Where is Rutherfordton, North Carolina, you ask? It's about 20 miles from the closest Interstate. A determined effort to do something different led me down the road that goes through Rutherfordton, and then off the main road to a very surprising and pleasant little shopping center. Lavendar Bistro and a clothing outlet were the only occupants. Brunch seemed like a wonderful way to take a break from the road and enjoy a peaceful Sunday.
My first round of brunch included the salad, asparagus, and French onion soup. It wasn't until I went back that I discovered the star of the show, the cheese grits. The white pepper on the one hand and cheese on the other hand made perfect bookends for the heartiness and texture of the grits. I heard someone at the next table remark on the superb quality of the grits. The service was very gracious as well.