Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to our favorite mountain getaway, Blowing Rock/Boone area of North Carolina and to The Local.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

One block off King with a private parking lot across the street…WIN!

This eating establishment also boasts big screen TVs to watch your favorite sport teams. Located a block off the main drag (King Street), the restaurant gives you the feel of an eatery for locals just waiting to be discovered by visitors.

Dora here. And don’t forget about the dedicated parking lot across the street, FREE. Bonus!

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Hubby’s pointing to a dog bowl, letting these folks know The Local is pet friendly!

Dora here. What a wonderful outdoor space. With two garage doors that roll up, it’s a relaxing experience for sure especially when the day is as nice as this. Cool breeze, great food, and it’s PET FRIENDLY! People lined up to sit outside on the patio and I almost felt sorry for the ones who opted to eat inside. Even so, the interior is spacious, clean and beautiful. 

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Awesome, comfortable interior but everybody lined up to eat outdoors on the gorgeous deck 🙂

The one thing on the menu that drew us to this place was the Asheville County “squeaky” cheese curds. These curds were parmesan crusted and fried, served with a Chipotle dipping sauce. Let me say, we were not disappointed. Great from the first bite, the cheese was gooey, and the batter perfectly cooked.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Cheese Curds Appetizer ~ Soft and yummy!

Dora here. Soft and smokey, melted goodness. Yum, yum!

For my lunch, I chose the Boonie Burger. Smoked pimento cheese, fried green tomato, and dill cole slaw topped a huge patty sandwiched by a soft bun. The mild flavor of the pimento cheese combined with the crunch of the slaw and the juicy patty, this is one burger everyone needs to try. And the sprouts? Outstanding!

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Boonie Burger with Sprouts-Outstanding!

Dora here. I ordered the Na’an Traditional Cuban, and boy was it ever! Non traditional, that is. lol. Inside that na’an you’ll find pulled pork, bacon, swiss, pickles and mayo. To me, all the individual elements were great; the pork was tender and juicy, the na’an soft. Unfortunately the bread couldn’t hold up against all that juicy goodness,  and the sandwich as a whole needed a jazz of flavor. Overall, not one of my favorite dishes, but with so many other dishes on the menu calling my name, next time I’ll try something else because, trust me, this place is definitely going on our favorites list.

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Na’an Traditional Cuban…boy was it ever!

What’s your favorite appetizer?

We rate this restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving outstanding food. Dora here. 4.5 for me, 5 for Ernie. 🙂

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Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to our favorite area of Charlotte, Plaza Midwood and to Kickstand Burger Bar.

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Parking is in the back, so this is actually the back entrance

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Large outdoor seating area

This bar type restaurant with TVs at most booths really capitalized on their namesake by hanging bikes all over the restaurant. They are giving away this particular bike.

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We chose the Onion Tanglers appetizer, lightly breaded thin onion circles fried crispy that melted in your mouth.  The dipping sauce possessed a little kick.

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Onion Tanglers, just enough heat in the sauce to jazz up your mouth without burning

Dora here. haha, just a little. Enough heat to ramp up your tongue without burning. 🙂 But a tad greasy for my liking.

I ordered the “Build a Dog” with cole slaw and chili. Our server told us that these were Nathan hot dogs so I was confident in their quality. The large dogs, loaded with slaw and chili, were great. The only negative was the standard bun, over toasted and dry.

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Build the Dog

Dora here. Bummer. I went with the Trek burger topped with caramelized onions, Gorgonzola, steak sauce, and chipotle mayo. The burger was good, but a bit overloaded with steak sauce. I devoured most of the sweet tater tots, but ditched the syrup. I would’ve preferred a sprinkling of brown sugar rather than syrup. Yeah, go ahead and tell me I’m spoiled. I’ll admit it. 🙂

Excited about Eating Kickstand Burger Bar

Trek Burger

Still Dora here. Our grandson really enjoyed his grilled cheese sandwich and was enthralled with the decor. He would definitely  vote for a return visit. 🙂 The inside was clean and the service quick and friendly. In Charlotte, the private parking lot is always a bonus.

Do you frequent restaurants because your kids or grandkiddos like them?

Overall, we rate this restaurant 3 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving good food. 
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Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a great little breakfast place in Boone, NC, Sunrise Grill, a family owned restaurant that boasts about serving creative food in a relaxed environment.

Sunrise Grill

Waiting zone to the left, restaurant on right

Dora here. Sounds about right. 🙂

Don’t be in hurry when you visit because tons of people have already found this gem, so there may be a wait.

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Tight inside and always jammed!

Dora here. We’ve visited twice so far and the wait has ranged between 20-30 minutes. They could definitely use a couple more tables out on the front deck. Too bad it was misty. 🙂

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They could definitely use more seating out here

 I ordered the Breakfast Chimichanga Grande special. Mexican rice and beans, onions, chorizo, hash browns, and scrambled eggs in a shell combined together to create a unique tasting breakfast. I’m glad I opted for chili on top rather than queso. The queso was super spicy, but the chili provided just enough heat. Overall, this dish was great.

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Breakfast Chimichanga Grande topped with chili rather than queso

Dora here. And gigantic! Good thing our son was with us to help you eat it. 🙂 I opted for something a bit…smaller. lol. Homemade Corned Beef Hash. Two light and fluffy scrambled eggs, chunks of corned beef and hash and homemade wheat toast…delicious!

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Chunks of corned beef in the Homemade Corned Beef Hash. Delicious!

What’s the most unusual dish you’ve tried for breakfast?

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.
Sunrise Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato