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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9440 Hwy 226A
Little Switzerland, NC
Korean food was on the menu for dinner tonight, so we ended up at Stone Bowl in Asheville. We were both pretty exhausted from a day of hiking and just wanted to fill our bellies with good food. We started off with the Goon Man Du.
These were some awesome dumplings. Crispy on the outside with a delicious filling. For his entree, Loren got the Doi Ji Stonebowl.
He really enjoyed it. The bowl is super hot and you have to mix it all together. There’s rice on the bottom that gets a little crispy and it all melds together just perfectly. I went for the Tang Su Yuk.
It’s a sweet and sour chicken dish with lots of veggies. The chicken was crispy and crunchy and the sauce had a nice flavor to it.
The sides they were serving today were seaweed salad, pickled cucumber, fried tofu, radish, bean sprouts, Kim chi, and potato in sweet sauce. We both really enjoyed the entire meal. Total bill with a drink was $42
Stone Bowl Korean
1987 Hendersonville Rd, Ste A
It was time for some BBQ so we headed over to 12 Bones in Asheville. The line was out the door when we got there and still out the door after we were finished. The place was packed, but the tables seemed to be turning over quickly.
We were able to order and get a table and the food came out pretty quick. We split 12 bones of the blueberry chipolte ribs with mac and cheese, collard greens, and a side of corn pudding.
Those ribs were spicy! You could absolutely taste the blueberry, which I thought would sweeten them up, but they tingled my taste buds. The meat was smoky and tender. Not quite fall off the bone, but very good. The sides were all pretty tasty too. It didn’t take long for our plate to look like this.
I did feel very crowded and rushed while in there. It felt chaotic and noisy and the tin plates they serve the ribs in don’t have a flat bottom, so it kept spinning while we tried to eat. Overall, the food was good, but the atmosphere left me feeling anything but relaxed. Total bill with a drink was $26.
5 Riverside Drive
We reached our destination in Bryson City, North Carolina and settled on Anthony’s Italian Restaurant for dinner. After a long day of driving, we were happy to just sit and feed our faces. We started off with salads and calamari.
The first couple of pieces of calamari I ate, were a bit chewy, but the thicker pieces were cooked perfectly. The marinara sauce was tasty as well. We both ordered pasta dishes. Loren got Mama Viscusi’s Spaghetti.
It had artichokes, mushrooms, olives, feta, and garlic sauteed in olive oil. He liked all the flavors melding together without a heavy sauce. I ordered the fettucine alfredo.
I like a thick, creamy alfredo sauce and this didn’t have it. The alfredo was very thin. The pasta was cooked well and the flavors were there, but it just lacked the creaminess I was after. The garlic knots were tasty. And since they had a dessert called “death by chocolate”, I just had to try it.
It wasn’t the moistest cake I’ve eaten, but it did have a deep, rich chocolate flavor that I really enjoyed. Total bill with a drink was $41.
Anthony’s Italian Restaurant
15 Depot St
Bryson City, NC
We’re heading up to North Carolina for week of vacation and our first pit stop was in Tifton, Georgia at Pit Stop BBQ right off of I-75. If I had any doubts that we were in Georgia, they were squashed when our waitress greeted us. There’s no mistaking that sweet Georgia twang. We started off with some Brunswick stew.
This was the best part of our lunch. It was a little sweet and had pork, potatoes, peas, beans and corn in it. We both ordered the pull pork sandwiches, but with different sides.
The pork and the beans also had a sweet taste, not smoky at all. The fried okra was the best of the sides, the rest were pretty generic. I don’t know what I was expecting from a BBQ place off the highway, but there wasn’t anything memorable about the food here. When I asked about dessert, our waitress said they had a chocolate layer cake.
This is not what I think of when I hear the words “chocolate layer cake”. It was so dry and tasteless that we didn’t even finish it. Total bill with a drink was $28.
Pit Stop BBQ
1112 8th St W