We unexpectedly found ourselves back in Sylva, NC at dinnertime and I didn’t have anywhere planned to eat there. We ended up at Bogart’s and it was my least favorite meal of our vacation. It’s a generic steakhouse and reminded me of the Outback chain. We started off with some bread & salad and ordered the crab dip.
The bread & salad tasted exactly like what you get at Outback Steakhouse. The crab dip was really spicy which I didn’t expect at all. I couldn’t eat very much of it because it just numbed my mouth. Loren got an 8oz ribeye and I decided to try their prime rib special.
Loren said his steak was ok. The prime rib, however, had a flavor profile that I did not like at all. It was very herbaceous and the prime rib itself was tough. I barely ate any of it. Not a restaurant we would go back to. Total bill with a drink was $46.
35 E. Main St
If there’s one thing I can’t pass up, that’s soul food. As soon as I saw Daddy D’s online, I knew we had to go there for lunch. It’s a little diner serving up some fresh, homemade, stick to your ribs food. Loren ordered the fried pork chops and I couldn’t pass up the fried chicken.
The sign says it all. The waitress told us when we ordered that it’s all cooked to order so it would be about 20 minutes for our food. It was worth the wait.
Let’s face it, the sides are a big part of soul food dining. Loren got the collard greens and okra and I couldn’t pass up the mac & cheese and potato salad. Plus some homemade corn muffins. The potato salad was exactly how I make it at home. The greens had a nice flavor and the okra was crunchy and yummy. I could have eaten another bowl of the mac & cheese. Both the chicken and pork chops had a light coating on them, but sometimes simple is best. The chicken was juicy and tender. I didn’t think Loren would be able to finish both pork chops, but he scarfed them down. The only disappointment is that they didn’t have any desserts made. Otherwise, it was one of the best meals we had on our trip for a mere $22.
Daddy D’s Suber Soul Food
411 7th Ave E
The last time we were in North Carolina, we found the Cajun Connection Cafe and really loved the food, so planned to go back there this visit. When we drove up, the restaurant name had changed to the Captain’s House. We were all ready to go some where else, but decided to give it a try. I’m glad we did because they still had the Cajun Connection menu.
We just wanted a little bit of everything, so we ordered a salad, a cup of gumbo, a cup of red beans and rice, a cup of blue crab soup, and a bowl of ettouffe.
It was supposed to be crawfish ettouffe, but they were out of crawfish, so they substituted shrimp instead. The shrimp was cooked and seasoned well, but I would have preferred the crawfish. My favorite dish was the blue crab soup. It was creamy and had a nice crab flavor. All of the other dishes were good though. Nothing was killer spicy, but it was all flavorful. And we couldn’t pass up the bread pudding.
This was like a cinnamon roll bread pudding. Very addictive. Lots of cinnamon flavor, plus the whisky cream sauce made for a perfect ending to a tasty meal. Total bill with a drink was $28.
1060 Highlands Rd
On our pursuit of waterfalls, we ended up down in Cashiers, NC at Cornucopia. We had actually eaten here the last time we were in the area. We got there right before the lunch crowd and didn’t have to wait too long for a table. We ordered the crab cakes as an appetizer, but I guess our waitress put the entire order in at once, so everything came out together.
The crab cakes had a lot of crab and a little bit of spice. The were crunchy and cooked well, plus it came with a salad and some fruit. It would have been so much nicer had it come out before our sandwiches though. Loren got the spicy cajun turkey melt and I tried the grilled chicken club.
His sandwich had way too many jalapenos on it. I don’t know how anyone would be expected to eat that many. My chicken was a bit thick for the sandwich, but it was tender and perfectly cooked. The whole meal was fresh and tasty, but their prices are a bit on the high side. With a drink, lunch was $45. They close from November-March, so be sure to check to see if they’re open before heading over there.
16 Schoolhouse Rd
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.
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.
2040 Old Cullowee Rd