Walking into The WoodShed in Stanley, N.C., is like entering a fine steakhouse in the American West.
You’ll hear country music. You’ll see the wood accents all around you. There’s even a model train that tracks an oval above the dining area. But the smell, that’s what you’ll experience first, and that’s what you’ll enjoy the most – at least until you taste your dinner.
Growing up in the Stanley area, I remember many nights driving through town and breathing in the delicious aroma from the grill at The WoodShed. It’s a steakhouse-style restaurant that serves up some of the tastiest beef, chicken and salmon off the grill that you’ll find anywhere. And whatever your entrée choice, you’ll enjoy it with one of the best salad bars around and delicious grilled bread.
Many people frequent The WoodShed for the succulent prime rib the eatery’s known for. But I’m not a prime rib kind of guy, so I’m more likely to enjoy a NY strip, the chopped steak or the beef tips. You really can’t go wrong with anything you choose. There’s even a service plate option for diners who want to share a main course with someone else.
Local businessman and public servant Bill Withers (who passed away in 2019) opened The WoodShed in 1985, and it hasn’t changed all that much, other than the tomato-and-onion sandwiches that used to be complimentary on the salad bar and now come as an appetizer option.
Next time you’re looking for a place to have a nice meal – maybe to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary – check out The WoodShed on Main Street in Stanley. The intoxicating scent will lead you there, and a happy stomach will lead you home.
The WoodShed, 212 South Main Street, Stanley, NC
– Updated Dec. 18, 2019