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Cornucopia


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.

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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.

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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.

Cornucopia
16 Schoolhouse Rd
Cashiers, NC
828-743-3750

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Food4/5
Service3/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value2/5
3.3/5

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

Hot Rod 50’s Diner


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

The Iron Skillet


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

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