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dinner at sunny point (asheville, nc)

mark | Sep 26, 200510:32 AM

Finally made it to sunny point for dinner, and it was quite good.

Started with a bruschetta made from sourdough (I think) with melted Brie on it and topped with a fruit salsa. Excellent, I could make that and a salad a full meal.

I had a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin served atop white beans and sprinkled with blue cheese off the nightly specials menu. Very tasty and hearty. The server asked how I wanted the pork cooked, which was a bit of a surprise to me (I normally cook pork medium or just past at home, but have never had a restaurant ask). The cuts I was served were the thin tail ends of the loin, and doneness varied with thickness. So the thinner pieces were medium-well to well (though still tasty and juicy) while the thicker one was the medium I asked for.

My wife had the hanger steak topped with blue cheese butter off the regular dinner menu. It was cooked medium-rare as ordered. It was served with potatoes (I can’t recall exactly how they were prepared, but they were good), and a salad comprised of tomato, fresh croutons and bitter greens dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette my wife said was good.

For dessert we had what was described as a “molten chocolate cake”. While good, it was not a molten chocolate cake. It was more of a chocolate truffle cake. Served with ice cream and raspberries, it was a rich and satisfying finish. A good dessert for Asheville (although in the pantheon of Asheville desserts, that’s not saying much).

Service was a little spotty by the waitress assigned to us (I had to ask to have my water refilled even though that was the only thing I was drinking). However, Jeremy, an old coworker of mine, who now manages the night shift at Sunny Point, filled the gaps admirably.

All in all, very good. The food begs to be paired with wine (or a good microbrew), but as yet Sunny Point does not have an alcohol license (they are working on it). We dined outside, and bugs were not a problem at all (impressive since they’ve been beastly, especially the flies, at most outdoor eateries, including Sunny Point during the day, this summer). Prices were fair, especially given the amount of food.

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