Best Places to Eat in Rocky Mount, NC: Restaurants, Festivals, Farmers Market

April 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm EST
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With several local restaurants with tasty menu items, a prosperous farmers market and food-centered festivals, Rocky Mount's food lovers have a full plate. The area also features several local businesses that produce and distribute popular food items throughout the nation.

Restaurants at Westridge Shopping Center

Both retail and restaurants lure people to Westridge Shopping Center, where there are several spots to enjoy great meals. Crepe World serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has sweet and savory crepes as well as panini. For drinks, expect coffee, tea, hot chocolate and smoothies as choices.

HoneyBaked Ham Company & Cafe is also located in the shopping center, and its lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads and desserts. Box lunches are popular here, and the business offers catering services, fully-cooked hams and turkeys, ready-to-serve side items and more.

Westridge Grill provides a casual atmosphere where diners sip craft beer and dine on lighter fare like sandwiches, wraps and other grill standards. A popular lunch spot , the grill's outdoor patio is usually packed when it's warm outside.

Food-Focused Festivals

Perhaps the city's biggest culinary claim to fame is the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down, a major barbecue cook-off every October. The contest is an official North Carolina State Barbecue Championship as well as a sanctioned competition of the renowned Kansas City Barbeque Society.

The Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival is a fall favorite in the town of Spring Hope. There are contests for all ages, including a pumpkin weigh-in, recipe competition, pumpkin queen pageant and a pumpkin creation contest. It doesn't just stop at the pumpkins, though. Other activities include a street dance, crafts show, antique car show, music, carnival and parade.

The Tar River Wine Festival combines wine tasting and fundraising for one most popular charitable events in Eastern North Carolina. Participants enjoy an elegant evening of Southern cuisine and wine sampling.

Food Products From the Rocky Mount Area

For fresh produce and some meats, the Rocky Mount Farmers Market sells fruits, vegetables, herbs, jams"š country meats and more. The market takes place in two buildings on Peachtree Street in the historic mill village, and operates on Saturdays from April until Thanksgiving, as well as on Wednesdays during the months of June, July and August. The market is open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Peanuts are big business in the region. Aunt Ruby's Peanuts and America's Best Nut Company both sell and distribute gourmet nuts nationwide. 

Braswell Foods in Nash County produces Eggland's Best eggs, which are sold at stores such as Walmart, Costco and other grocers across the country. Eggland's Best eggs have 25 percent less saturated fat than other eggs, and are available in white, organic and cage free.

Atlantic Natural Foods LLC in Nashville produces health and natural foods like tofu.

Learn more about food in Rocky Mount, NC.

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