Responding to Neil's June suggestion, we decided to try Storie Street. Orientation check-in at ASU took longer than we expected and we arrived there at 8:58 p.m. Sorry, the guy said, we close at 9 p.m. My husband pointed out that it was not yet 9, but he ignored him and suggested a place down the street. [Storie Street had a good collection of diners,by the way.]
By the time we had walked to the place the Storie Street guy had suggested, THAT was closed too. We drove back to Boone and arrived at Pepper's to find that they would not let us in either; they were closing at 9:25 p.m. Tired from our 3 hour drive to Boone, and with a hungry teenager, we ended up at Backyard Burgers - oh well.
In any case, I swore I would post this crummy experience. The ice cream place in Blowing Rock was great the next night. We hope to spend lots of weekends in the area over the next four years. Maybe we'll even give Storie Street another chance.