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Mountain View Restaurant Marion NC
Travel Review Fall 2019

By Jay Whipple

Trend Magazine Online™

Great Burgers and Fries!
Re-published from a previous edition...
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Mountain View Restaurant Marion NC Review Pic! I have been stopping by this eatery for many years now as part of the QCT Fall Leaf Changesm trip which includes sightseeing along the nationally renowned Blue Ridge Parkway which extends 469 miles north to the Shenandoah National Park and south to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee. If you have been in the fall you can attest to the fact that it is a splendid journey of epic natural beauty especially if you go during peak leaf-change season which is typically the middle to end of October each year.

Mountain View Restaurant Marion NC Review Pic! We use this restaurant for our late lunch stop before descending to sea level, from over 5,000 feet near Mount Mitchell (highest point east of the Mississippi River, 6,683 feet), at Blowing Rock after one more stop at Price Lake. Earlier on our trip (from Charlotte, NC) we make memorable stops in Lake Lure (featured in Dirty Dancing [1987] starring the late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray, then picturesque Chimney Rock, and Bat Cave (my favorite) before hoping on the parkway in Asheville.

Mountain View Restaurant Marion NC Review Pic! We arrived a little off schedule at 1:50 PM to a crowd waiting to be seated; and were told that our wait would be about 20 minutes. We considered trying our luck elsewhere but decided to keep our pace in line here as opposed to taking a chance back down the road. Once inside we ushered through the packed dining room to the deck which was unusually cold with a wind chill. It was in the upper 50's, I was told, which is cold to this Florida boy and my guests all agreed that a coat with hood or skull cap was needed to shield us from the frigid temperature.

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I must admit that this was the coldest it has been on the deck since I have been conducting this tour since 2005. It was just one of the days. Our server arrived shortly after we were seated. She was very friendly and cordial. I ordered my favorite; their bacon cheddar burger with fries and sweet tea. They were out of their famous sweet potato fries (yikes). It was a packed house so I knew it would be longer than the usual 20 minutes for our orders to arrive. This gave me plenty of time to check out their men's room which was clean but the trash can needed attention.

Mountain View Restaurant Marion NC Review Pic! The dining area was very clean which was quite impressive considering the large crowd. Their sanitation code was 93. The longer than usual wait for our orders gave us extra time to chit chat and for me to begin looking for their famous cat named Captain who sometimes entertains the guests by balancing along the wooden railing around the perimeter of their deck. I was told that he was downstairs where he lives. Approximately 42 minutes passed before our orders were up and as you may surmise we were all good and hungry by then.

Mountain View Restaurant Marion NC Review Pic! My burger, fries, and tea totaled $12.81 (with tax) but she forgot my sweet tea and I had to ask for lettuce. I attribute these omissions to the large crowd; apparently my secret spot is not so secret anymore. My burger was delicious and I especially enjoyed their pretzel-like bun. My fries (although not my favorite sweet potato type) were also above average in that they were not too stiff or mushy, and were seasoned to perfection. My tea was average. Our server was very accommodating of my trip guests request for a tea pot to hold their apple cider that they purchased at my favorite stop in Bat Cave. She even heated it to their liking and taste.

Mountain View Restaurant Marion NC Review Pic! Despite the longer than average wait, cold deck, and order omissions; I still look forward to our next visit during the QCT Fall Leaf Changesm trip along the beautiful and scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Mountain View Restaurant is located at 5253 Highway 226, Marion, NC. Their phone number is 828-766-9670, and website Tell them that Trend Magazine Onlinetm referred you.

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