Been There, Eaten There,
I’ll Be Back

Have you ever eaten at a restaurant or eatery of any type and said to yourself and/or friends, “that was good, I’d eat there again.”? One of the pleasures that we have in America is the joy of eating a variety of foods. We have the choice of thousands of restaurants, with an endless array of choices. Many of these restaurants are run by independent owners (Mom & Pop’s) making their living trying to please you and me. When my wife and I travel, we look for the Mom & Pop restaurants. We enjoy giving them our business and seeing new dishes or even some old familiar dishes done well.

I have written this page to share some of my good experiences: places I’ve been at, eaten at, and will be back! As a former restaurant owner, I know

what it’s like to work long hours, creating menus to please my customers and enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done. You will find their addresses listed by states, meal time I have eaten, and a note or two. Next time you travel, take the time to look them up, enjoy something different. Good people doing a great job!!

One last quick note: Remember, everyone has a bad day every once and a while, and so do restaurants. That said, I will not make any negative comments about any restaurant, deserved or not. If I visit a restaurant and have a bad experience or poor service, I’ll give them a second chance if it’s possible to return. My dissatisfaction will be to not list them. Hope to see you at a local Mom & Pops!

Georgia

Cafe At City Market

,

Offering a great selection of appitizers, salads specialties, pizzas, sandwiches and creative desserts.

Kentucky

TNT BBQ

,

Offering a great selection of appitizers, salads specialties, pizzas, sandwiches and creative desserts.

North Carolina

Moore’s BBQ

,

reenville NC is know for having some great BBQ restaurants, and "Moore's BBQ" can be listed with the best. Two BBQ restaurant families joined together to create this restaurant. With over 100 years experience between these families, that brought their best to the drawing board.

Banner Elk Cafe

,

324 Shawneehaw Ave S, Banner Elk, NC 28604 (828) 898-4040 bannerelkcafe.com     Facebook: Banner Elk Cafe Hours:  Sun - Thurs: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri - Sat: 7:00 am - 11:00 pm They are a cafe, bakery, smoothie bar, espresso bar, and are 2 restaurant combined with outside patios.  You [...]

Anchor’s Away Cafe

,

110 Reservoir Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 828-678-3474 "Affordable Family Dining" A small seafood restaurant (about 30 + seats) serving fresh seafood for the locals in Burnsville NC. They offer flounder, perch, catfish, whitefish, deviled crab, jumbo and small shrimp and oysters.  Most of the seafood is lightly breaded and fried. [...]

The Pedalin’ Pig

,

4235 Hwy 105 South, Banner Elk, NC 28604 website: thepedalinpig.com                    like them on Facebook: The pedelin' Pig 828-898-7500 We ate here on our fall "leaf looking" trip.  Let me just say "WHAT A FIND".  This place knows how to cook pork BBQ and all the sides to go with it.    [...]

Hitch’n Post Restaurant

,

The dinner menu is an array of steak, burgers, salad, seafood, chicken and daily specials. They are know for their chef's creative daily specials.

Baker’s Restaurant

,

A home town country diner. Popular place to eat for the locals.

Laura’s House

,

Local owned pizza and sub shop that opened in early 2014.

Ma’s Hot Dog House

,

Local owned pizza and sub shop that opened in early 2014.

Lovick’s Cafe

,

Local owned pizza and sub shop that opened in early 2014.

Aggies Subs

,

Local owned pizza and sub shop that opened in early 2014.

BJ’s Grill

,

Local owned pizza and sub shop that opened in early 2014.

Barney’s Pizzeria & Grill

,

Local owned pizza and sub shop that opened in early 2014.

La Flama Mexican Restaurant

,

Local owner Mexican restaurant that has become very popular since they opened in early 2014. Very clean, excellent decor and outstanding food and service.

Autumn Leaf Cafe

,

They are a locally owned by Jerry & Sandra Lawrence. If you are looking for a country diner that serves local country style meals you will want to make a stop at the Autumn Leaf Cafe.

La Paz Mexican Family Restaurant

,

We were told about this restaurant in early 2014. The first time we walked in you felt welcome by their friendly staff. The restaurant very clean and has a great atmosphere. Of course you want to know about the food, well its as great as the cleanliness and atmosphere.

