Maple and Plaid

I ate at Blue Ridge Restaurant on its second day of official business and after getting past some expected service glitches, I had some excellent Southern/Mid-Atlantic fare

We also had the grilled calamari with basil and frisee – It was cooked perfectly, and the pesto tasted minutes fresh

One of my other favorite starters was a hush-puppy fritter with a delicious mushroom-flavored sauce

For my entree I had the rustic pork meatloaf with buttermilk mashed potatoes – the meatloaf itself was flavorful and well-seasoned, but it was a bit dry for my taste, next time I’ll try one of the fish dishes

For dessert I tried the root-beer float and the strawberry-rhubarb pie

I sat on the back patio, a lovely spot, reminiscent of your stylish aunt’s ranch-house in Texas, complete with rustic farm tables, industrial lights and fountain.

We tried a large sampling of starters, courtesy of the attentive managers.

First up the artisinal charcuterie – 16 month Kentucky prosciutto, house made chicken liver mousse and smoked ham cracklings. The prosciutto was excellent, incredibly light and slightly sweet; the mousse was my favorite – full of flavor, slightly nutty and delicious.

I’m excited to try their brunch, they serve donuts :)

UPDATE: Blue Ridge has closed