Hole-in-the-wall cafes

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A list of our favorite hole-in-the-wall places that sometimes only the locals know about. 


Our goal is to provide a place where you can easily find an alternative to fast food while traveling. Many of these cafes have “down home” type menus that will remind you of a time when people knew who their neighbors were and have a sense of community.

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Vacation ideas…… interesting places to visit and local cafes to consider. click on “ things to do” for links and additional information. Small towns with hole-in-the-wall cafes that are close to local attractions.

The Country Corner Kitchen  2020 Old Highway 5    Ellijay, Georgia

At The Country Corner Kitchen we specialize in making everyone feel welcomed and at home ! We love to put a smile as well as a great tasting dish on the table prepared specially for you! Visit the North Georgia mountains, and experience our acclaimed trails, take a pontoon on Carters Lake, then relax with friends by the fire in your base camp for adventure. Bring your best friend to lay tracks in the mountains or unwind in a cabin. Escape the ordinary with your family and experience heirloom orchards and tranquil rivers.

North Carolina
The Red Onion   227 Hardin Street      Boone, North Carolina

After a long day of exploring some water spots, we were on the hunt for some food. On our way through town, we drove right past The Red Onion Cafe. Upon a quick Yelp look, we made a u-turn & were very happy with our decision.

Boone is a town in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. In Daniel Boone Park, the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum re-creates 1700s homestead life. Also in the park, the long-running seasonal drama “Horn in the West” evokes the struggles of pioneers like Boone. The Blue Ridge Parkway winds past town, offering mountain views. Nearby, Grandfather Mountain features a high suspension footbridge and a nature museum.

The Cowboy Cafe  115 East Rams Horn  Dubois, Wyoming

Situated just outside the Grand Teton National Park is The Cowboy Cafe. Homemade Desserts and Soups type Cafe.    Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands as a monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River, and enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

The Haunted Hamburger  410 Clark Street   Jerome, Arizona

No trip to Arizona would be complete without a visit to Jerome. Jerome is a town in central Arizona. The Mine Museum explores Jerome's history as a booming copper-mining town. Jerome State Historic Park is home to Douglas Mansion, built in 1916 by a mining magnate. Nearby, Audrey Headframe Park has a glass viewing platform over a 1918 mine shaft. Art galleries and small wineries dot the downtown area. To the east, Tuzigoot National Monument preserves an ancient hilltop pueblo. Established in 1994. Michelle and Eric Jurisin purchased the Haunted Hamburger in 1993 and is now a local favorite.  It had been vacant for a while, but was previously a restaurant called the "Jerome Palace", which is why that name is usually seen with "Haunted Hamburger".

The Country Kitchen  311 Wood Ave.  Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Tired of big city attractions and the crowds that come with them? Why not explore a small town in Virginia with a lot to offer. Big Stone Gap is a town of just a little over 5,000 people. Come explore the 330-mile span of The Crooked Road and the rest of beautiful Southwest Virginia. There is plenty to see and do in all the communities of the region, from festivals to venues to the friendliest people, you’re sure to enjoy your trip. Be sure to visit The Crooked Road sites and stop to do shopping, hiking, exploring and find other artisans!   When hungry check out the Country Kitchen.

Wampach's Restaurant   126 1st Ave.   Shakopee  Minnesota

Great little diner with a classic menu that meets all expectations for the true American breakfast. The Renaissance Festival here is something you'll never forget.

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began its journey in September of 1971 on a 22 acre field in Jonathan, MN. More than 25,000 people visited the two weekend grand opening of the festival, then named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has since relocated to Shakopee, MN and has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 300,000.

The Blue Canoe  2006 Gloster Street  Tupelo, Mississippi

Good food, good music, and Graceland, are some of the reasons you might find yourself visiting here. After you've taken in all the city has to offer, head over to the Blue Canoe to relax and listen to some music.

New Mexico
Sparky's  115 Franklin   Hatch New Mexico

On your way out West you might want to stop by Sparky's in Hatch New Mexico. They are the home of the World Famous Green Chile Cheeseburger, Slow smoked BBQ and Hatch Green Chile Shakes, fresh lemonades and espresso drinks. Hatch is situated between the White Sands National Park and the Gila National Forest. Lots to do in the area, explore the rich history of New Mexico, and be sure to stop by the Hatch Chile market.

The Wildflower Cafe    Mentone, Alabama

Situated in the hills of Lookout Mountain in Alabama is the little town of Mentone. The Wildflower Cafe is about the best place in town to eat with their amazing selection of menu items. It's easy to find, just take a drive down the main street in this tiny town. You'll find plenty of things to do here, especially on the week ends when all the shops are open. Rent a cabin on the “brow” and explore places like The Little River Canyon, Desoto falls, and Fort Payne- the home of the band “Alabama”.

TelliCafe   128 Bank Street  Tellico Plains, Tennessee

Tellicafe serving Monroe County for 30 years. We have a Certified Executive Chef from the Culinary Institute of America. We use High quality ingredients and prepare everything from scratch on the premises. Lots to see and do including the Cherohala Skyway, Indian Boundary State Park, Bald River Falls. Rent a cabin or go camping in this beautiful part of the State.   

South Dakota
Spearfish Breakfast House   620 N Main Street   Spearfish, South Dakota

Good food, friendly servers (and manager), fun décor. We dropped in on a busy Sunday morning after checking out of the local KOA, hoping for for a casual, simple, sit-down breakfast of eggs and pancakes before getting on the road. We were not disappointed. Make Spearfish your home base while you explore Deadwood (20 min.), Sturgis (20 min.), Devils Tower WY. ( 1 hr.), Spearfish Canyon, and the Black Hills National Forest. I found hotels that run about $100 a night for two. Have breakfast at the Original Spearfish Breakfast House before heading out to your favorite destination.

Main Street Diner   71 South Main Street  Soda Springs, Idaho

This small town would be a great place to use as your home base while visiting the many exciting places in the area like Jackson, Wyoming and the Grand Teton National Park two hours away. Soda Springs has a captive Geyser, and an operational Drive-in Theater. Be sure to visit the Oregon Trail Park just down the road. Stay at the historic Enders Hotel then have lunch across the street at the Main Street Diner. Bring the kids, they'll love it.


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