Sure, lists of “the best” and “most prestigious” restaurants in North Carolina help me make lists
like this one. But, when it comes to unique, off the beaten path, and downright eccentric, I turn to my readers and NC natives to ask…where should we REALLY dine?
All of these fourteen unique dining experiences are a must-try AT LEAST once in North Carolina!
1. Sip on coffee and grab a scone inside of a Double Decker bus at Double D's in Asheville.
Now a coffeehouse and dessertery, Double D's once roamed the busy streets of London as a fully functioning Double Decker Bus. Now, Double D's is a unique, and quirky experience right in the heart of Asheville.
2. Dine beneath original and vintage Tobacco advertisements at Little Richards BBQ in Winston-Salem.
Tobacco advertising is safe to say "banned' throughout the country, but Little Richards still embraces Winston-Salem's heritage. Besides serving delicious BBQ, stepping into Little Richards is quite like stepping back in time. Each advertisement is unique, vintage, and adds to the relic charm of this restaurant.
3. Nothing can match the southern comfort food at Daniel Boone Inn
As one of the oldest, and best restaurants in Boone, NC, the Daniel Boone Inn mixes heritage with biscuits and gravy for a down-home dining experience away from home.
4. Goats, cows, pastures, southern cookin' and MAC N CHEESE all at Mike's Farm in Beulaville.
You know it's TRUE southern cooking when you're dining at a gorgeous farm! Mike's Farm Southern Style Restaurant opens at 4PM, but you can spend the day taking hayrides and learning about life on the farm.
5. The true essence of coastal charm at Floyd's 1921 in Morehead City
Crystal Coast native and executive chef Floyd Olmstead brings a "twist" to classic southern dining. From Asian to Latin American influences, Floyd's is southern comfort food with a cultural facelift. Plus, you can't beat the gorgeous patio and live music on the weekends!
6. Don't let the exterior fool you, it ain't real BBQ unless you get it from a window!
B's BBQ in Greenville is SO good, it got a road named after it. Nothing pairs better dining beneath the Carolina sunshine than a barbeque sandwich topped with crunchy slaw and served with crisp hushpuppies. YUM.
7. History, 'hauntings', and delicious food at Harvey Mansion in New Bern.
As one of the last remaining examples of the once thriving seaport of New Bern, Harvey Restaurant and Inn has stood the test of time since 1804. Today, diners receive a unique, almost back-in-time dining experience.
8. Speaking of back in time, there's also Old Salem Tavern in Winston-Salem.
2015 can get oh so boring. Step back in time at Old Salem Tavern. Servers dressed in period-piece attire makes for a simply unique dining experience.
9. Nothing beats the famously fried chicken at Price's Chicken Coop in Charlotte.
You're in, you're out, and you're hooked at Price's Chicken Coop. A seriously unique dining experience, this little ole' restaurant serves up some of the BEST fried chicken in the whole state of NC.
10. A tiny dining room with BIG flavor at Pass The Salt in Historic Currituck
Don't get trapped in the tourist-bait restaurants of the coast, Pass the Salt might look small and unassuming, but with local, organic ingredients southern food gets a soulful seaside twist.
11. Congrats if you find the Hillbilly Hide-A-Way in Walnut Cove.
This amazing restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in North Carolina. You really can't go wrong with "home-trained" cooks. Maybe I just spilled the beans, but this one-of-a-kind dining experience must be experienced...well ONCE!
12. If you like local, fresh shrimp, then you must try Gary's Seafood in Arapahoe
Off the beaten path and a bit unknown, they're hiding the best shrimp and the freshest seafood at Gary's.
13. If you're a fan of juicy steak, you must try the Angus Barn in Raleigh.
As Raleigh's premier steakhouse, The Angus Barn remains in the hearts of locals as a timeless "tradition." The warm, wood-adorned atmosphere, plush comfortable chairs, and low-light makes for a cozy dinner.
14. You'll want to "drive back" for seconds at El's Drive In in Morehead City.
I'm just going to let this picture of this delicious, all-the-way hot dog do all the talking for me.