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The Red Onion Cafe

Boone, NC | American, Deli and Cafe, Italian, Pizza, Seafood | Price Range: $$

Serves: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Price Range: $$





Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am - 9 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am - 10 pm


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227 Hardin St.
Boone, NC 28607

(828) 264-5470

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Open Daily at 11 a.m., and serving continuously into evening.
Reservations accepted, recommended for parties of five (5) or more and during major events at Appalachian State University. (18% gratuity may be added for parties of five or more)
Lunch menu, children's menu, and weekly dinner specials.
Smoke-Free restaurant

Daily Lunch Specials - 11am-4pm

Fried Onion Rings
A house specialty, (of course). Sweet onions, dipped in a homemade batter and fried to a golden perfection.

Fried Zucchini
Lightly battered zucchini, deep fried and served with horseradish sour cream and spicy honey mustard sauce. $6.99

Pimento Cheese Plate
Sometimes called "pate of the south," it is our homemade pimento cheese, surrounded by toasted honey mustard sauce. $7.99

Artichoke Dip
Our famous dip is a hot mixture of artichokes, parmesan, onions, and a spicy sauce, served with garlic bread pieces. $8.99

Hummus Plate
Roasted garlic hummus served chilled with toasted bread and veggies. $7.99

Big enough to share or a meal on its own. Heated tortilla chips layered with a black bean sauce, melted pepper jack and cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, all topped with sriracha sour cream. $8.99 add Guacamole $1.50

Veggie Flatbread
Toasted flatbread with vegetable tapenade, hummus, goat cheese, fresh tomato, and basil. Cut into squares and garnished with baby arugula $8.99

Dressing Choices: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Greek Vinaigrette, Caesar, Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Honey Mustard, Lemon-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette, Thousand Island, Italian, Asian.

Additional Toppings: Pecans, Peanuts, Sunflower Seeds, Cranberries, Chow Mein Noodles, and Croutons.

Boston Bibb Wedge Salad [Local/Locally Grown]
Bibb lettuce wedge and cherry tomatoes, bacon and bleu cheese crumbles. Served with house-made bleu cheese dressing. $7.99 Add sliced ribeye steak $4.00

Baby Kale Trio
Baby black kale, baby scarlet kale, wild arugula, crunchy homemade croutons, goat cheese, roma tomatoes, and cucumbers. $6.99

Garden Salad 
Mixed greens topped with red onions, carrots, cucumbers, button mushrooms, and tomatoes. $6.99

Tuna or Chicken Salad Plate
Creamy homemade tuna or chicken salad served over leaf lettuce with tomatoes, fresh fruit and a whole wheat roll. $9.99

Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad
Delicious marinated chicken served over romaine and shredded cabbage with carrots, scallions and crisp chow mien noodles, then tossed with our homemade asian dressing. For a vegetarian version, try it with grilled tempeh. $10.99

Chicken Caesar Salad
Grilled chicken breast served on a bed of romaine, crunchy homemade croutons, shredded parmesan, and tangy caesar dressing. $10.99

Grilled Chicken Breast Salad
Crispy lettuce topped with mushrooms, black olives, red onions, and tomatoes. $10.99

Chicken Fajita Salad
Grilled chicken, monterey jack and cheddar cheese, grilled red onions and peppers, tomatoes, black beans, and freshly made tortilla strips, over a bed of romaine lettuce. Served with salsa and sour cream. $10.99 Add Guacamole $1.50

Lemon-Poppy Salmon Salad
A mix of romaine and spinach greens topped with grilled Scottish salmon, finished with a delicious blend of goat cheese, pecans and cranberries, served with lemon poppy seed vinaigrette on the side. $14.99

Signature French Onion
Baked crock filled with onion broth and french bread, topped with bubbly toasted parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. 
Cup $4.99 | Bowl $5.99

Soup of the Day 
All soups are made fresh daily. Please ask your server for the chef's choice of the day. 
Cup $4.99 | Bowl $5.99

All Sandwiches are served with your choice of potato chips, fries or pasta salad. Substitute sweet potato fries or fruit for an extra $1.00 or a salad for $3.99.

