I have eaten at Spirits on the River in Asheville NC and can’t recommend it highly enough. Great food and gorgeous location. Eat outside if you can!
"SPIRITS ON THE RIVER
If there is another Native American or American Indian restaurant around here, I haven’t heard of it. This lovely place is situated on the Swannanoa River and features al fresco dining (weather permitting) on a riverside porch framed with tikki torches while traditional music plays in the background. Their cuisine includes such items as alligator, rattlesnake, pheasant, quail, mountain trout and buffalo with other things, such as elk, added in when available. The sides include Wild Rice, Maize Salad, Roasted Corn and Twice Baked Potato. Beer and wine (with a nice selection of organic wines). 571 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville. 828-299-1404."
V960: I have been in Cherokee, NC many times. I am interested in some of the places you mentioned regarding native American cuisine. I am certain that it is there due to the abundance of Cherokee’s that reside there but it has to be off the beaten path.
I understand the presence of Harrah’s Casino adds better than $6K annually to the native Americans that reside there and that should indicate that there should be more restaurants of that type present.
Paul E. Smith
The Eastern Cherokee Nation is located in Cherokee, NC (what a surprise) and has many Native American restaurants in the area. They also have many crappy fake places. I have relatives there so I don’t eat in restaurants…if you want places let me know. One place in Bryson City is known for its fried bread…nasty stuff IMHO.
The Pequot Museum, owned by the Mashantucket Pequots. For food you have the pick of the restaurants at the Foxwoods Casino. Don’t think they have any places serving Native American foods.
You might consider Jamestown Settlement.
They do a pretty good job on the history and culture of the Powhatan Indians. I’m not sure if the cafe at the musuem sells any Native American fare or not. I don’t think so. My husband (works in costume in the recreated English Fort area) has complained about this – they’re missing an opportunity. Let me know if you’d coming to town and we can recommend other places (more Roadfood than native).
The Museum of the American Indian in DC is wonderful. Look at their site and get the times for the guided tour. It really helps you understand a lot of what is going on in that museum. They have a wonderful, albeit pricey, cafeteria severing upscale native and native inspired recipes.
My brother and I are want to share a few days of vacation.
It would have to be limited to the east coast and midwest area.
We would love to experience the Native American culture, history,
and foods. Any suggestions. I’ve searched the web, but want
to hear from locals about good places. Thank you.
Native American Sites to Vacation and Eat
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