Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Louisiana Purchase, Banner Elk

Owned locally by Pat and Lori Bagbey the "Purchase" as locals call it, has been a fixture in the mountains for over 20 years.
Serving Creole and Cajun food, this upscale night spot focuses on high quality meals and their outstanding wine list.
They have a full bar located upstairs in the loft area with windows overlooking the creek and park out back. Their wine selection has been built up over 20 years and boasts to be the second largest wine list in North Carolina. They use the cuvinant bar system which replaces the wine in the bottles with nitrogen after opening.
The restaurant, rated three diamonds by AAA, makes everything from scratch from appetizers to desserts. One favorite is the BBQ Shrimp over grit cake topped with sweet potato nest garnish. I think they have the best Cesar Salad in the mountains. and don't miss out on the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Torte.
The wait staff is excellent, personable and with gracious timing.
They serve dinner only from 5:50 on from Tuesday through Saturday year round. Dress is what I call dressy casual. During season watch for special wine dinners, entertainment on weekend evenings and Sunday Brunch. For reservations call 828.898.5656 or 866.734.4124. A very special place.

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