Mauney's Club
A classic club done right with layers of ham, turkey, bacon, cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato and mayo on freshly baked wheat bread. $9.99

Chicken Breast 
Marinated and grilled chicken breast served on a wheat bun with lettuce and tomato. Have it blackened or coated with your choice of teriyaki sauce or barbecue sauce. $9.99

Tuna or Chicken Salad Melt
Our tuna or chicken salad over tomatoes, covered with cheddar cheese and baked on an English muffin. Topped with alfalfa sprouts. $9.99

Classic Reuben
Grilled rye bread piled with sliced turkey or corned beef, fresh sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and reuben sauce. $10.99

French Dip
Layers of thinly sliced roast beef topped with melted swiss and creamy horseradish sauce on a toasted french roll. Served with au just. $10.99

Tilapia Sandwich
Blackened tilapia served on a wheat bun with alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes, and a creamy remoulade. $10.99

Meatball Sub
Hand rolled meatballs topped with our house-made marinara, melted mozzarella, and a fresh basil. Served on a toasted sub roll. $9.99

Southern Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast, topped with pimento cheese and Texas Pete. $9.99 - See more at: 

Signature Burgers
Locally raised ground chuck served with local bibb lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise, and mustard. $7.99 Add Bacon $1.25 Add Cheese $.50

BBQ Bacon Pub
Locally raised ground chuck served with bacon, pimento cheese, barbecue sauce, and crispy onion ring. $9.99 

Sunrise Farm
Locally raised ground chuck with a fried egg, bacon, local bibb lettuce, and tomato. $9.99 

Greek Turkey
Greek seasoned all natural turkey burger with feta cheese, black olives, baby arugula, roma tomatoes, and yogurt tzatziki. $9.99

Spicy Veggie
House-made veggie burger with pepper jack cheese, baby arugula, tomato, guacamole, and sriracha cream sauce. $8.95

Italian Pizza
Tomato sauce, pepperoni, italian sausage, and mozzarella cheese. $13.99

Chicken Pesto Pizza 
Basil Pesto, grilled chicken, fresh mushrooms, and fontina cheese. It's always a Red Onion favorite. $13.99

Sundried Tomato Pesto Pizza
Sundried tomato pesto acts as the sauce, then topped with the mozzarella and feta cheeses, artichoke hearts, and fresh spinach. $12.99

White Pizza 
Our crispy crust is topped with olive oil, mozzarella and goat cheese crumbles, along with roams and fresh basil. $12.99

Vegetarian Pizza
Zucchini, onions, mushrooms, squash, tomatoes, and creamy fontina. Your choice of sauce: sundried tomato pesto, basil pesto, or a classic red sauce. $12.99

Thai Chicken Pizza
Peanut sauce, pepper jack, julienne Asian veggies, shredded cabbage, and sriracha cream sauce. $13.99  

Quesadillas & Tacos
Our quesadillas are served with lettuce, tomato, house-made salsa & sour cream on the side. Tacos are served with hand fried tortilla chips unless otherwise specified. Add Guacamole $1.50

Traditional Cheese
Melted cheddar and monterey jack cheese in between two perfectly crisped flour tortillas. $8.99 Add Spinach, chicken or both for $9.99

Artichoke & Spinach
Our homemade spicy artichoke dip mixed with spinach is the filling for this local fan favorite. $9.99 Add chicken $11.99

Baja Fish Tacos
Two soft shell tacos with blackened Tilapia, grilled pineapple, and a spicy cilantro slaw, all topped with a siracha cream sauce. $10.99 - See more at: 

All Wraps are served with hand fried tortilla chips unless otherwise specified. add guacamole for $1.50 

Tempeh Wrap
Sauteed tempeh, mushrooms and onions, in a sundried tomato wrap with cheddar and jack cheeses, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes and a basil pesto mayonnaise. $9.99

Portabello Wrap
Sauteed portabello, zucchini, summer squash, and red onions, wrapped up with rice, fresh spinach, and basil-feta mayonnaise. $9.99

Blackened Chicken Caesar Wrap
Blackened chicken, romaine lettuce, crunchy homemade croutons, and shredded parmesan, tossed in a tangy Caesar dressing, wrapped in a flour tortilla. $9.99

