December 2016

Boots Steakhouse & Saloon Sizzles, Satisfies

Are you ready to enjoy a delicious steak or other grilled dish in an “old west” ambience?  Then, welcome to Boots Steakhouse & Saloon!

Boots opened in October 2016 in the beautiful courtyard area of downtown Dillsboro. It is operated by Joe Beasley and Brenda Bishop, who also own Haywood Smokehouse in Dillsboro.

While Boots offers a great selecton of grilled meals, steaks, and salads, there are two meals that are exclusive to Boots Steakhouse: Boots Salad and Boots Burger.

“These two dishes were created just for this restaurant. What makes them unique is that they have fried onion straws served with a special Boots sauce, which makes those dishes very delicious,” said Bishop.

Besides burgers and salads, Boots offers a range of sandwiches and steaks, including American traditional classics.  The menu is being updated almost every week, which allows patrons to create a perfect meal “with a perfect bite, spectacular desert, and a great atmosphere,” said Bishop.

Customers have been reviewing the restaurant favorably.  “The service was outstanding, the ambiance is top notch and the filet mignon was cooked to perfection, and melt in your mouth delicious,” wrote Erin Adams on the Boots Steakhouse Facebook page.

Boots Steakhouse & Saloon is a perfect place to spend a casual business meeting, a date, or just enjoy the great southern atmosphere in a company of friends, classmates, and colleagues.  No matter where you eat, in the carefully designed dining room or outside in the courtyard, the restaurant offers excellent service and guarantees patrons won’t be disappointed.

Located at 43 Front St., the restaurant is currently open Thursday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“There’s something for everybody” at Depot 40


The sounds of classic rock drift coolly through the store as shoppers browse the aisles and displays of anything and everything at Depot 40.

While you will find antiques and vintage items of all varieties, owner Dixie Mae Brendle wants patrons to know Depot 40 and Dillsboro are far more expansive than your average antique stop in a drive-through town.

20161116_171445Located next to the railroad tracks in downtown Dillsboro, in a building owned by the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (GSMR) and leased by Brendle, shoppers will discover everything from a vast collection of cast iron cookware items to rare, old signs to soaps and salt scrubs, and much more.

Brendle said people are often impressed with the collection of unique, handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other jewelry–a good amount of the collection made by Brendle herself.

“We get new items just about every day, from a wide variety of sources. You really don’t know what’s going to come through the door, but it’s never boring and there’s something for everybody here,” Brendle said.

Born and raised in western North Carolina, Brendle started her business seven years ago, opening a shop across from Depot 40’s location.

As inventory grew, Brendle opened a second location at what is now the home of Dixie Brendle Vintage in downtown Sylva.

With the GSMR providing a layover in Dillsboro on its Tuckasegee excursion, and the revival of Dillsboro, Brendle felt it was time to return, opening Depot 40 in June, 2016.

Brendle said she sees a good bit of traffic when the train stops in front of her shop, and that the store is popular among both locals and tourists.

“A lot of people say they love the music, the atmosphere, the items-everything really. They tell me it’s the best store they have been in for antiques and gifts,” Brendle said.

Depot 40 is located at 40 Depot St, in Dillsboro. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Depot 40 and Dixie Brendle Vintage Market are each on Facebook, and new and unique items are posted regularly. To view some of the current inventory, search and like both businesses on Facebook.

Lees at the Depot features fresh and fermented


“I cannot rest from travel: I will drink life to the lees.” This line from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem Ulysses were words that stuck with Gary Long far beyond college where he first read it.

Long is the owner of Lees at the Depot, located in downtown Dillsboro.

Lees are the sentiments left over from the fermentation process and found in wine.

“The quote seemed appropriate because wine is our thing. Being by the railroad tracks, the travel part fits perfectly,” Long said.

Long negotiated a lease contract with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, which owns the building.  GSMR used it as its depot when the railroad was headquartered in Dillsboro.

Long took possession of the building in February. After extensive renovation, Lees at the Depot opened in August, 2016.

With a focus on an extensive wine list and fresh, creative food offerings, Lees at the Depot is gaining popularity among locals and visitors alike.20161116_163833

An extensive wine rack, a display of house-made desserts and catchy eclectic music greets customers as they walk in. A creekside patio offers patrons a relaxing atmosphere to sit back and enjoy a meal while watching the bustle in downtown Dillsboro.

“It’s kind of like Sunday suppers. It’s what you’d expect at Mama’s after church, and so much more,” manager Caroline Martin said of the restaurant.

“Everything is fresh. We don’t have a fryer, and you won’t find burgers and fries on the menu. But we try to offer a little something for everyone,” Martin said.

Some of the more popular items on the menu are the tacos, oversized baked potatoes, and house-made pimento cheese spread sandwich topping, Martin said.

“People have said it’s the perfect addition. They say it’s very laid back and comfortable, and they like that it is not a sports bar,” Martin said.

As the business continues to grow, Long and Martin said it will evolve to meet the desires of the customers. Future plans include live sets of acoustic music, featuring string and wind instruments, as well as possible adaptations for longer hours.

Lees at the Depot is located at 42 Depot St. in Dillsboro. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 7 p.m.

For a menu and information on special events, find and Like Lees at the Depot on Facebook, visit, or call the restaurant at 828-339-1700.


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