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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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