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“Appalcahian Gourmet”
Review of Pork & Pie - CLOSED

Pork & Pie
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Seriously. I don't mean this-is-what-passes-for-gourmet-in-the-hills. The owner was the head chef in a very large French restaurant in Baton Rouge. He chose a lower stress life-style. He knows what he is doing.

My wife had a chicken and apple pizza. The flavors were tantalizing. We couldn't quite identify all of the flavors, but they were outstanding. I had read beans and rice. It sounds humble, but it was the chef's own creation. It had shallots and sweet onions. It had more crunch and subtler flavors than the typical red beans and rice. It was authentic, only better.

The name of the restaurant refers to the menu - a mix of pork dishes and pizzas. As the menu put it, "Creole and Italian". Where else would you find that?

The best thing about the restaurant was it cheerfulness. On Friday night, it was full. There was a lot of conversation across tables and among tables. People just enjoyed being there. In fact, we discovered that another patron was celebrating a birthday, on the same day as my wife's. We sent their table an order of beignets. (That's pronounced ben-yays. If you don't know what they are, you have to visit the French Market on Jackson Square in New Orleans.) Pork and Pie is that kind of restaurant. We went in as strangers and left as friends.

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Thank JoeFlynnLaPlataMD
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Set in a historical building in the ghost town of Marshall, NC, Pork and Pie has a great atmosphere -in A Democratic Party environment
We arrived around 7 PM on a Friday night in early November(11/1}
to basically an empty restaurant -two tables were taken. It got a "little busier, later on)
They start the diner out with a complimentary basket of Pork Rinds
This maybe the worst food I have ever tasted in my meager 68 years of existence.
We both ordered the specials. Wife number 3 ordered Fried Catfish($16) served with aside of shrimp entonfte
(spelling) It was basically shrimp and rice- Excellent and loved
I ordered Beef Short Ribs served with thin fries and a fabulous spinach saute EXCELLENT also $16 Both specials were the most expensive items on the menu and very ample portions to boot
The menu consists of Cajun dishes:Red Rice and Beans($8), Oysters ($10)
Osso Bucco , and some other Pasta dishes. The other side had very different and special choices of Pizza - which looked good- thin crust style
Great reasonably priced wine choices
The highlight for wife #3 was the white chocolate Bread Pudding
For whatever the reason NO BREAD PUDDING CAN BE FOUND in AVL
The Bill, with tip, came to $65( three glasses of wine @$6 per)
A little pricey, but well worth it, especially compared to downtown AVL
Service was enthusiastic. They want to exceed
Will return . This is a good restaurant choice for a difficult and demanding patron
Give it a try
The drive to Marshall is Fabulous Mountains and great light

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Thank mustardgirl100
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

We were in the area for friends' wedding and were driving around just to get a feel for the area. We stopped in Marshall because we needed a break from the winding roads. After walking around the town for a bit, we decided to pick a restaurant for lunch. We chose Pork & Pie at random and still can't believe our luck.
First, the restaurant was country charming. We got a kick out of the over-sized homespun cloth napkins. For an appetizer we ordered a conch fritter dish that was outstanding and has now set a new standard for us. Then, the waitress brought us complementary fried pork rinds. Only two of our party were brave enough to try the rinds but they were surprised how tasty they were. The house salads that came with the entrees were delicious and had lots of goodies in them.
For entrees we ordered catfish (outstanding, crispy, not greasey and the cole slaw was the best ever), mac and cheese made with boursin cheese and truffles (worth the calories) and a mushroom pizza (crispy thin crust and a variety of mushrooms). We LOVED everything!
Even though we were stuffed, we ordered dessert after seeing a nearby table's dessert. Beignets that rival the best New Orleans has to offer.
Our waitress and the other staff was friendly, helpful and attentive.
Someone else in our party took lots of photos that I will try to post soon.

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Thank Gail W
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We had Gumbo and salads. It was very tasty and service was spot on. The restaurant had traffic in and out even on a Tues night. I would recommend to anyone to check out their specials. A nice change from the ordinary bar grub.

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Thank karen k
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Cute little place in Marshall. Four of us were there on a Tuesday night. It was about half full. We ordered a charcuterie plate and a special bread to start.. They finally showed up about 40 minutes later. Still can't figure out why it took so long (waitress said chef/owner was flying solo in the kitchen and was backed up. Hate to think about what kind of wait it would have been if the place were full.) To the chef/owner's credit, he comped us our first round of drinks.

That issue aside, the food was really good. There are two sizes of charcuterie board. One offers a choice of 4 items for $8 and the other provides 8 items for $16, It comes with a variety of accompanyments including a fruit jam, brussel sprout slaw, honey mustard, a spicy relish, and toast points. We ordered the 4-item version: smoked trout, rooster rillets, machego cheese, and turkey pastrami. We devoured every morsel on the plate .... all excellent. The 4 item platter gave everyone a taste, but if you're hungry, get the the larger one for 4 people.

The little bread that we ordered along with the cold cuts was topped with bacon & a crumbly cheese accompanied by a pleasantly spicy tapenade. Again - a hit.

Next up .. main courses. Crawfish mac and cheese was, as noted by another reviewer, very light on the crawfish, but perfectly cooked. I was concerned it might be "heavy," but quite the contrary - it was very light and well-balanced. Suggest the chef add more crawfish, even if you have to increase the price a bit.

The country-fried chicken salad had plenty of chicken tenders with a crunchy seasoned bread crumb topping that adhered beautifully to the moist chicken. An abundance of greens with an excellent bacon vinegarette dressing completed the package. The lasagna was described by one of us as "multi-layered deliciousness,"

We picked the raspberry bread pudding (with 4 spoons) as our desert test case. Glad we did. It was hot, egg-custardy, and floating in a lovely sauce.

Overall - a really nice meal. We were a bit disappointed by the relatively limited selection of authentic Cajun dishes (hoping for some etoufee), but other than that and the slow start, we thought the place was really good and recommend it as a nice inexpensive small town find in the area.

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Thank Delray2002
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