Monday, January 18, 2016

The Best Restaurants in Chimney Rock, NC


Some of the best restaurants in Chimney Rock, North Carolina are Medina's Village Bistro, Tia B's, the Old Rock Cafe, Coffee on the Rocks and the Riverwatch Deli and Grill. Diners gave most of these restaurants at least four out of five stars.


Medina's Village Bistro, found on 430 Main Street, offers rib-sticking fare such as mac and cheese, prime rib sandwiches, tuna salad and shrimp stuffed with crabmeat. It also serves such mouthwatering meals as grilled cheese and kale sandwiches and white bean soup, and their Philly hoagie has just about everything as a topping for the ham and salami. Medina's has private parking and bicycle parking, is great for kids and groups and has outdoor seating. The price on most items is moderate.

Tia B's is a Mexican restaurant on 447 Main Street. Though it says it's a vegetarian restaurant, it does offer chicken on the menu. Diners who loved it commented on the freshness of the food, including fresh tortillas and queso fresco. They also liked the view of rushing water from the patio, which added to the restaurant's ambiance. Though the menu is small, and the servings may be smaller than some diners like, people did rave about the burritos, green chicken and chicken enchiladas, taco salad and the tomatillo salsa. Like Medina's, it is good for groups and for kids and the price is downright cheap. Tia B's doesn't seem to have a website, but the number is (828) 625-9990.

The Old Rock Cafe is found at the entrance to Chimney Rock State Park at 431 Main Street. A great lunch place, it offers Reuben sandwiches, burgers made of tender, highest quality beef and chips. The chili is also satisfying, and like Tia B's it has outdoor seating with a view of the river.

Coffee on the Rocks at 435 Main Street is a sweet little place that specializes in all manner of coffee including fresh roasted and espresso, iced, lattes and frappes. They also serve hot chocolate, tea and fruit smoothies. The fruit smoothies include mango, strawberry bananas and peach. A stellar breakfast place, they accompany these thirst-quenching drinks with cinnamon rolls, bagels, apple fritters and other tasties. It is a must for folks who've just come back from hiking through the park.

The Riverwatch Deli and Grill at 379 Main Street gives a view not only of the river but of Chimney Rock itself. Besides this, it is unique among the other mentioned restaurants in that it has a full bar, and gets high marks for its artisanal beer. Diners also appreciated the large hamburgers, potato salad, fried pickles, Boarshead deli meat sandwiches and something called "boom boom" sauce. At least one group was given heat lamps so they could sit on the roof deck in comfort.

About the Author: Dave is a guest contributor from The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant located in Chimney Rock, NC.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Vegan and Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Edenton, NC

Tuna Tartar at an Edenton, NC Restaurant


In the Edenton, NC region, finding vegan and vegetarian-friendly dining can feel challenging. With our list of the top locations in the region, you can easily find one that fits your taste preferences.




The Table at Inner Banks is highly acclaimed for its creative menu, seasonal produce and commitment to accommodating special diets. Besides offer vegan and vegetarian-approved entrees, it also offers gluten-free dishes that are sure to please. 





The Pineapple Cafe is just a short drive from Edenton, NC. This quirky restaurant offers something for everyone. From freshly grilled burgers to fully loaded quesadillas, it is the perfect lunch destination. The Pineapple Cafe boasts an exciting vegetarian menu with items such as burgers, salads and wraps. It also maintains a bakery section where you can find delectable treats such as cookies and cupcakes. 





The Mellow Mushroom is an eccentric restaurant famous for its large selection of gluten-free pizza and specialty beers. It has a generous amount of vegetarian and vegan entrees available on a separate menu. Its options include pizza, pasta, hoagies and more. Appetizers such as pretzels and hummus with pita chips are also available. 





The Urban Kitchen is located in Corolla, NC and is just a short drive from the Edenton area. Known for its large selection of locally caught seafood, it also caters to vegan and vegetarian diets. With a separate menu available for vegans and vegetarians, it offers unique entrees that utilize locally grown seasonal produce. Urban Kitchen also invites custom orders and its chefs work hard to accommodate all of its guests. 





