For travelers and locals alike, finding the perfect place to grab a bite to eat can sometimes make you want to pull your hair out. Whether you are looking for something quick and easy for everyone in the family, or for the date night you’ve been waiting for all week, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of foodie spots you just HAVE to try in #TheHeartofNC !

French Cruller doughnuts at Glaze King in the Heart of North Carolina's down home dining blogGlaze King- Wake up with a sweet tooth? This locally owned and operated doughnut shop puts the big names to shame with their homemade creations. Grab a fresh cup of coffee, your favorite confection, and enjoy the morning a little bit more in the Heart of NC! Apple fritters, crullers, and bear claws, oh my!

Heritage Diner- End your search for a traditional southern breakfast with all the fixin’s because Heritage Diner, located in the American Classic Motorcycle Museum, brings that and so much more to the table! Not only can you get your fill of biscuits and gravy, but you can also check out the largest, privately-owned collection of Harley Davidson’s in the country after you finish eating.

The Chat and Chew- If you’re craving a specialty coffee and a pastry, head over to The Chat and Chew in Archdale and pop down for one of our favorites, the “Irish Moo”! This hazelnut and Irish cream coffee creation is a delicious kick-starter to any morning. The Chat and Chew also offers cakes, cheesecakes, and hand-dipped ice cream for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Brewskie's of Asheboro in the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau blogBrewskies- Dreams become reality in the Heart of NC! Already a local favorite, Brewskie's not only offers a full menu of delicious eats, coffees, and teas, but they are also the Heart of NC’s first whiskey bar! With furnishings straight out of a stylish, rustic farmhouse and food and beverage for all hours of the day, you may never want to leave.

The Table Farmhouse Bakery- When it comes to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Avocado toast from The Table Farm Bakery in the Heart of North Carolina's down home dining blog the Table has you covered! From delicious blended coffees and pastries (for those of us on the run) to fully plated meals, this farm-to-table style restaurant has you covered! Coming for brunch? Try the Avocado Smash Toast, Grits and Greens, or one of their delicious, fresh salads. Pair that with one of many specialty drinks on the menu and you'll understand what the fuss is all about.

The Taco Loco- What started off as a hidden gem has become a local staple. Sitting in the heart of downtown Asheboro, The Taco Loco is what your fresh guacamole and taco dreams are made of.  From tacos to fajitas and quesadillas, whatever you are craving, this is a foodie favorite you don't want to miss!

Vegetable pizza at The Flying Pig in Asheboro, North CarolinaThe Flying Pig Food & SpiritsFrom pulled pork nachos drenched in queso and barbeque sauce, to buffalo chicken pizzas and Brunswick stew, the Flying Pig has set the bar high for bar food. Situated on Sunset Ave in Asheboro, the sports bar and restaurant has local and state sports memorabilia on every wall... AND the rafters! Come enjoy your favorite sporting event, order up the lemon pepper chicken wings and a cold, draft beer, and get ready for a great night with the locals! P.S. - Make sure you order a piece of signature cheesecake, made fresh by the owner daily.

Fresh Cuts Butcher & Seafood Deli- Take a break from pottery shopping in Seagrove and grab a quick bite to eat at the local deli. Fresh Cuts offers a "hot bar" with a menu that changes daily, but always chock full of our #DownHome food favorites!

Magnolia 23- If chicken isn’t fried, is it really even chicken? The fried chicken atSouthern fried chicken at Magnolia 23 of Asheboro in the Heart of North Carolina's down home dining blog Magnolia 23 has earned this little hideaway the honor of being one of the 75 best fried chicken restaurants in America by the Daily Meal! Grab a seat in the cozy southern restaurant, or take your food to go and relax under the shade of live oaks in the courtyard - either way, this is a meal you'll keep coming back for.

Snyder Farms Restaurant- Loved by "The King" of NASCAR himself, Richard Petty, Snyder Farms is a true Southern staple! From “mashed taters”, fried chicken, and hush puppies to country-style steak, dining here is like going to Grandma’s for Sunday lunch every time.

Something Different Steaks & Kabobs- Something Different Steaks & Kabobs offers a mix of American, Greek, and vegetarian dishes influenced by Chef Sinan’s years spent in Turkey, France, and America. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with local pottery from Seagrove, the handmade pottery capital of the U.S. and offers a wonderful ambiance for couples, families, and groups.

Hamilton's Steak HouseHamilton's Steak House- Offering fresh-cut, in house certified Angus beef steaks, fresh seafood, and homemade pasta! This place is the perfect spot for date night with tasty cocktails, perfectly sized apps, and desserts made for sharing.

Holly Ridge Bar & Grill- Hoping to find the best tater-tots in the Heart of NC? Well, you found 'em! Pair this yummy side with one of their specialty sandwiches, or a hand-cut ribeye or pork chop! Make sure to stop in after a round of golf, or for dinner with a cozy ambiance and scenic views.

The Painted Batter- If the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland were a bakery, then it The Painted Batterwould be The Painted Batter! Offering sweets to satiate every taste bud, even Keto! From themed cakes and cupcakes to macaroons and cookie dough bowls, anything you can dream up, these ladies can create. The best part is that everything tastes as good as it looks!

Lumina Wine & Beer- After dinner and dessert, head over to Lumina Wine and Beer for a nightcap on the string-lit porch. Not only can you find about 75 different craft beers, and bottles of wine lining the wall from floor to ceiling, you can also find one of a kind art pieces created by local artists, live acoustic music on Friday evenings, and wine tastings throughout the week. Can't stay? Grab a six-pack of your favorite craft beer or bottle of wine to go!

Four Saints Brewing Company- Searching for that perfect, locally crafted brew? Look no further than Asheboro’s first and finest brewing company! Four Saints creates "Great Beer for Great People" and has a beer for every taste. Offering trivia nights and events, paired with regional food trucks parked right outside the front door, bringing the family for one of their fun-filled evenings is a must! Grab a Potters Clay Amber Ale or one of their seasonal small-batch brews, and kick back for a great night in the Heart of NC!