Where to Eat in Franklin NC

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
Office: (828) 524-5265
Fax: (828) 369-8176
Fatz is one of the few "chain" sit-down restaurants.  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

P.O. Box 1359
US 441 South
Franklin, NC 28744
Office: (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
Office: (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
Office: (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
Office: (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
Office: (828) 349-3183
Fax: (828) 524-5729
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!

1000 Georgia Road
Hwy. 441 South
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (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
Office: (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
Office: (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
Office: (828) 524-0414

Fat Buddies

311 Westgate Plaza
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 349-4743

Cash's Smokehouse BBQ

1281 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (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
Office: (828) 369-8188
Located in the Whistle Stop Mall

Fortune House

305 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (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
Office: (828) 524-8879


Fast Food



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

Burger King

130 Westgate Plaza Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 349-0437


664 E. Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 369-0730
329 Franklin Plaza
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 369-7462

Taco Bell

6 Hyatt Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 524-5142


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

French and Cajun


Caffe Rel - Staff Favorite!

457 East Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (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
Office: (828) 369-6288

Ice Cream


Peppermint Patti's Ice Cream & Sweets

712 Highlands Road, Franklin Square
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 524-9966



Lucio's Italian Restaurant

313 Highlands Rd.
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 369-6670
Don't 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
Office: (828) 349-8917
Great atmosphere and unexpectedly good sushi!  Sakura offers hibachi-style meals, as well as lunch specials... definitely give them a try!


Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant

788 E. Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 369-1580

Las Barristas

2648 Georgia Rd.
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 349-4484



Main Street Pizza

409 Depot Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 349-0979

Chris and Charlie's - Staff Favorite!

1505 Highlands Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 349-0900
Toll Free: (888) piz-za90

The Pizza Factory

1024 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (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
Office: (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
Office: (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
Office: (828) 349-1115
Located in the antique mall, 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
Office: (828) 524-4800

Rosebud Cottage

46 E East Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (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.


3852 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 349-1115




1024 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (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
Office: (828) 524-1111

Thai Paradise Restaurant - Staff Favorite!

3078 Georgia Road
Franklin, NC 28734
Office: (828) 349-0973



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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January 4th, 2013 Our first real estate dealing with John Becker (aka Baldhead) was when selling our primary residence in Franklin, NC as he was the agent representing the buyers. Not only did he present a successful contract but the offer exceeded our asking price! Since we were so impressed with his process expertise, responsiveness, and negotiation skills, in 2012 we listed and sold our second home with him. John doesn't just wait around for the "right" buyer to walk in the office he aggressively pursues perspective buyers through professional contacts, extensive Internet exposure, and local advertising. The video John produced of our home was HGTV worthy and initiated immediate interest. Just a few weeks after listing John presented us with an acceptable offer and handled all the details of the process through closing. We were very impressed with his support and communication and would highly recommend his services. If you are truly serious about buying or selling a home in this area you need a full time professional agent with local knowledge, and John Becker is by far the best choice. Graydon & Susan Smith
Sep 10, 2011 John Becker was fantastic as our realtor. He helped us look at houses for over 2 years before we finally found the house we wanted and helped us navigate the short sale and foreclosure process perfectly. At all times he was professional, honest, and responsive. Thank you John and we look forward to having you as our realtor in the future. Thanks Chip & Mary Ann Godwin Chip & Mary Ann Godwin
Wendell & Karen ‎ - Sep 4, 2011 One Saturday on a whim I told my wife I was going to talk to John “Bald Head The Realtor” about some property I come across. After a short conversation with John he had formulated a plan. I was amazed that in less than a week we were on the fast track to owning the property. During the course of the negotiations John helped us overcome many potential obstacles to owning our first property in beautiful Franklin, NC. He always responded quickly to our questions. I soon became aware that this was a man I could trust - a rare find. My wife and I will always be grateful to John for helping us realize our dream of owning our own piece of this majestic land. Wendell and Karen, Franklin, NC Wendell & Karen
Kathryn P ‎ - Sep 28, 2011 Thanks so much John for being you as you are SUPER! My Dad and I were blessed that you were the listing agent on the home we first looked at as that led us to you. And you made our whole experience one that was so darn easy and pleasant. Working with you through the whole experience of looking at both homes was a total delight. Not only do you listen, you make the rather grueling process of home shopping to be fun. Thanks so much for your good humor and grace under pressure. Your smile alone made the paper signing go faster. You surround yourself with great people, too. From your assistant to your real estate attorney...all top notch and the nicest of folks to work with in the home buying process. I know I will certainly be recommending you to others and if I ever have to do this again.....you will be the first person I call. Kathryn Kathryn Pickens
Aug 22, 2011 "We have to admit that all of this "Bald Head" business seemed a bit much at first, but it took very little time with him to come to the realization that John "Bald Head" Becker is a very serious and effective real estate broker who in our experience and opinion is simply the best. Not only did "Bald Head" give us focused attention, maintained very active and prompt communications with us but also went way beyond our expectations in anticipating and filling practical needs. We would use him again in a heartbeat and only lament that we cannot also employ him to sell our house in Raleigh. We highly recommend "Bald Head The Realtor" to you and without reservation." Bill & Pam Peterson
Hey John, What a job you did! Listed in June and sold in August, in this economy ! Thanks for all the follow up work getting it closed in such a short time. Thanks again, James and Barbara Frank Aug. 13th 2011 Jim & Barbara Frank
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