Come along with us as we recap the Restaurant Reviews 2016
This past year saw a lot of changes for many people including us. To be specific, it was the start of our Youtube Channel. We did our first restaurant review while my wife and I were on a trip to Spruce Pines, NC. We stopped at a restaurant called Famous Louise’s Rock House. After a few reviews and recipe videos, I decided to start this blog. Since we have now entered 2017, I have decided to recap all of the restaurants that I visited last year from the first ones on Youtube all the way to the last one of 2016. Come along with us as recap Southern Food Junkies Restaurant Reviews 2016.
#1 Famous Louise’s Rock House Linville, NC
It is nestled in an old Rock house that is sitting on three, yes that is three, county lines.
Located in Linville, NC, Famous Louise Rock House is serving up country food at its finest. It is nestled in an old Rock house that is sitting on three, yes that is three, county lines. How odd is that? Meanwhile, being in the mountains, it does not have air conditioning which is not much of an issue. They sell local honey, fresh jam, and jellies there too. The food is superb and worth the drive. It is within a close drive to Linville Caverns too so you can stop by there then go eat. Click on this link for the video.
#2 Hickory Tavern Rock Hill, SC
They have tons of TV spread around to get your sports fix on.
Hickory Tavern is part of a franchise restaurant chain that is located throughout both North and South Carolina and is stretching into other states. They are a bar/pub scene that is still family friendly. They have tons of TV spread around to get your sports fix on. The food they serve is pretty good and the atmosphere is a little loud. Its would be a great place to meet up with friends after work for some good grub and watch the game. Watch the video of our trip here.
#3 Sonny’s Dutchmill Rock Hill, SC
They have the greasy run down your arm burgers that people crave.
Sonny’s Dutchmill is one of my favorite burger joints of all time. They have the greasy, run down your arm burgers that people crave. Sonny’s has been around forever it seems. I can remember stories about Sonny’s Dutchmill by my dad and uncles from when they were young. It really is a great place. Check out my video review of Sonny’s Dutch Mill here.
#4 Dixie Pig Rock Hill, SC
Their barbecue is tender, moist, and full of smokey flavor.
BBQ has to be one of my favorite foods. I love it and love trying different types and styles. I have tried many different BBQ restaurants throughout the years and the Dixie Pig has to be near the top. Their barbecue is tender, moist, and full of smokey flavor. They make all their sauces in house and even had an awesome homemade peanut butter pie that is to die for. Click here to watch our review of The Dixie Pig.
#5 Mariachis Mexican Restaurant Lancaster, SC (This is the start of the first blog post)
Everyone has their favorite restaurants that they frequent and this one is ours. We are usually weekly visitors.Most people either love Mexican or hate it. Even still, it is one of the most popular styles of restaurants around nowadays. Mexican restaurants are popping up all over towns across the south. Mariachis is a great family friendly place to enjoy lunch or dinner. The food is always great and it comes out quick. Trip advisor has them listed as #1 in Lancaster, SC out of 56 restaurants. Stop by and visit them sometimes, you won’t regret it. Click here for the full post.
#6 The Roasting Company Rock Hill, SC
If you look past their counters you can see the huge rotisserie machine back there scrolling away.
I have to admit that at first, I thought it was a coffee shop. Well, I was wrong they are roasting chickens, how cool is that? Have you ever been to the grocery store or let’s say, Wal-Mart where they have those rotisserie chickens sitting there smelling all good? They look like a beach bum laying on the beach smothered in sun tan oil? Well, this is just like that. It gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. They smell so good too. If you look past their counters you can see the huge rotisserie machine back there scrolling away. The juices are just dripping from the chickens constantly bathing the birds in yummy goodness. Click here for the full post from The Roasting Company.
#7 Leigh Anne’s Restaurant Lancaster SC
Leigh Anne’s has been serving the town of Lancaster since the 1980’s, so they must be doing something right.
