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Toxaway House

by Meghann on June 18, 2009

One of the best things about traveling is finding little hole in the wall restaurants along the way. For the past week we have driven by the same little restaurant at the bottom of the hill from our cabin and tonight we decided it was time to check it out.



The Toxaway House Restaurant was the definition of hole in the wall and I loved it. The menu was short and sweet printed daily on plain ole paper.


When asked about the specials for the evening they were presented to us on a whiteboard.


I love the handwriting on the board, it makes it feel even more home grown.

Each meal started with a lovely salad.


I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of yummy vegetables and dark leafy greens in the salad. I ordered the Blue Cheese Dressing on the side and a slice of fresh baked bread that was served warm and crispy.

I took a chance from the specials menu and ordered the Baked Cod with Mango Salsa.


I was told the meal was served with a vegetable, I guess they count baked potato as a vegetable? The baked potato was a pretty hefty size. I only ate about quarter of it plain.


I did enjoy the mango salsa & cod. With all the water around here and run in with fishermen, I have really been craving some fresh fish and this really hit the spot.


I think my favorite part of the tucked away restaurant was the dessert that I had been eyeing the whole meal.


Each cake on display was homemade and freshly baked that day. I knew I just had to have a piece.


My Sister and I split a slice of the carrot cake and it was just as good as I had been hoping. The icing was very rich and creamy. It just melted in my mouth. Yum!


After dinner it has pretty much become a given you will find everyone by the water with a beer in their hands.


My Aunt was able to track down some Highland Oatmeal Porter for us today.


I have to say it wasn’t nearly as good as fresh from the factory, but was still a great thirst quencher. I think the freshly brewed beer may have spoiled me. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I brought the beer down I had forgot it was a pop off and had left the bottle opener upstairs. Everyone was offering alternatives to opening the beer, but I think my favorite was my sister’s suggestion to pop it off with Abbie’s collar.


It didn’t work, but it sure was funny to watch her try.

Also amusing was my Dad’s attempts to keep his legs warm.


Yes, those are the chair carriers and yes he was very pleased with himself and his creativity.

Tomorrow is our last full day on the water and I have to say I’m kind of bummed. I planned to make the most of it though!

Tune in tomorrow morning for a very special announcement about the upcoming Blogger Summit! We have a date, location and so much more to share! Yay!!!

1 runnerskitchen June 18, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Carrot cake is the best! I made carrot cake cupcakes the other night ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to hear all the specs on the blogger summit!

2 Laura June 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I love little restaurants like that. Looks like you’re having an awesome vacation! ๐Ÿ™‚

Your dad is so cute in that picture! Very creative, indeed.

3 kerri June 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm

umm maybe they consider a potato a vegetable because it IS a vegetable? just a guess…

4 Hallie June 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm

that’s too funny that a baked potato was the vegetable…I mean, technically it is, and the most popular one in the country at that, but if I were you I’d have been hoping for something green (or red or orange or…not white!)

5 jessica June 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm

It’s so true! Little places that don’t look too pretty on the outside are often so cute on the inside and delicious!!

I gotta say… I might steal your dad’s idea. very smart!! Plus, I often lose my chair bag.

Have you ever tried a fruit/wheat beer? Deeeelicious! I know in Canada we have an apricot wheat ale and it is so good!

6 Courtney June 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm

That cake looks gruuuub!

7 thewholeplate June 18, 2009 at 10:21 pm

i would’ve loved to see the attempt at using abbie’s collar as a bottle opener. one time i managed to uncork a wine bottle with a beach pebble – it’s amazing the things you can do when a drink is the motivator!

also, that photo of your dad is too cute!

8 jocelyneatsfresh June 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

mmm cake..enjoy your last day! make the blogger summit in Canada (though that wouldn’t make any sense at all) I’m allowed to be selfish for one day lol

9 Sarah June 19, 2009 at 12:19 am

Omigosh, your dad is cracking me up. That is totally something my dad would do and be so proud of. Does he do the old “pull my finger” trick too? ๐Ÿ˜‰

10 Island Girl Eats June 19, 2009 at 12:25 am

Noooo! I don’t want the holiday to end – I have been living vicariously through you! Can’t we extend it and stay longer?!!!

11 smallchangesaddup June 19, 2009 at 12:53 am

Hehe your dad looks like such a laugh. Is it Father’s Day over in the US on Sunday? Or is it just over here? Also, I love the fish and mango salsa combo, always so lovely and refreshing!

12 Pearl June 19, 2009 at 1:47 am

what a great vacation!

13 Hilary June 19, 2009 at 5:33 am

Ha! Your dad seems just like mine! My dad would have a grin on his face the whole night after coming up with something like that!

Your trip looks fabulous! I miss the lake. I don’t know if I’ll make it to ski this summer ๐Ÿ™

Enjoy your last day!

14 diana June 19, 2009 at 7:18 am

I love how the desserts were so casually set up!

15 jentrinque June 19, 2009 at 8:26 am

Does Highland do brew tours for anyone, or did you guys get one because you’re bloggers? I’d love to take my bf, he loves St. Teresa’s Pale Ale!

16 AlliJag June 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

Just when I think I couldn’t be more jealous of your vacation… ๐Ÿ˜€

17 brandi June 19, 2009 at 9:01 am

i love restaurants like that.

what a great idea for leg warmers! I’ll have to remember that – I get cold a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

18 jenngirl June 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

I’ve loved reading about your vacation! And wow, that cake definitely looks homemade and worth a try! ๐Ÿ˜‰

19 Heather June 19, 2009 at 10:05 am

I LOL’d at your dad, his smug grin is awesome!

20 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) June 19, 2009 at 10:27 am

Technically a potato is a vegetable but still, they should tell you that, ha ha. Your dad is very inventive ๐Ÿ™‚

21 Jenny June 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

i <3 little hole in the wall restaurants.. everything lokos amazing!

ah carrot cake, my dessert of choice =) Love it!

22 Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I love it! Those desserts look like they were baked at home and brought in, pot luck style!

23 Stacy ( Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) June 19, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Oh man, I am super jealous of your nap in the sun. You look so relaxed. Soak up a bit of that sun for me!

24 Matt June 19, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Carrot cake is my favorite!

25 Julia June 19, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Enjoy your last day ๐Ÿ™‚

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