Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery recently opened in Cherokee, North Carolina. Since me and my boyfriend both love barbeque, we decide to eat there for our anniversary. We had taken time to carefully look over the menu we had seen online for the only other Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery location in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. There were so many great choices and we couldn’t wait to try this new restaurant.
We arrived at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in Cherokee and were seated immediately. We didn’t like being seated at a table rather than a booth, but that was fine with us because we knew the food would make up for it. When we got the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery menu we were shocked and disappointed. The menu was probably one-fourth the size of the other location’s menu. The only menu choices we had for barbeque were pulled pork or ribs. They did have a buffet, but we weren’t in the mood for a buffet, plus they didn’t serve ribs on the buffet. One of the biggest disappointments was the fact that there weren’t any appetizers listed. The Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamy menu was just incredibly small.
When our waitress arrived we asked about appetizers and things began to get much worse. While the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery Cherokee location had only been open for a week it was still unexpected that our waitress was very unprepared. She said she didn’t think they had appetizers. That was fine. My boyfriend decided to order ribs and asked what sides they had available, the menu said he could choose two sides, but didn’t list anything. The waitress had no idea what sides they had except for macaroni and cheese and green beans. The menu had mentioned coleslaw and hush puppies, so he ordered coleslaw, hush puppies, and macaroni and cheese. I ordered pulled pork which came with coleslaw and hush puppies.
It seemed to take a while for a meals to arrive so we spent time looking at the restaurant. To have only been open a week, the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in Cherokee seemed rather dirty. The atmosphere honestly reminded me of a fast food restaurant. There was Cherokee art hanging on the walls, but the feeling of the restaurant was just not comfortable.
When our meals finally arrived, the waitress informed my boyfriend that he would have to get his side dishes off the buffet. Now, it may just be me, but when you order a sit down meal, you shouldn’t have to serve yourself. This was another mark against our waitress. The ribs my boyfriend had ordered were cooked to perfection, but the sauce was laid on really thick. A great thing about the other barbeque place we usually go to is they cook the ribs and then let you choose the type of sauce you want. That way you can add the amount of sauce you want to.
The wait staff at Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in Cherokee North Carolina seemed too rushed to actually wait on their customers. When our drinks ran low the waitress asked if we wanted more drinks. To me, a waitress should bring more drinks without asking. My boyfriend ended up not wanting his macaroni and cheese so I decided to try it. It tasted like warm water. There was no flavor whatsoever. The coleslaw was also not very tasty. The hush puppies on the other hand were delicious. The pulled pork was also really good. I would probably rate the main part of our meal at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery as a 3 out 5. All we can hope is that they expand their menu as time goes on.
Luckily, the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in Cherokee is more than just barbeque. After our meal, we went to the counter which is also where the creamery is and ordered a banana split and hot fudge brownie. This is where the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamy in Cherokee really shines. Their ice cream is homemade with cream that has a 14% butter fat content. This means the ice cream is extra creamy. The desserts were fabulous at the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery. My boyfriend doesn’t really like strawberry ice cream, but he said theirs was delicious and we both agreed that the vanilla ice cream was the best we had ever had. The creamery portion of Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in Cherokee gets a 5 out of 5.
All in all, unless they expand their menu, we’ll probably only visit the Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in Cherokee North Carolina for ice cream. The prices are very reasonable though, our entire meal was only $33. Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery in Cherokee is definitely worth a try, but you may want to get the buffet instead of ordering off the menu.