Ashe County offers a growing and diverse list of restaurants including Thai and Cuban fare, as well as fine dining, food trucks, and local sandwich shops.
Opening hours: Monday and Tuesday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thursday and Friday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sweet & Savory in downtown West Jefferson offers a great selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts that make it one of the most popular lunch destinations in the county.
Opening hours: Monday, Thursday and Sunday – 11:30 a.m. — 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 11:30 a.m. — 10 p.m.
Boondocks in downtown West Jefferson offers lunch and dinner and often hosts live music events on weekends, either at the restaurant or just down the street at the Brewhaus.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Havana Cafe, located on Backstreet in West Jefferson, offers traditional Cuban cuisine, daily specials as well as sandwiches and desserts.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday – 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Smoky Mountain Barbecue in West Jefferson has a little bit of everything on the menu, but their most popular dishes include their pork barbecue plates and sandwiches, ribs, fried chicken, and country ham.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday – 11:30 a.m. — 3 p.m., 4 p.m. — 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 11:30 a.m. — 3 p.m., 4 p.m. — 9:30 p.m., Sunday brunch – 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.
The Tavern located on East 1st St. in West Jefferson offers a lunch and dinner menu that includes sandwiches, brisket, wraps, pizza, seafood, and a variety of entrees.
Blackjack Pub & Grill
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11 a.m. — 10 p.m.
Black Jack’s Pub & Grill is probably famous for its delicious burgers, but it has many other menu selections, including sandwiches, chicken tenders, wings and more.
Kristin is addicted to smoke
The food truck is usually located at 602 S. Jefferson Avenue in West Jefferson. They open at 11am and serve food until they sell out. Other locations and times vary.
Kristin’s Hook’d On Smoke is one of Ashe County’s most popular food trucks. Whether you want pulled pork barbecue, wings, burgers, or any of the other delicious dishes on the menu, Kristin’s Hook’d On Smoke has plenty of options.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursday – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday – noon until 8 p.m.
New River Brewing in West Jefferson has its ever-popular wings, pulled pork, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, as well as its tasty craft beer menu.
Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday – 5 p.m. — 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 5 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Craft Bistro’s gourmet menu is one of the best in the High Country. Reservations can be made by calling ahead.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday – 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Hillbilly Grill in West Jefferson offers breakfast all day and lunch six days a week. They are also open for dinner on Friday and Saturday.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monte D Rey is located near Walmart and the LifeStore bank on Mt. Jefferson Rd. and has everything on the menu to feed your Mexican food craving.
Opening hours: Wednesday and Thursday – 7 a.m. — 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday – 7 a.m. — 7 p.m.
Fresh homemade donuts, desserts and tasty drinks are sure to satisfy your sweet cravings in downtown West Jefferson.
Mountain Aire Seafood and Steaks
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday – 4:30 p.m. — 8 p.m., Saturday – 4 p.m. — 8 p.m., Sunday noon – 8 p.m.
You’ll find steaks, seafood, sandwiches and more on the menu at Mountain Aire Seafood & Steaks, located at the top of the mountain near the intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 163.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located on Backstreet in West Jefferson, the Log House Uptown serves breakfast and lunch at the location of the former Smithey’s Cafe.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday — 11 a.m. — 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday — 11 a.m. — 9 p.m., Sunday — 11:30 a.m. — 8 p.m.
Village Inn Pizza in West Jefferson has its ever-popular pizza buffet and salad bar, but you can also order your own pizza to eat in or take home.
Opening hours: Sunday and Monday – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Be sure to visit Oshu House for your favorite Japanese dishes for lunch or dinner.
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
O’s Thai Express recently opened in West Jefferson and offers daily Thai dishes throughout the week. You can find their daily menu by searching O’s Thai Express on Facebook or by going to www.osthaiexpresswj.com.
Opening hours (April 1 – Dec. 23): Wednesday and Thursday – 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (brunch menu only). February 18 – March 31: Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday – 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. (brunch menu only).
Park Vista Restaurant, just off Blue Ridge Parkway, offers an extensive menu of salads, entrees, sandwiches and appetizers.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Osaka offers Chinese and Japanese dishes for lunch and dinner.
Opening hours: Sunday, Monday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. — 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 11:30 a.m. — 9 p.m.
WJ Slice offers pizza, subs, salads, cold beer, wine and cocktails. When the weather is nice, be sure to check out their outdoor seating area.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.
Stop for breakfast and lunch at the WJ Hometown Diner just outside the entrance to downtown West Jefferson. Try one of the famous Smithey Burgers or one of the many other menu options.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Italian cuisine is the specialty of Bobby D’s in Jefferson. Located on Business 221 between towns, Bobby D’s offers pizza, pasta, wings and a nice selection of salads.
Winners Circle in Jefferson offers lunch specials Tuesday through Friday and has a great dinner menu of steaks, seafood, pasta, chicken, pizza, sandwiches and more Wednesdays Saturday.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m., Sunday – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mexican food served at Jefferson at 777 E. Main St.
Hours: Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m., Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sandwiches and ice cream are the specialties served at Southern Scoops, located at 215 Long Street in Jefferson.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A classic dinner menu consisting of sandwiches and dinner plates. Cruisers is located at 658 S. Main St. in Jefferson.