On this week’s episode of Southern Food Junkie, we travel to downtown Lancaster to visit Leigh Anne’s. This time we stop for breakfast and man did it hit the spot. This place has all the small town southern charm you can handle. I visited here on a stormy and rainy day as Hurricane Matthew was about to bare down on South Carolina coast. Because of this, I was not able to take too much footage of the outside. Leigh Anne’s has been serving the town of Lancaster since the 1980’s, so they must be doing something right. Get there early because it can fill up quick! This is a great place for a quick in and out breakfast to get you going throughout your day. Don’t forget, though, they serve lunch too! Click here for the full post.
#8 Our Daily Bread Boone, NC
The atmosphere at Our Daily Bread is that of a college town, but college students are not the only one patronizing this shop.
Our Daily Bread is making sandwiches, salads, and soups the right way. They source as much of their local ingredients as possible. Their bread is fresh baked from another local business, Stick Boy Bread Company. By doing this they not only provide the absolute freshest and tastiest food possible, but they also help support the local economy. The atmosphere at Our Daily Bread is that of a college town, but college students are not the only one patronizing this shop. While there I noticed many families, friends, and couples enjoying food over conversations. The romantic charm of the building and golden glows from the lights sets the perfect atmosphere for a dinner date. Click here to see the rest of the post.
#9 Sunny Rock Eggs and Things Blowing Rock, NC
While out of town one of my favorite things to do is find an awesome breakfast place.
This week on southern food junkie we continue on with the restaurant reviews from our trip to Boone, NC. While out of town one of my favorite things to do is find an awesome breakfast place. I spotted this place about a year ago while visiting the area and thought I need to try it. So naturally, when we visited this year I told my wife that we need to eat at Sunny Rock in Blowing Rock, NC. The first thing I notice when pulling into the drive is how small the parking lot is. It was crowded this morning, so I saw a sign that said that the neighboring restaurant shares a parking lot. After pulling into that parking lot I notice that the names are similar. Foggy Rock and Sunny Rock are the names of the two restaurants. Click here for the rest of the post.
#10 Dan’l Boone Inn Boone, NC
Boone, NC is a town that has tales of folklore as tall as the mountains that surround it. Boone got it’s named from the famous American Pioneer, Daniel Boone, that is said to have frequently camped there while passing through. Located in the heart of the town is a restaurant that is serving up country ham biscuits that some day may add to the town’s folklore traditions. This is the Dan’l Boone Inn located in Downtown Boone, NC
“A time when life was simple and the food was fresh from the garden.”
The landscaping that adorns the property always has something blooming in season. Once you step foot on the property you are taken back in time. A time when life was simple and the food was fresh from the garden. Dan’l Boone Inn is located at a busy intersection in Boone, NC, but none of that seems to matter when you are on the property. Click here for the rest of the post.
#11 Canyons Restaurant Blowing Rock, NC
Our last stop on our trip to Boone, NC lead us to a unique place. We passed by this place last year and we simply ran out of time to stop. I promised myself I would stop the next time I was in the area. The main drawing point was the views I could see from the road. I had to get a closer look. This is Canyons Restaurant in Blowing Rock, NC.
“What caught my eye on the menu was the mention of a sign that use to stand out front that read “Chicken, Dumplings, and Bait.””
Located just near the entrance to The Blowing Rock, Canyons is hanging off the side of a cliff overlooking a deep gorge facing Grandfather mountain. According to the menu Canyons been many things over the years including many restaurants, a dollar store, a few roadside bars, and even played a part in the great moonshine runs back during prohibition. Click here for the full post.
#12 Nishie G’s Cafe Rock Hill, SC
A Southern Greek-inspired restaurant that has been serving Rock Hill for the past decade. What makes them so good is that it is fresh, friendly, and quick. This is a sit-down dinner with the convenience of fast food. Join us as we tour Nishie G’s Cafe in Rock Hill, SC.
“What is even more interesting is the fact that they are serving breakfast.”
Nishie G’s Cafe is serving up awesome comfort food like fried chicken, hamburger steak, mac and cheese and green beans. They also have Greek-inspired dishes like grilled chicken pita, gyros, and Souvlaki. What is even more interesting is the fact that they are serving breakfast. In fact, they have been featured in USA Today and Southern Living for their breakfast menu. Click here for the rest of the post.
