Tuesday’s Treats #185

Rushing Trading Co.

Location: Sugar Hill, GA

This place is great and has a lot to offer beyond just a wonderful cup of coffee. It’s contemporary in design, and the staff is friendly. It’s located right next to a new theater; so, it’s great for grabbing a beverage before or after the show.

First, let’s start with the coffee… I’ve had coffee here several times, and it’s always delicious. They have lattes, cappuccinos, iced, cold brews and more with an assortment of flavors to add, as well as, coconut, almond and soy milks. Coffee is definitely their business. If it’s your thing, they also serve a variety of alcohol.

One day, I took my son here for breakfast, and honestly, I was quite surprised by the menu selection. It’s not a huge selection, but what they have lacking in quantity, they make up for in uniqueness. They have made from scratch butter biscuits, complete with egg, sausage, cheese and bacon selections. They have açaí bowls, an assortment of toast (with toppings), a few full breakfast plates (eggs, meat, grits, etc.), and French toast. My personal favorite was The Bonfire. Four slices of wheat toast topped with almond butter, strawberries, bananas, nuts and honey. Oh. My. The waitress said they do switch this up from summer to fall and change it to almond butter, (some fruit, I forget), bananas, pumpkin seeds and chocolate drizzle. We visited at the end of summer; so, I haven’t yet tried the fall feature, but the one I had was scrumptious!

I look forward to going back here and trying a few more things. Hopefully, you will too! 😉

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Tuesday’s Treats #184

Best Donuts

Location: Buford, GA

OK, so this place is AHHH-MAZING!! It’s quaint, simple and not open all day, but the truly homemade doughnuts and care from the owners is truly worth the drive over! The donuts are made fresh every day, and they are incredible. I have been looking for a bakery like this since I had doughnuts at my hometown bakery, and so many bakeries are simply lacking.

This place is not only not lacking in quality, but it is also very unique. They have many organic teas and beverages, and they even fill the jelly doughnuts on site, which was totally new to me. I was standing there at the counter about to pay, and I noticed these two large containers on the back counter. I asked the lady what they were, maybe lemonade or juice or something, but it looked a bit thick for that. She said, “No, those are jellies for the doughnuts. I fill for you when you want. We have two more I already put up. We have chocolate, lemon, [and two more I’ve forgotten, maybe cherry/fruit of some sort].” How neat that was!

One more neat thing about this business, the day I found it, it was actually closing time when I entered the door, but they hadn’t locked the door or shut off the sign; so, I didn’t know they were supposed to be closed. The lady waited on me graciously, never complained or even gave me a dirty look. She was so sweet, smiling the whole time, and her husband (I assume) came out as we were leaving and greeted us with a smile. She even gave me a free doughnut. She said because I had ordered so much.

Oh, and the prices are amazing, and the place was immaculately clean! We will definitely be back; although, to save a few pounds, I may not return as much as I would definitely like!!

They don’t have a website, but I will place the google link here; so, you can find the address.

Tuesday’s Treats #183

Brookwood Grill

Location: Roswell, Ga

Ok, so where do I begin? “What’s good?,” you ask. I would have to counter ask, “What’s NOT good?” Holy smokes! This place is absolutely amazing!

The salmon critters are a must to begin. I’m not at all crazy about the alfalfa sprouts on top, but to each his own; they’re easy enough to knock off. I don’t even know what the three sauces are that are beautifully displayed on the plate, but swipe your fritter right through all three before taking a bite, and you’ll thank me for it! The Caesar salad is delicious with homemade croutons atop and a honey-buttered croissant to the side. Oh. My.

A fresh catch is available everyday; so, be sure to ask if the server doesn’t, which isn’t likely. The swordfish and snapper were the feature the two different days we ate, and each one was incredible. The menu original salmon is also delicious, and we always opt for the grit cake and grilled corn for the sides. Wow. They also have great burgers and many other choices you will love.

