We typically visit some of the same restaurants over and over when we go to Boone/Blowing Rock. This time, we decided to try something new, and had read an article recently about the Chestnut Grille at The Green Park Inn.
Immediately upon walking in the door to the inn, you are in front of the restaurant. When we went, it was not too crowded. It was an early dinner as we were headed back down the mountain from getting a tree at one of the tree farms in Boone.
The decor is nice and dark, with the low light of the restaurant. You can tell the inn is very old/historic, but the restaurant has had a quality facelift done to it. Other than that, nothing else about the atmosphere is too noteworthy. That doesn't really matter though, because the food was delicious.
My wife and I each had the NY strip with mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes, and my son had the salmon. The steaks were remarkably good (much better than I expected). Every inch of it was eaten (no gristle whatsoever). I only wish I had a touch more of the mushroom sauce.
Apparently my son's salmon was awesome too, because he had it all wolfed down within about 5 minutes.
Give it a try for a nice dinner. It may not be crowded, as is often the case for restaurants nestled inside of hotels - but the food is excellent.
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