Blue Ridge Bistro

Every year in early October, I take a trip to Banner Elk, North Carolina with my mom and Nana. Usually the weather is gorgeous and the fall colors are on full display. We like browse to around some antique stores and eat lunch, but mainly we go to pick out some fun fall pumpkins and gourds at the pumpkin patches around town. This year, Sister Spice was able to make the trip with us. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit on the dreary side, but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits too much!

Aren’t they cute? That’s mom, Nana, and Sister Spice.

After a bit of antiquing, we decided to stop in at the Blue Ridge Bistro for lunch. None of us had been to the bistro before, but we found it very charming and the perfect place to warm up on a chilly fall day.

The Bistro is a self-proclaimed “farm-to-table” restaurant and strives to utilize local sources for food. On their facebook page, they state, “Not only are we locally owned and operated, we strive to only purchase goods made sustainably, locally and in the USA. What we can’t find here, such as cocoa and coffee, we source fair-trade.”

All four of us ordered one of the soups of the day, which was Tomato Basil. Mom and Nana both got the Blue Ridge Salad, which was a fresh and tasty arrangement of “sliced apples, raisins, carrots, bell peppers, and red onions over local mixed greens with toasted sunflower seeds and blue cheese crumbles, served with fig vinaigrette.” I ordered my soup with a chicken salad sandwich, which was somewhat plain but was fresh and enjoyable.

The BEST PART was dessert – they were offering pumpkin cinnamon rolls! Yum! Mom and I both ordered one of these and really enjoyed them. Sister Spice warmed up with a steamy mocha.

Overall, we enjoyed our meal and would definitely go back. The only negative was that they are cash only for some reason, though they do have an ATM on site.

Anyway, if you’re ever in Banner Elk, we recommend you stop by the Blue Ridge Bistro!

Anyone know of any other good places to eat or visit in Banner Elk?


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5 comments on “Blue Ridge Bistro

  1. This place sounds great and you’re making me homesick for the mountains! I always thought I’d end up living in the Blue Ridge mountains in NC (still do!). Wish it wasn’t so far from Louisville =(

    • Mrs. Herb on said:

      If you grew up in Eastern Kentucky, I’m sure you weren’t very far from us down here in northeast Tennessee! Maybe you’ll make it back down to the mountains eventually 🙂

  2. Those pumpkin cinnamon rolls sound amazing! (There I go on pumpkin again….:D) I love NC as well. Spent a few years of my childhood near Asheville and loved it. In TN now, but definitely don’t travel to NC as often as I’d like.

    • Mrs. Herb on said:

      Pumpkin is an amazing thing! We love NC and especially Asheville. What region of TN are you in? We’re here in the beautiful mountains of upper Northeast TN 🙂

  3. We live in middle TN. We have a few hills, but nothing like the beauty of the Blue Ridge mountains. 😉 I miss it!

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