Gaston County culinary options vary from tried-and-true staples to new, innovative spots. Like any respectable North Carolina destination, the area has several barbecue restaurants smoking pork over hardwood coals. Pull up for a curb-service barbecue sandwich just the way diners have done for decades. Or try one of the newer joints where traditional chopped pork now shares menu space with a broader variety of smoked meats including ribs, brisket, chicken and turkey. 


Fish camps have long been a Gaston County institution. The tradition started with shacks beside the Catawba River serving just-caught catfish, carp and crappie. Now menus often include shrimp, flounder and white fish fried golden brown and served with hushpuppies, slaw, tartar sauce and sweet tea. 


The best way to experience Gaston County flavor is to visit one of our 13 downtowns. Drugstore soda fountains and ice cream shops sit next door to farm-to-table bistros, fine dining restaurants and craft beer taprooms. Locals happily make recommendations on their favorite places.


Places to Eat & Drink

Craft Beverages

North Carolina’s craft beverage industry continues to grow rapidly, and Gaston County is part of that story with two craft breweries, one distillery, and a winery.

The Gaston Eats Food Blog

No one knows a local restaurant scene better than locals themselves. Gaston County Tourism proudly partners with Gaston Eats to share the best locally owned restaurants, breweries, wine bars, coffee shops and bakeries. The creators developed their website after becoming frustrated with limited and out-of-date online restaurant information.


Gaston Eats is a go-to resource for any dining need, from a morning cup of joe to a romantic date night. Search listings based upon location or type of cuisine. Learn more about the restaurant and its offerings, read reviews, see photos, and find links to websites and social media pages.



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