Hickory may be a small city in the foothills of North Carolina, but it's a mecca for furniture aficionados. Along with its reputation for craftsmanship, Hickory has a creative culinary culture. Whether you like modern dishes or traditional standbys, the local restaurants will satisfy your taste buds. Regional favorites like barbecue, cornbread, and collard greens are cooked to perfection and served with tall glasses of sweet tea. In addition, American classics like burgers and hot dogs can be found in the many bars downtown. Hickory has everything from fine dining bistros to greasy spoon diners, all set against the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.