The Best Places to Eat in Franklin North Carolina!

Where to eat in Franklin NC

The staff here at Bald Head Realty LOVES to eat!  In fact... we've tried them all.  Below is a list of Franklin NC's restaurants, sorted by category... and staff picks are highlighted.  Click on any underlined restaurant to be taken to their website.  By the way... what's for lunch, Kristin?!


American/Country/Family Style

Corbin Cafe
24 Iotla Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 369-5964

Kountry Kitchen on 153
351 Carolina Mountain Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 524-6209
The newest kid on the block!  We've yet to try this new restaurant, but we hear they have a great breakfast and lunch.  All home cooking and family owned and operated!

Fatz Cafe of Franklin
107 Sawmill Village Lane
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-5265
Fatz is one of the few "chain" sit-down restaurants in Franklin.  Really great food, and there's also a nice sportsbar.  When you've been in Franklin too long and need to feel like you're in the city, go to Fatz!

Huddle House
US 441 South
Franklin, NC 28744
(828) 369-3906
When everything else in town is CLOSED, head to Huddle House!  Friendly environment and great breakfast and American-style food.

The Hungry Bear Restaurant
33 Macon Center
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-2900
Great food in an atmosphere that features a unique collection of antiques, memorabilia and bicycles . . . all for sale.  Vegetarian fare served here!

Motor Company Grill
86 W Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-0099
American food in a fun and friendly retro atmosphere... pet-friendy patio dining!

Mrs. Lois' Restaurant
145 Highlands Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-8198
The best home cookin' in Macon County... at least according to the Bald Head Team!  Great burgers!

Mulligan's Bar & Grille
579 Depot Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-3183
Franklin NC's favorite sports bar!  Great food and a fun atmosphere... family friendly until 10pm and then you can get the party started with live music most weekends.  You're liable to run into Kelly there on a Friday night!

Shoneys of Franklin
1000 Georgia Road|
Franklin, NC 28734
828) 349-0290
What could be better than breakfast all day?!  You'll also love the buffets!

Stamey's Cafe - Staff Favorite!
1111 E Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-8198
The Bald Head's favorite breakfast!  Great omelettes and daily specials... breakfast served 'til closing!

Sunset Restaurant & Catering
498 Harrison Ave.
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-4842
A local favorite for country and family-style food!  Daily specials that you're sure to enjoy as you meet your neighbors.


Willys Bar-B-Que
240 Cunningham Rd
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-0414

Fat Buddies
311 Westgate Plaza
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-4743

Cash's Smokehouse BBQ
1281 Georgia Road  
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-8386
Located in Whistle Stop Mall's parking lot, this home town favorite was voted Best of Macon County 2009 and 2010.


House of Luck
1281 Georgia Road, Unit A
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-8188
Located in the Whistle Stop Mall

Fortune House
305 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
828) 349-3888
Great lunch specials, and Kelly loves the fried tofu dishes... Mmmm.

Peking Gourmet
4527 Hwy. 441, Holly Springs Plaza
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-8879

Fast Food

917 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 277-1660

Burger King
130 Westgate Plaza Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-0437

664 E. Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-0730

329 Franklin Plaza
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-7462

Taco Bell
6 Hyatt Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-5142

1046 Georgia Hwy
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-0881

French and Cajun

Caffe Rel - Staff Favorite!
457 East Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-9446
Who would guess that one of Franklin's BEST restaurants would be located adjoining the Hot Spot gas station?!!  Amazing, French-inspired cuisine in a casual setting with good prices... we walk across Depot Street to this restaurant often!

Cajun Connection
549 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-6288
No need to travel to New Orleans when you're craving crawfish or jambalaya... get a little tast of NOLA here!

Ice Cream

Olivia's Ice Cream & Coffee Shop
660 Highlands Road, Franklin Square
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-9966

M's Ice Cream
544 East Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 342-6459


Lucio's Italian Restaurant
313 Highlands Rd.
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-6670
You may think twice before you bring a date here... great atmosphere, but you can't resist the amazing GARLIC rolls!  Yum!


Sakura Grill and Sushi Bar - Staff Favorite!
68 Highlands Rd
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-8917
Great atmosphere and unexpectedly good sushi!  Sakura offers hibachi-style meals, as well as lunch specials... definitely give them a try!


El Charro
201 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-9002

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant
788 E. Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-1580

Las Barricas
2648 Georgia Rd.
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-4484


Main Street Pizza
409 Depot Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-0979

Chris and Charlie's - Staff Favorite!
1505 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-0900
Toll Free: (888) piz-za90
We love this pizza! There's entertainment on the weekends, too.  John recommends the Veggie Medly Sandwich!

Domino's Pizza
417 E. Main Street - 3 doors from Bald Head Realty!
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 369-1919

The Pizza Factory
1024 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-8888
Toll Free: (866) 482-2386
Take the kids to this pizza joint attached to the Fun Factory!

Sandwiches and Light Lunches

351 Carolina Mountain Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-6700
Get your Po Boy's here!  Best shrimp in Macon County, per Kristin... and there's a meat and seafood market here, too!

Gazebo Creekside Cafe - Staff Favorite!
44 Heritage Hollow Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-8783
We order from The Gazebo at least once a week... Kristin recommends the Greek Salad or Veggie Sandwhich!

Jer's Kitchen
1281 Georgia Road in the Whistle Stop Mall
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-1115
This casual spot is a great place for fresh and healthy soups, sandwiches and salads.  Unique food, made with love!

Life's Bounty
28 E. Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-4800

Rosebud Cottage
46 E East Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 369-2429
You know you're in the South when a Pimento Cheese Sandwich is on the menu!  Try it with the Creamy Tomato Herb Soup... wowzers.


The Boiler Room
1024 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-5555
A family-friendly steakhouse featuring dinner buffets on Friday and Saturday nights.  The perfect place to dine before a show at the Smokey Mountain Performing Arts Center... just walk over to the show after you dine!


Boone Thai Restaurant
553 Highlands Rd
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524-1111

Thai Paradise Restaurant - Staff Favorite!
3078 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 349-0973
The green curry tofu or chicken with cashews is to DIE FOR!




John, I just wanted to touch base with you as we have not spoken since the sale of my parents home 3 weeks ago. I understand how busy you are as we are and conversing is not always easy due to ones priorities. I wanted to commend you on a job well done in the expedient sale of their home in Franklin. From the very start of the listing of the home, You were very professional in your demeanor. You gave your honest opinion on your thoughts about marketing the house for a timely sale. The experience you have achieved over many years was exhibited in the formulation for strategy to sell the house in such a weak economy. You had great patience in explaining everything to my parents in detail. And the trust that they confined in you was achieved effortlessly. It was amazing to see the gift you have in dealing with senior citizens and especially the way you handled my parents. Your marketing ability to advertise the house was incredible. You utilized numerous avenues of advertisement, involved realtors from other real estate companies, MLS, internet and many other tools in order to sell the house. I lost count of how many times the house was shown to prospective qualified buyers in such a short time. The sale of the house was a smooth transaction and the buyers were able to close within a month. I would recommend you to anyone who is looking for a realtor who is not afraid to work. Congratulations on a job well done.
- Sincerely, Ray Manns,
Jul 25, 2011


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