417 Catawba St
Eggs and grits at Whites, Belmont, NC
Walking into this modest little cafe in Belmont felt like walking back in time. Formica tables and booths, no menus but the board above - but if you eat here, you don't need a menu, because the server likely knows your name, your order, and your life history. I ate here the morning before I flew back home to the UK and the combination of crispy bacon, grits, truly strong coffee and my imminent departure made me literally well up. Before I knew it, I was homesick - for the South.
By Emma John, AFAR Local Expert
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