.2400

• On the Verandah — Gourmet Fusion. 828.526.2338

• Paoletti’s — Italian/American. 828.526.4906

• Pescados — Mexican. 828.526.9313

• Pizza Place of Highlands — American. 828.526.5660

• Ristorante Paoletti — Northern Italian. 828.526.4906

• Ruka’s Table — Southern/Contemporary. 828.526.3636

• Rustico at the Log Cabin — Northern Italian. 828.526.0999

• The Ugly Dog Pub — American/Southern. 828.526.8364

• Wild Thyme Gourmet — Southern. 828.526.4035

• Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro — New Orleans/Steak/Seafood. 828.526.3807

Lake Toxaway

• The Blind Mule — American/Southern. 828.553.8978

• Brown Trout Mountain Grille — American/Southern. 828.877.3474

• The Grill — American. 828.883.5551

• Osteria Del Monte — Mexican. 828.883.2551

Maggie Valley

• Andolini’s — Italian/American. 828.944.0770

• Apple Andy’s — American/Southern. 828.944.0626

• Brew Cue & BBQ — Southern/American. 828.944.0259

• Butts On The Creek — Barbecue/Southern. 828.926.7885

• Cataloochee Guest Ranch — Southern/American. 800.868.1401

• Country Vineyard Café — Italian/American. 828.926.6557

• Frankie’s Italian Trattoria — Italian. 828.926.6216

• Guayabitos — Mexican. 828.926.7777

• Holiday Diner — American/Café. 828.926.0820

• J. Arthur’s — Steakhouse/American. 828.926.1817

• Joey’s Pancake House — American/Café. 828.926.0212

• Maggie Valley Club — American/Southern. 828.926.1616

• Maggie Valley Restaurant — American/Café. 828.926.0425

• Moonshine Grille — Southern/American. 828.926.7440

• Mountaineer — American/Café. 828.926.1730

• Pin High Bar & Grille — American/Southern. 828.926.4848

• Rendezvous — American/Southern. 828.926.2325

• Salty Dog’s — Seafood/American. 828.926.9105

• Snappy’s — Italian/American. 828.926.6126

• The Swag — Farm-to-Table/Southern. 828.926.0430

• Taqueria Guanajuato — Mexican. 828.926.3483

Murphy

• Blue Mountain Coffee & Grill — American/Café. 828.837.1362

• Chevelle’s — American. 828.835.7001

• Daily Grind & Wine — American/Coffeehouse. 828.835.7322

• Downtown Bakery — American. 828.835.8986

• Downtown Pizza Company — American. 828.837.0500

• Doyle’s Cedar Hill — American. 828.837.3400

• El Manzanio — Mexican. 828.837.9624

• Mama Mia’s — Italian. 828.557.5401

• Monte Alban — Mexican. 828.835.9767

• Murphy’s Chophouse — Southern/Steak/Gourmet. 828.835.3287

• No Name Deli — American/Italian. 828.837.9138

• Rib Country BBQ — Barbecue/Southern. 828.837.4444

• ShoeBooties Café — Southern/American. 828.837.4589

Robbinsville

• Carolina Kitchen — Southern/American. 828.479.1500

• El Pacifico — Mexican. 828.479.8448

• Hub Of WNC — Barbecue/Southern. 828.479.0478

• Lynn’s Place — American/Southern. 828.479.9777

• Pacefeco — Mexican. 828.479.8448

• Southern Gals Country Cooking — Southern/American. 828.479.9405

• Stecoah Diner — American/Café. 828.479.8430

Sapphire

• Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.743.7697

• Cork & Barrel Lounge — American/Southern. 828.743.7477

• Gamekeeper’s Tavern — American. 828.743.4263

• The Library Kitchen & Bar — Artisan/Gourmet. 828-743.5512

• Mica’s — American. 828.743.5740

• Osteria Del Monte — Mexican. 828.883.2551

• Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company — American. 828.743.0220

• Table 64 — American/Southern. 828.743.4135

Sylva

• B & Al’s Grill — American. 828.586.5686

• Balsam Mountain Inn — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.456.9498

• Bogart’s — Steakhouse. 828.586.6532

• City Lights Café — American/Southern. 828.587.2233

• The Coffee Shop — American/Café. 828.586.2013

• Colima — Mexican. 828.586.9999

• Cosmic Carryout at Innovation Brewing — American/Farm-to-Table. 828.586.9678

• Creekside Oyster House & Grill — Seafood/Southern. 828.586.1985

• Cut Cocktail Lounge — Gastropub. 828.631.4795

• El Patron — Mexican. 828.586.8805

• Guadalupe Café — Caribbean Fusion. 828.586.9877

• Half Past — American/Southern. 828.586.1212

• Jade Dragon — Chinese. 828.586.6688

• Lulu’s On Main — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.586.8989

• Mad Batter Food & Film — American/Southern. 828.586.3555

• No Name Sports Pub — American/Southern. 828.586.2750

• O’Malley’s Sports Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.631.0554