#13 Joey’s Pancake House Maggie Valley, NC
There is one, though, that has stood the test of time, Joey’s Pancake House.
Every year we make the trip up to Maggie Valley in the fall. It has become an annual tradition in our family. One of the main reason we love going there is because the area is so low key. Most of the businesses there are owned by locals. This includes the restaurants. There simply are no franchise restaurant to be seen. Every year we see new attendants in the old buildings. They come and go. There is one, though, that has stood the test of time, Joey’s Pancake House. Click here to see the full post.
#14 Clyde’s Dinner Waynesville, NC
This week we stopped by a restaurant in Waynesville, NC. According to the menu located in the restaurant, this is “where the home folks eat. These are the places we love going to. Clyde’s Dinner looked like an awesome place to try out and they made us feel like home folks too.
“It has that 70’s dinner feel to it when you pull up in the parking lot.”
Clyde’s restaurant is located in the downtown portion of Waynesville, NC right across the street from Wal-mart and best buy. It is surrounded by the beautiful mountains as a backdrop. Click here for the rest of the post.
#15 Country Omelet Richburg, SC
On this edition of Southern Food Junkie, we head out to Richburg, SC to visit a place that has been doing it right since the 80’s. They are located near the intersection of Highway 9 and Interstate I-77. Right next to a truck stop, they are serving up some of the finest food. The owner, Scott Hill, once a Waffle House manager is doing things the right way with fresh food and ingredients. This is the Country Omelet in Richburg, SC.
I was wanting to showcase not only the great food that they serve here but that the Country Omelet is not just a breakfast place.
We stopped by The Country Omelet around 11:00 am. I was trying to beat the crowds so we could get a good seat. Nevertheless, my plan did not work. When I got there it was already crowded with customers taking in a late breakfast, some customers were locals that appeared to have been hunting, others were travelers. Click on here for the full post from the Country Omelet.
#16 McHale’s Irish Pub Rock Hill, SC
Irish pubs have been around for centuries. They may even have the title of the oldest pub/bar. In fact, the first pub claims to date back to the tenth century. Possibly they are one of the first places people would gather for friendly chats, drinks, and to eat awesome food together. This week we step inside Rock Hill’s only Irish Pubs to taste one of Irelands most iconic food dishes, fish and chips. This is McHale’s Irish Pub.
They have a front and rear entrance with a large public parking lot near the rear entrance of the building.
McHale’s Irish Pub is located on Main St. in Rock Hill, SC. McHale’s is located in the Old Town district that has recently been given life due to the new business and future ones that are planned to come. Click here for the rest of the post.
#17 Hey Sugar Shop Rock Hill SC
Have I ever told you have much I love sweets? Well, it is true. As a matter of fact, I love them too much. It is not those hard sugary candies that get me into trouble. What gets me the most is the dedicated cakes, pies, and chocolate desserts, you know the bad ones. I could skip most meals for a slice of pie heaven. I found a local shop in Rock Hill, SC to get my fix now. Hey Sugar Shop is serving up what they call cake truffles, and boy they are delicious.
The smells of the shop are almost too much to bear making you want to dive right into the desserts right then.
Hey Sugar shop is located on Charlotte Avenue right at the edge of the residential housing area where other small local businesses are located. As soon as you walk in the door you are greeted by Mary-Kate the bubbly, charismatic owner of Hey Sugar Shop. Click here for the rest of the post.
Finally, we are at the end of the list. I hope you enjoyed The Best Restaurant Review 2016. We truly enjoyed sharing each one with you as much as I did. I would like to ask you to please share this post across your social media and feel free to leave us a comment below too. We really appreciate all our fans out there. We look forward to an exciting 2017!
Ronnie is a native to Rock Hill, South Carolina. Growing up in the south with a love for sweet tea, grits, collard greens, and cat head biscuits. A self-described foodie, he loves to try out new restaurants, especially the low key ones. He also has a passion for the outdoors and new adventures. He is married with 3 beautiful kids.