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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Restaurants With Character

Posted January 29, 2008 7:28 a.m. EST

What are the North Carolina restaurants with true character? Let’s establish some parameters for this discussion. These restaurants must be at least ten years old with a history of great food, and wonderful service. Atmosphere is important but it’s not everything. We wouldn’t want to rule out hole-in-the-wall eateries that serve up superior food in this discussion.

I would like to begin with a restaurant in the mountains. It has one of the best stories I can imagine. At this restaurant the food is cooked in Avery County, picked up by waitresses in Burke County and served to customers in McDowell County. And no, it is not some massive cafeteria.

Famous Louise’s Rock House Restaurant is not only colorful because of its tri-county location but it serves up some mighty fine victuals in Linville Falls. In 1998 the NC General Assembly even passed a resolution commending FLRHR for its outstanding and unique country cooking. Grilled steaks, fresh seafood and delicious homemade pies have made this a mountain mecca for hordes of hungry tourists and locals.

Have you ever eaten at Famous Louise’s Rock House Restaurant and if so what were your impressions?

Also, what are the other North Carolina restaurants with true character?

Please weigh in.

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