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7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC

Clyde's Dinner decorated for fall
Clyde’s dinner in Waynesville, NC decorated for fall

If you are in Waynesville, NC these are 7 Must-Try Restaurants

I have stated many times that Western North Carolina is one of my favorite places to visit. There is something about that part of the Smoky Mountains that has a special place in my heart. It could be the childhood memories that I have experienced there. Or like a close friend of mine said when talking about a restaurant we both have been going to since childhood and now the food has gone down,”It is not really about the food for me anymore but about the atmosphere and tradition.” Either way, food and places we visit as a child hold special places in people’s heart. It is a way of connecting those memories with the past. Even if the food or place is not as good, you still like to visit it for the memories. Each time I have visited Maggie Valley, NC, we also visited nearby Waynesville. Waynesville is similar in style to Asheville, NC, but on a smaller scale. There are many really cool and unique shops located in downtown Waynesville. There just as many awesome restaurants throughout the town too. This is my list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.

#7 Ammons Drive-In & Dairy Bar

To start the list off, we check out a restaurant located at the intersection of Hwy 19 (Dellwood Rd) and Hwy 276, Ammons Drive-In is serving up your classic Drive in meals. The last time I visited I ordered the Hamburger Steak and it was awesome. You can come in and sit down or pull up for the curb service. They serve all your classic drive-in meals like cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hotdogs, fish sandwich, and chicken strips. After your meal, you can opt for a milkshake or a banana split. Ammons has to be included in our list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.

Ammons Drive-In and Dairy Bar
1451 Dellwood Rd
Waynesville, NC

#6 Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ

Fat Buddies Waynesville, NC
Photo Courtesy of Fat Buddies

Next, we have a BBQ joint on the list. Fat Buddies is your typical southern BBQ restaurant. They actually have two locations, one in Franklin, NC and one in Waynesville, NC. It is located in the Waynesville Plaza right off of Hwy 276. They are serving up some of Western NC best BBQ and ribs.

Photo Courtesy of Fat Buddies BBQ

They have all your normal BBQ offerings and a few unique ones like fried pickles and fried green beans. Fat buddies are certainly worth being on the list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.

 

 

 

Fat Buddies Ribs and BBQ
193 Waynesville Plaza
Waynesville, NC

#5 Frog’s Leap Public House

Frogs Leap Public House
Photo Courtesy of Frogs Leap Public House
Frogs Leap Public House Burger
Photo Courtesy of Frogs Leap Public House

Frog’s Leap Public House is a unique restaurant on its on. They are Located in Downtown Waynesville in one of the old historical buildings. They did an awesome job dressing the building up and showcasing the buildings natural and unique features.It has that industrial-modern feel on the inside of the
building with really high ceilings and lots of exposed brick.  I really like what they have done with it. The food there is just as great. When I stopped in I had a hamburger and it had a home made sauce that was out of this world. They have a very eclectic menu that matches their style. Many of their dishes look as they were cooked in a fancy New York City restaurant. The kicker is that you don’t pay the New York City Prices. Most of their ingredients are locally sourced and are extremely fresh. Try it out, I think you will love it too. We had to include Frogs Leap on our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.

Frogs Leap Public House-Chicken
Photo Courtesy of Frogs Leap Public House

 

Frogs Leap Public House
44 Church St.
Waynesville, NC

#4 Jukebox Junction Canton, NC

Jukebox Junction
Photo Courtesy of Jukebox Junction
Yummy food at Jukebox Junction
Photo Courtesy of Jukebox Junction

Jukebox Junction is located off the beaten path but it is not that far from downtown Waynesville. We love this restaurant and thought why not include it in the 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville. We found this place on accident one year while visiting a pumpkin patch just around the corner from Jukebox Junction. Jukebox Junction made our list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC for the awesome food and staff that run the place. The food is great and the people working there are extremely nice. I recommend the club sandwich here. It is awesome. Stop by and check them out just remember to bring your GPS because you may need it to find them. It is definitely off the beaten path and one of the locals favorite places.

