Tributary on Main – 118 W. Main St. Mountain City. 423-727-4150 Walk to this relaxed gem with seafood, Italian and chef specials. Larger dining room, booths, private dining room. Catering available. Open daily except Sunday dinner and Mondays. Closed some Wednesday nights. Generally child friendly.
Suba’s Restaurant - Hwy. 421 south, Mountain City, 423-727-5657. Open Wed.-Sat. and Sunday lunch. Closed between Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Known for Luanne’s fluffy desserts and massive menu choices. Reservations recommended based on smaller dining rooms size; tables only. Appropriate for very quiet children only.
Joy Bistro (formerly The Bistro) of Boone – Hwy. 421 near the Boone Toyota. Exceptional food and service. Modern cuisine – rates innkeepers’ thumbs up along with restaurants listed above). Reservations a must (except mid-week sometimes). 115 New Market Centre, Boone, NC 28607 828.265.0500
Alcohol sales limited to beer stores in nearby Johnson County, TN, and Redtail Golf Resort (subject to availability). BYOB potential at some eating establishments. Alcohol consumption allowed at the inn. Wine glasses provided in all guest rooms. Ice, ice buckets, openers available from the innkeepers. Please ask.
Casa Rustica - family owned, opened in 1981, Boone’s Authentic Italian restaurant offering traditional family recipes that include only the freshest, local ingredients. homemade Italian dishes, certified Angus feef, local fish and fresh vegetables. 1348 Hwy. 105 Ext. (south of 321), Boone, NC, 828-406-7085.
Hob Knob Farm Cafe - Our farm is located in a fertile valley on the banks of the Watauga River. We grow fruits, vegetables, herbs & spices for our cafe in Boone the Hob Nob Farm Cafe in downtown, Boone. 506 West King St. Boone, NC 28607 828-262-5000 – cafe
The Gamekeeper Restaurant - features “modern mountain cuisine.” Fresh locally-grown produce, farm raised meats and game, and ever-changing fish specials prepared over a hickory wood-fired grill. Worth the drive off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Blowing Rock, 3005 Shulls Mill Rd.,Boone, NC 28607 | 828-963-7400
Local fast food list found at bottom of page.
Body/Mind Dynamics – Mike Kopacka – 2820 Highway 67 West, Mountain City, TN, (423) 727-6803. Nearest the inn. This is a small studio so phone ahead. Does not do walk ins. Couples massages can be arranged. Best value.
Natural Healing Day Spa- 44 High Country Square,Banner Elk, NC.(828) 898-8400. Monday-Saturday 10 – 6 and additional hours by appointment. Walk-ins welcome. About 1/2 hour from the inn.
Watauga Lake Winery – about 11 miles from the inn. Remake of a 1940s school building to house bottling facilities and reception facility. 6952 Big Dry Run Rd., Butler, TN 37640 423-768-0345. Season opens April 4 11 a.m. runs through November. Open Thursday-Saturday 11-6 pm and Sundays 1-5. pm. Locally-grown product bottled and sold on-site. Some weekends have special events….. Events: 4/13 – Rhythm & Wine Jazz Night 4/20 – Cajun Cooking Class 5/12 – Mother’s Day Culinary Class Dinner 5/25 – Open House 6/15 – Sock Hop. More events TBA.
Grandfather Vineyard and Winery – nice location next to a stream, 1 block off Hwy. 105 between Boone and Linville, NC. Great place to “chill” during warmer seasons. Vineyard Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604. (828) 963-2400 Open Thursday-Saturday 12-6 and Sundays 1-5 pm.
Banner Elk Winery - off 194 north of Banner Elk. Signage difficult (not at the corner). Sunday music. Parking is tight. 60 Deer Run, Banner Elk, NC 28604 Phone: (828) 260-1790
Abingdon Winery- Nice location with view of the Holston River nearby. Largest patio. 20530 Alvarado Road, Abingdon, VA 24211. (276) 623-1255 Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-6 and Sundays 12-6. May have winter/closed hours.
Thistle Meadow Winery- uniquely making wine in 5-gallon glass jugs in a shed. It’s good! Also a bluegrass venue. Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sells wine-making supplies. 102 Thistle Meadow, Laurel Springs, NC 28644 (800) 233-1505. Open Monday through Friday 9-5, Saturday 12-5, Sunday 12-4. Check for winter hours.
Other food choices
- Teammates Pizza – downtown Mountain City. New York style by people who know. No take out.
- Pizza Plus – general pizza and Quincey’s Pizza (downtown Damascus, VA). Children welcome.
- Poblamos – Ask for “real Mexican” and you’ll get it! Children welcome; artful, colorful painted booths
- Monsoon Thai – Hwy. 67 west toward Butler. Authentic. No late hours. Closed Sundays.
- The Soda Fountain – old tyme juke box, ice cream sundaes, malts and floats. Plan to spend time; this is not a fast food joint. Closed Sundays.
- Mike’s BBQ – A good combo of eastern pulled smoked pork and western sweet wet sauce. Picnic table or eat in your car.
- Captain’s Table on Watauga Lake, Hampton, TN) – great sunsets, steaks and seafood (seasonal). Quieter children. Full bar with lake and sunset view.
- La Cucina – Butler, Thurs.-Sat. 11-7. Italian. Four tables.
- Duffy’s “Amish” Store with a deli counter in Mountain City. Specialty cheeses. South Church Street.
- Hardees, McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King. China Buffet, Japanese take out (next to Food Lion), deli counters in Food Lion and Food Country, 100 East Main St., Mountain City.
Other food/Damascus, VA:
- In the Country (casual home cooking), Cowboys (in the convenience store- casual/home style), Whistle Pig (casual). All are exceedingly child friendly.
Seasonal means generally closed late fall to spring; ask inn for details. some restaurants have websites.