My wife and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary tonight and decided upon The Pinecrest Inn in Tryon, NC. It was one of the best meals we’ve had since moving to Western NC 2 1⁄2 years ago. Like many other posters to this board, we’ve had many disappointments in this area. The menu does change regularly according to their website.
We started with the recommended calamari. It is one of the few times I haven’t been served chewy rubber-bands with dipping sauce. They were cooked to perfection and the two accompanying sauces were very complimentary (a wasabi mayo and a hoisin-like sauce). I had the Asian Stuffed Duck over quinoa cakes and risotto as well as a shitake mushroom ragout. I don’t usually order duck but I was glad that I did. It was fantastic. If I could get duck like this more often, perhaps I would be more willing to order it elsewhere. The quinoa cakes (which were more like a stuffing) were very flavorful and “gingery”; again complimentary to the duck. My wife had pork loin medallions with a pancetta cream sauce. It too was cooked to perfection and was probably the most tender pork I’ve ever had. You could nearly cut it with the fork alone. The service was very attentive and somewhat formal as would be expected at some fine dining establishments. We were so full from dinner, we opted out of the dessert. Two entree dinners with the appetizer, non-alcoholic drinks and coffee was only $57 with the tip included.
It should be noted again as a previous poster has said, an 18% gratuity is added to all checks. We couldn’t figure out why they do this even for small parties. Perhaps there are some bad tippers in the area?? Nevertheless, I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend The Pinecrest Inn for any travelers or locals to the area looking for fine dining in WNC. We will certainly be back.