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Restaurant Review (Waynesville): Dinner at the Pisgah Inn Restaurant

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“Remember sir, this is Mount Pisgah — and that’s the promised land!”  That’s the answer I was expecting when I asked our veteran server, “Mr. Bill”, “What are those buildings in the distance? Is that a town?” 

Alas, it turned out to be Hendersonville, NC.  We strongly suspect that lifelong (and/or loyal) residents may in fact feel that their favored town is the promised land.  It didn’t look too bad after a couple of drinks as we awaited our (near) mile high dinner. A few clouds lingered after a front had passed through earlier in the day.  We missed a thunderstorm that had promised to add some excitement to the Carolina blue skies just west of Cold Mountain.

Due to local ordinances, The Pisgah Inn can only offer beer and wine from their bar.  There are no offerings on draft and the bottled beer is served with a cold (very cold) glass.  I had domestic and my wife had a pale ale brewed in Asheville, NC.

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Our server delivered a second round of hot rolls that proved much more tasty, soft, and pleasing than the first.  My wife passed on an appetizer and I enjoyed the rolls with tomato basil soup.  Crab cakes and pork chops at 5,000 feet with a killer view combine for a unique dining experience. 

The soup was creamy (not too thin) and tart with chunks of tomato, seasoned perfectly and settled easily on my palate as a nice prelude to the pork.  While my wife, “Miss Bob”, enjoyed her crab cakes, I sliced into a thick pork chop that was served over a bed of rice and accompanied by apple chutney.  Grilled to perfection and “melt-in-your-mouth” tender, the chop is a great reason for a return visit. (It’s a regular item on the menu.)  The sweetness of the apples balanced the flavor of the pork evenly.

We shared an order of crème brulee which turned out to be a bit thin although no disappointment at all as far as flavor.  The coffee was fresh and hot — stronger than most served here in the mountains and reminded me how much I miss Louisiana’s Community Coffee.

After dinner we visited the observation deck for a few photos and the gift shop where local artists are featured.  We were shocked to discover no “FCEtier” prints for sale there, but you never know! Maybe one day!

When you’re hungry and want a great view with dinner, here’s where to go:

Pisgah Inn
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 408.6
PO Box 749, Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 235-8228 – www.pisgahinn.com

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  • Jay Orman

    My experiences at Pisgah Inn are not so glowing. I’ve been there many times and found the food to be adequate, but not great. Maybe I just have an average palate that can’t detect really great food. I’ll admit the view can’t be beat, and the atmosphere is impressive. The food tends to have an artistic flair about it, too. But, I go for taste and I’m just not impressed. They should also expand their list of available vegetables.

  • Jim Abbott

    I ate dinner at The Pisgah Inn Restaurant with a friend last Sunday, July 10, 2011. Each of us had the Pisgah Pasta, one with grilled chicken, one meatless. The flavors of the sauce were fantastic. “Mr Bill,” our waiter, was very helpful, friendly, and provided the best service one could expect at such a beautiful place. The views from the dining area made me wish that I could stay forever. I heartily agree with the comments of FCEtier about the food, the restaurant and the service. May the “Kalmia” have a long, wonderful future.