Food and Drink in Kinston, NC
Local and regional cuisine usually defines an area and Kinston is no different. Residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of restaurants in Kinston and the surrounding region, some featuring local flavors and farm-to-table recipes as well as wines and beers from around the State of North Carolina.
The Tap Room is where beer lovers in Kinston go to sample the four types of beer brewed at Mother Earth Brewing. And drinkers here can raise their glasses and toast to preserving the planet. When Kinston natives Stephen Hill and son-in-law Trent Mooring decided to go into the beer brewing business a couple of years ago, an immediate concern was their mother – Mother Earth, that is.
Restaurants in Lenoir County serve tasty dishes, ranging from Southern, down-home cooking to upscale and fresh produce options. Whatever your palate desires, there are a number of long-running eateries to visit in the area. Southern Comfort
Shoppers who visit the Lenoir County Farmers Market will find everything from asparagus to zucchini, and, since it's open all year long, it's good to the last crop. The market is actually unlike most farmers markets for a couple of reasons. The Lenoir County site on North Herritage Street is open five days a week, from Tuesday through Saturday. It also features three large round bays for selling, plus restrooms, power outlets and running water.
How about some French pastry to go along with your diploma? Lenoir Community College offers a Culinary Technology Curriculum that trains students to become professionals in a variety of food service settings. Those settings can include full-service restaurants, hotels, resorts, private clubs, catering operations, contract food service and health-care facilities. The Culinary Technology Curriculum has been a part of the academic offerings at LCC for the past 27 years.
Million dollar biscuits? That's what Byrd's restaurant is known for, and people from as far away as Apex, Garner, Goldsboro and Raleigh stop at the landmark Kinston eatery on their way to the Atlantic Ocean beaches.
All hail, Tammy Kelly. The director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Lenoir County Center is also the 2011 winner of the Pinnacle of Achievement, an award presented by the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce. The annual award recognizes a top woman business professional in the community. “When I got the email telling me I was chosen, I said, 'What? Why me?'” Kelly says. “It was very nice to be recognized.”
The owners of Chef & the Farmer restaurant in Kinston spent a whopping $120,000 on food purchased from local farmers in 2010. Since opening more than five years ago, owners Ben Knight and Vivian Howard say their 66-seat restaurant in the Kinston downtown district has become a dining destination for a number of reasons. The married couple admits that one of the biggest factors is their farm-to-fork philosophy, buying as much food as possible from local farmers to keep money in Kinston-Lenoir County.
Variety is the spice of life, and that includes restaurants – especially in Kinston-Lenoir County, where restaurants range from fine dining to more casual places. Chef & the Farmer
Opened in 2008, The Peppered Cupcake delivers a delicious twist on the classic cupcake by pairing unusual flavor combinations. The Peppered Cupcake is the fulfillment of owner Tabitha Meready’s lifelong dream of running her own self-sustaining business. She was inspired to create The Peppered Cupcake when she attended a grand opening event catered by another cupcake maker.
Kinston restaurants serve up a tasty mix of regional and international cuisines as well as farm-to-fork fare. Ginger 108 For Asian fusion food that's "authentic, but not traditional," Ginger 108's chef Tripp Sauls incorporates local and global ingredients to achieve innovative, bold flavors. Customers rave about the seared Ahi tuna in ponzu sauce; the grilled flat-iron stake with Thai chimuchurri sauce; and Holly's salmon topped with lump crabmeat.