If you are traveling through the Piedmont area you may find a sense of familiarity with all the chain restaurants that you will see along the way. However, if you have time there are a few restaurants not far off the main routes. One being nestled out in the country where you can enjoy outdoor seating or you can dine inside. Either way dining at The Depot you may find to be a relaxing way to enjoy a meal. After your meal you can enjoy a short walk around the town. Many people have enjoyed taking pictures of the caboose that is located across the road from The Depot.
Locally there are many restaurants to choose from as you are passing though. “The Depot” located in Lattimore, NC. They serve lunch starting at 12 ending at 3. Dinner is from 6-11pm. We have only dined here a couple times the feel of the restaurant was very casual. Parking is available both across the street, in front of the restaurant, and beside the restaurant. This is the only restaurant in Lattimore.
Another restaurant you’ll find nearby is “The Shelby Café”. This restaurant is located on Lafayette Street not far from the Earl Scruggs Museum. This restaurant is not quite as casual as The Depot in Lattimore, as it is located in town. Many businessmen, and lawyers stop by this restaurant. If you enjoy southern cooking it is a nice restaurant to visit. Parking is however limited to along a side alley or on the street out front.
A popular restaurant to visit for an early breakfast or early lunch is the Pancake House located along Dixon Blvd. in west Shelby. They have parking most of the way around the building. Most of the time you will be shown to your seat by either a waitress or the owner of the restaurant. You will also be asked if you’d like a cup of coffee, if you say yes then a pitcher of coffee will be brought out to your table. This setting is relaxed not too casual and not too businesslike.
If you are in the mood for a more familiar restaurant then I’d suggest the Waffle House in Forest City, NC. This restaurant is conveniently located near many stores and businesses. There is also abundant parking at this Waffle House. The staff at this Waffle House is always pleasant and prompt.