Now, for the “crème de la crème.” Dessert. Three words: Key Lime Pie. Remember, we visited The Florida Keys and became quite the connoisseurs, and this one passes the test, especially with the mile high, homemade whip cream on top, a dash of blueberries and a drizzle of raspberry sauce. Drop. The. Mic. …I know there are a few other desserts on the menu, but my dreamy state has made my mind forget. 😂

UPDATE:

Just revisited the other day, and it was still amazing!! Need to mention, the Key Lime Pie is, evidently, a seasonal dessert. So, they had just switched that day. Pumpkin pie and Georgia Peach Cobbler. So, our friends ordered the cobbler, and our son had the NY Style Strawberry Cheesecake. Everything was still phenomenal. Note, I’m not a crazy fan of peach cobbler, but this is NOT your ordinary peach cobbler. It has pecans and ooey-gooey-goodness on top! And that cheesecake? It was almost as high as that key lime pie, and it’s all cheesecake. No fluff. 😉 Here’s a pic…

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Tuesday’s Treats #182

Pisgah Inn

Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 408.6 , NC

The view is absolutely breathtaking. If you can take your eyes off the scenery just long enough to peruse the menu, the food is pretty good as well. The staff is kind, although, they seem to make quite a “show” of making everyone wait to be seated until exactly 11:30am (making the line grow quite long), taking names, lining the waitresses up in a row, and the hostess reading off each name, one by one, and each server greeting the guests and showing them to their designated table. To be honest, we were a bit put off at 11:00am, when the restaurant waiting area and gift shop began to fill up with people, and the hostess made a bit of fanfare taking names and emphatically mentioning time and again that they will not be seated until they open at 11:30am. Had it not been for the beautiful view and the nice little gift shop to enjoy while we waited, as well as, the fact you’re on top of the mountain, and the nearest restaurant is probably another hour away (lol!), we might not have waited.

However, as long as you can obtain a window seat, that view is quite worth the wait! We were captivated. To be frank, the food is good, and they do have a few unique items; yet, I wouldn’t say the food is “off the chain.” The fried green tomatoes are quite tasty, and the corn fritters are amazing. The cheeseburger and chicken sandwiches are tasty, and the salad and fries are good. The chicken pot pie looked yummy as well, but we only saw it after we had ordered and didn’t actually taste it.

There is a nice little walk just outside the inn, and there are rooms to stay in as well. Again, the view is absolutely amazing, and well worth the trip up the mountain. Just get there early, ask for a window seat, and prepare to wait a bit for the “festival” of seating to begin! 😉

UPDATE: We visited again last weekend, and the food was still delicious! A few side items, would of the day and desserts had changed for the season. So, the fried okra, black eyed peas, grits and Mac and cheese weren’t available, but we did get yummy grilled veggies, mashed potatoes and fries, and they had a delicious blackberry cobbler for dessert! I also ordered the pecan salad this time, and our guys got steaks, which was all delicious as well!

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Tuesday’s Treats #181

Mezzaluna Brick Oven Tap House

Location: Hendersonville, NC

This place is a great place to enjoy a nice lunch. It has a great atmosphere, and the staff is friendly. There are nice wooden booths, tables and chairs and a large high top bar. If you have a really large party, they’ve even got a really cool HUGE booth that will seat a gazillion. lol.

What is surprising is the menu. The host gave us about four of them, a regular lunch menu, a daily specials, a daily lunch cordials and then, the wine list. For the most part, it seems to be an italian fare, with build your own pizza (wood fire, brick oven), calzones, etc. However, the surprise was on the daily specials, they offered grilled swordfish, Chilean Sea Bass and grilled salmon and chicken marsala. It doesn’t really strike you as a “fancy” italian restaurant, but the menu defining offers it.

The cheese moons, pepperoni pizza, lasagna and calzone we ordered were all amazing. The cheese moons are just like mozzarella sticks, except in the shape of half moons, and they are yummy. Our son asked for Parmesan for his pizza, and the waiter brought fresh grated Parmesan on a side plate. Wow. The lasagna was like homemade, and I was so thankful I ordered the lunch special of 1/2 an order and a side salad. I could barely finish it, and my husband ate some of the salad. It was definitely a generous portion. The calzone was chocked full of the ingredients (you decide), and the crust was very tasty and just the right consistency: soft on the inside, cooked with a bit of a crunch on the outside and bottom.

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Tuesday’s Treats #180

Downtown Chocolates

Location: Brevard, NC

Ok, so I don’t usually post a strictly dessert place on the blog, but this place is worthy! The chocolates are absolutely amazing!! They MAKE their own peanut butter. Now, look, I know when some of you read that, you think, “Like the grocery store, ‘grind your own pb’ kind??” NO! This is like silky smooth, best you’ve ever tasted kind! Wow!

