If you took a barbecue joint and moved it to Italy, this is what the result would be. They have two specialties: crispy, Italian-style pizzas and down home southern barbecue. They blend together seamlessly in various ways on the menu. Take the smoked brisket pizza, the BBQ pork white pizza, or the BBQ panini sandwiches on bread made from the pizza dough. It’s not every day that you can find a full barbecue menu side by side with a full pizza menu, but Flat Rock Wood Room has done it without compromising the quality of either.
Flat Rock Wood Room, 1501 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC, USA, +1 828 435 1391
Binion’s is patriotic to the core and southern to boot – literally, they have a giant boot outside, painted with the stars and stripes. They have many things on their menu to be proud of, including their huge juicy burgers and steaks, which they rightfully call perfect. Once you’ve got one of those in your stomach, it’s time to try their famous Tombstone Tea, their special version of a Long Island iced tea, served in a quart-sized mason jar. If you’re feeling slightly more cautious, try one of their tasty margaritas, and you won’t be disappointed there either. Their menu is uncomplicated and not too long, which just speaks to the level to which they have mastered each of the dishes they offer.
Binion’s Roadhouse, 1565 Four Seasons Blvd, Hendersonville, NC, USA, +1 828 693 0492
You won’t know what’s hit you when you bite into one of Joey’s freshly baked bagels or bialys, which are made from the same dough as bagels, except they’re baked, not fried and they only have a depression in the middle, not a hole. You’ll suddenly be transported to New York City – just without all the chaos and noise. Depending on the time of day, you’ll be given the choices of breakfast sandwiches or lunch options, along with salads, wraps, and smoothies for a sweet treat when you’re done. It can be difficult to find a truly good bagel, but Joey’s has you covered in Hendersonville.
Joey’s New York Bagels, 1500 Haywood Rd, Hendersonville, NC, USA, +1 828 692 1220
Fittingly named after the father of its owners, Daddy D’s pays homage to this man by cooking up the best soul food anywhere around Hendersonville. Between the mac and cheese, fried chicken, collard greens, sweet potato casserole, biscuits, cornbread muffins, and all of their other tantalizing southern options, this is truly not a place for anyone on a diet. Grab a sweet tea and just hang out for as long as you like. They really get into the southern spirit here, so you should go along with it and not hurry off anywhere. What more is there to the South, really, than a slow, greasy meal with a refreshing sweet tea to wash it down and temper a warm afternoon?
Daddy D’s Suber Soul Food, 411 7th Ave E, Hendersonville, NC, USA, +1 828 698 7408