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Jul 13, 2006 03:28 AM

Pinecrest Inn-Tryon, NC-- Quick Review

My wife and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary tonight and decided upon The Pinecrest Inn in Tryon, NC. It was one of the best meals we’ve had since moving to Western NC 2 1⁄2 years ago. Like many other posters to this board, we’ve had many disappointments in this area. The menu does change regularly according to their website.

We started with the recommended calamari. It is one of the few times I haven’t been served chewy rubber-bands with dipping sauce. They were cooked to perfection and the two accompanying sauces were very complimentary (a wasabi mayo and a hoisin-like sauce). I had the Asian Stuffed Duck over quinoa cakes and risotto as well as a shitake mushroom ragout. I don’t usually order duck but I was glad that I did. It was fantastic. If I could get duck like this more often, perhaps I would be more willing to order it elsewhere. The quinoa cakes (which were more like a stuffing) were very flavorful and “gingery”; again complimentary to the duck. My wife had pork loin medallions with a pancetta cream sauce. It too was cooked to perfection and was probably the most tender pork I’ve ever had. You could nearly cut it with the fork alone. The service was very attentive and somewhat formal as would be expected at some fine dining establishments. We were so full from dinner, we opted out of the dessert. Two entree dinners with the appetizer, non-alcoholic drinks and coffee was only $57 with the tip included.

It should be noted again as a previous poster has said, an 18% gratuity is added to all checks. We couldn’t figure out why they do this even for small parties. Perhaps there are some bad tippers in the area?? Nevertheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend The Pinecrest Inn for any travelers or locals to the area looking for fine dining in WNC. We will certainly be back.

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  1. glad you enjoyed it; that calamari is pretty darn good. after i read your post, i went back & looked at some older posts for the pinecrest inn. one question that came up before, and which i was unable to answer, was whether there was any outdoor dining. did you notice any while you were there?

    1. I did not notice any outdoor dining/seating. They may have had some but I didn't see any. It was so humid last night, I don't think we would have wanted to sit outside then but it would be nice for the Fall!

      1. They have 3 or 4 tables out on the veranda that are wonderful spots to eat, depending on the weather and time of year of course. My wife and I have eaten outside on numerous occasions. The food and service has always been outstanding. I highly recommend it!