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Semi-Annual Trek to Saxapahaw -- Any Changes?

birgator Apr 18, 2011 05:13 PM

Every April and September, a bunch of antiquers make the fairly lengthy drive from Liberty, NC to the Saxapahaw General Store for one special dinner. I see their web site specials haven't been updated since November (!) and I don't seem to be getting emails. Anything we should know before we set off? Are we better off with the new venture (a pub if I recall). Is the chef tired? Is the food still good to pretty great?


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    burgeoningfoodie May 6, 2011 04:56 PM

    They don't seem to send out their emails with updated menus and the website was way behind last I saw it.

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      brokegradstudent Apr 18, 2011 09:48 PM

      The food is still great. Between the store and the pub, we eat there at least twice a week. With the opening of the Eddy (the pub), they have a space now that can accommodate a pretty big party.

      They post regular specials updates on Facebook. From the store last weekend:
      "Dinner after the storm. Asian bbq spareribs, pasta with romesco sauce, catfish over red beans and rice, shortribs with a smokey demi-glace, mac-n-cheese with black eyed peas. Much local asparagus."

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      1. re: brokegradstudent
        birgator Apr 19, 2011 03:17 AM

        Thanks so much ... it would have been a bummer to wait for six months and then not find things as wonderful as we all thought the last few times. I see the fb now, thanks for the heads up!

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          birgator May 4, 2011 08:06 AM

          Sorry to say our Friday night dinner was overall a big disappointment. We ate at the store on the patio -- looked like the pub was overflowing, which perhaps should have been fair warning -- only one other table with diners.

          Perhaps because they were not busy, things seemed dry and overcooked. The fresh asparagus was shriveled on all our plates. My meatloaf was on the dry side, while one fish was so salty, it was inedible. The mashers were cold, the spareribs were stringy, one part of collards were salty as well. One person loved his scallops, another pronounced the pot pie excellent.

          We look forward to this dinner for months, but not sure it's worth the long drive from Liberty. Overall, we most likely won't go back in the fall. I would have written this to the store, but can't find a way to contact them other than posting on their wall. Had there been anyone in charge other than the waitress, we certainly would have shared our impressions. Perhaps we should head to the pub instead, where we suspect all energy is going.

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            BebeNC May 5, 2011 11:49 AM

            We have had 2 disappointing visits recently to the general store, both due to poor management decisions. The first, we stood for over an hour on a busy Sunday after ordering, while other diners were called to pick up theirs. No one - including the owner, who was present - noticed that this seemed unusual. We finally asked, and they told us, without a shrivel of remorse, that they must have given our orders to someone else. The rest of our party was waiting for us on the patio while their food went cold.

            The last time (yep) we witnessed one of the cook staff brushing his teeth in the kitchen sink. That, and the weaselly ala carte charging ($3 extra for 6 cubes of non-duck-fat "fries"? Aka a red potato and a half?). Bye, SGS. We won't be back.

            1. re: BebeNC
              brokegradstudent May 6, 2011 03:18 PM

              I don't doubt this. Lots of new staff recently as the pub opens and the store grows.

              Nonetheless, the soft-shell crab on house brioche sandwich I just had made me really happy.

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