Wednesday, October 6, 2010
DINNER AT BOGART’S IN WAYNESVILLE, NC
On the way back from Orangeburg, SC, we stayed in Waynesville, NC. Waynesville is an interesting little mountain town outside of Asheville, 3,000 feet high, lying between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. I asked the owner of the Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn, where we stayed, where we could get some dinner. After several days of driving and medical tests, we were tired and just wanted to crash. She referred us to her favorite eating place, Bogart’s, where she said we could get a great steak dinner for $13.99. A short 5-minute drive took us to the red barn that was already crowded with patrons, though it was not yet 6PM.
Bogart’s is a colorful place, and the bar is a popular destination.
We were in bear country, and stuffed bears hanging over the exposed rafters reminded us of that.
Though the restaurant was packed, we were seated quickly, and our orders were taken right away. Bogart’s has a limited menu and an efficient delivery system. The $13.99 rib eye is 1/2” thick, so we opted for the filet mignon, a 7-oz. steak which is about 1”, more to our liking.
While we waited for our orders, we gazed at the bear just overhead.
Our salads arrived first, with dressing alongside in a cup. The salad was very fresh and had bacon and cheese on top. No complaints there.
The bread was similar to what’s served at the Outback Steakhouse.
Our steaks were cooked perfectly and not over-charred.
My sweet potato was super-huge and delicious.
Our meal was a simple one, no gourmet sauces or special combos of flavors, but it was perfectly executed and very satisfying. This is a restaurant that I would return to. Service is great, ambiance is colorful, food is very reasonable and good. The sun was setting as we left, and we headed back to our motel for a good night’s sleep.