Toxaway For Foodies
There’s Historic Toxaway Market at 15889 Rosman Highway in Lake Toxaway and, right across the street, Mountain Café. Both offer palate-pleasing treats and, just as important, a taste of this friendly mountain community.
Located on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, just 13 miles beyond Cashiers, Lake Toxaway, also referred to as a “a storied community” because of its historical significance and rich heritage, has welcomed new traditions in the form of a market and a café. Historic Toxaway Market and Mountain Café – across the street from one another – are owned by Chris and Robin Pickel.
The Market opened in July 2017, while the café opened in June 2020.
“We are just trying to offer people here opportunities to try some good food, take home items, have a snack break, meet for coffee …,” said Robin.
Mountain Café boasts a gift shop, a selection of Hershey’s ice cream, cones, sundaes, root beer floats, espresso shakes, and more, as well as coffees made with locally roasted Pisgah Roasters coffee. A selection of muffins, some gluten free, plus cookies, breakfast croissants, quiches, danishes, etc. are also available during the café’s Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. 7 p.m., hours.
“Mountain Café is a nice break place between hiking or other activities, or it is a great place to start the day. We have rocking chairs on the front porch, so some people hang out and relax for a while,” said Robin, who added that free Wi-Fi is available.
The Market is essentially a wine store and gourmet market for foodies, with over 400 different wines, a selection of beers, cocktail mixers, and dry goods such as pasta, muffin mixes, sauces, spices, crackers, chips. Many goods are organic and non-GMO, explained Robin. Plus, there are Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, grass-fed steaks and ground beef, local eggs, and regionally-made frozen dinner items such as pot pies, lasagnas, casseroles, etc.
A wine tasting room provides opportunities to sample some wines, while there are wine and cocktail related items in the Market’s gift shop.
Visit Historic Toxaway Market at 15889 Rosman Highway in Lake Toxaway and, right across the street, Mountain Café.