• Peking Gourmet II — Chinese. 828.586.9082

• Robbie’s Char-Burger — American. 828.586.2723

• Sneak E Squirrel Brewing — American. 828.586.6440

• Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro — Southern Fusion/American. 828.586.1717

• South of Philly — American. 828.586.0550

• Southeast Asian Restaurant — 828.631.9773

• Speedy’s Pizza — American. 828.586.3800

Waynesville

• Ammon’s Drive-In & Dairy Bar — American/Southern. 828.926.0734

• Angelo’s Family Pizza — American/Southern. 828.452.1886

• Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.246.6111

• Blossom on Main — Thai Fusion. 828.454.5400

• Bocelli’s Italian Eatery — Italian. 828.456.4900

• Bogart’s — Steakhouse. 828.452.1313

• Boojum Brewing — American/Southern. 828.944.0888

• Bosu’s Wine Shop — Farm-to-Table. 828.452.0120

• Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale — Southern/American. 828.452.9191

• Buttered Biscuit — American/Café. 828.246.6446

• Captain’s Bay — Seafood/Steakhouse. 828.456.6761

• The Chef’s Table — Italian/Farm-to-Table. 828.452.6210

• Church Street Depot — American. 828.246.6505

• The Classic Wineseller — Italian/French/Southern. 828.452.6000

• Clyde’s Restaurant — American/Southern. 828.456.9135

• Cork & Cleaver at The Waynesville Inn — Steak/Seafood. 828.456.3551

• El Pobre — Mexican. 828.456.9557

• Ellie’s Deli & Coffee House — American/Café. 828.456.4949

• Frog’s Leap Public House — Farm-to-Table/Southern. 828.456.1930

• Haywood 209 Café — American/Café. 828.627.3331

• Haywood Smokehouse — Barbecue/Southern. 828.456.7275

• J Creek Café — American/Café. 828.926.7877

• Kanini’s — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.452.5187

• Kornerstone Kafé — American/Café. 828.550.2265

• Las Palmas — Mexican. 828.456.4234

• Los Amigos — Mexican. 828.456.7870

• Maggie’s Galley — Seafood. 828.456.8945

• New Happy Garden — Asian. 828.456.6988

• Panacea Coffee House Café & Roastery — American/Café. 828.452.6200

• Patio Bistro — Southern/American. 828.454.0070

• Pub 319 — American/Southern. 828.456.3040

• Sagebrush — Steakhouse. 828.452.5822

• Secret Wine Company — Farm-to-Table. 828.452.0120

• Smoky Mountain Sub Shop — American. 828.456.3400

• The Sweet Onion — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.456.5559

• Tap Room Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.456.3551

• Tipping Point Brewing — American/Southern. 828.246.9230

• Trailhead Bakery & Café — American/Café. 828.452.3881

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.456.4750

• Waynesville Pizza Company — American/Italian. 828.246.0927

art frIt’s lunchtime in downtown Waynesville. Hungry bellies wander up the sidewalk in search of nourishment. It is the calm before the storm for Julie Katt as she awaits the midday rush. 

“The key thing is the people,” she said. “You have to like to deal with people, to have patience with people, and for us, that’s what it’s all about.”

art frRicardo Fernandez is a renowned chef, master gardener and also a former national diving champion, but there’s one thing he can’t do.

“I’ve tried to get my hair to grow back, but it doesn’t work,” he laughed.

art frOne gets hungry strolling downtown Sylva these days. For a town of around 2,600 residents, there sure are a lot of savory scents wafting from restaurants and cafes in seemingly every direction.

coverAs the food truck fad filters into counties west of Asheville, local governments are trying to find a fair balance between encouraging entrepreneurship and protecting their brick-and-mortar food establishments.

SEE ALSO: Food trucks offer different flavors

Making mobile vendors more stationary is one way towns have chosen to deal with the new influx of culinary entrepreneurs. As long as they can find a steady flow of customers, the vendors don’t seem to miss the nomadic lifestyle food trucks are accustomed to. Some food truck vendors have hitched their wagons to craft breweries, while others have found a few reliable spots within their county.

fr foodtruckfoodMobile vending is no longer limited to fast food staples like pizza, hamburgers and hotdogs.

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