Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The other side of the Smoky Mountains - North Carolina!

Since we decided to stop driving 8 hours each way to Beaufort, SC, I had to come up with a new vacation spot, preferably with no more than a 4-hour-drive.  We still love going to Pigeon Forge, TN, but I wanted something new – a new place and a few new restaurants for my birthday!

The Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Murphy, NC

After searching in Asheville, North Carolina and surrounding areas for the perfect pet friendly rental and fantastic restaurants nearby, I came up with the Waynesville/Maggie Valley, North Carolina area.  I  found several mouth watering restaurants in Waynesville and Maggie Valley so it was a toss-up which ones we would try during our time there. 

I was lucky that out of the hundreds of rentals I got reservations as a very cute place on a creek in Maggie Valley. I can’t tell you all the details of the places we ate and the scenery we saw in this one article.  This article will deal with one of the restaurants I chose and in upcoming articles I’ll share more of this area with you. 

For now I will tell you about a steakhouse in Waynesville, NC, just a few miles from Maggie Valley.  It is the Sagebrush Steakhouse.  The Sagebrush is a chain with locations in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

Salad and rolls, Sagebrush Steakhouse, Waynesville, NC

It isn’t a fancy place by any means so be sure to dress casual!  The hostess and servers were friendly.  We both ordered the 12 oz. Texas Sirloin since we were starving!  We both had a tossed salad with French dressing.  The greens were fresh and the dressing was very good.  I had a baked potato while my husband had the cowboy potatoes (fried potatoes topped with cheese, bacon and scallions) which he said was excellent.  The hot rolls were light and tender!

We ordered our steaks medium-well – his was underdone and mine was overdone.  Most of it was tender but there were some tough sections!  We brought two good chunks back for the dog and she had no complaints.

The sweet tea I ordered with lots of lemon was actually good for restaurant tea.  My issue, other than the steak not being cooked properly, was that no one removed the dirty dishes from our table until we were ready to pay the check.  I find that annoying and something that might require a little more ‘employee training’.

We were so busy eating and talking about the day that I forgot to take more than the one photo of my husband’s salad. 

 If you find yourself in Waynesville, NC and think the Sagebrush Steakhouse is for you, check out the menu and their location in this link.

Photos belong to AbbyG

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