BLOWING ROCK, NC - - WOW! Bistro Roca & Antler's Bar Restaurant. Well off the beaten path in this beautiful mountain town, Bistro Roca was a surprising find in our search for fine cuisine and great service.

Covered porch offers outside dining

Covered porch offers outside dining

Located down Laurel Lane, behind the town park and across the Broyhill Lake causeway @ 143 Wonderland Trail, Bistro Roca features wood fired dishes and outdoor dining on a covered porch - complete with propane heaters when chilly temperatures move in.

Our group ordered the Cuban Crepe of slow braised pork, ham, Swiss Cheese on a crepe served with fried plantains, white bean, & grilled chile salad ($10) - was a wonderful blend of mixed flavors and was adequate to be shared with two of our guests.

Another Ooohed and Ahhhed over the Antlers Pizza, made with house-made tomator sauce, sausage, roasted garlic with mozzarella. Way more than a 1-person pizza and was shared with 2 others who were equally delighted. ($9).

One of the group, a self-described burger addict took the B.R. Burger challenge, light fare featuring Vermont cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato on a Kaiser bun with fries. Both adequate and tasty, it was judged 8+ on a scale of 1-10. It could have rated higher with a slice of red onion. ($8.50).

The guacamole melt of house-made guacamole, white cheddar on rye toast with fries and salad was judged 'incredible' and heartily devoured. ($12).

Finally the grilled tuna burger - fresh tuna, marinated and hand-diced into chunks, grilled, & served with lettuce, tomato, avocado aioli and fries was top notch. ($12).

All 6 members of the dining party said Bistro Roca & Antlers Bar will be at the top of their list when visiting Blowing Rock.

One hint: If you are in the town park area or the downtown section of Blowing Rock and you get a whiff of wood-smoked cooking, you have to look at Bistro Roca as the source.

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