Lunch at Red Brick Deli

We typically have a Party of 3, but on this day, we traded in Sherry for two kids. My girls are big fans of the owners and staff at Red Brick Deli. Bram and Wendy always greet us with a friendly neighborhood welcome and they happen to have some of the most amazing dessert in Cherokee County. When you fall in love with Red Brick, no worries, they’re conveniently located between the Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors and McNabb Properties. They can find you a home near the deliciousness!

Back to what’s important, the food. My girls ordered a ham and cheese sandwich from the kids menu. They recommend that you ask to have it pressed so the cheese melts just enough and it’s almost like a grilled ham and cheese. While one of my daughters had chips, everyone else went with the ever-popular potato salad and a pickle. (Take Ronda’s advice and ask for the pickle. You’re welcome.)

If you have a gluten sensitivity, the gluten-free wrap at Red Brick Deli is the best I’ve tried. Way better than a lot of the dry GF cardboard you find at other places. I enjoyed the Cuban on the gluten-free wrap… well, half of it. I needed to save room for dessert. Meanwhile, Ronda went for the Bulldog. A word to the wise, if a local restaurant has a sandwich that is named after the local mascot, they mean business. Piled high with hot corned beef, pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, you better bring your appetite.

Now onto my personal favorite, dessert. Always save room for dessert at Red Brick Deli. Always. The kids menu comes with a brownie, but there is also a brownie sundae, piled high with whipped cream and perfect for sharing. They’re well-known for Key lime pie, but let me tell you, that chocolate cake my daughter ordered may be my new fav. So much chocolate! My middle daughter is a die-hard cheesecake fan, so naturally that was her dessert of choice.

Basically, whatever you order, it’s going to be amazing. You may leave with a to-go container, but you won’t leave hungry. So plan a lunch date and enjoy some Red Brick Deli. They’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 3:00 and Wendy and Bram will happily welcome you for a delicious lunch and some of the best service you can find in Downtown Murphy.

Dinner for Three

Our first segment of “Party of Three” is dedicated to Murphy’s Chophouse and the nationally renowned chef/owner, Chef James Reaux. As recent winner of our Forks and Corks – Local Savor event for “Best Food” by popular vote this promised a culinary experience for our crew. I mean, if so many folks voted for them what better place to start? 

Arriving on time for our reservation we were pleasantly greeted at the door and shown to our table immediately. Our server, Karen, arrived promptly sharing the specials and offering advice on menu items. Of course we ordered right away as we were starving; calamari and salads all around. Now we were down to serious business…the entrees. I jumped in and ordered the Surf and Turf. How could I not with Karen promising perfection? I went for the Filet Mignon and lobster.  Ronda followed suit with her selection of a mid-rare Ribeye finished with a Port wine reduction paired with succulent scallops. Becca did not hesitate to double down with a Filet Mignon topped with baby Bella mushrooms and a sweet potato. What can I say, we girls like our steak. This was paired with an excellent 2017 Gascon Malbec which complimented the beef superbly. 

The timing of the food was perfect. Courses arrived to the table just when we were finishing the previous dish. Deliciousness all around. I would like to say we enjoyed stimulating and thought provoking conversation, but we couldn’t stop eating long enough for that to happen. In the end, “to- go” boxes were delivered because no one was willing to leave even a bite behind. We’ll be sure to save room for dessert next time! See you next month at Red Brick Deli.

For the Five

Chick-fil-A may be located in Blairsville, Georgia but they’re great neighbors that reach out in their community and the surrounding counties: Cherokee, Clay, Towns, and Fannin. They truly are “For the Five!” You’ll see their sandwiches at the concession stand at local ball games, in community schools, and they even treated all 80 of our golfers to a complimentary lunch at our Chamber Golf Classic at Mountain Harbour Golf Club.

When you visit Chick-fil-A in Blairsville, you’ll be impressed by the ever-efficient drive-thru, seasonal milk shakes, friendly service, and you’ll always get exactly what you ordered. If you can’t make it to Blairsville, no worries! They cater and you know your guests will be happy to “eat mor chikin” at your event. Stop by to see them at Forks and Corks – Local Savor for a taste of that infamous chicken and chat about all they offer For the Five!

A Taste of Brooklyn in the Mountains

There’s no need to go to New York to get a taste of the city. Sal’s Brooklyn Pizza offers made to order deck oven baked Brooklyn style NY pizza right here in Murphy. He doesn’t just stop at pizza though, he has a full menu including calzones with all fresh ingredients and just the right amount of cheese!

After a day on the lake or at the pool, you can skip the kitchen and enjoy this family-owned business on the four lane in Murphy. They’re open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, and we recommend their Wednesday Special. All Summer long, you can enjoy spaghetti or penne pasta, meatballs, and garlic bread for just $6.99 all day. They’ll be serving up a few samples of their offerings at Forks & Corks – Local Savor June 6th at The Hackney Warehouse. Stop by for a taste!

Carolina BBQ at The Rib

North Carolina is known for its BBQ and Rib Country is the local establishment that satisfies that craving every time. Located on “the four lane” you can swing by for lunch or dinner whenever you’re in the mood for ribs, pulled pork, or smoked turkey. While you’re at it, get the party started with a country-made onion loaf and really make the best of it! You may need to take a walk on the Murphy River Walk, but it will be more than worth the calories.

Their country cooking doesn’t stop with BBQ. Whether sweet or savory, Rib Country has a country breakfast that will keep you full well past noon. They even offer catering for family gatherings, work or school banquets, and parties of all kinds. You can keep it simple with BBQ and all the sides, or go all out with whole pig pickin! Join us at Forks and Corks – Local Savor for true Southern Hospitality and Carolina BBQ.

Take a Break from the Daily Grind

On Wednesday and Friday nights you’ll see quite a few cars parked on Valley River Avenue in downtown Murphy. Locals and visitors alike enjoy live music from 5:00 – 7:00 pm as they sip on anything from coffee to craft beer. The Daily Grind and Wine is a comfortable little gem in our mountains with a book store and craft boutique to explore as your food is prepared.

You can begin your day with a breakfast sandwich or scone and that daily caffeine, stop by for hand-dipped ice cream, enjoy soup or a sandwich at lunch, or end your day with a glass of wine or beer. Whatever your taste may be, the Daily Grind offers it, along with the company of regular customers that remind you of the charm of small town life.

With all that the Daily Grind and Wine offers, we’re excited to see what tastes await you at the 5th Annual Forks and Corks – Local Savor! Visit our Welcome Center to purchase your tickets in advance or buy them at The Hackney Warehouse on Thursday June 6th, 5:30 – 7:30.

Authentic Italian

If you’re looking for authentic, Granieri’s Italian Restaurant is the place in Cherokee County. This family owned establishment is located on Main Street in the Andrews Valley where you can enjoy a delicious lunch on the patio or escape the summer heat indoors. Granieri’s offers New York style pizza delivery, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering. Whatever you choose, the portions and the service will satisfy you, bringing you back for more.

Join us at the 5th Annual Forks & Corks – Local Savor for a sampling of authentic Granieri’s Italian in the mountains of Cherokee County. Tickets are on sale now at Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Center. Visit us Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00, and Saturday, 10:00-3:00.