Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Sweet Onion

Terribly sorry about the lack of posts. Everything has been firing on all cylinders as of late, and unfortunately, I couldn't make the Blog as much of a priority as I would like. 
That said, however, I now have a review of a fantastic restaurant in the gorgeous mountain town of Waynesville, North Carolina. 

Waynesville truly is a beautiful place. Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Autumn colors there this time of year are truly spectacular. Sofi and I went there for the weekend to spend time with her aunt and to take a couple (roughly 1100...) pictures. We saw everything from beautiful rivers and waterfalls to a rare type of white squirrel that lives in a town east of Waynesville. To fuel all of this adventure, the meals we had were really excellent. My favorite place that we went was The Sweet Onion: a quaint eatery on a hill downtown. On one side of the restaurant you have a view of your food being prepared in the kitchen, on the other, the picturesque mountains with so many Fall colors it looks like a sunset is shining on them all day long. 

Now to the food. The meal started off with some flaky biscuits, fresh out of the oven. While they weren't anything to write home about, they were certainly a nice starter to the meal.
Sofi and her aunt had french onion soup, a dish that made the restaurant famous. When the waitress brought the soups to the table, it wasn't hard to see why. Warm, bubbly Gruy√®re cheese on top with savory onion flavor underneath. A delicious soup to warm you up on a cool Fall day. 

However, me being me, I decided to break the mold (I become more adventurous on vacation) and go on Sofi's aunt's recommendation of their catfish sandwich. Catfish sometimes gets a bad rap for tasting "fishy" but nothing could be farther from the truth. I was in heaven. Dredged in cornmeal, crispy isn't strong enough a word to describe the texture. The sandwich was served with a side of homemade tartar sauce, and potatoes au gratin. The potatoes left a bit to be desired, as they were a touch under-cooked and not as hot as one might expect, but it really didn't mar my experience as a whole. 
Aside from the food and scenery, the waitress were all extremely nice as well. Especially after some not so pleasant experiences in the past, this was an welcome change. 
An excellent lunch in a beautiful town. Can't wait to come back up here in the winter, I can only imagine the mountains with snow-topped peaks! 

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