The dining room walls are decorated with pictures of trout and posters of trout lures, and as the name of the restaurant suggests, locally-raised rainbow trout is the specialty. The Speckled Trout offers it pan-fried, baked, broiled, stuffed, or smoked. And although the menu lists many other fish dishes, from catfish (fried filets) crab cake sandwiches, we also like this friendly town café for such non-seafood items as chicken pot pie, roast beef with horseradish sauce, and a fine “Blowing Rock Burger” on a Kaiser roll. And if you are an oyster fan, the appetizer menu always lists them by the dozen.
Breakfast is big at the Speckled Trout; and while the menu lists such familiar morning fare as eggs, waffles, and French toast, as well as bagels, biscuits, and grits, we suggest adventurous eaters go with the flow and have trout for breakfast – as part of a three egg omelet filled with big shreds of smoked trout, cream cheese, and onion, or as the featured element of “Big Daddy’s Breakfast.” The Big Daddy is one entire (deboned and beheaded) rainbow trout pan fried in butter accompanied by two eggs scrambled with cheese and a good-size biscuit. We guarantee you won’t need any grits or home fried potatoes on the side of this whale of a meal.
"Smoked trout with all the fixins, including mustard sauce, capers, crackers, onions, sour cream, a lemon wedge, and orange garnish. The trout itself is luscious with a mild-smoked flavor."
"This fish-shaped greeting on the front door of the restaurant signals meals in which trout stars."