Experiencing a fun local restaurant to indulging in some local cuisine only heightens the excitement of a trip away from home. From a chocolate factory to fun hangouts to fine dining, here are 5 places to eat and drink while in Jackson County – enough to please everyone’s tastes and desires.

Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers

In view of a stunningly beautiful granite mountain, you’ll find the equally stunning Canyon Kitchen. Canyon Kitchen is a farm to table dining experience by acclaimed chef, Adam Hayes, a winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen – one among many accolades. Hayes whips up unique combinations to deliver a wow factor with every bite. Dining here is a true pleasure. It’s usually a full house, so you’ll want to make reservations in advance to indulge in this extraordinary culinary experience.

Coach’s Bistro in The Jarrett House in Dillsboro

Coach's Bistro at Jarrett House by Sara Kendall

Newly opened, this restaurant knows what good food is. From southern comfort food to European tastes, a nice range of menu options exists here. Co-owner Constantine Roumel brings authentic Greek entrees from his youth on the island of Crete. Coach’s Bistro houses the only full bar in town and invites guests to join them in a comfortable, casual setting from Tuesday to Saturday.

Buck’s Coffee Café in Cashiers

Bucks Coffee Cafe by Sara Kendall

It’s part coffee shop and part retail shop all wrapped into a cozy atmosphere –  Buck’s the perfect place to hang out. Try a pastry, bagel, or a bowl of oatmeal for a morning meal or baked goods for afternoon snack. Of course, the biggest reason people come here is for the specialty coffees and teas.

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory in Dillsboro

Dillsboro Chocolate Factory by Sara Kendall

Who likes a sweet treat? Everyone! In addition to the enormous selection of chocolate treats, Dillsboro Choclolate, you can find old-fashioned candies, fudge, truffles, and much more – they even carry Moonshine Peanut Brittle. Need a jolt of caffeine – you can pick up a cup of delicious coffee to add to top off your afternoon sugar fix.

Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shop in Sylva

Jack the Dipper Ice Cream by Sara Kendall

On most people’s favorite things to do while on a trip list, is a stop at the locals favorite ice cream shop. In Sylva, that’s Jack the Dipper. At Jack the Dipper, the smell of freshly baked waffle cones fills the air as you contemplate the over 40 hand-dipped flavors to make your selection. Everyone is sure to find something they will like.

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