Coyote Kitchen is located in Boone, NC in a shopping center next to Walmart. It has been a hangout of ours since it was first created by Mike and Nova Nelson, owners of Hob Nob Farm Cafe (see post). It is a fusion of Caribbean and Southwestern cuisines, what they refer to as Southwest Caribbean Soulfood.
The new owner has carried on the fine example set by the Nelsons serving farm fresh produce and free range chickens. Most of the dishes can be made vegan. I’ve experimented with a variety over the past couple years. I don’t much care for soy products so I have them replace them with Jamaican lima beans or some other vegetable. My favorites are the boats. (more…)
Grand Mart International Food is a mecca of exotic fruits and vegetables. I didn’t see anything in the way of organics but they certainly had a wide variety of unusual produce, much of which I was entirely unfamiliar. What I did recognize were the isles of ethnic foods and spices. Most prevalent were the spice blends which comes in handy when you are experimenting with various cuisines and would like to sample the flavors of a region without investing in all the individual herbs and spices contained in particular regional blends. Available were also rices, beans, noodles and other fare native to many regional cuisines, including Asian, Indian and Hispanic to mention only a few.
A very interesting couple owns this cafe. Nova and Mike Nelson, whom I believe is the chef, seem to love creating new restaurants which combine marvelous fusions of cultures and flavors with very healthy eating, always with vegetarian and vegan options.
The first of their restaurants, at least that we’ve experienced, was called Angelica’s. You could fine Asian-style nori rolls, Cajun red beans and rice and wonderful Italian pastas. Once this restaurant became a huge success, they sold it and moved to another location across town where they founded The Coyote Kitchen. I’ll talk about this restaurant in depth later as it still exists under new management. Coyote Kitchen quickly became our favorite restaurant in Boone with its creative fusions of Caribbean and Southwestern cuisines. Once this was up and running full tilt, they again sold their restaurant and opened a Thai restaurant in yet another area of town. (I did not make it to this restaurant and can not reliably comment on it.) The next thing we knew, they were back at the Angelica’s location with still another restaurant which they call the Hob Nob Farm Cafe. It is marvelous! I’ve never had a bad meal there.