Chicken Fajita Wrap
Grilled marinated chicken, red onions and green peppers, mixed with monterey jack and cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce and tomatoes, then wrapped in a soft flour tortilla. $9.99 

Baked Linguine 
Linguine noodles topped with a house marinara baked with asiago, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses. $10.99 
Add special recipe meatballs for $13.99

Meat Lasagna
Layers of pasta, mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan cheeses, topped with meat sauce. $14.99

Florentine Wild Mushroom
Lasagna layers of pasta, portabello, shiitake, button mushrooms, and spinach, covered with a rich chardonnay herb cream sauce, cheddar and monterey jack cheese. $14.99

Black Bean and Pesto Lasagna
Layers of pasta, black beans, ricotta, parmesan, and basil pesto covered with cheddar and monterey jack cheeses. $14.99

Greek Penne Pasta
Tomatoes, mushrooms, capers, and kalamata olives, tossed with penne noodles in a savory greek stock. Topped with fresh basil and feta cheese and pepperoncini. $14.99 With Shrimp or Chicken $17.99

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Blackened chicken breast, tasso ham, broccoli florets, and tomatoes, tossed with penne pasta and a parmesan cream sauce. $17.99

Pesto Pasta
Portabello mushrooms, tomatoes, wilted spinach tossed with penne noodles in a pesto-asiago cream sauce and garnished with toasted pecans. $14.99 With Shrimp or Chicken $17.99

Champagne Chicken Florentine
A marinated and grilled breast of chicken served on a bed of steamed spinach, topped with a rich rosemary-champagne sauce. Served with vegetable of the day and crispy potato medley. $15.99

Tuscan Red Pepper Chicken
Marinated and grilled chicken breast, roasted red pepper cream sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Served with vegetable of the day and crispy potato medley. $15.99

Mediterranean Tilapia 
Tilapia seasoned with traditional Greek spices and pan-seared. Served on a bed of rice and finished with a sun-dried tomato caper butter, feta cheese, and fresh basil. $15.99

Low Country Salmon
Our delicious Scottish salmon blackened, served over a pan seared polenta cake, and topped with andouille cream sauce. $17.99

Orange Glazed Salmon
Grilled Scottish salmon basted with a zesty, orange glaze. Served with vegetable of the day and crispy potato medley. $17.99

Pistachio Citrus Trout 
Cornmeal and pistachio encrusted trout topped with a citrus compound butter. Served with vegetable of the day and rice. $16.99

Coffee Rubbed Sirloin
Locally raised coffee rubbed signature sirloin grilled and topped with an herb-gorgonzola demi glaze and crispy onions. Served with vegetable of the day and baked potato. $19.99

Bourbon Glazed Center Cut Ribeye
Locally raised ribeye with chipotle spiced bourbon glaze and a peppercorn dusting. Served with vegetable of the day and baked potato. $23.99 

Red Velvet Cheesecake
A decadent modern twist on the Ruby Red American Classic. Tiers of fluffy red cake, layered with our homemade vanilla cheesecake, covered with cream. $6.99

Banana Cream Pie
Graham cracker crust filled with fluffy banana cream and topped with fresh bananas then finished off with cool whipped topping. $5.99

Horace Cookie 
Our house specialty! A blonde brownie with pecans served warm and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. $6.99

Key Lime Pie
Tangy Key West lime juice filling on a buttery cracker crust, finished off with a cool whipped topping. $5.99

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie
Oreo cookie crust filled with chocolate ice cream and peanut butter cups topped with hot fudge and cool whipped cream.  $6.99

Creme Brulee 
A creamy vanilla custard finished with caramelized sugar and fresh berries. $6.99

"I love the Red Onion. Consistently one of my favorite restaurants in Boone. I always look forward to a trip up the mountain for a meal there. Good, solid, basic menu with choices for everyone."
-Kim J. Wilmington, NC

"What a wonderful experience. I absolutely loved the restaurant, food, service and pricing!"
-Natasha G. Vacaville, NC

"We love this place. Excellent food, great service. We eat here every time we visit Boone."
-C.M. Raleigh, NC

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