If you haven’t visited Boone, I would say it is worth the drive. It is a good sized small town in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains and it is breathtaking! On your way to Boone, if you are coming from the AVL area, I recommend taking a stop over in Blowing Rock, but we will save that for another day. I have to tell you about the lunch I had at Char. Char Bar and Restaurant on Howard Street in Boone has a wonderful patio with tall tables and high backed chairs that were just what I was looking for after walking around this cute college town. They have a long bar that is accessible by the patio which is convenient if you are just looking for cocktails, but I was hungry (surprise!)
After mulling over the menu with items like Shrimp Po Boy, Blackened Tuna Sliders or a Fried Green Tomato BLT, I went with the special, Shrimp Tacos, based on our sweet waitresses recommendation. D-licious mango salsa, cilantro slaw and shrimp grilled to perfection, seriously delicious and filling, since there was 3 to an order! I opted to pass on the fries and go for their house salad, with candied pecans, granny smith apples, & gorgonzola – good size portion for a side salad, excellent dressing and plenty of goodies. I will note that it was the standard side salad price rather than a sub charge, so I should have enjoyed at least a few fries, that’s the frugal in me.
I had a nice glass of Camenere, their wine list is above average with plenty of great local beers on tap! They have 1/2 off bottles on Wednesday and Tapas Thursday, both of which sound like a great time and based on our great lunch I would love to try out their dinner menu next time I am visiting the cute, quaint, mountainous town of Boone. Great shops and pubs along with 5 & 10 stores and consignment shops, you will enjoy your day whether winter, summer or fall.