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“Food to stay and food to go” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mountain Fresh Grocery

Mountain Fresh Grocery
Ranked #6 of 53 Restaurants in Highlands
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Grill/Deli in gourmet grocery store.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Food to stay and food to go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had lunch here while picking up deli food for dinner. The portions were huge and tasty. Seating is inside and out so we chose outside to enjoy the scenery and people watch.

Visited September 2012
Thank Kathleen C
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Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Mountain Fresh Eatery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

We have had their lunch Hamburgers! Delicious and dare you to eat it all! It is not only huge but definitely quality beef. and the service was fast and courteous!

Visited June 2012
Thank LeeG1943
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Tampa, Florida
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Coffee nirvana”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Best place to get your coffee beans and grind them at the coffee counter. We had to keep returning as we ended up drinking more than we expected. We bought a few other items but to us the reason to stop here is the coffee.

Visited September 2012
Thank queen of belize
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Bay Springs, Mississippi
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

Absolutely love this place. Like no other "grocery" store I've ever been in (and not for the groceries). They have a very nice wine and beer selection, another section where they roast their coffee beans fresh daily, and a great lunches. Not to mention a nice deli selection. We had lunch there one day ant it was great. Picked out a nice wine and some deli, cheese, and wafers - headed up to Sunset Rocks for a beautiful sunset over a beautiful city while enjoying great wine and snacks from a great little store. A must visit when in Highlands.

Visited August 2012
Thank GLM50
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Highlands very own "Mountian Fresh Grocery and Wine Market"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

North Carolina is one of my favorite states to travel through, mainly because almost every tourist inspired town has a grocery store similar to the Mountain Fresh Grocery and Wine Market (www.mountainfreshgrocery.com). It came highly recommended to us from the desk clerk at the lodge, and we were excited to give it a try.
We had made the hike to Sunset Rock earlier and were ready for lunch soon after.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the immediate focal points of the store is the coffee beans on display, the large wine selection and the delicatessen.
We arrived at the right time, about 11:15 am, because later, at 11:30 there was a long line waiting to order.
My wife and I are fans of a well prepared Ruben, and we both noticed it on the menu. Needless tosay, we both ordered one. The price seemed just a bit high at $8.49 each, but in reality it is not that expensive compared to many fast food chains. My pet peeve is still with the $1.95 charge per soft drink. I am not sure when the restaurant association decided that soft drinks and tea are so valuable, but I hate paying the inflated prices. Since we were on a weekend getaway, and I was growing tired of water, a glass of root beer sounded very good, so I gave in and paid the price.
(As a tip: You have plenty of time to walk around the store after you place your order, since everything is made to fresh. Go to the drink section and find something that you would like to drink with your meal, and pay for it at one of the checkout lanes. You can save some money, especially if you are traveling with children. If you happen to want a taste of wine with your lunch/dinner, you can buy a bottle in the store, but if you drink it there, they charge an $8.00 corkage fee. For a classier place, this might be acceptable, and unless it is some local regulation, I see it as counterproductive to sell economically priced wine in house, and then charge more that the value to enjoy it. I cannot justify paying $8.00 to drink wine at a picnic table, but that is just my perception. If you ask my wife, she would gladly pay the charge and not think another thought about whether it was worth the cost. She would tell you that the experience of eating a sandwich, at a picnic table, inside a refurbished grocery store in Highlands, N.C., was worth an extra $8.00. That is our personal Yin and Yang of price versus experience perception. )

Our sandwiches arrived and were served in the classic drive in plastic baskets. They are also covered in homemade potato chips, similar to a Saratoga Chip, which also made the sandwich seem small in size, but once you lift it out of the basket, it is a good portion of food.
The overall sandwich was good. I prefer hearty tasting sauerkraut and a better blend of Russian dressing, although the overall texture and taste of the corned beef was good. My wife enjoyed hers without any complaints and commented that it was exceptionally good.
Naturally, we could all find things to brag on, and things to complain about, but the overall experience is very good. The store is injected with a yuppie atmosphere that strangely seems to fit in this location. The ionic blend of the mountains, the smell of fresh air and the meticulously placed components of the store all create a well blended environment. You can enjoy a good lunch, buy wine and beer, stock up on the basic staples and do it all in one location. Parking does get tight in the early afternoon. I noticed many people that had parked there for lunch, and then left and went walking down Main Street. This puts a huge demand on parking, and people congest the parking area waiting on cars to leave. If you can walk form your location, it might be a good idea. If you start on the right hand side of Main Street (the side with Ace Hardware) and walk to the end as you enjoy the shops, you can cross the street to Mountain Fresh Grocery. After lunch, just cross over to the other side and walk back up Main street enjoying the shops on that side of the street.
Come in knowing that it is a little on the high side, but not outrageous. Bring your own water or buy something from the grocery section if you do not want to pay almost $2.00 a person for a soft drink. It is interesting that there is a non grocery tax of 6.75%, and also a soft drink tax of 6.75%.
During our visit, I heard a young couple talking about the novel concept of putting a restaurant in a grocery store. As a middle aged man, it brought back thoughts of the drug stores with diners (I found out that Highlands has one, it is Café 460), and the K-Mart stores in our local area had large dining areas. At one time it was a benefit of going to a particular store, and now it is a novelty. At least it is not gone, and that is the important concept.

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