Yoder’s Dutch Pantry

,

Fresh made breads used for sandwiches and their famous french toast. Daily lunch specials such as cheesy spaghetti bake, lasagna, roast turkey, meatloaf, baked pork chops, hamburger steak.

Two Guys Grille

,

Specializing in fresh made comfort food such as their famous Philly cheesesteaks, and sweet potato fries.

Lake Lure Smokehouse

,

Located next door to the historic Lake Lure Inn. Specializing in BBQ smoked dishes such pork BBQ, beef brisket and chicken.

Bowmans At The Beach Seafood Restaurant

,

Open for lunch and dinner, specializing in fresh seafood, steaks and sandwich platter.

S & L Deli

,

They are a New York style Deli. No let me re-phrase that, they are a New York Deli.

Mario’s Pizza

,

As you would think, they specialize in pizza and subs. Offering both NY style, Sicilian pizzas, calzones and strombolis.

Kate’s Pancake House

,

You guessed it they serve pancakes! But they don't stop there, they have a wide variety of other breakfast dishes to make everyone happy.

Dee’s Diner

,

Homemade diner style meals such as pot roast, pork chops, chicken pastry, backbones w/ cabbage, fried shrimp and trout.

Mr. Frosty’s Subs and Ice Cream

,

Offering a great selection of appitizers, salads specialties, pizzas, sandwiches and creative desserts.

Murray’s Restaurant

,

If you like yours country, this is the place. Southern cooking done well. Many of the dishes that are loved by the locals.

Zack’s Char-broil

,

The place is not fancy, but seems to be a very popular place for the locals.

The Plaza Restaurant

,

Their pledge is "To give the best quality home cooked food at affordable prices, with a little T.L.C."

Switzerland Cafe

,

Well we found a gem, the "Switzerland Cafe." The cafe is located just off the "Blue Ridge Parkway" at Milepost 334 and right in the heart of Little Switzerland.

Sanitary Fish Market Restaurant

,

Large variety of fish offered including Bluefish, flounder, trout mullet. Shrimp and scallops offered both fried and broiled.

Mountaineer Restaurant

,

"HOME OF THE MILLION DOLLOR VIEW" and they weren't lying! The dining room had large windows to view the picturesque Soco Gap.

Ken’s Grill

,

Daily specials, Dinners, Burgers, Hots and sandwiches. Friday is fresh NC style BBQ.

Jukebox Junction & Soda Shoppe

,

50's style restaurant, with a working jukebox in the center of the dining area. Of course it wouldn't be a 50's style restaurant without freshly made malts and shakes.

Hobnob

,

Country cooking, dinner plates, sandwiches, homemade pies.

Duvall’s

,

Country cooking, dinner plates, sandwiches, homemade pies.

Cubbies (Old Fashioned Grill)

,

Specializing in burgers, hots, and cheesesteak sandwiches.

B’s Barbecue

,

NC BBQ pork, BBQ chicken, BBQ pork sandwiches, fresh made slaw. Lunch only, until they run out! Everything is grilled fresh daily.

Smoky Mountain Diner

,

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Hot Springs, NC. Seats about 100+ people. We had breakfast, great job!

Pisgah Fish Camp

,

Specializing in fried or baked seafood, daily buffet (no seafood on buffet) in Pisgah, NC. Open for lunch and dinner.

Maggie Valley Restaurant

,

Popular restaurant in Maggie Valley, NC, for locals and returning vacationers. Waitress service, full menu, home cooking. Enjoyed breakfast and dinner!

The Country Biscuit Restaurant

,

Country Biscuit Restaurant opens at 5:30 AM, Monday through Saturday, serving steak, ham, tenderloin, sausage, bacon and cheese biscuits or breakfast plates to include eggs and grits or hash browns.

Mimmo’s Pizza & Pasta

,

Great pizza with homemade crust, fresh sauce and toppings. Many choices of freshly prepare entrees such as lasagna, ziti and a few Greek dishes.

George Street Grill

,

Full hot breakfast menu and daily lunch specials in Goldsboro, NC. I walked in about 6:30AM one morning and ordered a meal and dined in. They had a pill of bacon, sausage, smoked sausage and biscuits.

Francos Pizza Restaurant

,

Specializing in "Authentic New York Style" pizza in New Bern, NC. They make New York style and Sicilian pizza along with strombolis and calzones. A variety of hot and cold subs and Italian dishes are also available.

