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Downtown Mount Airy Eatery, Down Home Restaurant, Joins the Surry Sonker Trail

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by 89and52 No Comments

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – The Surry Sonker Trail has a new member as the Down Home Restaurant came on board in March. Down Home opened in the location formerly occupied by Granite City BBQ and replaced it on this confectionary trail in Surry County.

Sandra Johnson and Bonnie Reynolds run the casual eatery on Main Street in Mount Airy. Both grew up in the area and learned to make sonker from family recipes. Reynolds is the primary sonker maker and Johnson bakes the cakes. But they trade off.

“We’ve made sonker all of our lives at home,” Johnson says. “It’s just a traditional, quick dessert here.”

Similar to cobbler, sonker consists of cooked fruit and a crust. Some have a liquid batter poured on top of the fruit, others have a rolled dough for their crust, and others are prepared on the stove top with a dropped-dumpling crust. Each recipe depends upon family tradition.

Down Home Restaurant makes its sonker by cooking fruit — strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, apples or peaches — on the stove, transferring it to a pan, adding a crust made from a liquid batter and baking it.

“I took one bite of the Down Home Restaurant sonker and almost cried because it brought back so many memories of my granny’s sonker,” says Jessica Johnson, assistant marketing director at the Mount Airy Visitors Center.

The region’s sonker dates to the early 1800s. The dessert was a product of frugal home cooks who didn’t want to waste any over-ripe fruit.

In addition to Down Home Restaurant in Mount Airy, the Surry Sonker Trail includes The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar in Pilot Mountain, Putters Patio & Grill in Dobson, Old North State Winery in Mount Airy, Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies in Mount Airy, Rockford General Store in Dobson and Roxxi & Lulu’s Bakery in Elkin.

The trail was created in January 2015 by the Tourism Partnership of Surry County. Each of the seven stops on the Surry Sonker Trail offers a different style of the dessert.

“Trying the food is part of learning about the place where you’re living or visiting,” Sandra Johnson says. “Sonker is native to this region.”

To receive a Surry Sonker Trail brochure map, which has all the info needed to enjoy a day or two along the trail, call (800) 948-0949, or go online at: www.SonkerTrail.org

Down Home Restaurant

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Down Home Restaurant offers homemade breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as daily specials. Enjoy the large, covered patio for dining! Every Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m., Down Home hosts a bluegrass and old-time jam session!

Down Home Restaurant also offers a FULL BREAKFAST all day long as well as many homemade desserts!

Locally owned and operated with the owners on site every day! Family run!

Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

The restaurant is located in Downtown Mount Airy, at 243 Main Street, Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030

Chase and Charli Restaurant

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Chase and Charli Restaurant serves a variety of American cuisine, including peel & eat shrimp, burgers, steak, chicken, seafood, daily specials, homemade desserts, and MUCH MORE! The restaurant is known for good food, good friends, and good times! Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant features an outdoor patio overlooking the Ararat River and the Greenway Trail.

Visit the website at www.chaseandcharli.weebly.com/index.html.

Check out the Facebook page for daily specials, food photos, menu links, and a great “taste” of their homemade desserts.

 

 

Herrera Vineyards

Posted on: June 30th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

Herrera Vineyards is family owned and operated, nestled quietly in the small town of Dobson, NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With more than 140 acres of property, our estate offers a little of everything. Sprawling vineyards, rolling rivers, immaculate tasting room and a pristine landscaped façade provide the ultimate relaxation experience. Herrera also has an on-site restaurant serving lunch and dinner as well as a bar with wine and beer available. The 75-foot double level patio offers a space for relaxation with a bottle of wine or a nice meal.
Herrera Vineyards prides itself on the tradition of cultivating, harvesting and producing premium wines from fruit grown exclusively on Herrera properties. With a wide variety of dry, semi sweets and sweets, we provide award winners that cater to every wine connoisseur’s preferences. Influenced by culture and heritage, Herrera Vineyards introduced the first bottled Red Sangria from the Yadkin Valley in 2012 with much acclaim. 2013 will bring forward new selections from this specialty line as we continue to develop our signature Sangria in both red and white varieties. It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for tastings, tours and tradition. We await your arrival at our home away from home.

