If you visit the gemstone mining region of western NC, be sure to stop at the Tropical Grill in Spruce Pine. Located in the heart of downtown, you will be charmed by the owner,Claudia, and the wonderful food. While we were there, we sat outside, and enjoyed the tropical specialties, on the menu..The food is fresh and plentiful. I would recommend the Cuban sandwich, or one of the pork entrees. The pork was delicious, and the plantains have to be tried to be believed.You will not be disappointed. The service is friendly and embracing. You really get a feel for the small town charm of Spruce Pine. We hope to come back again..