Dough Boy’s Pizzeria

,

Specializing in NY style pizza, calzones, stromboli, hot and cold subs. Great job making hand tossed pizza crust.

Chapala Mexican Restaurant

,

Chapala Mexican Restaurant in Pisgah Forest, NC has a good variety of dishes from A-Z. The salsa was very good that came with the hot chips. Great plate presentation on all the dishes I saw go by, and ours was no exception.

Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant

,

Specializing in seafood, Both broiled and fried. Their variety of seafood include many fish, shrimp, scallops, oysters,snow crab legs, along with a variety steaks. You can create your own combination plates to enjoy a wider selection.

37th Street Pizzeria & Pasta Co.

,

As the name says: pizza & pasta done right! Specializing in pizza--regular, thin, traditional, hand tossed and Chicago deep dish. The pasta dishes are the traditional lasagna, baked ziti, manicotti, jumbo shells, tortellini and spaghetti, DONE WELL!

Uncle George’s Restaurant & Pizza

,

Authentic style Italian restaurant in Lumberton, NC. Specialties are pizza, pasta, calzones. Offers a variety of freshly made sandwiches. Open for Lunch & Dinner.

Blue Ridge Pizza Company

,

Offers handmade pizza crust with their own creative assortments of toppings in Etowah, NC. They make their own bread daily for the "Grinders". They offer 11 different grinders such as "The Sydney's Club," "The Gobbler,” and "The Lumberjack."

New Hampshire

Peg’s Restaurant

,

This is a nice restaurant located on very popular vacation destination in the "White Mountains" of New Hampshire.

The Littleton Diner

,

This diner has be open for 80 years, doing it right for that many years is saying something.

New York

Parkside Pizza & Subs

,

We shared a 16 inch pizza and a large steak sub. My daughter said it was the best she has ever had. Prices were great, service was great and as I said earlier pizza was great. Talked with the owner, he said they has owned it for 18 years. The store is an old store front, very clean and well keep.

Bob & Ruth’s Diner

,

This is a three in one Restaurant. The front part of the building is a diner style restaurant with stools, tables and booths. The back part of the building is the Vineyard Restaurant, offering an Italian menu, with some steaks and seafood dishes.

Benucci’s Italian Restaurant

,

Benucci's is passionate about Italian food, bursting with flavors from all regions of Italy. I moderately price dining experience with great food and atmosphere.

Athenia Restaurant

,

Sandwiches, dinner plates and daily specials

The Villager Restaurant

,

Offering specialty sandwiches, clubs, burgers, stuffed burgers, melts, salads.

The Original Candy Kitchen

,

Offering handmade mouthwatering chocolates and many other interesting candies.

Sunrise Diner

,

A Greek restaurant with many of the popular American favorites mixed in.

Pizano’s Italian Kitchen

,

Brick oven pizza done great!! They are a pizza kitchen with a whole lot more.

DeClemente’s Deli & Restaurant

,

A casual dining restaurant in a restored store front in downtown Corning. A New York City type atmosphere!

Yellow Mills Diner

,

Counter service, full waitress service. Sandwiches, dinner plates, daily specials.

Walt’s Diner

,

Everything homemade, french fries, soups and desserts, daily specials.

T.A.M.’s Diner

,

Diner counter and tables, full waitress service. Home cooking, Dinner plates, sandwiches, homemade pies.

Stephanie’s Family Restaurant

,

Home cooking, full waitress service, takeout

Patty’s Place

,

Daily specials, homemade soups, fresh baked breads

McArdle’s

,

Homemade soups, hand cut steaks, great pasta dishes, kid's menu.

Mark’s Pizzeria

,

Specializing in NY style pizza, calzones, chicken wings, subs and more.

Keyes Pancake House

,

Pancakes, homemade waffles, burgers and sandwiches.

Chat-A-Whyle

,

Sandwiches, dinner plates, salad bar, homemade soups, fresh baked sticky buns.

Curly’s Family Restaurant

,

A wide variety of choices from sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and Italian dishes.

Orbaker’s Drive-in

,

Giant ground steak burgers, Zweigles Red & White Hots, 28 plus flavors of ice cream, soft serve, old fashioned milkshakes.

Ohio

Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen

,

Located in the center of Ohio Amish country. Serving traditional Amish dishes.

