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
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.
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.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) Website
The third week of October is a much anticipated time for beer lover’s ale in North Carolina. That is the week Natty Green Brewing Company releases their winter seasonal beer “Red Nose Winter Ale”. Red Nose is really all about the season. This the classic American ale only sweeter than an amber. Lots of caramel malts are balanced with the perfect amount of hops to create a smooth balanced taste. Along with that balance comes the spice profile to present the aroma of the ale. The smells of ginger, orange peel and cinnamon really bring out the thoughts of the holidays and that special meal making the home smell so good.
Red Nose is a rich ale that easily stands up to all the hearty meals of winter Serve it with stews, and roast beef. It would also make a great choice for that holiday meal. Red Nose is produced October thru January.
Red Nose Winter Ale By The Numbers:
Betsy’s Crepes is the place to meet and eat! Betsy’s food is amazing cooked to order with quality ingredients. Her coffee is outstanding! Her smoothies and dessert crepes are a cannot miss. I love the atmosphere as it is energetic, yet cozy and comfortable – Betsy did an amazing job in creating the atmosphere in her business. Obviously many think the same as I do – you’ll see mommy’s with babies under 1 to those possibly older than 91 enjoy meals at Betsy’s. The wait staff is friendly, attentive and works hard to sit and serve the streams of guests that flow through the doors continuously every hour open to close, seven days week. Owner, Betsy clearly has her heart and soul in her business. She may be in the kitchen prepping ingredients, on station to make her delicious crepes, possibly washing dishes, waiting and serving guests, handling inventory and food purchases, receiving deliveries, paying bills, running the cash registers plus the hardest task of all – manage her bottom line so her business continues to be the livelihood for her family and staff – which looks to be around 15-18 employees.
On this visit, I had the “In Da Club” which is Ham, turkey, bacon, cheddar, spinach, tomato & basil mayo all wrapped in a crepe. I had the plain batter at the recommendation of my 18 year old daughter. She had the “Le Popeye” which is a breakfast crepe with 2eggs, bacon, onions, spinach, garlic cream sauce, mushroom & mozzarella. We also had my two boys (13 and 7) with us, the oldest had “Huevos Rancheros” a spicy mix of 2 eggs, black beans, cheddar, salsa sour cream & jalapeno peppers. My 7 year old had a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. Both of the boys cleaned their plates, which is unusual in itself and even rarer at a restaurant when mom is not with us.
This is easily my favorite place for breakfast and lunch in Southern Pines. The food is fresh there really are options for everyone. When you are in Southern Pine or Pinehurst, NC to play golf, take some time to walk around Southern Pines downtown and check out Betsy’s Crepes.
Monday: 7am – 4pm
Tuesday: 7am – 4pm
Wednesday: 7am – 4pm
Thursday: 7am – 10pm
Friday: 7am – 10pm
Saturday: 8am – 10pm
Sunday: 9am – 2pm
My next travel experience will be to El Salvador. I am going as a Chaperone for a youth mission trip from our church. We are headed out with 12 teenagers and 6 adults to Ahuachapan, El Salvador. Look for post here soon about the food and culture of this Central American country. On out tourist day we are heading to Parque Nacional El Imposible (The Impossible National Park) where we will spend the day hiking and swimming.
In June I am headed to North Alabama so my oldest son can attend Space Camp. I went when I was 13, my daughter went when she was 13, now it is my middle child’s turn. I am planning for us to cooperate on some post about Space Camp after that week.
In August the adventure will continue as we will be off to experience a NASCAR Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In between you can look for content about experiences from some of my previous trip and things to do around my current home in North Carolina.