These Are North Carolina’s Best Hidden Gem Restaurants
There are restaurants that deservedly receive a lot of attention and publicity. And typically for great reason. But now it’s time to delve into some different restaurants. Not necessarily the newest or the trendiest, but definitely some of the best. And these two restaurants in North Carolina are wonderful hidden gems. They were named amongst the top 25 hidden gem restaurants on TripAdvisor’s recently released Best of the Best list. This list is nationwide so to have any restaurant included is impressive, but to have 3 of the 25 is certainly something to be proud of.
North Carolina Hidden Gem Restaurants
First is Haywood Smokehouse in Waynesville, North Carolina. Haywood Smokehouse is a Texas-style barbecue restaurant that serves specialty meats; fresh, house-made sausages, house-made sauces, and more. You can view the menu here. The other North Carolina hidden gem restaurant is Cafe Pamlico on Hatteras Island. It’s located inside the Inn at Pamlico Sound and is the premier casual fine dining restaurant in the area. They serve contemporary coastal cuisine featuring locally sourced seafood, meats, and produce. You can view the menu here.
Not only did North Carolina get recognized multiple times on this list, but three South Carolina restaurants did as well. Other states that got some love include New York, Tennessee, and Florida. Each of those states had multiple restaurants make the list as well. How were these restaurants selected for this top 25 list from TripAdvisor? TripAdvisor says that the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best restaurants that have “a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews” from users over a 12-month period. Fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor’s 8 million listings are awarded Best of the Best. You can read the full list and more about the 2 North Carolina Hidden Gems Award winners here. Love a restaurant and want us to highlight it? Let us know on social media!
The Best Restaurants In Each City & Town In North Carolina
The best restaurant is a bold claim to make. Obviously, I have not eaten at every restaurant in every North Carolina city and town. So I dug through Yelp reviews to help me out. Because you deserve to know what the best is, whether it’s your city, a nearby place, or somewhere you’re planning a trip. Many of the restaurants included on this list are hidden gems you may not have even heard of. Others are staples that everyone knows! There are 50 cities and towns included on this list and these are the 50 cities and towns in the state according to Wikipedia. You’ll find them listed from smallest to largest along with the best restaurants in that North Carolina city or town.
As for the restaurants, I consulted Yelp for each city and town included on this list. Reviews were sorted by the highest rated and the restaurant had to have an address in that specific city. Food trucks were omitted as well as a few coffee shops that didn’t offer food other than a couple of pastries. Not all the places included have sit-down meals but you can get a full meal at all of them. You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants including bbq, southern homestyle, Italian, and even Portuguese. Hopefully, this inspires you to check out a new place this weekend.
If you think another spot in your town deserves this title, well then you’ll have to give them a good review! Know that Yelp reviews are ever-changing so depending on when you are reading this a new restaurant could have taken the title on the platform. Do you think these are the best restaurants in North Carolina?