Dutch Valley Restaurant

,

The restaurant is a replica of a large farm house with a large porch with dozens of rocking chairs. When you take the time to seat in the rocking chairs, or just turn around, you can see several farms and rolling hills.

Cindy’s Diner

,

If you are looking for a place with a combination of modern diner for and authentic Amish style meals, Cindy’s is the place for you.

Cardo’s Pizza of Waverly

,

Cardo’s offers a wide menu of appetizers, salads, hot and cold subs, dinners, chili and of course pizza.

Boyd & Wurchmann’s Restaurant

,

Started as a grocery store in 1938. Sold to Boyd and Wurthmann seven years later. The original, green counter built in the 40's with seating for 9 is still a local favorite and in use today at their establishment.

Pennsylvania

Ella’s Place

,

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No your typical diner. They have something for everyone.

Country Meadows Restaurant

,

They offer a full breakfast lunch and dinner menu. Friendly staff and great food.

Tommy’s Pizza

,

A local pizza shop serving great pizza subs and much more since 1973. They are a popular pizza place to the locals and visitors to historic Gettysburg.

Skippereno’s Restaurant

,

Specializing in pizza, gourmet sub sandwiches, panini sandwiches, seafood dishes, homemade sups, Italian dinners, calzones and salads.

Lincoln Diner

,

24 hour diner in downtown Gettysburg, PA. The main dining room and kitchen is a train car. Through the years a larger dining room and kitchen have been added.

Fry Bros.

,

Specializes in fresh turkey dinners and open face sliced turkey sandwiches. Many other items also.

Dienner’s Diner

,

Owned and operated by Mennonites, great home cooking, homemade desserts.

Country Cupboard

,

This a mega operation, must set 300 plus, but don't let the size fool ya! They make most of their meals from scratch, fresh baked goods.Established in 1973 with the goal of serving the local community with good home cooked meals. They have been doing that and have become a large operation with that small mom and pop atmosphere.

Bird-in-Hand Restaurant

,

This a mega operation, must seat 500 + plus, but don't let the size fool ya! They make most of their meals from scratch, fresh baked goods.

South Carolina

Nick’s House of Pizza

,

Serving great pizza with fresh made crust and Italian and Greek dishes to the West Columbia area.

Woodstone BBQ & Seafood

,

SC. BBQ, fried and broiled seafood, ribs, fried chicken, fish stew, country vegetables.

Turbeville Chat & Chew

,

Full waitress service, take-out. Burgers, hots, dinner plates, lunch specials.

The Cafe on Main

,

" Food For The Soul, That's What We Do"

Sambino’s Bistro

,

A combination of Greek & Italian cooking. Offers pizza, traditional or white, homemade lasagna, veal Parmesan, alfredos and vegetarian dishes.

Roma Oven

,

Specializes in authentic Italian and Grecian subs, pasta. They offer a 10 inch pizza, using a fresh made, thin crust, that bakes very crispy in the brick oven.

Red Bone Alley

,

Appetizers, creative salads, dinners, lunch menu, shrimp & grits, assorted pastas.

Gus’ House of Pizza

,

Delicious home-style pizza made from an old family recipe, true heart-of-the-Greek-home dishes and recipes, a warm family restaurant.

Guignard Diner

,

Specializing in "Country Cookin." Home cooked meal like your grandma would make.

Corner Diner & Grill

,

Diner style menu done well! Known for their thick hand pressed hamburgers.

Cheesesteak Factory

,

Specializing in cheesesteak in four different choices (steak, chicken, pizza & shrimp). Great variety of hoagies, both hot and cold.

Bobby’s House of Pizza

,

Authentic pizza, calzones & pasta dishes, done well!!

Creekside Restaurant

,

Offering American diner style meals, serving breakfast all day. They have a wide variety of omelets, also serving french toast, waffles, biscuits and gravy.

New York City Pizza Restaurant

,

As in the name, they specialize in New York pizza dishes. Many claim the name but these guys are the real thing.

McCabe’s BBQ

,

Ranked best BBQ pulled pork in South Carolina in 2005. Buffet style, serving fresh roasted pulled pork BBQ with a tangy vinegar sauce.

Margaret’s Diner

,

Country diner on Hwy 378 about halfwaybetween Sumter and Columbia. Country cooking done well!

Juniper Restaurant

,

My wife and I happened upon this place one Sat. when we were out enjoying a little getaway. We had lunch. What a meal!

