The Visit Hickory Metro team encourages visitors and locals to explore the Hickory Metro region carefully and safely. The state of North Carolina has lifted all mass gathering limits at this time but encourages individuals to still practice the three W's - Wear, Wait, Wash. People who are fully vaccinated can do all of the things that they did before the pandemic. Those unvaccinated, should still wear a mask in public indoor settings & public outdoor settings when they cannot maintain social distance. To learn more about what our area is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 click below. 

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Restaurants

A destination for fun and adventure, the Hickory Metro has an equally adventurous food and drink scene. From trendy restaurants featuring rooftop dining to state-of-the-art breweries with lagers and ales inspired by the mountains, make lunch, dinner, and everything in between a memorable experience for you and yours.

Diverse Menus

A delicious meal out with family and friends is the highlight of any vacation, especially in a place that offers a variety of culinary experiences.   

Enjoy fine dining at restaurants like Duke’s Restaurant and Wine Bar in the city of Hickory. Start with the crab artichoke skillet and choose from mouth-watering entrees, like the southern fried duck and tomahawk ribeye steak, served in an intimate setting. 

Besides fine dining cuisine, our restaurants offer a variety of ethnic fare. Boca specializes in Mediterranean dishes and tapas, including seafood and marinated olives. For Tex-Mex, dine at Mas Amor Cantina. If you’re looking for a more casual setting and plenty of comfort food, try Café Gouda or Claremont Café.

If you’ve got a large group or are celebrating a special occasion, many of our restaurants, including Boca, feature large tables and private dining areas.

Craft Beverages

Our breweries, distilleries, wineries, and casual pubs and bars make for the perfect hangout spot on vacation.

Spend an afternoon drinking wine at a vineyard with friends or the entire day hitting up a variety of area breweries, including Blowing Rock Draft House and Mica Town Brewing Company, to name a few, along the Catawba Valley Ale Trail.

On-the-Go Cuisine

Our region is home to food trucks that are just as diverse as our brick-and-mortar spots. For fish tacos and fried oyster platters, check out Cranky Crab Seafood. Serving some of the best sandwiches in town, stop by Bam’s Sandwich Bistro. Try delicious Asian fare, including pho soup, at Pho N Rolls.

Check out individual food trucks for menus and locations.

Sweet Treats

A midday treat or a way to end an evening, our dessert shops are aplenty. The Catawba Creamery serves 42 hand-dipped flavors, along with milkshakes, banana splits, and floats. For melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness, stop by Donut Life, a family-owned shop serving traditional and unique donuts.  

From trendy breweries to delicious restaurants, the Hickory Metro is a haven for food lovers and families looking for quality food and quality time. So, pull up a chair at a bar, restaurant, or winery, and enjoy a taste of our region.

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