Dining Blue Ridge

Dinner at Chester's

The owner of  Wooden Indian 


is in town and treated us to dinner at Chester's downtown, as Sunday was the night we both had available and Chester's is one of the few restaurants that is open on Sundays!  (We deeply appreciate it!)

David and I had been for lunch, so this is the second report on this "new kid on the block" restaurant.

If you missed part one, let me recap by saying it's a beautiful restaurant/bar with gorgeous decor and well-trained, friendly, professional staff.

We started with the flat bread pizza appetizer ($12) to share.  The selection changes daily and on Sunday in was barbecue chicken, tomato, basil, cheese - YUM.  The house Chardonnay ($6.50) was excellent with it. 

As a main course, I had the black Angus steak with garlic smashed potatoes and green beans ($28), and the house Cabernet ($6.50).  Perfection.  The steak was cooked exactly as I requested, and it was exceptionally well-flavored.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

David went with a simple burger and fries, said it was awesome and I have to say from my lunch experience, their fries ARE something special.  

Patti had the trout with bacon and wilted spinach, and new potatoes ($20).  I tasted it, and the fish was good, but not great.  We were both not expecting the sides to have as sweet a finish on them and while not unpleasant (she enjoyed the meal) she would pass on it next time in favor of trying something different.

We split the flourless (and gluten-free) chocolate cake for dessert ($8) and it was warm and sinfully delicious.

Victoria was our server.  Charming and attentive, she was great fun to interact with.

Salad is à la carte on entrees, and it can get pricey fast with a few glasses of wine, so for a full meal it will be a "once in a while" treat for us.  Lunch and lite bites are much more reasonable.

Overall, we've been pleased with both experiences and recommend you give them a try.  Chester Brunnemeyer's Bar & Grill

There's a new restaurant in town, below the Blue Ridge Antique Mall, on the corner of Depot and Main (right where the slanted parking spots start that run down Main Street). David and I tried it last week. The atmosphere is stellar. Huge bar with comfortable seating; it was swamped at lunch so we ate the bar. Friendly and attentive service. Menu offers a good selection. I had the catfish sandwich. Everything was very fresh, the tartar sauce was delicious but that is where most of the flavor was so if you don't like, or can't eat, tartar sauce, this might not be the sandwich for you. David had the Grilled Chicken sandwich. It came out hot and delicious (I had a bite). The fries are awesome, and while we both only drank water, they have quite an extensive bar beverage selection. This is a comfortable, relaxed place to dine or have a drink, and they are open late, including Sundays! Be sure to check them out, in person and online at http://www.chestersblueridge.com/

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