Southern Pines - good eats?
Felt like a drive this weekend and ended up in Southern Pines. Gallery ladies suggested a British style pub on Hwy. 1. It was adequate. Looked at menus posted in the historic downtown area, but most seemed to be variations of the same old, same old. Any hidden gems I can try next time? Open to any type of food, just want to walk away feeling fat & very, very happy! Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Sweet Basil on Broad Street is a very good lunch choice (soups, salads, sandwiches) but isn't open for dinner. If you try lunch, though, get there before noon or after 1:00. It's very popular and a wait is the norm.
Other than that, I haven't explored widely. My SO and I visit Southern Pines once a year for an overnight. We arrive for dinner and eat at El Vaquero, a Mexican place on Pennsylvania a block off Broad toward 1. El Vaquero's food is mostly okay--far from great--but we have many fun associations with the place, love the funky atmosphere, appreciate the liberal volume of salsa made available and are grateful that our Bohemias come with properly frosted mugs. Lunch the next day at Sweet Basil is the real culinary treat.
We used to live in Pinehurst and I don't think there's a restaurant we haven't tried, always hoping for something better than ordinary. Best in our opinion is Ninas in Olmstead Village in Pinehurst. Slightly Italian. Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Friday and I think dinner only Saturday. We try and schedule our trips when they're open.