Day 4/5 of road trip vacation food

On day 4 of our road trip/vacation, we stopped in again at Troy’s 105 Diner in Boone, North Carolina for breakfast.

This morning I chose a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on English muffin.

Troy's day 4 bacon
My mom opted for a plain egg on English muffin sandwich.

Troy's day 4 sandwich

My dad chose the French toast, egg and bacon combination platter.

Troy's day 4

(The tot had cereal at the cabin this morning. She usually would eat fruit, yogurt or something but she was too excited about our day and was ready to get out of the restaurant!)

After breakfast, we spent the day at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.


It’s not Disney, but my daughter had a great time.  Even when it started to drizzle she was happy to stay and watch some of the indoor shows.  Definitely a fun place to visit…and the train rides around the park were my favorite.  We took two train rides on our visit and were treated to two different “shows”…cowboys and Indians fight it out in an Old West show down!  My favorite line from the second ride was “You’re pinching my arm fat!”.  (You have to see it…the improv is hilarious.)  There’s lots of great entertainment and family fun at Tweetsie.  If you haven’t been, I definitely recommend you visit.

We enjoyed dinner at Outback in Blowing Rock.  So, yep…no pictures.  Sorry Outback.

Okay, so on to day 5.  We found a wonderful spot called The Sunrise Grill (just down the road from Troy’s 105 Diner!)  I was in love with this place from the moment we stepped inside the screened door porch.

restaurant pic
So many great options, it was hard to select just one!

I went with a special that day, The Lonestar Benedict.

eggs benedict

High Country brisket served on an English muffin with Hollandaise sauce.  It was divine!

My dad had an egg and bacon sandwich on toast, with potatoes.

egg bacon on toast

My mom had a scrambled egg with wheat toast, and some sliced tomatoes.

eggs toast and tomatoes

The tot opted for a chocolate chip pancake with blueberry eyes and a strawberry nose.  I like that they went light on the chocolate chips!


I would highly recommend you visit The Sunrise Grill if you’re in Boone, NC.  They are located at 1675 Hwy 105 S, Boone, NC 28607.  You can find more information about them on their Facebook page at and their website at

On this day we took a nice road trip to Banner Elk.  It was a gorgeous day and as always, the scenery on the drive was part of the experience.  We stopped at a local park, walked the shops of the main strip, and then had lunch at The Bayou Smokehouse – Grill & General Store.


My mom ordered a veggie plate of greens, coleslaw and fried zucchini.

Veggie plate

Dad ordered plain hot dogs and mashed potatoes with gravy.

hot dogs

I ordered a brisket salad called Bob’s King Ranch Salad.

brisket salad

Topped with slices of Texas-style smoked beef brisket, this salad was loaded with mixed field greens, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, grated Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and garnished with house-made red salsa and tortilla chips.  Yum!

My child, continuing our tour of chicken strips across the world, chose chicken strips and fries.

chicken strips

The General Store stocked fun items, like these t-shirts…

Peta shirt

as well as various sauces, spices, foods, drinks and more.  I loved this sauce in particular.

Pappy's Sauce for Sissies

“Pappy’s Sauce for Sissies – Good for babies, brats and bikers.”  Awesomesauce!

After lunch, we drove to a lovely place called Apple Hill Farm for a tour.

Apple Hill Farm

We fed animals (they are an Alpaca farm), learned all about their history, and enjoyed a wonderful day walking around a beautiful local farm.  A great place…you must check them out if you’re in Banner Elk, NC.

When we returned to Blowing Rock that evening, we chose Canyons Historic Restaurant and Bar for dinner.  Thanks again to Yelp for this suggestion.


The view from this restaurant is the draw.  Definitely try to be there for dinner at sunset…it’s spectacular.

I started dinner with a house salad.


My entrée was the evening special, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and broccolini.


Sooooo good.  I had to take another picture to show you how thick this meatloaf was.


It was juicy, and comfort-food-alicious.  I loved it.

My mom ordered chicken tacos with green beans.

tacos mom

My dad ordered plain beef and cheese tacos with fries.


Happily, the tot chose grilled cheese (instead of chicken strips) with fries.

grilled cheese

The Historic Canyons Restaurant and Bar is located at 8960 Hwy 321, Blowing Rock, NC.  You can find more information about them on their website at

We have 4 more days to go and lots of great restaurants to finish exploring before this road trip/vacation comes to an end!  Thanks for continuing the journey with me.  If you’re enjoying these road trip/vacation food entries on the blog, please share!


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