Southern on Main, Elkin NC's newest upscale restaurant

Posted by Laura Gaylord c/o Town of Elkin on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Under: Downtown Elkin

Southern On Main Brings Upscale Comfort Food to Elkin


            ELKIN, N.C. – At the newly-opened Southern On Main in downtown Elkin, meatloaf and braised collards share menu space with steamed mussels and certified angus beef.

            The restaurant debuted July 12, combining down-home classics with premium ingredients and a full bar.

            “We want a casual elegance, so that it’s not intimidating,” says Marla Stern, chef and owner of Southern On Main. “It’s not white tablecloth, but it’s nicer than a diner. You can have a date night or stop by for a glass of wine after work and feel very comfortable.”

            Stern has operated restaurants in Banner Elk, where she’s from, and Newland. Most recently, she took time off and moved to Charlotte to be close to her daughters. When she decided to get back into the restaurant business, she looked for places in Western North Carolina and found an advertisement on Craigslist to lease the Elkin building formerly occupied by Twenty One & Main. The large space seats 50 inside and 70 outside, plus an upstairs banquet room.

            “I very much like the small-town feel, and the people here are very friendly,” Stern says.

            She admits it’s a challenge to come into a new place and understand what diners want, but the menu has been well received so far. And she’s always open to residents’ feedback.

            The lunch menu consists of soups, salads, sandwiches, small plates and down South plates, such as chicken pot pie with a biscuit crust and a chef’s quiche with a house salad. The dinner menu is similar, but also includes steaks and a selection of a la carte sides.

            Beer, wine and cocktails are available. Stern is still working on the drink menu; plans include local Yadkin Valley wines and specialty martinis.

            “We are very excited to see Southern On Main’s opening in Elkin, especially in such a prominent location and building,” says Leslie Schlender, economic development director for the Town of Elkin. “The feedback and reviews from diners have been wonderful already.”

            Southern On Main is open Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

To learn more about Southern On Main, visit or call (336) 258-2144. For more information about Elkin and the surrounding Yadkin Valley, visit

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