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Sazon


We were heading through Sylva on the way back to the cabin and stopped at Sazon Mexican Restaurant for dinner.  It’s a small, out of the way place that served up some really tasty Mexican food.   Loren got the carnitas chimichanga and I went for one of my favorite dishes, puffy tacos.

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Loren thought the salsa was fresh and tasty and really liked the chimichanga.  Everything was flavorful.  I love crunchy flour tortillas and you don’t see them at too many restaurants.  It’s such a light crunch compared to corn tortillas.  The tacos were simply meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream, but it all came together in a perfect little bite.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

Sazon
2040 Old Cullowee Rd
Sylva, NC
828-293-2343
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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, NC
  • Somehow we managed to find ourselves over the border into Tennessee with a craving for some burgers.  We stopped at Hot Rod 50’s Diner and ordered us up a guacamole burger with a side of grits and a mac & cheese burger with tots.

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    The burgers were both messy and tasty.  They were cooked a perfect medium, juicy and had a good flavor.  Just what you want from a burger.  The tots were crunchy and yummy, but the grits failed to deliver.  They were fairly tasteless.  I also ordered a chocolate cherry milkshake to go that was quite delish.  Total bill was $24.

    Hot Rod 50’s Diner
    373 Hannum St
    Alcoa, TN
    865-984-7171

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Burgers, TN
  • I needed one good country breakfast while we were in North Carolina, so we stopped at the Iron Skillet in Bryson City.  The place was busy for a Wednesday morning, but we managed to grab a table and ordered up some grub.

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    Loren got the western omelette and I had to have some biscuits & gravy with scrambled eggs and bacon.  I actually ordered the bacon for Loren because I’m not a big bacon fan, but this stuff was good.  It had a sweet, brown sugar goodness to it that I ended up eating more of it than I thought I would.  The biscuits were fresh, light, and fluffy and the gravy had the right amount of sausage and pepper in it.  This was a proper down home breakfast all for $16.

    The Iron Skillet
    165 Everett St
    Bryson City, NC
    828-488-4766

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Breakfast, NC
  • We both like German food and found our way to Berliner Kindl German Restaurant in Black Mountain for dinner.  The aromas as you walked in the door were enough to perk up both our appetites.  We started off with some meatballs and cabbage soup.

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    Yummy little meatballs with fresh bread and a cabbage soup that had some great flavors.  Loren got the bratwurst and I went for the Jaeger schnitzel.

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    Everything was perfectly cooked with those authentic German flavors throughout.  I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have spaetzle on the menu, but there was plenty of food to fill us both up.  We both tried the cabbage, plus potato salad and home fried potatoes.  And yet, we couldn’t pass up the freshly made apple strudel.

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    It was warm with tender apples and a beautifully sugared, crunchy pastry.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was $48.

    Berliner Kindl German Restaurant
    20 Ball St
    Black Mountain, NC
    828-669-5255

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    Food5/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.1/5
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  • Filed under: German, NC
  • Our travels took us over to Little Switzerland and the Switzerland Cafe for lunch.  It was really busy and we ended up waiting about 20 minutes for a table.  We started off with the cheese plate.

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    I had mixed feelings about this appetizer.  I ordered it because the menu said it had goat cheese on it, and there was none to be found on the plate.  That aside, the rest of the cheeses and bread and fruit were pretty tasty.  There was a gingered pear chutney that had a lot of cinnamon and clove in it.  The bread was crusty and very good.  For his entree, Loren ordered the French dip.

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    He really liked it.  Everything worked well together on the sandwich. The bread was fresh and crusty, the au jou had a nice flavor and the beef was tender.   Unfortunately, my pulled pork dish did not impress me.

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    There was something about this dish that I just didn’t like.  There was a spiciness to the pork that completely overwhelmed it.  The cole slaw needed more dressing on it and the beans were overly sweet.  I needed something to cleanse my tastebuds, so I had to order the chocolate cake.

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    This made up for the pulled pork.  It had a creamy mousse layer and other chocolatety textured layers within.  It had a deep, rich chocolate taste and we scarfed every last crumb.  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    Switzerland Cafe
    9440 Hwy 226A
    Little Switzerland, NC
    828-765-5289

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, BBQ, NC