By Nathan Baker
Highlander BBQ, located on the main drag in Roan Mountain, may have humble beginnings, but the restaurant has quickly grown into a popular spot for regulars and passing-through outdoor enthusiasts to congregate.
The restaurant is owned and operated by Darrell and Heather Turbyfill.
The eatery took root more than 15 years ago, when most of the attendees of a meat-smoking party hosted by one of Darrell’s friends bailed out of the event.
“I had never done anything like that before, but he called me up and asked if I would help out,” Darrell said. “So I went over there and we stayed up all night cooking the food. After that, it was really more of a hobby for a while, but people kept telling us we should open up a restaurant.”|
Heather was also no stranger to food preparation.
As a child, she spent many of her mornings in the kitchen of Banner Elk Elementary School’s kitchen where her mother worked as a cook.