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High Country eateries make Our State Top 100

Article Published: Jul. 1, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
High Country eateries make Our State Top 100

Whose cuisine reigns supreme?

That's a question that Our State magazine pondered during the research for an article in its July 2010 issue. That research resulted in a 68-page article, titled, "100 Foods You Must Eat in North Carolina's 100 Counties."

So, now that the July issue of Our State is on the stands, you're probably wondering what made the cut from Watauga and Avery counties.

Boone's Coyote Kitchen took top honors in the Our State search for its Taos Boat, a hot dish containing cornbread, sweet potatoes, black beans, chicken, fried plantains, and tomatoes, smothered with Monterey Jack cheese and guacamole.

Food reviewer Rob Rooks of Greensboro added, "If they're out of the (homemade) pineapple salsa, go home and don't come back until they have it."

Coyote Kitchen, first opened by previous owners Mike and Nova Nelson about a decade ago, specializes in what they call "Southwest Caribbean soul food," and offers "antibiotic and hormone-free meat options, eco-friendly ocean fishes, vegetarian and vegan dining." It is located at 200 Southgate Drive in Boone.

Avery County's Vance Toe River Lodge Restaurant was hailed for its "Nutty Blue Chick" wrap, a sandwich featuring roasted chicken, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese, mixed greens and a secret sauce.

So, now you're probably wondering what places and dishes made the cut in our immediate surrounding counties. Well, in alphabetical order by county they are:

? Ashe County: A.B. Vannoy's air-cured country hams of West Jefferson.

? Caldwell County: The Uptown Cafe and Bakery of Lenoir's "Loaded Potato Soup."

? Wilkes County: Igloo Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop of Millers Creek's "Double Bacon-Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich."

Bon Appetit!

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Got restaurant news? E-mail editor Frank Ruggiero at ( , snail mail Mountain Times Publications, Attn: Frank Ruggiero, 474 Industrial Park Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607, or call (828) 264-NEWS and ask for Frank.

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