Recently I ate breakfast in three counties at the same time.
It happened at Famous Louise’s Rock House Restaurant, an iconic little eatery located near
Linville Falls in the mountains of where three counties converge under one roof. As WRAL TV’s Bill Leslie once opined, “…at this restaurant the food is cooked in Avery County, picked up by waitresses in Burke County and served to customers in McDowell County.” North Carolina
The restaurant’s laid-back ambiance features a wooden floor, an old-style screen front door and a stone fireplace where, according to a brief overview on the front of the menu, the three counties join.
Here’s the skinny on breakfast: all the basics are covered, including eggs any way you like them, hotcakes and French toast. There’s also fried bologna, livermush, pork tenderloin, country or sugar-cured ham and a 12-ounce ribeye steak.
You can’t go wrong with the $4.95 breakfast special, which comprises two eggs, bacon, grits or hashbrowns (go with shredded well done instead of home fries) and biscuits or toast.
Bonus points are added for the restaurant serving JFG coffee and the best made-in-house preserves I’ve ever tasted. On the day I visited, I couldn’t get enough of the delectable strawberry preserves, but my dining counterparts insisted the raspberry rhubarb were right on time as well.
Famous Louise’s serves breakfast daily from 6-11 a.m. The restaurant also serves lunch as well as home-baked pies (whole pies are available for purchase).
In case you’re wondering: the parking lot is in
, so the restaurant pays its taxes there. McDowell County