2 Best Restaurants in Boone, The North Carolina Mountains

Dan'l Boone Inn

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Near Appalachian State University, in a former hospital surrounded by a picket fence and flowers, Dan'l Boone serves old-fashioned Southern food family style. You can have any or all of the items on the menu, and seconds and thirds if you want them, for the same price—and the portions of fried chicken, country-style steak, ham biscuits, mashed potatoes, and green beans (to name a few) are generous. There's usually a line waiting to get in.

130 Hardin St., Boone, NC, 28607, USA
828-264–8657
Known For
  • Large portions
  • Simple Southern dishes
  • Friendly staff
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No breakfast weekdays. No lunch weekdays Jan.–late May, No reservations except for large groups; cash or check only, No credit cards, Reservations not accepted

Gamekeeper

$$$$

This stone cottage in the woods, off a winding country road between Boone and Blowing Rock, surprises newcomers with a rotating menu of unusual, sophisticated dishes like grilled elk, antelope Bolognese, bison steak, and other game. In cool weather, there's a roaring fire in the fireplace; when weather permits, eat on the deck with woodsy views.

3005 Shull's Mill Rd., Boone, NC, 28607, USA
828-963–7400
Known For
  • Wild game on the menu
  • Rustic setting
  • Views from deck
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.–Wed., Credit cards accepted