just wanted to tell you about a little known GEM in Elm City NC. I wish it were not in Elm City, as apart from this STELLAR restaurant, there is not much to recommend Elm City in my opinion. However, this place is worth the trip. The owner is a very talented chef as well who does most of the work in the kitchen ( his name is Trent Mayo. ) He is a culinary genius. He could take tuna, kale, black beans, M and Ms and one condiment and turn it into something delicious. The last time I went I had a pecan crusted grilled salmon, and my mother had a scallop dish and we also ordered brie for an app. which was mouth-watering. The salad greens were spinach which I adore and the dressing was homemade as well. They put different things in the house salad, but it is always fresh and the textures and tastes, interesting. They have a wine list that will certainly please anyone no matter what your preference is. All the entrees are "from scratch" and you can tell. Even the yeast rolls are freshly made. The dessert menu is quite simply sinful. Everything is home made and like the entrees, there are many items listed that you don't see everywhere. My favorite custard-type pie is key lime. They did not have the pie but they had a key lime CAKE. No brainer. I have never had anything like it and it was so good I thought I would just DIE. My mother had an apple cobbler type of dish with homemade vanilla ice cream.
The menu for all courses changes often, but what doesn't change is the quality of the food and the service of the chef, hostess and wait staff. The moment you walk into that gorgeous mansion you are greeted by the hostess who at once makes you feel as if you are the only guest she has for the evening. The dining room is lovely and cozy and dressed up to the 9s with beautiful antiques, fabrics and table accoutrements. The waitress was very attentive and polite without giving the impression that she was doing so only to garner a larger tip. The chef I have already spoken of, and additionally you can easiily tell that he has a great passion not only for cooking but for creating as well. If he is cooking "off the cuff," then he truly IS a genius. His excursions off the map of the commonplace are well worth the ride.
It is my understanding that one can go there for a dessert only. I can see how one might pass on dessert after such delicious and filling courses, so if you have to pass on it, DO treat yourself to a dessert-only evening sometime.
It is a little pricer than most places around town, but if you want to break away from the cookie-cutter fare it is worth it to pay a little more. Go to the chains less, save up some of that money and go to the Legacy a few times to try different things. Now THAT is a treat.