Cinnamon419 offers a full vegetarian menu with plenty of variety. This charming restaurant specializes in traditional Indian food. With spicy curries, soups and appetizers, it is a must for fans of robust entrees. Once you finish your meal, be sure to check out its handcrafted dessert menu! Full of unique, Indian options in addition to classics such as cheesecake, it offers something for everyone. 




The Edenton, NC region is chock-full of dining establishments that offer impressive vegan and vegetarian entrees. Discover something new with a little help from our list of local hot spots! 

About the Author: Jim is a guest contributor from Inner Banks Inn, a beautiful Edenton, NC bed and breakfast.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top Spots for Vegetarian and Vegan Meals in Greenwich, Connecticut


There are several restaurants featuring vegetarian and vegan meals in Greenwich, Connecticut. If you're interested in trying this cuisine out, some places to check out include:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Best Berkshires Restaurants to Visit


The Berkshires are just one of Massachusetts' many diverse vacation spots, and likewise boasts a great selection of restaurants to choose from that are both distinctly cultural and versatile enough to suit everyone's palette. Whether it's a classic pub, family pizza joint or a 5-star French dinner in a château, the Berkshires has something for you.

Below you'll find the top 5 restaurants, chosen across a broad range of cuisine, as well as a short description and link to the establishment for more information. Meals have long-since held a powerful place in the memories of families, and the ones you eat on vacation are no exception. Treat yourself and make each bite count the next time you find yourself in the Barkshires. Bon appetit! 

5. House Pub


Some classic American dining set in the '6 House Pub's old barn makes this spot a great choice for a low-key dinner with friends. Wood panelling and upholstered furniture, a fire pit, outdoor terrace and a kid's menu are some of the features that have given the '6 House Pub it's great reputation among patrons near and far alike.
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4. Church Street Café


Open Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 9:30 pm, the Church Street Café offers a creative, chic backdrop to your lunch or dinner. The lunch and dinner menus feature creative options such as housemade beef terrene and procini linguini. Church Street has been in operation since 1981 and prides itself on its history, packing meaning into nearly all of its decor such as the hardwood floors that were made from reclaimed shipping materials originally used to carry railroad tracks to the Pacific Northwest.

Dine in style and classic MA culture.

3. Mezze Bistro and Bar


Mezze specializes in farm-to-table food and uses their menu to showcase the hard work of local independent farmers and the seasonal selections of Massachusetts crops. The contemporary American cuisine is complimented by an elegant farmhouse setting, situated on lush green lawns and boasting warm hardwood floors and cool blue walls.  More Information.

2. Blantyre


The Blantyre is a luxury château that offers both rooms and a restaurant. The estate has rested upon 220 acres for centuries, and the rooms still bear the Victorian style decor, most of it imported from England. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and hosts Sunday afternoon tea. Most evenings, diners are gifted to the musical styling of the estate's pianist. Testing menus range from $125 to $300 per person, so the Blantyre is most definitely a formal affair. For an unforgettable night filled with wonderful music that makes you feel like royalty, it may just be worth the money.

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1. PUBLIC


PUBLIC has a down-home, urban falre and savory American menu that make it a solid choice for any diner. Entrees such as the buffalo chicken flatbread and the California use fresh ingredients and can also be made with a gluten-free bun or grass-fed beef.

The atmosphere is hip and casual, with brick walls, wood furniture and a bar situated in the center of it all. If you're after a laid back dining experience but still want a place you can bring the kids, PUBLIC has you covered. 
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About the Author: Cindy is a guest contributor from Staveleigh House, a Berkshires bed and breakfast.

The Best Falls Wines to Try This Season


Autumn is the best time of year for wines. The holidays are right around the corner, and nothing goes with those early holiday feasts like a satisfying wine. And for once, we're going to keep these all under the US $30 budget, just so everyone can enjoy this list.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Top Five Best Restaurants in Napa Valley

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When visiting Napa Valley there are a number of delicious restaurants to choose from, satisfying even the pickiest of eaters. Here are some of the best restaurants you can dine at while visiting the city of wine!