Kinston, a Food Lovers Dream

Kinston is what you’ve been looking for. Come eat, discover and experience the place voted #5 food town in the south by Southern Living magazine.

Foodies from all over the world visit Kinston/ Lenoir County restaurants to partake in the finest of fresh cuisine. Home to the prestigious Chef and the Farmer restaurant and James Beard award-winning chef, Vivian Howard, diners can enjoy a special blend of sophistication and nostalgia in historic downtown. Our variety of farm to table style eateries are sure to delight any palette, from upscale dining to home-style comfort food. Kinston has it all.

Here, warm summers and cool fall temperatures create the perfect atmosphere for our growing agricultural businesses. Kinston was the world’s foremost tobacco market and our rich soil is known for producing some of the best sweet potatoes, collards and tomatoes along with other fruits and vegetables.

It doesn’t take long for local farmers to deliver their produce from the field, right to the doors of our notable restaurants. Our farmers market attracts the likes of chefs, bakers and anyone looking for ripe, juicy produce. On any given day, you can fill up on buffet-style dining, stop by a food truck or feel right at home at one of our family-owned cafes that have been in business for decades.

Nestled against the Neuse River, diners have lots of options for whatever type of meal they’re craving. Within walking distance is a selection of affordable choices and memorable entrees at Herritage Landing; featuring pub style dining, surf and turf, fresh deli meats and an oyster bar. Our signature sauces, jellies and jams or dry rub seasonings can be enjoyed on your plate or purchased to take home.

That’s why each year, thousands flock to our city to enjoy the BBQ Fest on the Neuse, where cook teams and BBQ aficionados from around the region gather for friendly competition and delicious food. When it comes to food, we’ve got you covered.

So come visit Kinston and Lenoir County where you’ll always have a seat at the table.