Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Sunny Point

“Take a look at this tower of tasty!” It’ll knock your block off!

Sunny Point Cafe’s Heirloom Garden Tomato Napoleon ($10.99) was a sight to behold. Even better to eat. Four of us dug in, toppling the tower.

Fresh heirloom tomato slices were layered with pimento cheese and basil (from the Point’s garden) and grilled black pepper and Parmesan biscuits, then garnished with maple black pepper bacon (or tofu bacon) and served with a small side salad (see below).

Sunny Point Cafe

Sunny Point Cafe

We shared another appetizer, Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary Gazpacho ($8.99). Listed on the menu as a “traditional summer vegetable chilled soup made from Sunny Point Garden fresh vegetables finished in a[n] un-traditional way – with a bit of house made bloody mary mix”.

That’s not the only “un-traditional” part of this dish; it was served with and a small shot of Saki and fresh pickled okra! This was my first foray into the pickled okra world, and I loved it. Next to the gazpacho, you’ll see pieces of grilled foccacia bruschetta made with “smashed” avocado, heirloom tomatoes and red onion. Every bit of this presentation was delicious!

Sunny Point Cafe

That side salad didn’t satisfy our salad craving, so we ordered a Roasted Garden Salad ($6.99).  The sun was getting low in the sky and we were on the welcoming outdoor patio, so pardon the plate glare.

Create a bed of arugula. Add roasted beets, onions and fennel right from Sunny Point’s on-site garden. Then add Pistachio encrusted Looking Glass Creamery goat cheese on top and drizzle with a balsamic reduction. What do you get? Sheer taste-bud heaven.

Sunny Point Cafe

It was time to move on to the entrees, which continued to impress us.

First up, Mighty Meaty Meatloaf ($13.99). PIC surprised me when he ordered this since he doesn’t generally like meatloaf. Something about the menu description must have intrigued him: “A blend of antibiotic and hormone free beef, local pork, and special seasoning topped with creamy dreamy gravy. Served with buttermilk mashed potatoes, fried onion straws, and seasonal sauteed greens”.

Whether it’s the “special seasoning” or just great meat, he’d order it again and so would I. All three sides were tasty and complimented the meatloaf well.

Sunny Point Cafe

These Asian Chicken Sliders ($13.99) were terrific! Three small to medium (depending on your point of view) chicken burgers were served on naan bread with tomatoes, red onions, and ginger tamari aioli. Asian slaw topped with curry onion rings is in the bowl. Not only was this a fun presentation, the mix of mildly seasoned chicken, veggies and aioli flavors were wonderful.

Sunny Point Cafe

Local Sunburst Trout ($17.99) was cooked perfectly – light & crisp batter outside, flaky and moist inside. A garden herb compound butter round and small pieces of bacon added additional layers of flavor. Nicely cooked garden greens and jalapeno corn pudding rounded out the dish.

Sunny Point Cafe

A little hesitancy preceded ordering these  Sunny Point Fish Tacos ($10.99) because the fish was (farm raised) Tilapia. No need for concern. Each piece of fish had been dredged in cornmeal and fried to a lovely crispiness. They were served in flour tortillas with a house (Marta’s) tomatillo avocado salsa, a tomato-cucumber slaw, and fresh chips and guacamole. Surprisingly good.

Sunny Point Cafe

We were all so full, sharing one dessert was the way to go. And what a fabulous dessert!  Take a look at this Sour Cream Peach Pound Cake ($6.50). Did I already say it was fabulous? This thick-sliced peach pound cake was grilled to order and served warm with fresh blueberries, house-made ice cream and drizzled with raspberry sauce. This is right up there as one of my all-time favorite desserts.

Sunny Point Cafe

Many ingredients at Sunny Point come right from their own garden. Here are a couple pictures taken by Jean McWeeney, who blogs as “Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog“:

Sunny Point Cafe Garden

Sunny Point Cafe Compost
Sunny Point Cafe Compost Bins: http://www.diggrowcompostblog.com/

Read more about Sunny Point Cafe:

Sunny Point Cafe
626 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-0055

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