Bienvenido a nuestra familia.

Herrera Vineyards Opens in the Heart of the Yadkin Valley

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by 89and52 No Comments

DOBSON, N.C. – The Yadkin Valley’s newest winery is also one of its nicest.
Herrera Vineyards opened May 28 amidst rolling hills just a mile outside the town of Dobson. The Herrera family went to great lengths to ensure the winery would be a destination worthy of its location in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region.
Sisters Monica Herrera-Rangel and Carolina Herrera-Ochoa purchased the 54-acre former Black Wolf Vineyards in 2010. A year later, Herrera Vineyards began selling wines from grapes grown at family-owned vineyards in southern Surry County.
Even though Herrera’s wines came to market in 2011, the plan all along was to take time to properly renovate and upgrade the Black Wolf facilities. A lot of effort also went into the vineyards and landscaping, including a waterfall and two 75-foot wide terraces.
The result is a striking tasting room/restaurant with a Southwestern villa exterior and a warm, inviting interior combining rich wood textures with hand-made iron fixtures and accents.
“We were a little nervous at opening because when you work on something for four years, you’ve got to impress,” said assistant manager Manny Perez. “However, it has been very well received. It’s such a beautiful setting. As soon as you drive up, you get the feeling of being transported someplace very nice.”
The main building houses a tasting room in one wing, a gift shop and overflow tasting room in the other wing, and a 22-seat restaurant in between. Additional dining for up to 24 is available on the main terrace.
The tasting room and restaurant overlook the vineyards, with a winery and guest cabin located on a lower portion of the property.
Herrera Vineyards offers a dozen wines crafted by winemaker Kevin Childers, a graduate of the enology and viticulture program at Surry Community College. Of the wines, eight are red and four are white. According to Perez, five are dry wines, five are semi-sweet and two are sweet.
Three of the most popular wines are the Dry Riesling, Solera and Tannat.
“Our grape varietals are different from what consumers are used to. We have Malbec and Tannat, which are red varietals often found in South America,” Perez says. “We don’t have some of the traditional wines people are familiar with, which I think is a good thing. It allows us to
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offer something unique. It’s a draw.”
Herrera’s Dry Riesling was named the best overall white wine at the 2014 North Carolina State Fair Wine Competition, while the Rosé and sweeter Riesling earned silver medals in their categories.
Operating hours for visitors are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Lunch is available Tuesday to Sunday and dinner is available Friday and Saturday nights. The winery is closed Mondays.
“From where we are located, you can hit 20-25 different wineries in about a half-hour drive,” says Perez. “We couldn’t ask for a much better position. Being so central to the whole Yadkin Valley is a big plus.”
For info on Herrera Vineyards, call 866-313-8008 or go to: www.HerreraVineyards.com.

Colt’s Hot Dog Shack

Posted on: June 30th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Serving old fashioned toasted hot dogs, ground steak sandwiches, grilled chicken salad, fried bologna, ham and cheese, and pimento cheese sandwiches and more. Don’t forget to save room for dessert – homemade desserts and dipped ice cream, as well as milkshakes! Everything is home made! All orders are made to-go – no inside seating!

Hours are Tuesday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

Thai Café

Posted on: July 4th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Mount Airy, NC’s Thai Cafe has food that is unique and unlike any other cuisine – it balances the flavors of salty, sour, sweet and spicy in a way that’s unimaginable with out tasting it. The restaurant has a friendly and casual atmosphere as well as seasonal outdoor dining on a patio. Also, don’t miss out on the daily lunch, dinner and drink specials!

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thur: 11:00am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-9:00pm
Fri: 11:00am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-9:30pm
Sat: 4:30pm-9:30pm
Sun: 12:00pm-8:00pm