Discover Tabor City, the “yam capital of the world”
Tabor City, NC (WMBF) – We explored the border in Tabor City, NC
The city was known as the “yam capital of the world”. We didn’t taste any yams but had some fabulous home cooked meals and visited a great camp style resort full of fun activities and Yogi Bear.
Southern charm and hospitality can be used to describe the town of Tabor and you can find both at a crowded Dale’s Seafood.
“We never advertise. All we do is word of mouth, ”said owner Rusty Tyson.
The lunch rush shows it works for Tyson, who once worked in the restaurant as a cook and now owns the place with his family.
Tyson not only kept the name of the original owner, but his photo hangs in the restaurant.
“We have grills, we specialize in seafood, home-cooked meals every day at lunchtime,” Tyson said.
Her menu includes their homemade hushpuppies, beef tips, and a special roast that Tyson said her 82-year-old mother made.
Tyson also showed where the magic happens in his immaculate kitchen and in all the dining rooms where people can eat. Tyson said he has been serving locals and visitors for 39 years and attributes his success to their unwavering support and great appetite.
“Your business is as good as your customers, and this restaurant doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to the customers,” Tyson said.
Get off at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Daddy Joe’s for the night or for a short getaway. The owners have transformed their family’s tobacco farm into a 250-acre camp-style resort that has been in operation for 22 years.
“We are named after the two owners who are brothers, their father who is Joe,” said General Manager Rebecca Murphy.
Murphy took a tour of their activities which include the nine stocked fishing ponds, three swimming pools and a water park, as well as adventures with Yogi Bear and his family.
“He’s our man, he’s our mascot that comes out all the time,” Murphy said. “You cannot leave your picnic baskets on the table because Yogi tends to go around and take them at night.”
People can also enjoy a treat at the homemade ice cream shop when it’s Christmas in July. It is open until the evening for guests and the community. Once it’s time to relax, guests can sleep in their campervan or in an upgraded round tent called a yurt that is equipped with electricity.
There are also several different styles of cabins which have two rooms, a mini kitchen and a television. The cabins can accommodate up to eight people.
Murphy said they fill up quickly, so it’s best to call or book online for reservations.
“Here, we have a family atmosphere. The staff feel like family, we try to get to know our customers, ”she said. “We want to be able to entertain the little kids as well as the adults who just came out here. “
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