They have short hours; so be sure to check the website or call to assure they’re open. *Note, FB hours state 10am-7pm, but we’ve been in town 3 different weeks when the hours have fluctuated. 😉

Tuesday’s Treats #179

Cantina 76

Location: Greenville, SC

The downtown of Greenville, SC is a great place for shopping and eating; so, even pursuing TripAdvisor makes it tough to decide where to eat. (There’s only 711 restaurants from which to choose! 😳😜) Cantina 76 was listed in the top 200, and it was close there where we were walking; so, we decided to give it a try.

Now, if you know anything about cantinas, they’re typically a little more expensive than your local “authentic” Mexican fare, and Cantina 76 doesn’t disappoint. They even charge individually for salsa! However, everything was incredibly fresh, and they had a trio app that came with three salsa/quest choices. So, we decided to not resent the choices too bad. Lol.

Our oldest got the teriyaki chicken and buffalo chicken tacos (individual, not mixed). Wow! Crazy good!! Our youngest got rice and beans. My husband got 3 beef and cheese tacos, and I got one beef and one roasted chicken. Each of the tacos were great, but I would have to say the roasted chicken was my favorite. My husband and eldest son would say the buffalo chicken was the best. Our youngest would say the bean dip was the absolute best. oh, Ana the salsa is phenomenal!

There are a variety of tacos to choose, and there are a few other items on the menu, but you’re not going to find all the extensive “authentic Mexican” menu items.

Here is the website to find menu and location.

Tuesday’s Treats #178

131 Main (@Biltmore Village)

Location: Asheville, NC

I’m not sure I can say enough GOOD about this place! Oh. My. Goodness! Everything was absolutely incredible, from the iron skillet cornbread to the fresh catch mahi mahi, from the Caesar salads to the cheeseburger and hickory plank grill salmon to the chef’s special filet medallion. Be assured, all the ingredients are fresh, even the seafood is shipped in fresh every morning from the coast, never frozen. The sides of fries, white cheddar grits and red-skinned potatoes were also delicious.

Yet, we’d have to say the desserts were rightly tied for the most delicious dishes. First, they were huge servings, and second, they were the best homemade brownie and key lime pie we think we’ve ever had (and we’ve been to The Keys)! Honestly, it was totally unexpected. Usually, you get a little slice of key lime and a generic type of brownie, but their desserts are all made in-house, and it shows! ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!

Please note, the menu prices are not incredibly cheap; so, be sure to take your wallet. 😂 It’s so very worth it!!

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Tuesday’s Treats #177

Ian & JoJo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Location: Waynesville, NC

This place was AMAZING!! They have only been open for about four months (about 6 when this posts), and they’re doing a fantastic job! The restaurant has a nice comfortable feel, and there are both booths and tables and chairs from which to choose. They also have a large meeting room for big families or gatherings.

The food was absolutely incredible. We ordered the stuffed garlic knots to begin. Oh. My. I could have just made those my meal! The garlic and butter made the rolls delicious, but then add the mozzarella and pepperoni… Holy! Moly!

Our youngest ordered the pepperoni pizza, and our oldest ordered the fettuccine Alfredo. My husband ordered the chicken panini, and I ordered the lasagna. Everything tasted fresh, homemade, and incredible. We would have to say the lasagna ‘took the prize.’ You could taste each individual ingredient, but they blended to create a culinary ‘phenomenon.’ As our oldest said, “It’s like an explosion of flavor in your mouth!” DELICIOUS!!

The owner even came to our table after we were done to make sure everything was satisfactory. She was precious.

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Tuesday’s Treats #176

KTCHN

Location: Brevard, NC

This place has a great atmosphere and really good food. The servers were nice, and we left full and happy. The vegetable beef soup we ordered as an appetizer was incredible. The special of the day was chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and our son ordered “Lola’s Mac and cheese” with it. The chicken was a tad bit dry but had a great taste. The Mac and cheese was just like homemade and AMAZING. Our youngest ordered pepperoni pizza, and it was delicious. My husband ordered the prime rib sandwich, and it was very tasty. I had the chicken sandwich with bacon and an herb mayo. I don’t even like mayo, and it was incredible. They had several other items on the menu we’d have like to try. Maybe we’ll be back one day.

*Btw, yes, that IS the correct spelling! 😉

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