Check out these 5 Cleveland County treasures worth the drive

The pad Thai from the Thai Hut in Kings Mountain is a crowd pleaser.
The pad Thai from the Thai Hut in Kings Mountain is a crowd pleaser.

A good meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and Cleveland County offers diners options from all corners of the county.

Although these restaurants will take food aficionados outside of Shelby’s city limits, they are worth the drive for anyone seeking comfort food, a family-friendly atmosphere or something a little out of the ordinary.

Choices range from authentic Thai food, home style country cooking and post-hiking coffee flights with fresh donuts to calabash chicken and Philly cheesesteak smothered in gravy and queso.

Bring your appetite when you pick one of these five small-town options:

Thai Hut Restaurant & Oriental Market

202 W. Mountain St., Kings Mountain

Craving something a little more exotic than the typical American dinner? Kings Mountain delivers with some excellent Thai food. Thai Hut was purchased by the Virapanya family in 2019 from its previous owners. The business, which features popular dishes such as cashew chicken stir fry and pad Thai, began around 15 years ago as an oriental market, and the restaurant was added eight years ago.



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