Brews and Views

North Carolina has more breweries and brewpubs than any other state in the southeast, and Jackson County has joined in the trend with the Ale Trail. In Sylva, visit Innovation Brewing, Balsam Falls Brewing Company, and the new Nantahala Brewing Sylva Outpost. The charming Whiteside Brewing Company in Cashiers has a five-dollar burger night and plentiful outdoor seating.

The County is also not short on food options. Here are some of our favorites:

Lulu’s on Main, Sylva

Southern Living’s “Favorite Restaurant in the Region,” Lulu’s serves honest, good food on Main Street in Sylva. Chef Devin McCardle, who once served as honorary chef for Julia Child’s foundation, The American Institute of Wine & Food, surprises you with a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items. Their salmon, Szechuan salad and peanut butter pie are also local favorites.

The Coffee Shop, Sylva

Nostalgia reigns at the Coffee Shop, an unpretentious diner open since 1926. Enjoy homemade pie, southern breakfast, classic dinners, and of course, coffee.

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The Orchard Restaurant, Cashiers

It’s best to plan a date night and leave the kids at home when dining at this farm to table restaurant. That is, unless the kids like an extensive wine list, fresh charcuterie boards, local trout, beef and pork, all set in a 100-year-old farmhouse.

Randevu Restaurant, Cashiers

Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Randevu is set in a quaint building with large windows to view the pond outside and towering trees. The bistro-type menu features omelets, waffles, and eggs benedict for breakfast, burgers and sandwiches for lunch, and an array of specialty dishes such as bone-in ribeye steaks, lobster tails, the Gulf red snapper, and chicken piccata for dinner.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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