Dunn’s Deli

This longtime favorite is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. Start your day with a loaded croissant sandwich or breakfast bowls. Find a big variety of made-to-order sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and wraps with Boar’s Head meat and cheese. Plus, order salads, soups and vegetarian options. Many say they have the best Reuben in the area. Dollar beer. For more, go to their website.
134 Main Street West, Banner Elk (downtown)
828-898-6731

Bayou Smokehouse and Grill

This Texas-Louisiana restaurant and bar features Cajun, smoked barbecue and so much more. Courtyard makes for delightful outdoor dining (leashed dogs welcomed). Stop by for a drink at the indoor bar and play a game of pool. Their general store has local gourmet food and a big selection of beer and wine to go.
130 Main Street East, Banner Elk (downtown)
828-898-8952