Cherokee, NC to Bryson City, NC.
This is our last day in the state of North Carolina. Armed with my Our State Magazine, specifically the July issue with the 100 foods you must eat in 100 counties, I was all set for going to Bryson City in Swain County for the Filling Station Deli and Sub shop's Cuban Press. The Cuban sandwich is marinated pork roast, ham, Genoa salami, dill pickles, Swiss cheese, and spicy yellow mustard on real Cuban bread, slathered with garlic butter. My mouth is watering just writing this. I'll have to make this when I get back home.
Here's the Filling Station Deli in quaint Bryson City. We're both hungry. And ... it's closed. There's a note on the door saying, "Temporary vacation from September 16-20 to save our sanity." Today would be September 17. Dang and Fie! I look at Mr. Hawthorne. "Well, what do we do now?" Mr. Hawthorne, looking across the street, says, "Well, I know what I'm going to do now."
He hightails it over to Don's Guns and Knives, looks around, doesn't see anything he absolutely has to have, so he starts chattin' up with Don ...
... who recommends the Iron Skillet for lunch across the street. Thank you, Don! It's another one of those "seat yourself" places. I like that. We walk in and every table is taken except one. It was meant to be. Here's the menu:
I asked our waiter to recommend something and without hesitation, he recommended the Philly Cheese Steak. "That's our #1." I took him at his word and ordered the Philly. "What's your #2," I asked? "The Iron Skillet Classic." Mr. Hawthorne read the description for the Iron Skillet Classic: "Half pound burger served on a Kaiser roll with two slices American cheese, three strips of bacon, Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and an onion ring." I so wanted him to get this so I could have a bite, but he chickened out on it, mumbling something about an artery-clogging, heart-attack on a plate. Instead, he opted for the soup and salad bar. Wuss.
His salad was very good. Very fresh with lots of toppings. He got bleu cheese and ranch dressings - both homemade.
I ordered the Philly Cheese Steak, filled with grilled sliced steak, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and melted cheese. A pickle, a side of wonderful shredded slaw, and terrific extra crispy fries finished out my order. One word - DELICIOUS. Except for that little hiccup in Asheville with the oysters, Rosie's on a freakin' roll.