The best non resort restaurant in the Pinehurst, Southern Pines area may be 195 American Fusion. Located in an out of the way building, 195 presents inspired cocktails, great atmosphere, creative entrees that feature local ingredients, and wonderful desserts. The dining room is a pleasing elegant design that complements the food and adds to the dining experience. They have also, recently added an outdoor space with a separate menu.
The bread is too die for! It’s full of whole grains and is very nutty and just outstanding. Weather it is a burger at lunch or the Grilled Grass Fed Filet at dinner, 195 serves superior food with excellent service. Many if the dishes have an Indian influence but when that is combined with as many local and organic ingredients as possible the resulting fusion make for a memorable meal.
The Grilled Grass Fed Filet
195 – American Fusion Cuisine
195 Bell Ave Southern Pines
North Carolina 28387
Phone: 910-692-7110 Fax: 910-693-1170
Lunch: Tues-Sat 11-3
Dinner: Wed-Sat 5:30-9:30
Chef Prem Nath
Photo Credit: Milton Pilson
Highland Brewing Company’s Black Mocha Stout has a very malty body which bring out the big flavors of roasted chocolate. This flavor profile is developed by the use of roasted barley in the brewing process. This stout has a deep black color and forms a firm light brown head when poured. All of this combines to produce a stout with a great roasted malt base flavor. The Black Mocha Stout plays to the sweet end of the stout spectrum and really does have the chocolate and coffee tones that give it the mocha name. This is a great after dinner beer or a beer to be served with dessert.
The Technical Stuff:
Brewed by Highland Brewing Company Asheville, NC.
An intense aromatic red muscadine wine that has a warm body and deep complexity. The intense fruitiness of this interesting wine creates a lasting impression on the palate and the mind. The colors of a crimson autumn evening sky really hint at the fruitiness and sweetness of the wine.
I am not sweet wine kind of guy. This Cypress Bend Vineyards Autumn is sweet, but not super sweet. This is the best muscadine wine I have had since I have been in North Carolina.
Cypress Bend Vineyards opened its doors in late June of 2005. After four years of cultivating thirty acres of muscadine variety grapes. Growing several muscadine cultivars (Carlos, Noble, Magnolia, Doreen and Triumph). Cypress Bend Vineyards is bringing the taste of the muscadine grape to new levels in their muscadine table wines and one after dinner wine.
The winery is open Monday – Friday, Noon – 6 pm, Saturday 10-6 pm and Sunday, Noon – 6 pm.
Match with cream sauce dishes, soft cheeses or heavy hors d’oeuvres.
This Spanish wine comes from old vines of 100% Mourvedre and aged for six months is neutral French Oak barrels. Casa Castillo Monstrell Jumilla is a medium bodied wine with a rich mouthfeel that hold in on the pallet. The wine has the aroma and flavors of black raspberries, flowers, blueberries, a hint of cherry and an earthy chalky finish that most likely results from the limestone rich soils the old vines are growing in. Fermented in steel tanks under temperature control with a soft maceration of skins. After the malolactic fermentation the wine is aged in French and American barrels for a short period (from 3 to 6 months) with the purpose of obtaining fresh and fruity wines with the character of the monastrell.
The Casa Castillo Monstrell Jumilla is a smooth wine that is not too dry nor to sweet. It is a pleasant drinking experience. This wine clearly deserves its 90 point rating. I think I would serve this wine with a moderate meal. It is not, in my opinion, a Prime Rib wine but maybe a flank steak or a meatloaf accompaniment I consider this a really good wine, not great, but really,really good and for $12 to $15 dollars a bottle it is an affordable Spanish wine it is an exceptional value.
This 100% malbec from the Mendoza Region of Argentina has a deep purple color in the glass. This is a very drinkable wine with the flavors sweet vanilla, black berries and some pepper. At the finish there are earthy mineral tones that put an exclamation point on the drying tannins. Sur De Los Andes is a well-balanced wine not to fruity, and not too acidic.
Harvested by hand in late March and April (Fall in the Southern Hemisphere). This wine is from two separate vineyards that range from 2700 to 3400 feet above sea level with a sand and clay soil and a cold pre- fermentation maceration process used. 100% of this wine is aged for 4 months in American Oak barrels.
This malbe is a very easy to enjoy. It is smooth and easy-going. It goes well with salty cheeses and a good hamburger. It even makes a good sipping wine for just relaxing on the soda watching television.
This is a first for me in a long time. I am flew Southwest for the first time since 1991. I must admit I was concerned. I knew they had some crazy boarding system and no assigned seats on the plane. The experience far exceeded my expectations. Everyone was helpful and nice and to my shock, they let you check 2 bags with you ticket, instead of gouging you like every other airline I have flown in the last 4 years. The only negative experience was a gate agent that was to busy on a personal call to answer my question about the boarding process. I was the 51st person in boarding group “A” and had no problem getting a seat and room in the overhead bin. The flight crew was pleasant and the captain made a better than the normal announcement from the flight deck, meaning he really said something interesting instead of the typical “The weather at our destination is, we will be there on time about XX PM”
On board you can use you tablet or smart phone to watch T.V. for free on the inflight Wi-Fi or track where your plane is. The Wi-Fi on my flight had pretty decent speeds.
The snacks were pretzels and honey roasted peanuts and the typical selection airline selection of Coke Products. To drink. The snacks were a pleasant surprise. My very first memory of flying on an airline was the honey roasted peanuts I got on that short flight on the old Southern Airways. From Huntsville, Al to Memphis, TN.
After this experience I will again add Southwest to my list I will fly, especially when I am flying on business. Still not sure I would want to wrestle my children and all of their stuff on a plane without knowing who was sitting where.
Usually when I fly out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport I am leaving from terminal 2, which is the newest. Only one airline currently has gates in terminal 1, Southwest. In terminal 1 there are three places to eat and 2 of the typical airport magazine/book and snack shops along with the shop with the overprices tech gadgets and the overpriced clothing store. This terminal has recently finished a renovation, so maybe it will attract another airline.
I chose to eat lunch at “Char-Grill” This is a name and an idea borrowed from a local Raleigh Drive-In that has been around since 1960. Of the three places to eat in terminal 1, this is the only place that really cooks food. The other just heat stuff or it come form some hidden kitchen had the cheese burger and fries with a drink, and it was pretty good. It was fresh, hot so I cannot complain about the $10.00 price.
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