Passing through Maggie Valley last night, on our way to a concert in Cherokee, my wife and I noticed what appeared to be either a changed or new restaurant we had never seen before. Could be wrong, it's been a few years since we spent any time in Maggie Valley. Regardless, we decided to give it a go, knowing we had a potentially long night ahead of us, and that Cherokee was probably packed with people as it was.
Boy, did that turn out to be the right move. We were almost instantly greeted by a rather nice young man, and lead to table on a smallish patio, with a perfect few of what I believe is known as Jonathan Creek rushing by (again, I could be wrong, not quite being a local to the town). Just enough sound of the water roaring through the closed sliding glass doors to be heard, but not be over bearing.
Our server was a younger fellow by the name of Brandon. Very prompt, he had our drink order back to us in moments, before we really even started tearing the menu apart. We asked for a few minutes, during which I decided that it was time to try an old favorite I haven't had in a while, a classic prime rib. Feeling a little hungry, but not wanting to weight myself down, I went for a 12 ounce, and got it blackened. My wife decided on a pasta primavera, something kinda out of her character, which I didn't really expect.
She was glad she did. As was I. Her primavera was as creamy of one as I'd ever seen. No shortage of veggies in it, either. I'm not normally a big fan of alfredo sauces, but this one was just delightful. And the bowl it was in was HUGE. Had plenty to take back home for the kids to try. As for my prime rib? Well, there was nothing left for the kids on that one! I almost didn't add the blackening option, because many places seem to let a good prime dry out a bit while blackening. Not the case here. Not only was it a perfect medium cook (again, I hear this is hard to do with a blackening process), but it was a juicy as any prime rib I've ever had. And absolutely melted in my mouth. Full of flavor, and my only regret was not stepping up to the 16 ounce. The baked potato I had with it was huge, too. I asked them to melt a little cheese over it, and I guess someone in the kitchen was feeling generous, because that wasn't 'a little' cheese. Darn thing was great.
We realized that it was starting to get a little close to showtime, so we grabbed a piece of a double chocolate cake for the road, and that was still a bigger than we bargained for (again, just more for the kids, though! - and they're begging to go themselves now), and made our way on. We're still talking about it today. It's been a while since we've eaten somewhere that stuck with us for more than the rest of night, hence feeling I should leave this review. I can't wait to see if the burgers here can match the quality of the prime rib - and there was a good size list of burger options. Heck, next time I might even bring a DD and see if the bartender is as good as the chef. I'll let you all know how THAT one turns out, too. :)
The sort version? Great service, AMAZING food. I'd suggest to anyone looking for a good meal to stop by. I know I'll be back, and it's almost an hour drive from home!
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