Over Yonder

3608 N Carolina Hwy 194 S,Historic Valle Crucis
Sugar Grove, 28679
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My wife and I met a another couple and their eight year old here for an early dinner. I very much enjoyed the over all atmosphere of the place. It had a modern country vibe with great cocktails (that often used moonshine). I have a rule about a fancy restaurant that I may go back to. I always order the hamburger on the first visit. It is really a test. It is fairly hard to mess up a burger. It is harder to make an incredible burger. If they mess a simple burger I never go back. It is usually a great success. I have had a ton of juicy, delicious burgers (for half the price of my wife's meal mind you). She orders the steak or fish for $28 and I order what should be an incredible burger for $11. It is usually a win win. Well this time I would have to say it was loose loose. My burger was well well well done. I ordered it medium to rare, "more on the rare side then the medium rare please." I will also try one o your fancy cocktails for $9! The burger was tasty but far over cooked for anyone even if you like your burger in hockey puck form. Next up was the dessert. They had five things on the menu. One, peach cobbler, two ice cream, three affogato, four a chocolate chess pie and five banana pudding. Wouldn't you know it they were out of three desserts. It could have been their saving grace a nice yummy chess pie or espresso over ice cream. No matter I will have a cappuccino....nope the cappuccino machine was broken. I don't think I will be going again.
As pretty on the outside as it is on the inside, this historic location for nouveau Appalachian cuisine has all of the makings of fine dining at affordable prices. Yes, the prices are affordable, but the food leaves a little to be desired in savory interest. Although tasty, the Skillet Chicken-Fried Chicken was a bit bland. The breading is more like you would find on a chicken Parmesan, only without the Parmesan...or a majority of spices. I got the accompanying sawmill gravy on the side, which was very peppery, but didn't add enough flavor to the entire dish to be worthy of my fried chicken respect. The whipped potatoes were very good, and the cheesy grits were outstanding! I had a tough time deciding between the banana pudding and the chocolate chess pie, and eventually went with the pie. It was described to me as "brownie" like, but this was much more like chocolate custard in a piecrust, topped with ice cream. Although tasty, it wasn't supremely interesting. All in all, Over Yonder is picturesque, pretty, historic...and lacking in flavor. Allow me to mention, the service was outstanding. But I chose items that were recommended to me by my server as house specialties, so I expected them to be five star.
Just my kind of place. I can't imagine anyone stumbling upon this place by accident. It isn't near anything. An-y-thing. You either have to come across it on a search engine or be fortunate enough to have someone recommend it. We, happily, fell into the latter category when the proprietor of the B&B at which we were lodged told us it was a must-try. He was right. The young ladies who seated & waited on us couldn't have been friendlier. Good omen. We can tolerate middling food if the service is good. This night we wouldn't need to. My wife ordered the night's special, a ribeye in a light Gorgonzola tomato cream sauce. She's not normally a fan of bleu cheese, but loved it. Said the sauce didn't overpower the tender, well-marbled steak. I started with roasted okra. Yes, roasted. Not fried. They get it really crispy with just salt & garlic--no breading. It may be heresy in these parts, but I might like that better than fried okra. My main dish was more okra. I'm a huge fan of grits, & love any variety of gumbo. Never had them together before. Their gumbo is a deep, rich green, with plenty of okra & filé. Earthy. Woodsy. Great combination. I have no idea how this place can get enough traffic to stay in business given their remote locale, but if they're here next time we're in Boone, we'll definitely be stopping in!

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