Foodie Love

Love Day has come and gone, with many of you celebrating your Valentine at a local restaurant. I am a definite foodie that Yelps local eateries to plan my vacations so I fully support this date idea. I have been to some amazing restaurants in cities throughout the country and our small mountain town can certainly hold its own! The best part, we’re not talking franchises that you can find anywhere else, these restaurants are owned by our neighbors and friends. Just to name a few…

  • Bistro 29– We celebrated Junior Beta induction and the McNabb Properties Christmas here because the variety is phenomenal, as is the quality of food. They have a great selection of wine, bourbon, and cocktails so definitely a great happy hour spot after work. My family always loves the sushi, not to mention the soup, surf and turf, and scallops. Be sure to save room, everything on the dessert menu is delicious!
  • The Copper Door– My husband treated me to a kid-free 40th birthday dinner here and I was not disappointed. The steak is always perfection, as is the Tusquittee salad and dessert. Y’all for real, that creme brûlée is something you don’t want to share with your date but you know you have to make good life choices so you get that extra spoon.
  • Valley River Brewery and Eatery– This is our neighbor and the smell of brick oven pizza is heavenly! I recommend the barnyard if you’re a meat lover but my youngest is a huge fan of the veggie pizza. Our oldest always loves to get a gyro when she comes home from college and trust me on this, order extra sauce so you can dip your fries. It’s worth the extra time at the gym, I promise!
  • Red Brick Deli– Our neighbor on the other side of McNabb Properties offers deli perfection and portions that will require a to-go box. Everything from the adult grilled cheese to the reuben is scrumptious and I personally recommend the potato salad as your side. I’m pretty sure my children would trade a sister for one of Bram’s brownie sundaes, so definitely save room for dessert or get some Key lime pie to go.
  • Shoebootie’s Cafe & Shoetini’s Lounge– My girls love the all you can eat crab night and I personally love the upstairs Shoetinis Lounge to meet up with friends for appetizers and a glass of wine. It’s a quaint little eatery that has been owned by the same family and often has live music or trivia.

I could go on and on about food, but I’ll let you try some and see for yourself… here is a list of local options!

Oh, and a few quick recommendations for the travel junkies out there: Buvette or Marlow Bistro in NYC, Ponce City Market or South City Kitchen in Atlanta, Rue Cler or Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas in Durham, and Husk Nashville.

Okay, okay I may live by the travel rule that calories don’t count outside of your own zipcode. Much to my family’s dismay, I am a firm believer in walking to explore the city we are visiting, so just know that I rack up the steps and work off a little bit of that deliciousness. Just a little bit. If you’re visiting us in Murphy, check out the Murphy River Walk or Piney Knob Trails to work off your delicious eats and take in the beauty of our mountains!

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