Boone Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Boone

April 14, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

Named for legendary explorer, Daniel Boone, Boone, North Carolina retains the pioneer spirit, despite having grown into a busy college town, the home of Appalachian State University. The surrounding area is one of the country's best destinations for outdoor adventures. Walk across the Mile High Swinging Bridge to Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak, the highest point in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or grab your bike and head to Pisgah National Forest, featuring over 200 miles of exciting trails.
Things to do in Boone

1. Stick Boy Bread Co

345 Hardin St, Boone, NC 28607-4159 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Brunch +1 828-268-9900
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 470 reviews

Stick Boy Bread Co

Reviewed By IAmEve7 - Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Every time we visit Boone, Stick Boy Bread Company is the first place we stop. The pastries and pretty much everything on their menu is top quality and scrumptious. The employees are friendly, even giving us tips on what to do in the area. Don't miss this opportunity for great service and cuisine!

2. COBO Sushi Bistro & Bar

161 Howard St, Suite B, Boone, NC 28607-4084 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +1 828-386-1201
Excellent
77%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

COBO Sushi Bistro & Bar

Reviewed By EldaP - Lula

We stopped here because our 11 year old daughter got to pick- she chose well! We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate. I highly recommend the duck- it was insanely good! The calamari was excellent and the rest of the family loved their sushi. We tried to eat here, again, but a water main break caused some of the locals to close because of possible water contamination. We will definitely be dining here next time we are in town!

3. Local Lion

791 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607-4836 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Cafe Breakfast +1 828-386-1120
Excellent
73%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Local Lion

http://mountaintimes.com/columns-eat-beat/articles/Local-Lion-A-Donut-Shop-for-Boone-id-022810

Reviewed By jmariesh - Todd, North Carolina

These donuts are SUPER good. My favorite go-to is the lavender donut because it's the first place I've ever been to that made those. Perhaps some day a bacon maple donut?? It's also my favorite coffee serving establishment in town and my excuse to take a break while running errands. Comfortable atmosphere and relaxing.. Plenty of seating. Good music. Friendly staff. And the option to have good local beer with my donut seals the deal. Yes.

4. Our Daily Bread Delicatessen

627 W King St, Boone, NC 28607-3421 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 13 +1 828-264-0173
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 563 reviews

Our Daily Bread Delicatessen

Reviewed By ebrandon - Old Hickory, Tennessee

This place has too many appealing choices on the menu. I finally settled on a chicken salad sandwich on whole wheat with southern potato salad. My son chose the Philly cheese steak. My sandwich was very good, but his sandwich was delicious. When we return, I am ordering the Philly cheese. The potato salad was average. I am not sure where they got "southern" potato salad. I am from the South and it definitely did not measure up to what I am accustomed.

5. Come Back Shack

1521 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607-6143 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi American, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 8 - SGD 16 +1 828-264-2797
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 850 reviews

Come Back Shack

Come Back Shack is all about fresh, delicious hand-made food at an amazing value. We hand-patty fresh, never-frozen, USDA ground chuck.Our chicken sandwiches are all-natural, and our chicken tenderloins are fresh, never-frozen, hand-breaded, and all-natural. We hand-cut fresh potatoes for our fries and fresh sweet potatoes for our sweet potato chips. We make our sauces from scratch daily. Our milkshakes are made with premium real ice-cream and hand spun in a dozen flavors. We go to the extra effort to serve the best, tastiest, freshest food to our guests because we know you care about what you eat. It's the kind of food we love, and we enjoy fixing for others. We look forward to seeing you at Come Back Shack!

Reviewed By LarkVll - Elk Mound, Wisconsin

The food quality at the Come Back Shack rivals that of any full-service restaurant, yet it's served super fast and fresh! Everything is delicious. The salads are phenomenal, too. Bonus: it's locally-sourced! Unique, beautiful art and decor (yes, it's the Shack, but it's no shack). There's nothing else like this place.

6. Mint Cuisine of India

203 Boone Heights Dr, Boone, NC 28607-4927 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 828-386-1441
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Mint Cuisine of India

Reviewed By demTravels - Boone, North Carolina

Mint has a wonderful lunch buffet. I love to sample all the different offerings and find new Indian favorites. Menu varies, but it’s always delicious. Service is attentive and the atmosphere is comfortable, but refined — I almost forget that I’m in Boone.

7. Joy Bistro

115 New Market Ctr, Boone, NC 28607-3992 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Brunch, Lunch SGD 26 - SGD 33 +1 828-265-0500
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 324 reviews

Joy Bistro

Reviewed By Steve W - Providence, Rhode Island

Dined here with friends on a recent Wednesday evening. The restaurant reminded me of a small French Bistro in decor. We started with sharing a bowl of the crab and corn chowder, which was excellent. I enjoyed the Diver Scallops and my wife had the Four Cheese Pasta. We ended the evening with a Toffee Bread Pudding (yum!). Definitely worth a trip.

8. Melanie's Food Fantasy

664 W King St, Boone, NC 28607-3420 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 20 +1 828-263-0300
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 409 reviews

Melanie's Food Fantasy

Melanie's is a tradition in downtown Boone serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week. We source all of our bread, eggs and burgers locally as well as other items when we can. We have an eclectic and creative menu serving food made from scratch. We are sensitive to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diners.

Reviewed By Kim B - Evans

This is a quant little breakfast spot with a wonderful staff. The food is amazing!! The bourbon pecan french toast was unbelievably good!! As was the sausage gravy and biscuits. My son said his bacon, egg, and cheese was one of the best he's ever had. The breads are what make the meals so much better than the typical breakfast place. Highly recommend the eggs Benedict and the Trucker's breakfast.

9. Vidalia

831 W King St, Boone, NC 28607-3466 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 10 - SGD 59 +1 828-263-9176
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Vidalia

Upscale casual dining specializing in creative American cuisine focusing on local/regional cuisine and products. Extensive wine and specialty beer lists including mixed beverages.

Reviewed By crystalcoast717

Had a delicious meal here while on Boone. We ordered cocktails, appetizer, entree and dessert and loved it all. Service was decent as well.

The bread they served with their hummus plate was amazing-even by itself it would have been good. The specialty margarita (had mango in it) was delicious.

We all ordered burgers. Simple but it hit the spot. The fries were sort of meh but we subbed Mac and cheese for one fry and that was our favorite part.

We will definitely be returning.

10. Gamekeeper Restaurant

3005 Shulls Mill Rd, Boone, NC 28607-9525 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night SGD 66 - SGD 66 +1 828-963-7400
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 414 reviews

Gamekeeper Restaurant

Reviewed By GatorTraveler2011 - Orlando, Florida

This is a great, quaint restaurant with a unique menu. The atmosphere of the storybook like mountain restaurant and bar did not disappoint. I had the emu and my wife had elk. Both dishes were excellent, with the emu being the star for sure. Our server was outstanding in every way. If I had to point out a negative it would be the overly casual dress of some of the customers, which was disappointing. This observation may be attributed to the build up by friends and family and our high expectations and not the fault of the owners. That being said, if I am spending $150+ for dinner for two in this type of restaurant, I wouldn't expect to sit next to a family in jeans and college hoodies. This is not a sports bar and should have higher standards given the reputation and prices. Ok dress for lunch but not a late dinner at an upscale mountain restaurant. Maybe a note on the web page would help. Otherwise and excellent experience.

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