Banner photo cred: Coyote Kitchen Website
On our second night camping, instead of cooking over the fire, we chose to eat in downtown Boone. I checked the menus and customer reviews of many local-sounding restaurants Boone has to offer and decided on Coyote Kitchen. We got inside and sat down right before the rain began.

Coyote Kitchen is a long-time local favorite here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They’ve been serving up Southwest and Caribbean soul food since 2003. Now a Lost Province Brewing Co. Taproom, they’re proud to be family-owned and operated in Boone, North Carolina. They are known for their gluten-free and allergy-friendly options, and they take special pride in their vegan and vegetarian dishes. All cooking surfaces and fryers are kept separate to avoid any cross-contamination, and even their bakery is kept in a completely separate room. Over the years, they’ve been voted as the Best Vegetarian Option in Boone by both The Appalachian and The Mountain Times.

TAOS BOWL – Sazon Chicken, Cornbread, Black Beans, Fried Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Corn, Sweet Plantains, Tomatoes, Quesadilla Cheese & Chipotle Cream Cheese FULL MENU

With tons of vegan and vegetarian options that actually look and sound tasty, and plenty of drinks on tap—just ask Lee—we started our meal with the Coyote nachos. They were good, though I expected more flavor from the poblano queso. However, the salsas, made with cranberries, were sweet and flavorful. Lee ordered a boat with jerk chicken, sweet plantains, black beans, corn, all laid on a bed of sweet cornbread and topped with queso. It was wild with flavor and had great combinations. I opted for one of the bowls, the Nomad, which had grilled tofu, black beans, sweet plantains, and roasted corn. It was good, and I loved the tofu option, but I was a little envious of Lee’s tasty dish.

NOMAD BOWL – Grilled Organic Tofu, Coconut Rice, Black Beans, Fried Sweet Potatoes, Fried Plantains, Corn, SautĂ©ed Spinach, and Garlic Lime Aioli FULL MENU

My sweet tooth was calling, so after a quick search, we landed on MO’s Sweet Treats. It helped that our Coyote Kitchen waitress gave it the thumbs up. This place was amazing. They specialize in crepe and waffle-based desserts with toppings and sauces galore, presented in a fun and fancy way. The atmosphere was delightful and fun, and the crepe Lee and I shared definitely hit the spot. VISIT THE COYOTE KITCHEN WEBSITE

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