Sumptuous Dinner at Newman’s in Saluda, NC

Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC
We were delighted with our dinner at Newman’s Restaurant in the gracious Orchard Inn, outside the quaint town of Saluda, NC. This was our second visit in the last few weeks…

Orchard Inn Has Several Gathering Area and a Large Cozy Fireplace

We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with a glass of wine by the warm and cozy fireplace…

Glasses of wine near the cozy fireplace at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

Here’s another photo of the massive stone fireplace at Newman’s Restaurant…

Big stone fireplace at Newmans' Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

After hors d’oeuvres we were escorted to our table with a great view of the mountains…

Table for two with a view, at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

The table setting was elegant and romantic…

Everything in its place at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

The atmosphere and service at Newman’s are spectacular. But the highlight of our visits were the meals. The innkeepers are also chefs and they have extensive backgrounds in preparing gourmet meals for guests. (Read their story here.) As a result, their guests come back to Newman’s (and the Orchard Inn) repeatedly to enjoy some of the best food in all of Western North Carolina. Both of our meals started with butternut squash soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and Austrian pumpkin seed oil, and a fresh salad of organic greens, cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, roasted sunflower seeds, and home made house dressing. Excellent…

Soup and Salad at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

For entrées one of us had crispy duck that was moist and savory…

Crispy Duck at Newman's in Saluda, NC.

…and Angus beef tenderloin with caramelized onions, vegetables and roasted potatoes…

Angus Beef Tenderloin at Newman's Restaurant in Saluda, NC.

We tasted each others entrées, and we couldn’t decide who had the best one. They were both spectacular. For dessert, one of us had forest berry pie with vanilla ice cream, and the other had chocolate decadence pie (with Grand Marnier). They were both indescribably delicious…

Dessert at Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC.

A couple of weeks ago at Newman’s we celebrated our anniversary (for the second time) with another couple. The chef got wind of it and ta-DA… our apple cobbler dessert arrived as a sweet greeting card!

Anniversary Apple Cobbler at Newman's in Saluda, NC.

Now we have to go back for brunch. It’s served to both guests and anyone who makes a reservation. I understand it’s the one of the best in Western North Carolina. (Can’t wait!)

If you’re looking for a perfect dining experience for most any occasion, make a reservation at Newman’s. You’ll love the view, the hospitality, and the food. Take a look at the dinner menu here. For reservations and other information visit the Orchard Inn website here.

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Papas & Beer: Hands-Down Best Mexican Around

We stopped last night at Papa’s and Beer restaurant in Hendersonville, NC, and enjoyed some great Mexican food (instead of 2 Guy’s Pizza & Ribs like I thought). It had been a while since we’d been to Papa’s and Beer, and before we even saw the sign, we’d changed our minds…

Before we knew it we were parked and walking through the front doors…

It’s not overly fancy inside. It just perfectly fits the Mexican-food atmosphere…

We sat in a nice booth and were quickly served free nachos and bean dip. Then a very nice young lady promptly came up to our table and took our drink order. I asked our waitress, Ivett, which meal is the most popular, and she told me that her favorite was the Fajita Burrito Combo with white cheese. Then she offered to put red salsa on half of it and white cheese on the other half. I took her up on her offer, but I had no idea what was coming… it was huge!

The plate in the photo above is considerably larger than our dinner plates at home, and if I were to guess, I’d say the Fajita Burrito Combo measured about 4″ thick by 10″ long. It was amazing — and not just in size. It was packed with delicious grilled steak, chicken, onions, vegetables, salsa and Mexican spices. (Special thanks to Ivette for recommending it.)

My sweetheart ordered a combination steak and chicken Fajita Taco, and it was just as huge and delicious. I’ve never seen a better value in Mexican food than we get at Papa’s & Beer, (and although I’m no expert, I did work at a nice Mexican restaurant in Carmel, California, many years ago, so I have had some experience).

The staff at Papa’s & Beer is quick, courteous, and very helpful. The restaurant is located at 1821 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville, NC. I’d recommend dinner on weekdays, or early on weekends to avoid the crowds. (Papa’s & Beer is very popular.)

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Heavenly: Hendersonville’s McFarlan Bakery

If you’re looking for a great donut or pastry this morning, you don’t have to look any farther than McFarlan’s Bakery at 310 Main Street in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The minute you walk inside you know what Heaven’s going to smell like…

And everything tastes heavenly, too. (But the calories still add up here on Earth…)

McFarlan’s claims they bake everything from scratch, and I’ve heard their donuts earned the title “The World’s Best.” I’d better get down there (again) this morning to make sure they’re telling the truth…

 

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