Eating Around the Carolina Foothills


A favorite vacation destination for southerners eager to escape summer heat and enjoy the cooler climate of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, the area around Landrum, South Carolina, and Tryon, North Carolina, is a treasury of good eats. Memorable meals in this pretty part of the world include traditional comfort food at Caro-Mi (since 1945), kick-ass BBQ at Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, inventive breakfast at the Village Bakery and Honey & Salt, superb coffee ‘an at Openroad Roaster, and definitive chili dogs at Boots’ and Sonny’s.


Caro-Mi Dining Room

On the banks of the Pacolet River in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, Caro-Mi is a dreamy destination for old-time Dixie comfort food.


Village Bakery

In an adorable enclave of good eats and clever shopping called Little Rainbow Row, Village Bakery is a brick-oven gem for breads, breakfast, and pizza.


Hubba Hubba Smokehouse

Authentic, old-style BBQ slow-smoked for hours over native hardwood coals makes Hubba Hubba a foodie destination in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills.


Honey and Salt

At this enthusiastic breakfast & brunch spot in the Blue Ridge foothills, the motto is "Well-Built Food," It's brilliantly designed, too. And delicious.


Hot Dog World

Hot dogs, hamburgers, fries & shakes come long, tall and large at this Hendersonville, North Carolina, drive-in style restaurant that is an all-American hoot.


Southern Manners

Southern Manners is a personable small-town cafe serving handsome plates of breakfast, brunch, and lunch from dawn to mid-afternoon.


Rural Seed

Billing its fare as "wholesome, familiar food," the Rural Seed is a 3-meal-a-day town cafe where everything is a cut above. Breakfast is noteworthy.


Openroad Coffee & Tea

Openroad is a high-minded coffee roaster with fabulous artisan pastries, from-scratch breakfast biscuits, smoothies, tea, and, of course, superb coffee.


Harvest House

Expect the unexpected at Harvest House, where even familiar dishes are served with a twist. Don't miss the fried green tomato tower. Burgers are grand.


Boots’ & Sonny’s

The star of Boots' & Sonny's classic drive-in menu is superb house-made chili: creamy-textured, pepper-hot, the right companion for dogs, burgers, fries, et al.


Southside Smokehouse

BBQ parlor, Cajun kitchen, burger shack and more, Southside Smokehouse is an inventive upcountry restaurant featuring classic and creative South Carolina meals.