Now I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings here but if asked what my favorite place to go to dinner in the High Country, I would most likely always say Bistro Roca.
Of course there are many very notable “Fine Dining” establishments in the area that are out of this world: Louisiana Purchase, Gamekeeper, Best Cellar, and The Artisanal are a few to note but… the thing that I love about “Bistro” is that the restaurant is the perfect blend of laid back mountain chic and fine dining (so is their menu). It fits the bill no matter what you’re in the mood for.
They have wonderfully unique appetizers, burgers and wood fired pizzas that are consistently delicious. If you are looking for the full dining experience, their entrees and specials are amazing and typically feature seasonal and or local ingredients blended together into a wonderful American Bistro/Mountain fusion served up fresh in a rustic yet elegant setting.
Their wine list and drink menu are also something to write home about. Hint: Try a martini off of their very inventive new menu inspired by bar manager Matt Bailey. I sampled the Strawberry Balsamic garnished with fresh cracked peppercorns and then a Lavender Martini. Both were excellent. Their wine and beer menus are small but hand picked for quality.
Though tucked away off of the main drag, we can hardly call it one of Blowing Rock’s best kept secrets. Bistro Roca has become a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Come see what the fuss is all about!