Duncan Dogs

,

They serve hot dogs, just hot dogs and the trimmings. All premium Sausage dogs and Nathan's Hotdogs are 100% beef.

Duke’s Barbecue

,

Great seafood dishes such as crab stuffed grouper, shrimp scampi, shrimp and grits and the Captain's crab cakes. Southern style BBQ restaurant, has been on the FOOD NETWORK "My Favorite Place To Eat" episode.

Captain’s Quarters

,

Great seafood dishes such as crab stuffed grouper, shrimp scampi, shrimp and grits and the Captain's crab cakes.

Cafe on Academy

,

Diner style restaurant serving many of the South Carolina favorites. Offering a variety of hot and cold specialty sandwiches, burgers and more.

Q on Bay

,

The restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, in historic Beaufort, SC. You can sit on the back patio and enjoy the beautiful Waterway and park, with its beautiful well keep grounds. The view itself is worth the trip.

Angel’s Mexican Restaurant

,

Mexican cuisine done well. Has a large variety of dishes from fajitas to enchiladas.

Tennessee

Hillbilly’s Restaurant

,

A county style diner, making things from scratch. Very clean, friendly staff, great service, great food. We stopped twice while visiting Townsend, Tn. and Cades Cove.

Smoky Mountain Bakers & Brick Oven Bakers

,

500 Cloudland Drive, Roan Mountain, TN 432-957-1202 Open Tues - Sat 8AM - 8PM smokymountainbakers@gmail.com        like the on Facebook: Smoky Mountain Bakers They are in a rustic building on the side of a hill.  Limited inside dining , with tables on the deck for outside dining. They offer breakfast with [...]

Virginia

Bo’s Cafe

,

The lunch menu offers a variety of hot and cold sandwiches and daily entrees.

Carrot Tree Kitchens

,

They converted an old motel into a restaurant and bakery. They offer a creative menu for both breakfast and lunch. Along with a great bakery.

Anna’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta

,

They offer a wide variety of Italian specialties including brick oven pizza, pasta, chicken, veal, and seafood dishes. They also have gluten-free pasta and pizza options as well. Anna's offers private event dining, off-site catering and take-out.

Patsy’s

,

"Good Friends & Great Food" Your Home Away From Home" If you are looking for a restaurant cooking home style meals you have found it. They offer a good variety of dishes at breakfast that the locals love.

Little Italy Ristorante & Pizzeria

,

If you are looking for casual dining restaurant serving old fashion quality Italian food, this the place for you. There menu offers appetizers, salads, strombolis, calzones, sandwiches, subs, pasta and entrees. If you want pizza, they have two choices of crust, a thin crust and Sicilian square.

Old Forge Grill

,

If you are looking for a old fashion diner, you have found the place. Don't let the small kitchen and dining room fool you. They have a good variety of breakfast and lunch items to please everyone.

Ma & Pa’s Diner

,

Diner food done well. They have been here since 1980.

Jimmy’s Oven & Grill

,

Entrees such as NY Strip, Fried Seafood Combo, Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo and Vegetarian Pasta Delight. They offer a seafood buffet on Friday night and a Sunday brunch.

Vermont

The Happy Hour Restaurant

,

Large variety of dishes, "From the sea", Land & Sea", "A little bit of Italy." Also serving hot open face sandwiches, burgers, hot sandwiches and wraps.

Rosie’s Restaurant

,

Offering several choices of dinner size salads, traditional American dishes such as pulled roast turkey spaghetti, Chicken Parmigiana. Seafood platters such as fish & chips, grilled salmon. Burgers and sandwiches, homemade soups. They also serve breakfast daily.

Jack’s Diner

,

Friendly People, Great Service! Offering breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Dana’s by the Gorge

,

The restaurant is located less than a 1/4 mile from the popular Quechee Gorge. The buses stop by the dozens everyday of the week.

Colatina Italian Restaurant

,

Offering both New York style and wood fired artisan pizzas. Many authentic Italian dishes, also a large variety of appetizers, salads, calzones and subs.

Bradford Pizza

,

NY style pizza, calzones, salads and hot subs. Homemade dough, sauce and freshly grated cheese.

3 Squares Cafe

,

This was a great find for my wife and I. We left our motel and started driving to find a place to eat breakfast. You can happen on some of the best places by driving through small towns.