The Cook & The Butcher Great BBQ Road Trip

We land in Atlanta late at night after a very nice BA flight and quickly pick up our hire car. It’s now 10:30pm and so we head off straight away out of Atlanta and into the highlands. Apart from taking one wrong turning we kick on. We are staying with good friends and finally arrive at 1:30 in the morning and get to bed.

The next day our big tour starts by getting up late and drinking many cups of frothy cappuccino. Brunch was at a friend of mines grocery store not your normal grocery store. This is a very smart place which now boasts, full bakery and pizza oven, there are a very good selection of wines and great beef and fish. Coffee/lunch bar in the centre of the store plus it also has a full restaurant service, great place to stop off if your wanting something relaxed.

Lunch at TJ’s consisted of a great ‘patty’ burger and delicious fried chicken with some lovely fries. We finish off with good coffee and a great selection of ice creams. I really like this place!

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The next day our big tour starts by getting up late and drinking many cups of frothy cappuccino. Brunch was at a friend of mines grocery store not your normal grocery store. This is a very smart place which now boasts, full bakery and pizza oven, there are a very good selection of wines and great beef and fish. Coffee/lunch bar in the centre of the store plus it also has a full restaurant service, great place to stop off if your wanting something relaxed.

Lunch at TJ’s consisted of a great ‘patty’ burger and delicious fried chicken with some lovely fries. We finish off with good coffee and a great selection of ice creams. I really like this place!

Mountain Fresh Grocery 521 Main St, Highlands, NC Tel: US-828-526-2400

Old Edwards Inn

Dinner that evening was at the Old Edwards Inn. This is probably one of the best hotels in the whole of North Carolina. It has a fabulous reputation and full 5 Diamond rating, plus its full member of Relais Chateau (a sort of elite club of the world's best places) if that’s your sort of thing.

We eat in the Wine Garden Restaurant, a small, pretty restaurant outside by a small stream. Due to the unusually dry and warm weather we are very lucky to be eating outside and its really lovely.

We start with homemade charcuterie and a huge 16oz rib eye steak that comes with no veg, potatoes or salad. It's incredibly tender, juicy and very tasty. The staff are charming and attentive.

Old Edwards Inn 445 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741 Tel: US-866-526-8008

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Tags: Phil Vickery, BBQ

 

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