We visited Bryson City, NC and absolutely loved the small mountain town. It was only a quick 50 minutes from Fontana Village where we were staying for the weekend.
Bella picked herself up a new costume for Halloween at the Fontana Village General Store, and now is a rock start everywhere we go. Surprised she didn’t sleep in it too! Look out Bryson City.
We parked the car near the Heritage Museum and walked down the main street in Bryson City. It was Sunday so a lot of places were closed, but for being a Sunday and in the South there was still a fair amount of shops open. We peeked inside several to really get a feel of this awesome little mountain town. Not even the rain could deter us, we had been wanting to visit Bryson City for a while now, and were excited that it exceeded our expectations.
Everyone was hungry so we were mostly interested in finding a restaurant. We looked on Trip Advisor and found a few options. The first was a restaurant that served burgers called the Cork & Bean Bistro. This restaurant is right next to the Heritage Museum and is ranked #1 of 35 restaurants in Bryson City.
When we got there though, the place looked a little fancier than what we wanted, especially with two, sometimes crazy kids. I looked through the windows and the place was filled with much older people enjoying their meals quietly, and we just couldn’t go in there and interrupt them, so we ventured on.
Pizza is usually a hit so we headed to a pizza joint on the other side of downtown, which was a quick walk. When we arrived at the restaurant, there was nothing special about it. There were some outdoor seats but they were uncovered and no one was out there. Just before we walked in we saw another restaurant across the street and decided to check it out instead.
The restaurant across the street was called Anthony’s. The place looked like it was hopping, the patio was covered and full of people that looked like they were having a good time.
We walked over and went inside to be seated, inside the place was cool. There was so much character with large tree stumps and different materials used to make it look unique.
We were quickly seated outside and all the servers were very attentive. As soon as we sat down it started to rain so we were very thankful we were sitting under a nice covered patio. We ordered a white pizza with pepperoni and Torie and a mushroom burger with sweet potato fries and a side salad. Torie was eating gluten free this week (testing dietary theories for her Health Coaching certification) so she ditched the bun for a gluten free meal. She gave it two thumbs up, fresh ingredients make her a happy camper.
All of the food was made fresh and was very good. Yummy!
When we finish we noticed the restaurant right next to Anthony’s looked like an old hanger. It had a covered patio and there were a lot of people enjoying themselves. The place looked like it at a lot of character as well so when we go back we will check it out and we’ll also eat at Anthony’s again.
The rain let up and we walked back towards the car and stopped in a few shops, one of the shops was called Bryson City Outdoors. Torie has followed the owners for years online, through the blog Lil Blue Boo. Crazy that they lived in CA when we did and moved to NC for a different life style just a few months after us. We have since moved to GA, and actually quite a bit closer to Bryson City. We had seen their shop online, so we had to check it out while in the area. They had a bunch of cool outdoor stuff and Torie picked up a tank top.
The kids wanted nothing to do with clothes, and went right for the camping machetes. We passed on those.
Bryson City is a place we’ve wanted to visit for a while now and we will be back to see what else the town has to offer.
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