Places to Eat

There are a number of on-Parkway restaurants for your convenience, and plenty more that are not far off the beaten path. Some offer good ol’ southern cooking while others focus more on contemporary and lighter fare. Whatever your taste, you’ll find something to satisfy your hunger pangs on America’s Favorite Drive.  The following lists the restaurant in order of MP (mile posts). Alternatively you can check the top 10 best on the restaurants page. 

MP 27 – Osceola Mill Restaurant and Inn. In 2009 this place as honored to be on the cover of the National Geographic Travel magazine. The setting is a historic water-powered mill that dates back to the 1800s, and the food includes such house specialties as steak, fresh seafood and veal.

MP 85.9 – Peaks of Otter Lodge and Restaurant. This restaurant/lodge is one of the most popular stops anywhere on the Parkway. The food is delicious, the service is exceptional and the view is nothing short of spectacular.

MP 165.2 – Farmhouse Restaurant. The slow-roasted prime rib is probably their most enticing dish. The historic farmhouse, originally part of the Ridinger Estate, was built in the 1800’s. It’s a nostalgic setting with a lovely, cozy atmosphere.

MP 176.2 – Mabry Mill Restaurant and Gift Shop. This is another very popular stop on the Parkway. The food is good southern comfort, including such country favorites as Country Ham and Buckwheat Pancakes, these are tastes of the past one rarely finds in modern eateries.

MP 262 – Boondock’s Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant. This is a casual-upscale establishment offering a menu based on locally grown ingredients where possible and an always-changing selection of craft-brewed beers, both on tap and bottled, with many North Carolina options.

MP 291 – Dan’l Boone Inn Restaurant. This is high country home-style cookin’ like you used to have at Grandma’s house back in the day. Every family-style meal starts with salad in the summer and soup in the winter. Then you move on to your choice of three meats and five veggies, all served with biscuits, preserves, dessert and beverage. Breakfast is served on weekends.

MP 305.1 – Christa’s Country Corner. This is a general store with a deli, which can be just the right stop when you need a good sandwich or snack. This is good southern country cooking, famous for their smoked chicken and yummy yeast buns.

MP 334 – Switzerland Café. Whether you’re dining inside or out, you’ll be perched on the edge of a truly breathtaking mountain view. One of the most popular nights at the restaurant are Fridays with its featured prime rib and seafood buffet. It almost always sells out, so plan ahead!

MP 408.6 – Pisgah Inn & Restaurant. Talk about stunning – this inn and restaurant are at an elevation of 5,000 feet on Mt. Pisgah. Of course the main dining room is all windows with a truly panoramic view for diners to enjoy.

MP 469.1 – The Dining Room at the Fryemont Inn. Located off the southern end of the Parkway, the Inn is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and was built in 1923. The dining room has been featured in many publications, both regional and national, with its huge fireplace and fine dining menu that includes the homemade soup of the day, salad, three side dishes and your choice of desserts made on-site. Dinner entrees include Oven Roasted Lamb Shank, Blackened Prime Rib, Pecan Crusted Trout and other choices.