Reviews: Top 5 Restaurants in Blowing Rock, NC

Looking for a home in the High Country has always given buyers an appetite! Buying a home in Blowing Rock should be enjoyable. Part of the fun is discussing homes over a great meal at a fine restaurant. To serve our clients, Boone Real Estate has interviewed the owner/managers and chefs of five fine-dining restaurants in Blowing Rock we consider “best-of-class.” Here you will enjoy a five-minute interview with the respective managements and chefs as they describe everything from their favorite foods to their founding philosophies. You will see two signature dishes and a dessert at each venue. Pick one or peruse them all – we’re sure you’ll find your perfect meal tonight! Thank you for enjoying this Boone Real Estate production and Bon Appétit!

The Clouds on Labor Day

Labor Day was a little rainy in the High Country but later that evening it turned out to be beautiful.  Here’s a shot of the clouds hovering over the Blue Ridge Mountains from Canyon’s in Blowing Rock, NC.  On a clear day you’d be able to see Table Rock, Hawksbill, Grandmother, Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain (from left to right).  This is just one of the spectacular views in the High Country.  Come on up and we’ll show you all that this area has to offer.

Best BBQ in the High Country: Frontier BBQ

Man oh man, now this is some great barbeque!  Most of you probably know the fine establishment in Tynecastle as “Pappies BBQ” but recently changed names to Frontier BBQ.  The BBQ is very moist with two flavorful sauces to choose from.  It’s reasonably priced and you’re sure to be full by the time you leave.  It also has a cozy bar with 4 or 5 beers on draft.  Next time you’re in Banner Elk, NC and get a hankering for some savory BBQ I highly recommend going to Frontier!  For additional information check out this great article in the Mountain Times about Frontier Barbeque.

The Best Steak in the High Country!

Steak is not something I take lightly.  Most of the time I will grill my own to perfection but every now and then it’s time to go out on the town.  Whatever the special occasion may be, it’s time to treat yourself to a juicy cut of beef.  If you go out to one of the fine establishments in Boone, Blowing Rock or Banner Elk, you can expect to pay $25+ for a decent filet, ribeye or NY strip.  My favorite cut has always been the ribeye because of the mouth-watering flavor.  Yes it has more fat compared to a filet but it’s well worth it!  Give the ol’ ribeye a try and I promise you’ll never look back.

So now it’s time to announce the best steak in the high country (including Boone, Blowing Rock & Banner Elk):  The “Black & Bleu” from Bistro Roca.  This is no surprise to anyone who’s ever tasted  this divine cut of meat.  I remember the first time I ordered it back in 2004 when Bistro Roca opened in downtown Blowing Rock.  I was expecting a good steak but what I encountered was the best steak of my life.  The chef has mastered this ensemble.  He creates a base of mashed potatoes followed by the blackened/grilled ribeye with crumbles of bleu cheese & crispy onions scattered on top drizzled with a sauce that will leave a permanent impression on your taste buds.  It’s simply a work of art!

Browsing the Menu While Drinking a Avery IPA

Ah, there it is proudly sitting atop the Bistro Specialties.

At last, the famous Black & Bleu Ribeye!

Kilwins Ice Cream – Blowing Rock, NC

There’s no better way to beat the heat in the summertime than coming up to Blowing Rock, NC and stopping by Kilwin’s Ice Cream!  “Sweet in every Sense since 1947” is their motto and you better believe they have something to satisfy your sweet-tooth.  Fudge, homemade ice cream, candies, chocolate, you name it!  Sara got the turtle cheesecake and I got the peppermint.  Both come very highly recommend.  Of course, I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong at Kilwin’s in Blowing Rock!

Dunch at Boone Saloon!

It’s Sunday afternoon so you know what that means…it’s time to head over to Boone Saloon for “Dunch”! On Sunday, Boone Saloon opens at noon for Dunch and serves it all day. If you want some great food but don’t wanna get up early, this is your best bet on Sundays. No need to rush, there is no waiting in line here because the students are gone for the summer. Try it out next Sunday!

Grapefruit Mimosa



Fruit & Granola, Huevos Rancheros and Shrimp n Grits

Best Italian Restaurant in Banner Elk: Bella’s

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Are you looking for great Italian food? Bella’s is a fantastic restaurant with a cozy, laid back atmosphere. They have awesome lunch specials everyday. All of their food is made to order and it’s guaranteed to be fresh. I highly recommend the pizza!

Our Favorite Burrito Restaurant in Boone, NC

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One of our favorite places to eat burritos in Boone is black cat burrito.  It’s located near king and  depot streets.  Prices are reasonable in the food is great.

Capone’s – “Untouchable” Pizza, Boone NC

Capone’s is the hands down the best pizza in Boone, NC. At Boone Real Estate we love to support local business and Capone’s is no exception. Their slogan is “Untouchable Pizza” and you’ll be convinced after one slice. Capone’s also sports a vast array of beers on draft and in the bottle. Don’t miss their $2.oo Tuesday where every beer is $2.00. It’s a untouchable deal! They also offer great lunch specials ($5.95 for a one-topping personal pizza, side salad & drink). So what are you waiting for? Go to Capone’s today, tell ’em Boone Real Estate sent you 🙂