By Culinary Expert and Charlotte, NC Food Writer, Heidi Billotto,

On the suggestion of a good friend, I recently took the opportunity to eat my way around Rutherford County, NC.  Fun, historic with lots of great dining and getaway options, Rutherford County surprised and pleased me with all it has to offer. It won’t be long till I head back up to enjoy it all over again.

As a Charlotte food and restaurant writer I'm always looking for the next new thing. With a burgeoning culinary community and an assemblage of creative chefs, that “next new thing” is never very far away. Sometimes, however, it’s more fun to take a road trip and travel out of my 15- or 20-mile radius of a comfort zone to explore the world, or at least the rest of the state.

To see my entire story on the great food in Rutherford County, click on the DOWNLOAD NOW text below. Photo: Medina's Village Bistro