Jukebox Junction
6306 Pigeon Rd
Canton, NC

#3 Clyde’s Restaurant

Clyde's Dinner
Clyde’s Restaurant in Waynesville, NC

We just visited Clyde’s Restaurant a few weeks back. You can view our post from my visit here. I love the way Clyde’s looks. It has that old dinner feel to it. They have it decorated to a tee for the fall season and I imagine they continue that theme throughout the different seasons. I also love their sign. Few places have their original sign left but this appears to be one of them. It has that iconic dinner shape and design to it. The food there was really good. I had the open face sandwich and that gravy on it was to die for. I also want to mention those homemade rolls, mmm mmm good. My kids had chicken tenders and you could tell they were hand cut and breaded. It is worth the trip to stop by Clyde’s Restaurant. We simply had to include it in our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.

Clyde’s Restaurant
2107 S Maint St
Waynesville, NC

#2 Sweet Onion

Sweet Onion is located in downtown Waynesville just on the opposite block from Frog’s Leap. Every time I go downtown, park, and walk around, I can smell the fumes wafting from the kitchen of Sweet Onion. It makes my mouth water every time. After all, tt always has a high score on trip advisor sometimes being number 1. The food here is simply amazing. Every time I mention going to Waynesville, people always say try out Sweet Onion. We did and we loved it. We ate here for lunch and like I mentioned above it was amazing. This is why Sweet Onion is number 2 on our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.

#1 Bogarts

Bogarts
Bogarts

Finally, drum roll, please…We love Bogarts. We have eaten here a few times and it has always been right on cue. Most of the time this is a dinner place we eat so we have steaks. They are always flavorful, tender, and juicy. Just the way a steak should be. On trip advisor, they are always near the top like Sweet Onion’s and are sometimes number 1 too. I have never had a bad meal here and would recommend this to anyone. Bogart’s is one restaurant you must try and that is why we made it number 1 on our 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC.

Bogarts
303 S Maint St
Waynesville, NC

Ok, so there it is our list of 7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC. I hope you will try these out and let us know what you think is your favorite. Did we get it wrong? I know when it comes to food it can be very subjective but this is our list of our favorite ones. There is more that we love and like so if you did not make it keep an eye out for our updated list next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 thoughts on “7 Must-Try Restaurants in Waynesville, NC

  1. Reply
    Mike - December 31, 2016

    Pioneer in Clyde should be on the list.

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      Hey Mike,
      Next time I am in the area I will check them out! Thanks for letting me know. I love trying new places and like when people suggest their favorites!

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      Dustin - December 31, 2016

      Try Boojums brewing

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        Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

        Thanks for the suggestion Dustin. Thanks for commenting.

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    Carla - December 31, 2016

    Check out Church Street Burgers, too! Amazing, local beef and ice cream!

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      I will add that one to the list too. I love finding restaurants that serve local ingredients! Thanks for letting me know!

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    D. Trull - December 31, 2016

    Nope, the best restaurant in Waynesville is Angelo’s Family Pizza.

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      Hey D. Trull,
      Thanks for sharing. When you only visit an area once or twice a year it is hard to try all the restaurants. I will add this to my list and give it a try next time. Maybe it will make the list next year! Thanks for sharing.

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      Beth - April 18, 2017

      Is that the same angelos that used to be in hazelwood next to the starlight?. Best shrimp pizzA EVER

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        Southern Food Junkie - April 21, 2017

        Hey Beth,
        I am not sure what you are meaning. Were you meaning Ammons? If so Ammons is a drive-in burger joint. I appreciate your comment.

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    Brenes Moore - December 31, 2016

    Grew up in Waynesville. I live on the coast of South Carolina now. I would drive back up to Waynesville just to eat at Bogart’s. It really is is that good!

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      Thanks for your comment. I agree!

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    Aaron Fernandez - December 31, 2016

    You should add Blue Rooster to your “to try” list also!

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      Aaron,
      I will add that to my list also. I am getting some great suggestions! Thanks for commenting.

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        Heather Homan - December 31, 2016

        Blue rooster is a definite must try! Located in the lakeside Plaza off paragon parkway!

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          Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

          Hey Heather,
          Someone else also mentioned Blue Rooster or is there two in the area? Must be really good if it is the same one. Thanks for commenting.

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    D.Kuehn - December 31, 2016

    The Tipping Point, The Haywood Smokehouse & The Chefs Table, all located in Waynesville, would probably make your list. Next time that you’re in town, check them out if you can. Of course, I haven’t included the other places that have already been mentioned in the comments section, as to not be redundant.

