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Sidestreet Pizza 135 South Trade Street Tryon, NC 28782 (828) 859-5325


finest pizza pie this side of Manhattan. The choices of Italian pasta dishes are many, all served with bread and a salad or soup - including yummy Lasagna ($9.99), Lobster Ravioli ($16.99), Tortellini Gorgonzola ($9.49), and many others. Every one a treat in and of itself.


Over the years, my favorite menu item has become their famous white pizza. Actually the white pizza can be had many ways, the one I love is called The Greek Pizza. Thin crust is my favorite. Spinach, mushrooms, tomato, and feta cheese.($18.89 for the large. And I do mean, large.)


Talk about the real deal? Sidestreet Pizza has come to be known for serving up the finest tast- ing pizza pies in th Carolinas. Located just off of Trade Street in the small Western North Carolina town of Tryon, Sidestreet was started by the Capozzi family. The Italian family, originally from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, relocated to Tryon in the early 1980s.The pizza parlor was originally located on a Tryon side street (hence the name), but as business grew, they moved into a much bigger building in 1995.


My own personal introduction to Sidestreet came when I joined the staff of The Polk County News Journal as Features Editor in 1990. The editor, Geoff Cantrell turned me onto the place when he ordered a couple of their sub sandwich- es and had them delivered to the newspaper office in Columbus. It wasn’t long before I dis- covered that all of their offerings were just as tasty. From the subs, to the pasta, to the pizza. Great deserts including New York style cheese cake, and an array of beverages, including a full bar.


After we enjoyed the 2012 Blue Ridge BBQ Festival in Tryon, we decided to stop in at Sidestreet for dinner. I always enjoy turning someone onto the restaurant who has never experienced it, so this time I was able to watch staff photographer Roxanne Lark experience the


Of course, they also dish up mighty fine pizzas of all styles, from Hawaiian to Mexican, Wild Mushroom to a red hot chicken wing pie. Now, it’s not the run of the mill pizza you get from the national chain restaurants. The Capozzi’s make that real, New York style pizza. One bite and you’ll taste the difference. - MBS


Foggy Rock Eatery 8180 Valley Boulevard Blowing Rock, NC 28605 (828) 295-7262


During a recent family getaway to Blowing Rock, NC, I was searching for a restaurant that would be casual and relaxed yet offer different variations of the usual dishes served in this area. I found it when I checked with several locals and they all named Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub (www.foggy-rock.com) as their favorite place for just plain good food with a twist.


The dining area is small, so I recommend call- ing ahead for reservations or choosing a non- peak time for your meal.


Our server was efficient and informative - we managed to grill her about virtually everything on the menu while we were making our choices. We started with appetizers of Fried Green Tomatoes ($5.95) and Garlic Cheddar Biscuit Bursts which is served with a homemade Buttermilk Ranch dressing ($4.95). The menu is very diverse with many tempting delights, but we finally settled on our choices.


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