Dinner and a SHOW! The Burnsville dining scene in the Summer of 2018.

We’re still the same lovely mountain town you remember from last year.  However, if  you’re headed in for the weekend to see a show, here’s what’s new in food for this season.


The NuWray Inn isn’t exactly new, as it was built in 1833, but it is doing something new and exciting which just happens to be coinciding with OPENING NIGHT (May 5th) of our season.  Along with White Falls Catering, they are offering two seatings for a Ramp Dinner; one at 5pm and one at 7pm.  So, if you want to see Blithe Spirit on opening night, make dinner reservations for the 5pm seating.  If they’re already booked, and you simply must try the wild Appalachian specialty of ramps prepared the traditional way at 7pm, you should probably just book a room so you can catch the matinee of Blithe Spirit on Sunday at 3pm.

snapRight across the square, one of Burnsville’s best known and loved combos Garden Deli and Snap Dragon have something up their sleeves, too! There are always weekend specials, but ALSO, to complement each show of the 2018 season, the bartenders at Snap Dragon will be creating a specialty cocktail based on the play or musical! (Blithe Spirit should be a breeze, right? Though, you may want to exercise caution when the play is Dial M for Murder!)


New Restaurants:


Mountain Chef Bistro is probably the most recent addition on Main Street–owned by Chef Bill Konyok and Debbie Phillips (who has been on stage at Parkway Playhouse many times, most recently at one of our fundraising galas). Worth noting, aside from their delicious menu, is that they are open from 11-3 on Sundays.  (If this seems too fancy for your whole crew, don’t hesitate to send the antsy ones just across the street to Rad Dawgz Hotdog and Taco Joint and Cool Catz Candy and Ice Cream to eat and play games while you enjoy your dinner!)  The Bistro is located in the same space Blind Squirrel was last summer.

yummi.jpgYummi America Cafe probably opened just as the 2017 season was winding down, but as it’s located close to the High School, you may not have noticed it. It is a Latin Fusion restaurant serving fresh made food from real and whole ingredients. Tortillas are made in-house, traditional pozole served on the weekends, and tasty breakfasts, too!


homeplace beer co. also opened in the middle of last season, but now they’ve settled into their groove (trivia, local non-profit nights, live music, small batch beers). They don’t really serve food, but have begun great partnerships with folks who do: Hog’s Hollow Pizza Truck  is usually there on Friday nights, and Pig & Grits  will occasionally have bbq, wings, or nacho nights! Also, patrons can always call Yummi’s for delivery. (Open Sundays until 7pm.) It’s worth noting several eateries around town serve homeplace beer… especially, Garden Deli, which has a brew the two owners created just for them, cleverly named Second Home.


The Burnsville Pizza Shop 
has now relocated just down the hill from the theatre on East Main Street.  They also serve wings and Phillies.

Rescue Dog Cafe Ad web size.jpgAlso close to the theatre is Rescue Dog Cafe. They’re not really new, either, but their extended hours, expansive deck, beer/wine offerings and small plates are.  They’re one of the also open on Sunday afternoons! (The Burnsville Donut Company truck parked right next door is usually sold out by any afternoon, though.)

Hawtree’s Pub and Grill at Mount Mitchell Golf Course opens for the summer on May 1 with a fresh new look and Stuart Jensen at the helm.

Anchors Away Cafe was unable to renew their Burnsville building lease, but are celebrating 10 years in the restaurant business at their new location in Spruce Pine (163 Skyview Circle).

Pig & Grits which was mentioned previously, also adds Tuesday/Thursday evening hours this week! Plus, if you’re staying overnight and want a hearty breakfast, this is the place.

Other solid breakfasts and good coffee can be found at Appalachian Java. (You might even catch some live bluegrass if you’re here on a Monday night.) And have you seen the interior re-design and their pastry case?!? (With gluten-free cupcakes!) It’s worth checking out. (Visit out their website for a hint.)

Though if you’re staying over to spend a little more time out in nature,  we recommend  Ye Olde Country Store to pack a brown bag lunch to take on your hike.

Honestly, there are so many things to do in the area, that it’s worth an extended stay to really relax and reconnect with the earth (or sky), yourself, your family, your artistic and theatre sides… (OK. That’s clearly another blog post we need to write…) You may even want to consider weekending at The Switzerland Inn & Chalet for their spectacular views and spa!


For an extended list of places to stay and other eateries in the area, visit the Yancey or Mitchell Counties Chambers of Commerce.

We’ll see you at the shows! (And then catch up with you later at one of the local restaurants.)

2018 Playbill Cover

We have done our best to include the changes we are aware of while giving a nod to our sponsors and those who advertise in our playbill. Feel free to add your personal recommendations for what to order at the establishments or for other restaurants in the area 

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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