Category Archives: Restaurants

Sid’s on Main in Canton Located In the Imperial Hotel-“One of the States Best 2-Dollar Hotels.”

Sid's on Main in the newly renovated Imperial Hotel in Canton, NC, Haywood Counties new showpiece in a paper mill town.
Sid’s on Main in the newly renovated Imperial Hotel in Canton, NC, Haywood Counties new showpiece in a paper mill town.

APtravelnews-Canton, N.C. September 19th,Sid Truesdale and his wife Page are the Imperial Hotels Restaurateurs and a great bunch of offerings that they provide. Antiques punctuate the Imperial Hotel, and our dining area featured an early roll top  desk and various other neat early period furniture. For lunch Barb and I enjoyed “Ruben” sandwiches, Crab Cakes, burgers, wonderfully tasty chicken salad, Po-boys, Club sandwiches and a list too long to include here.  Yes, we tried a taste of all of them listed.

The newly and ongoing restoration of this hotel which was first opened as a brick home in 1876, renovated in the 1920’s as the Imperial Hotel that announced to all that it was the “best 2-dollar hotel in N.C.” Today after a current major restoration, the hotel will soon open again and like early times when it catered to the new boom town-needs of a Champion paper mill town, it will offer, besides Sid’s fine establishment that is open now for lunch, dinner, special occasions, banquets and catering,  apartments, hotel rooms, a banquet hall, meeting and party rooms as well as retail space. The Hotel is located at 117 Main St., Canton, NC, phone at Sid’s is: 828-492-0618 www.sidsonmain.com 

A major player in the new renovations of the Imperial Hotel tells writers about the history of this venerable hotel and restaurant.
A major player in the new renovations of the Imperial Hotel tells writers about the history of this venerable hotel and restaurant.

North Carolina – Agri-tourism – Walnut Cove Farm Has Done It Proud!

Barb relaxes on one of the Cathey grown pumpkins. Each gourd can make 15 pumpkin pies.
Barb relaxes on one of the Cathey grown pumpkins. Each gourd can make 15 pumpkin pies.

APtravelnews-September 11th, Walnut Cove Farm–Waynesville, North Carolina–Agri-tourism is very much alive and well at Walnut Cove Farm. Joseph and Tara Cathey have worked hard and smart turning one acre of land in Waynesville, NC and 3-acres in Bethel into a wonderfully productive garden and growing enterprise. Majic Heirloom Tomatoes, all kinds of greens and other field and tree fruits and veggies attract people from all walks of life to farm to table suppers often accompanied by Blue Grass music where guests as we did actually watch the process of grinding and pressing fresh apples into the most delicious apple cider straight from the press. While there, we enjoyed silver dollar sized little tomato pies (I ate 10 of them, beyond “good”) drank two glasses of cider and felt like Superman- the apples and tomatoes boosted my “WOW” factor by at least 10 (at least Barb and I felt like it did) and these folks made you genuinely feel as welcome as family. We loved this place. Besides the dinners they provide to the public they also supply restaurants and other businesses in and around Waynesville with produce for their uses in healthy, creative dishes too! Do we recommend going out of your way to visit these fine folks and enjoy a farm to table dinner? Oh, yes!!!!

Walnut Cove Farm  – Owned by Joseph and Tara Cathey. Farm to table dinners and suppliers from June thru October. 575 Walnut Cove Road, Waynesville, NC (828) 400-0115.

 

A cornucopia of fresh! Tomatoes, and great garden crops! The Cathey's also market flowers as well!
A cornucopia of fresh! Tomatoes, and great garden crops! The Cathey’s also market flowers as well!

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Grind and press apple juice into delicious cider. Manual labor of love!
Grind and press apple juice into delicious cider. Manual labor of love!
The Cathey's pour a canning jar of the sweet, fresh pressed apple exhiler!
The Cathey’s pour a canning jar of the sweet, fresh pressed apple exhiler of life!! The cider really complimented the tomato pies!
Tomato pies. Cheese covered heirloom maters! Oh, so good! I ate 10 of these silver dollar sized delights!
Tomato pies. Cheese covered heirloom maters! Oh, so good! I ate 10 of these silver dollar sized delights!

 

 

 

 

The Valley Cove Farm to plate barn full of nostalgia and relaxation plus great suppers!
The Valley Cove Farm to plate barn full of nostalgia and relaxation plus great suppers!

 

 

 

 

The Brass Lantern Casual Fine Dining In Little Old Crossville, TN.

 

Grilled TN. Sour Mash Whiskey Pork Chop. Best chop I can ever remember!
Grilled TN. Sour Mash Whiskey Pork Chop. Best chop I can ever remember!
Salmon encrusted in pecans and a sauce to remember with wet lips!
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Really enjoying our meal at the Brass Lantern!


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APTRAVELNEWS -September30th,-, Crossville, TN.–When James and Denise Weismuller, new owners of the Brass Lantern welcomed us to their excellent fine, yet casual dining establishment, we had hoped for a great dining experience and we were not disappointed at all. A bit about James background: Chef James worked for the Marriott Corp. in Food and Beverage for 15 years prior to moving to the 2000 foot elevation of the Cumberland Plateau. Chef James for the past 14-years prior to recently taking over the Brass Lantern, operated the Stonehenge Grille  and was the Director of the Food Services for the Good Samaritan Society in Fairfield Glade for 2 years. His wife Denise said it was about time they finally opened their own restaurant and I’m sure the folks of Crossville would say the same! The Food: We started our repast with two special soups, one always on the menu; the French Onion and the other called “Hamburger Soup” was hard to stop eating it was so good. A hint of bacon, top round chop meat and the stock was hearty enough to dip the home made, specialty rolls in-delightful both of the soups. The side salads were “right on” excellent with all the greens, oranges and reds as in tomatoes just right and ready to be bathed in a raspberry vinaigrette or as Barb liked her salad dressed with blue cheese dressing. In perfect timing, out came our main dishes; a baked pecan salmon finished with Chestnut Hill (winery just next door) Volunteer Peach Wine. We caught this wild salmon on the plate! We both ate from it and it was exceedingly perfect-nothing dry, moist tasty, no fishy aroma-perfect. The sauce was divine!  My Grilled TN. Sour Mash Whiskey Pork Chop was worth calling home base about. Incredibly tasty. The 8-ounce chop was glazed with fine sour mash whiskey and James secret spices. The taters were excellent, but I must say, this chop was the best ever! We finished our meal with excellent cheese cake smothered in sliced, sweet strawberries and fresh decaf coffee. What a dinner, and if your headed on highway I-40 too, or from Knoxville, or Nashville get off Exit 322 and they are just down 1000 feet away. Our waiter was top notch, very attentive as we noticed for us and his other table charges as well. All in all, on a scale of 1-10 this meal was an eleven-period! Of course they also have great steaks too! Give a call and be prepared to thank us on line when you dine at the Brass Lantern located at: 79 Chestnut Hill Road Crossville, TN inside the Chestnut Hill Winery. 931 484-7657 Besides their reasonable priced dinners they are now open for lunch too!

A libation and a meal lunch or dinner is what awaits the smart diner!
A libation and a meal lunch or dinner is what awaits the smart diner!
New York Cheesecake and strawberries. Terrific!
New York Cheesecake and strawberries. Terrific!