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HobNob - Brevard, NC

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NANCY Jul 27, 2007 12:05 PM

I have heard that HobNob is under new ownership. Has anybody eaten there recently? Has anything changed ~ for better or worse?

Also, there is a new restaurant in Brevard called The Quarry. Anybody know anything about it?

Thanks

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Hobnob
192 W Main St, Brevard, NC 28712

The Quarry
14 South Gaston Street, Brevard, NC 28712

  1. Scirocco Nov 13, 2007 10:52 AM

    Interesting posts regarding Hob Nob. We used to go there periodically (always had good food and service), but haven't been since the new ownership. I was there inquiring about use of the upstairs room right around the time it was switching over and the staff (at that time) didn't seem overly excited about the prospective new ownership. Don't know if they knew something I didn't or were just worried about their jobs. No idea if that staff is still there.

    Re: The Quarry. My husband and I went maybe a month after it opened and I had high hopes. It's beautiful inside. Lots of stone elements and warm textures and colors (although "Quarry" is the owners' name, not a nod to the stone quarries). The menu has a good selection, but we were not impressed with the food - at least the preparation of it. I got a steamed clam appetizer and the duck for my entree. The clams were quite chewy and the duck came out rare (they didn't ask me how I wanted it cooked). When I mentioned it to the server, he didn't seem overly concerned. I will say though that when I reheated the leftover duck at home the next night, it was really good, but (IMHO) it should have been cooked a little more to begin with. I like my beef rare, but not my duck! Anyway, my husband had the rigatoni, which he didn't think was great. I thought it was fine, but nothing amazing. I will say the bread was fantastic and the desserts were both excellent. The prices were a little high, especially considering my problems with the food preparation (about $24 - $30 for entrees). Oh, and my entree came with sweet potato hash (pretty good) and baby spinach. There were, I kid you not, four leaves of spinach! I laughed out loud!

    Service was decent, nothing outstanding. They had someone playing the piano, which could've been nice, but was cheesy lounge fare (to me).

    Others have given The Quarry a good review, so I would like to try it again. I'm just hesitant to throw down another $90 to get more "pretty good" food. :-/ Would love to hear from others.

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      hlsess Jan 20, 2008 12:18 PM

      regarding Hob Knob- I went maybe 2 summers ago- always used to go taking /picking up from camp but the last time i went we sat down - took FOREVER to get a cocktail adn ordered- place was very slow- around 7:30ish- and our order was out in like 5 minutes it was like they had it in the back already cooked- NEVER AGAIN will we go back- we 've been to the Mexican place down the street- good fajitas!! Plan to try Maple next!!

    2. n
      NANCY Nov 1, 2007 12:59 PM

      Finally went to Hob Nob the nite of the Bush/Meyer/Douglas show at the Porter Center. Called for a reservation, told them we were attending the show and confirm that 1 1/2 hours would be plenty of time. Called back to add one to our party - now 5 - and was again assured that 1 1/2 hours was plenty of time.

      Arrived to find the restaurant packed. When the server took our drink order we requested separate checks - NO! HOB NOB WILL NOT DO SEPARATE CHECKS! Server said it's because their computer system is antiquated. Get real - this is a tourist town, the restuarant provided separate checks under the previous ownership and anybody with a brain, paper & pencil should be able to provide separate checks. Well, apparently we pissed off the server so much, she disappeared for 20 minutes before taking our order. Spoke tothe bartender and was assured that she would come back shortly and we would have plenty of time to make the concert. Order taken - salads arrive and are delicious - especially the goat cheese - exactly the same as previous owner and wonderful.

      Then we wait, wait and wait.....we don't see the server so ask about our dinners - reassurances from the bartender - everything is fine. The dinners - 4 out of 5 - show up and are very good. Too bad the 5th dinner never shows. As the 4 lucky diners finish their meal the fifth dinner shows up - we immediately send back to the kitchen to be wrapped to go.

      Lots of apologies, no charge for the dinner that showed up late and - big surprise - separate checks are provided. We dash to the Porter Center and make it to our seats as the lights go down. Concert was awesome! Hob Nob was not.

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        JamesInDenver Jan 6, 2008 09:47 PM

        A packed restaurant and a busy server! What a surprise!
        I worked in an Italian Restaurant when I was in college (though I will say that was quite a many years ago), so I have some insight to this: separate checks on a busy night, not happening!

        I come to Hobnob every time I come down to visit my parents in Toxaway. I've found it to be pleasantly good, every time. Personally I prefer the Saltimbocca or the Tuna perhaps. Regardless, I look forward to it! Haven't been able to notic a difference in past and present Hobnob.
        Last time I tried Maple, it was too loud inside (should have sat outside!) but the food was surprisingly good!

        1. re: JamesInDenver
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          NANCY Jan 7, 2008 08:34 AM

          No surprise that the server was busy. I had anticipated that they would be busy and made two calls - both times being reassured that time was not an issue. The surprise was in being ignored for 20 minutes. The even bigger surprise was for the member of our party that failed to receive anything to eat.

          Separate checks are de rigueur in the Asheville, Hendersonville & Brevard area due to the large tourist traffic. Hobnob, under previous ownership, always provided separate checks.

          The front of the house appears to have suffered under the new ownership. I agree that the kitchen still puts out excellent food, especially the lamb chops.

          Fortunately, Brevard is experiencing an influx of new restaurants so a diner has many choices.

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        charlottecooks Oct 31, 2007 07:06 PM

        My experiences at Hobnob were so terrible and overpriced I will never, ever return. I was unfortunate enough to come across the Quarry's menu and it looked cliche and overpriced. Go to maple, which has nice food, not that overpriced, but terrible service. Jordan street is good for a burger.

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          Spreadhead Nov 1, 2007 03:03 AM

          Maple, after two trips is highly overrated and overpriced.The desserts are really good but the rest is marginal at best. Havent been to Hob Nob in a long time, so I cant comment on the new ownership.

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            charlottecooks Nov 3, 2007 04:41 AM

            I agree, it is expensive, but to choose between two pricey places with poor service- choose maple. The food is better.

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          leahinsc Jul 30, 2007 01:47 PM

          haven't been to HobNob in a while but sorry MadAnne had a bad experience. Haven't heard of The Quarry but I had heard of a new place right next to Hobnob.

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            MadAnne Jul 30, 2007 01:33 PM

            I ate there for the first time last week. I didn't think it was very good. Nice waitress and good service though. If it wasn't for the food.

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