I’m not what anyone I know would call a mathematician but I’ll tell you what, I can tell you about the square root of Hendersonville. Wife and I had made our second annual trip to Flat Rock/Hendersonville to give our soon to be fourteen, healthy Golden Retriever Lucy, a promised vacation that includes a dip in the stream at Hooker Falls in the DuPont Forest nearby. The trip is for Lucy because we love her so and pray that she be healthy and live for a long time. We coax her to do so by making a deal to return to DuPont the following year as long as she is – she did it this year and we are praying for next year.
Aside from our Lucy promise we like the area for its friendly people, beautiful environment and climate and the multitude of restaurant choices. This year we included The Square Root restaurant that is located in downtown Hendersonville on Main Street. As with many restaurants in town, the SR has sidewalk dining. The personnel are very good and in particular we had a waitress named Carly. She was helpful and efficient and very personable.
The menu at SR is very eclectic and brave. We had lunch and its menu included a large variety of dishes from curried lamb meatballs to salmon. My wife decided on the eggplant club and I on the fish tacos. We started by sharing an order of fried green tomatoes.
My wife’s eggplant club was very unique and delicious. It’s described in the menu as being Portobello Mushrooms, Pesto, Roasted Red Peppers, Feta Cheese and Mixed Greens sandwiched between Breaded Eggplant Cutlets. That’s exactly what it is but what isn’t described is the thin slices that make it work. The eggplant is sliced very thin and yet substantial enough to be crispy and supportive of the rest of the ingredients. The filling is thin sliced as well but it all stacks up to about three to four inches of delicious flavor and texture.
Wanting something light I had the fish tacos that turned out to be very filling and very delicious. Menu describes them as being Fried Swai in a Blue Corn Tortilla with Shredded Cabbage, Jasmine Rice, Black Beans and Cheddar Cheese, topped with Salsa and Sour Cream. Swai is a flaky white flesh fish very mild in taste. The SR breads theirs and fries them to a crispy finish. The fish is almost too big to fit in the taco that is small but wonderfully corny tasting. The black beans are a fit with the taco but they were a bit runny and as careful as I was trying to be (even in a food frenzy) a couple found their way to my shirt – I didn’t care – simply delicious. They were served with a side that was a combination of carrots and parsnips that were suspiciously square in shape!
The fried green tomatoes were very good also. Nice crispy outside with the warm tart inside spiced a little warm and served with a creamy Dijon sauce.
We loved it. My wife is just short of being an eggplant fanatic and she was gaga over her club. Service was great, I liked my fish tacos and the outdoor seating was perfect. The SR gets a big yes from us.
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