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Surry Sonker Trail Adds Restaurant in Downtown Elkin


he Surry Sonker Trail in Surry County, NC, now has eight stops serving the county’s popular local dessert. Southern On Main, an upscale casual eatery on Main Street in Elkin, recently joined the trail. Similar to cobbler, sonker consists of cooked fruit and crust. Some have a liquid batter poured on top of the fruit, others have a rolled dough crust, and others are prepared on the stove with a dropped-dumpling crust. Each recipe depends upon family tradition. The history of sonker in the region dates to the early 1800s. The dessert was a product of frugal home cooks who didn’t want to waste any over-ripe fruit. Southern On Main owner Marla Stern quite often features

blueberry sonker and her recipe includes a thick crust. In addition to blueberry, she serves apple, peach and sweet potato sonker. “It’s nice to be a part of a small town with a heritage that everyone cares about,” Stern says. Located at the corner of Main and Bridges streets in downtown Elkin, Southern On Main serves upscale Southern comfort food for lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. Other stops on the Surry Sonker Trail are: Down Home Restaurant in Mount Airy, Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy, Rockford General Store in Dobson and Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin.

To receive a Sonker Trail brochure map with the info needed to enjoy a day or two along the trail, call (800) 948-0949, or go online at:


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