Nestled in the eastern half of North Carolina an hour or so from the state Capital of Raleigh and about two hours from the picturesque beaches of Emerald Isle, Rocky Mount is a quaint, charming southern town. It’s also the halfway point between New York and Florida, and the perfect place to stop for a bite off I-95. Gourmands will love visiting Rocky Mount and trying all of the southern delicacies that the local eateries have to offer.

If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Anne’s Donuts, a Rocky Mount tradition since 1952. Every donut, cake, pastry (and more) is baked fresh daily, and Anne’s offers comforting, traditional flavors like vanilla and red velvet, plus bold, fun ones like pineapple, coconut, and sour cream. You can even order online from the road for a quick pick up!

For a quick lunch or dinner, Rocky Mount has lots of fun, local options that will tempt your taste buds. Grab a BLT basket and a handcrafted milkshake at The Highway Diner. Authentic, fresh Mexican food is what’s on the menu at El Tapatio, a quick and delicious sit-down option, For diners with a little more time on their hands,  The Main Course at Belmont offers traditional southern fare, like shrimp and grits, and modern classics, like filet medallions.

If you can stop for a leisurely evening meal, the Rocky Mount nightlife is bursting with fun places to go (and many of these restaurants are also open for lunch). The Westridge Grill offers delicious food plus, on select evenings, trivia and live music. Enjoy a glass of wine, delicious smoked meats, and a signature salad at The Prime Smokehouse.  Grab a juicy burger, some loaded waffle fries, and a local brew at Barley and Burger.

Once you’ve stopped in Rocky Mount on your FL/NY road trip, you’ll want to come back for a longer stay. Next month, we’ll be featuring a revolutionary hotel project that’s one of the first of its kind. It’s a must-see for architectural buffs and travel aficionados alike.

Until then, happy Rocky Mount eating!