Knife & Fork, Spruce Pine, NC from 21 Best-Kept-Secret Restaurants Slideshow

21 Best-Kept-Secret Restaurants Slideshow

Lauren Wilson
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Knife & Fork, Spruce Pine, NC

To be closer to the land, Knife & Fork is intentionally off the beaten path. Co-owners Nate Allen and Wendy Gardner returned to North Carolina from Lucques in West Hollywood, Calif., to open this small-town paragon. Their style of "New Southern Appalachian" cuisine is epitomized in their daily changing menu featuring dishes like rabbit loin over quinoa with fennel and nasturtiums.