Last week we were blessed with so many lovely spring days that my husband and I headed into Black Mountain for lunch at my favorite place - the Veranda Cafe on Cherry Street owned by locals Jeff and Palette Butler. The restaurant is located in a beautiful old building with high ceilings, wood floors and brick walls.
It was a slow day midweek - otherwise expect to wait in line outside or in the gift shop part of the cafe. Locals frequent this place regularly for it's homemade southern fare. They make six soups daily from scratch! Along with countless desserts.
We headed in and made a bee line to the back porch for open air dining. A few others had decided to enjoy the warm day too. We both ordered their famous 1/2 sandwich with a cup of the delicious soup. The soups change daily along with various specials they offer. Don got the Pesto Turkey Ciabatta sandwich with a bean soup and I ordered my usual sandwich - 1/2 Vegetarian sandwich with Garlic Spinach Florentine soup.
The service is lovely - the women wear vintage aprons and have been with the cafe long enough for us to know them and visa versa. They always serve a flavored iced tea for those who are not tea drinkers like me. For the men, local beers are available.
>The dessert counter is wonderful and they usually have six or more tempting offerings but we passed them up on that day! I am trying to lose my winter weight gain!