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  • Haywood Smokehouse – Franklin

    Haywood Smokehouse knows barbecue! We are proud to serve the best Texas-style barbecue outside of Texas. Not a boast, just the truth! Our premium specialty meats; fresh, house-made sausages, house-made sauces and fall-off-the-bone ribs and smoked brisket will have you coming back again and again.  Or enjoy our melt-in-your-mouth smoked pork or turkey breast. Our family-friendly place features daily lunch and dinner specials that will knock your socks off. Too busy? We have take-out and catering too.
  • Gazebo Creekside Cafe

    Spring and Summer Hours 10:30 til 3:00 Fall and Winter Hours 10:30 til 2:30 Gift Certificates Available  
  • Lakes End Cafe & Grill

    Lakes End Cafe and Grill proudly serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We are dedicated to providing an outstanding dining experience, using the best ingredients available with the freshest foods.  Enjoy beautiful lake front dining on beautiful Lake Nantahala.  The only area restaurant featuring a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches and burgers, pizza, seafood and dinner meals.  Join us for our Friday Night Fish Fry from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  Open Tuesday - Sunday.      
  • Rockin Rollie Pollie’s

    A casual, southern fusion restaurant offering fresh food with generous portions at reasonable prices.  We also offer delivery service and online ordering. The restaurant's hours are Monday through Wednesday 7 am - 3 pm and Thursday through Saturday 7 am until 8 pm.
  • Captain D’s Seafood

    At Captain D's Seafood Restaurant, we're dedicated to serving freshly prepared seafood at reasonable prices, all while offering the best dining experience in the industry.  We've had over 40 years to perfect our recipes for success,, which combines great food and great value with even better service.
  • 828 Cafe

    We serve American food with a touch of Latin flavor.  Serving breakfast all day and lunch Monday to Friday 7 am - 2 pm.   Saturday 8 am - 2 pm.
  • Main Street Coffee & Yogurt

    Non-fat, low-fat and NSA Frozen Yogurt with 24 toppings! Organic, fair trade, shade-grown coffee and tea. Delicious frozen fruit blasts, chai and frappes.
  • Taqueria Reyes Mexican Restaurant

    A family owned, authentic Mexican restaurant serving fresh prepared food daily.  Enjoy fast service with friendly staff.  Also check out our daily specials.  Take out orders also available and can  be called in ahead for faster pick-up.
  • The Pizza Factory and Grill

    The Pizza Factory & Grill is a favorite for the entire family. Featuring traditional and specialty pizzas with all the trimmings, burgers, chicken tenders, twist fries, milkshakes, smoothies and more! The Pizza Factory & Grill is for the seriously hungry and true food fanatic.
  • Crabtree General Store

    A general store offering gifts, old fashion candy, J.R. Watkins, Burts Bees, local jams & jellies, Franklin logo gifts and a full coffee shop with Ice Cream & Sandwiches.
  • Jack the Dipper

    Jack the Dipper is a family favorite ice cream parlor featuring made to order warm waffle cones.
  • Asian King Buffet

    A Sushi Bar & Chinese Cuisine. Open for lunch buffet, dinner buffet and Sunday all day buffet.
  • Caffe Rel

    A Classic French Neighborhood Cafe.  Caffe REL is named after Chef Richard E. Long.  Saute, Pasta & Sandwiches offerings are found on his extensive menu in a casual setting.  Our mission is "It's about the Food".  Due to the size, no reservations are accepted, so join us early especially in the summer and fall.  No Credit Cards are accepted as we use every dollar to support our team and produce excellent product at a reasonable price for all to be able to enjoy. 
  • Cleaver’s

    Traditional and unusual burgers.  Cooked to order, hand pattied, busting with flavor.
  • Willy’s BBQ

    If you are looking for delicious BBQ, look no further.  Come enjoy some of our slow cooked pork, beef and chicken along with the best fried catfish around.   We are open Tuesday - Thursday 11 am - 8 pm and Friday and Saturday 11 am - 9 pm.  Closed Sunday and Monday.  Hope to see you soon!
  • Midpoint Highlands

    Midpoint Highlands is a unique dining experience that is second to none.  Positioned at the midpoint of town it is perfectly located.  We offer both indoor dining and we have the only rooftop patio in Highlands, BC.  We are a blend of all types of food and flavors and feature dishes from every corner of the globe.
  • FATZ Franklin

    Southern restaurant chain serving steaks, seafood, pastas & more in casual environs with a full bar.
  • Kobe Express Japanese Restaurant

    Delicious Japanese restaurant featuring sushi and hibachi style dishes, including, chicken, steak, and seafood.
  • Lazy Hiker Brewing Company

    Craft beer in Franklin didn’t just come to town – it moved into the former town hall and fire department!  Located at 188 W. Main St. in historic downtown Franklin, the municipal buildings have been transformed into a fully functioning production craft brewery, complete with taproom, an outdoor patio, and outdoor event space. Visit us at,
  • Currahee Brewing Co.

    Purveyors of delicious, European-influenced ales and lagers produced in Franklin. NC
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