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      I will add those to my list. As mentioned in the post we tried to go to the Chef’s Table. I heard it was really good. BBQ is probably my favorite food too so I am interested in Haywood Smokehouse also! Thanks for commenting.

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      C. Rogers - December 31, 2016

      I was going to say two of the same ones! Tipping Point has awesome burgers and fish tacos! And Haywood Smokehouse will beat Fat Buddies every time! Never been to Chef’s Table though… We’ll have to try it sometime! Another recommendation… Go to the Tipping Point for supper, and then catch a movie at The Strand, located a little further down Main Street! It’s small, old fashioned, and TOTALLY worth your time! Ooh, and they serve the best homemade ice cream (made by The Hop) and homemade sodas (made by Waynesville Soda Jerks)!

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        Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

        Hey C. Rogers,
        I have seen that movie theater and have been curious about it. I love old fashioned. I will have to check that out next time for sure. Thanks for the recommendations. I will get by Tipping Point also. Sounds like it is awesome. Thanks for commenting! Make sure you take a look around and subscribe so you can get future updates! Happy New Year to ya.

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    Craig - December 31, 2016

    It’s smoky mountains not smokey

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      Thanks for pointing that out. I will fix that error right away. Thanks for commenting.

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    Caleb - December 31, 2016

    A couple of my favorites are Bocelli’s and El Pobre. Also check out Waynesville Pizza Company

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      Caleb,
      Thanks for the suggestions. I will add those to the list. I have gotten so many awesome suggestions I got to make several trips now, but that is fine by me. Thanks for commenting!

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    Darla - December 31, 2016

    Haywood smoke house. Try the baked beans and brisket are the best.

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      Darla,
      Someone else has mentioned Haywood Smokehouse. It must be good to get multiple people saying to try it. Thanks for the suggestion. Happy New Year to you!

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    Kathie - December 31, 2016

    Haywood Smokehouse has a great menu and their brisket is awesome. Maggie’s Galley is a great restaurant too. We love their local trout.

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      Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

      I will add Maggie galley to the list. Is it in Maggie or Waynesville? Haywood has lots of votes so far sounds like it is great. Thanks for commenting.

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        Rachell Hardison Moody - December 31, 2016

        It’s in Waynesville. https://maggiesgalley.com
        Others have mentioned all the restaurants I love save for Guayabitos. Mexican cuisine out in Maggie Valley where the staff treat you like family. Give it a try if you haven’t already!

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          Southern Food Junkie - December 31, 2016

          Hey Rachell,
          I have always wanted to try out that restaurant along with Franks in Maggie Valley. I will soon do a post just on Maggie Valley. Thanks for commenting.

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    Jordan furnisss - January 1, 2017

    Try Haywood smokehouse in waynesville.

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      Southern Food Junkie - January 1, 2017

      Jordan,
      It must be really good. Have had lots of folks recommend it. Thanks for commenting,
      Ronnie

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    Georgia Reeves - January 1, 2017

    Lived in Waynesville for 50 years. Clyde’s Restaurant is truly the best place to eat GOOD country food. Me and my husband eat from there at least once a week. My Husband is disabled so I go pick it up and bring it home. Food is always perfect even though it’s fixed to go.

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      Southern Food Junkie - January 1, 2017

      Georgia,
      Sorry to hear about your husband. There’s nothing g like good country food. How about there rolls? Loved them. Thanks for commenting,
      Ronnie

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    Mark Taylor - April 17, 2017

    Great List! There are still a plethora of Gastric Heavens for you to savor! We are blessed!!

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      Southern Food Junkie - April 18, 2017

      Yes, Waynesville is blessed with tons of great restaurants!

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    Elaine - July 3, 2017

    The best by far is the Blue Rooster in Clyde located in strip where Tractor Supply and Food Lion are located. The Best in Southern Cuisine.

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      Southern Food Junkie - July 6, 2017

      Hey Elaine,
      I really appreciate you stopping by to leave us a comment. I have had quite a few people leave comments on the Blue Rooster. I will try it next time I am in Clyde and do a review on it.
      Thanks again,
      Ronnie

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    Richard Owens - September 5, 2017

    Did you eat at BB in Hazelwood?

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      Southern Food Junkie - September 5, 2017

      I have not. I hadn’t heard of that one yet. Is it good? If so, I will add to my list!

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