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North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Cookbook

North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Cookbook

by Anita Musgrove

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Media Release:

North Carolina Mom-and-Pop Restaurants Share Recipes in Local Cookbook

(Great American Publishers; Anita Musgrove (Brandon, MS) has released her eighth cookbook—North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes, a cookbook and restaurant guide featuring everything from restaurant signature recipes to those family favorite recipes the owners and chefs cook at home.

What makes the book so popular? It’s the restaurants that have participated by sharing their favorite recipes plus information about their establishment. Opening the pages of this unique cookbook gives you an insider’s look at the locally owned restaurants that make North Carolina so special.

The book presents a glimpse into more than 100 of the state’s back road restaurants in regions, making it easy to travel to each outstanding restaurant. When traveling the Mountains Region, you’ll experience places like Reid’s Café & Catering in Sugar Mountain, where Tina Houston and her staff pride themselves on serving the freshest seafood and farm goods from local and regional purveyors.

In the Piedmont Region, be sure to stop at Crook’s Corner to sample the Shrimp & Grits that Bill Neal elevated to the dish we know today. Crooks Corner has been described as “sacred ground for Southern foodies.” Don’t forget to stop at Snappy Lunch in Mount Airy and have a world-famous pork chop sandwich. No time to travel? No problem. Both these famous recipes can be found in your copy of North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes.

The Coastal Region holds its own place with good food, also. Blue Moon Beach Grill in Nag’s Head makes up for its size with personality. You will enjoy Southern comfort food with an added creative twist and flair at affordable prices.

Why write a cookbook that focuses on locally owned restaurants? Musgrove says, “My late husband, Leonard, and I loved to travel back roads just seeing what we could find. Invariably, we would stop at a few small, hole-in-the-wall restaurants for a great meal. We preferred these quaint diners and unique, self-described ‘dives’ for their personality and atmosphere over the same old same old chain restaurants. Many times we would have the opportunity to meet the owners and engage in conversation with many of the friendly locals about the area.”

After losing her husband to lung cancer several years ago, Musgrove began a labor of love, researching, documenting, and contacting these unique restaurants and eventually compiling them into a state-by-state cookbook series. Editions currently in print include:  Alabama Back Road Restaurant Recipes, Kentucky Back Road Restaurant RecipesLouisiana Back Road Restaurant Recipes, Missouri Back Road Restaurant Recipes, South Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes, Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes, Texas Back Road Restaurant Recipes. Musgrove’s series has become extremely popular across the United States and has quickly become the best-selling cookbook series for her publisher, Great American Publishers.

For more information about North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes, visit the publisher’s website at or call toll-free 1-888-854-5954 to request a free catalog. The book is available locally at bookstores and gift shops as well as at many of the restaurants featured in the cookbook. Get your copy today and start traveling North Carolina’s back roads—deliciously.

About the Book:

North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes Cookbook

by Anita Musgrove

North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Cookbook

$18.95 • paper • 256 pages • 7 x 9
full-color • ISBN 978-1-934817-47-6


North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes Cookbook, the eighth edition in the STATE BACK ROAD RESTAURANT RECIPES SERIES, is now open.

From two-lane highways and interstates to dirt roads and quaint downtowns, every road leads to delicious food when traveling The Tar Heel State. North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes is a well-researched and charming guide to North Carolina’s best locally owned back road restaurants plus favorite recipes from restaurant owners and chefs. This is not your usual guide to high-priced, elite restaurants. Here you will find those hidden gems that most people would never discover unless they lived in these small towns.

More than a restaurant guide, this is a cookbook that captures the unique flavor of North Carolina with favorite recipes shared by restaurant owners and chefs. Some recipes are signature dishes, others are family favorites… all are delicious.

About the Author:
Anita Musgrove (Brandon, MS) comes from a long line of great home cooks and grew up cooking for her family. She is author of the State Back Road Restaurants Cookbook Series, which currently includes eight editions: Alabama Back Road Restaurant RecipesKentucky Back Road Restaurant RecipesLouisiana Back Road Restaurant RecipesMissouri Back Road Restaurant RecipesNorth Carolina Back Road Restaurant RecipesSouth Carolina Back Road Restaurant RecipesTennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes, and Texas Back Road Restaurant Recipes. This series was a natural for Anita, who has always loved to travel by car along the back roads of the United States. She and her husband of 45 years logged thousands of miles traveling together, eating at many locally owned restaurants. After losing him to cancer, she decided the best way to pay homage to that memory is to produce a series of cookbooks promoting the best back road restaurants for those who also enjoy traveling.  Anita, who was born in Bessemer, Alabama, currently lives in Brandon, Mississippi, and has two children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. She still enjoys traveling by car with her new traveling partner, Richard Shaw. She also enjoys family, cooking, serving at her church, and crocheting.

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Sample Recipe:

Sample Recipe:

 Print Recipe Add to Collection

Shrimp & Grits PoppersShrimp and Grits Poppers-recipe


  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 3½ cups cooked grits
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 16 jumbo shrimp grilled
  • Pico de gallo for garnish
  • Chipotle aioli for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350°. When heated, roast poblanos 4 minutes; cool, then cut a slit lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and discard. In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients except shrimp; stuff poblanos with mixture, then top each with 4 interlocking shrimp. Return to oven, baking 8 to 10 minutes or just until heated through. Garnish with pico de gallo and drizzle with chipotle aioli before serving.


If you enjoyed this recipe, you will love North Carolina Back Road Restaurant Recipes.  Order your copy today.

About the Series:

The STATE BACK ROAD RESTAURANT COOKBOOK SERIES is a collection of cookbooks that also serve as a restaurant guide for the state. Each book features information about locally owned restaurants throughout the state and includes one or more recipes from each restaurant. Current editions include Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  The Oklahoma edition will be available in 2019.

Author Anita Musgrove and her late husband, Leonard, always loved traveling the back roads. As they traveled, Leonard and Anita would drop into little mom-and-pop restaurants along the way. After losing her husband to cancer, Anita decided it was time to capture their years of traveling into a cookbook series.

Within the STATE BACK ROAD RESTAURANT COOKBOOK SERIES, Anita’s goal is to present a list of favorite locally owned restaurants that make traveling the back roads delicious. Each book is divided into regions, making it easier to use in the car. At the beginning of each region, you will find a list of restaurants featured in that section. Throughout each section, the restaurants are presented alphabetically by city with a little information about what makes each of them special.

For those armchair travelers who don’t have time to hit the road, each restaurant shares some of their favorite recipes — either a recipe served in the restaurant or a family favorite. Every recipe is edited for clarity and presented in a way that makes preparation easy for the home cook.

Within this unique series, Anita takes us to every nook and cranny of a state and allows us to get to know these unique places intimately… especially the food.