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142 S. Water Street, Boone, NC 28607
828-865-5000
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: (828) 865-5000

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  • 62
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice people, good food

Great little restaurant in what used to be the jail for Boone in the 1800's (so we were told) Excellent lunch of fried catfish and delicious mac and cheese. The only thing I wish was different was it was cold the day we were there, and the fireplace wasn't on. Plus all of the tables (I think... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Wyndswept8
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Great little restaurant in what used to be the jail for Boone in the 1800's (so we were told) Excellent lunch of fried catfish and delicious mac and cheese. The only thing I wish was different was it was cold the day we were there, and the fireplace wasn't on. Plus all of the tables (I think) and certainly the... More 

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Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I'm from Oregon, and know very little about Southern food, so that's why we stopped here. I ordered fried catfish,(we throw them back if we catch them) collard greens,(not a fan) corn muffin, succotash (had to ask what was succotash!) and hush puppies.. (or johnny cakes, cant remember but I had to ask what they were too) I also picked... More 

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Nashvillle
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387 reviews 387 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

While making sales calls in Boone, we found Proper. Located just behind Mellow Mushroom, the restaurant is in a house. The meatloaf was very good and the hush puppies (stole from my friend's plate) were crispy and flavorful and incredible!

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North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Decided to try this restaurant on a Saturday night with another couple. They don't take reservations but, when I called, the lady who answered the phone was very helpful about telling me to get there before 6:00 pm so we wouldn't have to wait. Arrived right at 6:00 and were seated right away. This is a very, very tiny place.... More 

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Sugar Grove, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

What a fantastic lunch we had! Everything was absolutely perfect! While this restaurant specializes in traditional southern cuisine, I wanted something that was not fried. They took their roast chicken breast (which was incredibly tender and flavorful) and made me the best salad ever! The service was very attentive and helpful. Really made us feel special!

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c
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Great food. Small location so expect a wait if you go at peak times (70 min for me on a Saturday night). I'll return.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

There aren't words that can/would do my dining experience justice! Impeccable food and service, great atmosphere the restaurant setting in an old home, heated porch comfortable in dead of winter. The mac & cheese, meatloaf, green beans and sweet chipotle squash soup are to die for. You cannot go wrong here. You're welcome!!

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Concord, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was my second visit, I was trraveling with my husband on a business trip and told him we had to go! We both had the meatloaf and wonderful sides!!! Cant wait to go back! !!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Freshly prepared food. The collards were so good. Everything we ate was delicious. There is a nice outside seating area, but since it was January we ate inside. Give it a try.

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Bozeman, Montana, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Very good atmosphere and service. Food was quite tasty and lots of it, but sadly the coffee was disappoints.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 142 S. Water Street, Boone, NC 28607
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: 828-865-5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Description

(828) 865-5000
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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