Great Breakfast A'ville/H'ville/Brevard?
My husband and I live in Mills River and have been on a continuous quest for a great breakfast. So far, we have found "pretty good", but nothing that blows our socks off. I will admit we have not explored A'ville that much (we have for dinner, but not for breakfast), so perhaps that's where we will need to go.
Our main goal is to find Great Things With Syrup! Egg dishes seem to be much more prevalent on the menus here, but we are REALLY searching for some great pancakes, french toast or waffles (preferably "regular", not Belgian - too dry). I will, however, sometimes have something like an interesting eggs benedict variety, but really prefer the sweet stuff. Oh, and some great hash browns (shredded or diced) would be good too - so many are frozen (and then not cooked enough), have virtually no spice or are, Eeeew! - deep fried!
Does not have to be amazing atmosphere and any price is fine, but are really looking more for a good mom and pop kind of place. No chains, please.
Our problem seems to be that the pancakes, french toast, etc. just seem to be lacking flavor. When we cook The Big Breakfast on weekends at home, I'll make things like Bailey's French Toast or over the holidays, I experimented with Egg Nog French Toast - both really easy and REALLY good. But even my basic seems to taste better than what we get out. Maybe we're just SOL when it comes to breakfast in this area, but we remain hopeful!!
This is what we've tried so far....
Mills River Restaurant - very convenient for us, and very surprisingly, pretty good french toast
Pisgah Inn - pancakes were ok but seemed to need salt or something - great view on a clear day!
Pattycakes - had the oatmeal - I know, not Sweet Stuff - I had to severely doctor it up to make it have some taste - probably should try again and order something else
Dixie Diner - my pancakes were pretty good, my husband had the buffet and didn't like it at all
Fireside Restaurant and Pancake Inn - best french toast I've found - I thought the pancakes had a strong levening taste, which is odd because that's what they're known for! maybe I got a bad batch
Moose Cafe - only ok - good biscuits, but Stuff with Syrup only ok.
Tupelo Honey (A'ville) - very good (interesting versions of dishes) - a bit of a ride for us for breakfast, but probably best overall that we've tried
Season's (Highland Lake Inn) - Sunday buffet - nice atmosphere, interesting buffet, but a bit more exotic (for breakfast) than we're looking for. nice for a special occasion
Kelly's (Brevard and no longer there) - pretty good, but gone now
Jason's (Brevard) - horrible service and just ok food
Others we know about, but haven't tried yet - Crazy Lady, Carolina Diner and I'm sure a multitude in A'ville.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Please don't beat me up for suggesting that you consider Cracker Barrel for a breakfast, particularly since I have never eaten at one. However, my brother and my wife separately ate at one recently and both said that the pancakes were quite good. When I get pancakes out I always ask for honey because (being from New England) the 'table syrup' that you usually get is swill that contains absolutely NO maple syrup. But at Cracker Barrel they give you two small bottles of 100% pure maple syrup.
No, no, I actually agree with you that Cracker Barrel has good pancakes. I get Momma's Pancake Breakfast every time I go! And YES, real maple syrup - who woulda thunk it at the Cracker Barrel. I'm originally from New England too, so nothing else will do!
Another chain that has great pancakes (I thought, for your basic cakes) was Perkins. Crispy on the edges, good flavor and good hash browns too if I recall.
But, ya, the "no chains" was not really to "dis" a good one, but rather to find something more unique. In RI, I used to live a 5 minute walk from a hole in the wall called The Coffee Corner and they had stuffed french toast that was SOOOO good. Made with Portuguese sweet bread (same as Hawaiian sweet bread) and filled with a fruit/neufchatel cheese mixture (like a sandwich), dipped in egg batter and cooked on the grill. They had good oatmeal too. I'm drooling! I guess I was hoping to find something like that. :-/
A friend of ours had recommended that too (a couple summers ago). I'm thinking the reason we haven't gone (other than it's a little farther than we usually go for breakfast) is that they didn't have much in the sweet department, but I'll have to check again.
I just checked their new menu and there are several "sweet" choices now. I'm putting it on our "to do" list!
Thanks for reminding me! :-)