The Blue Ride Parkway is one of my favorite places. I got up in the morning, watched this sunset, then headed to the Pisgah Inn for breakfast. THeir veggie omelet is hearty and very well prepared. I ordered it with a biscuit that I enjoyed with strawberry preserves. A few cups of coffee and I was ready for a morning hike. The Pisgah Inn has both spectacular views and excellent food that is also surprisingly very reasonably priced. My breakfast was only $10. Trust me, you can pay that much for breakfast with a view of nothing more than the New Jersey Turnpike.
Trev, Jan, and Karem took me to a wonderful evening at West End Grill located, appropriately enough, in the West End. The restaurant still has its old tin ceiling festooned with stained glass chandeliers. I was too hungry to take a picture of our appetizers: crab cakes and bleu cheese tarts. The crab cakes had just a bit of heat to them, something you don't always find in a crab cake but which worked very well. The bleu cheese tarts lived up to their intriguing premise, rich and tangy. This is my caprese salad. The mozzarella, tomato, and basil were all outstanding. The balsamic vinegar had been very well aged, giving it a thick consistency. My main course was tuna, perfectly prepared to a medium well. The tuna left just enough room for a chocolate lava cake paired with decaf coffee. The cake was rich and moist. I kept scraping my plate to be sure I retrieved all of the chocolate.