By Hope S. Philbrick
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Southern Proper Hospitality announced on May 8, 2018 that the Atlanta-based restaurant group acquired The Monte Vista Hotel, located just outside of Asheville in Black Mountain, North Carolina, which was named “Prettiest Small Town Vacation in America” by TripAdvisor. Together with a few local partners, they are turning the historic property into MV Boutique Hotel and transforming the hotel’s dining room into a second location of Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, which will open on May 16.
The first order of business is bringing SPH’s beloved Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails restaurant to the North Carolina hotel. As part of the remodeled lobby and dining area, Milton’s will offer a menu of regionally inspired comfort food from executive chef Montae Hauser that will closely resemble the Atlanta location’s offerings. Since the opening of the original Milton’s in 2006, the restaurant has become synonymous with “seed-to-fork” dining thanks to the leadership and creativity of Derek Dollar, executive chef and Milton’s brand ambassador, and the 90 varieties of heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in the restaurant’s onsite garden. This tradition, along with Derek’s vision, will continue at MV Boutique Hotel with a garden on the property to supply the restaurant with produce and offer additional outdoor seating.
The historical integrity of the original structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2019, will be maintained and honored with future improvements planned for both the property and the facility itself. One of those improvements will include a private speakeasy, called Boxcar.
MV Boutique Hotel is located at 308 W State Street in Black Mountain, North Carolina. For more information, call 828-669-8870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a cold evening my husband and I are seated near the lit fireplace—a welcome treat—then our server arrives to offer a greeting, share the history of the buildings in which the restaurant is located (a 150 year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage), and describe the specials.
Since everything on the menu is tempting, additional choices only complicate decision making.
In all seasons, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails showcases fresh ingredients from the restaurant’s own garden, Milton’s Acre. Nightly specials feature fresh-from-the-garden ingredients and during the fall that can include dishes like baby kale salad with crumbled blue cheese, candied pecans, dried cranberries, red onion and honey-cider vinaigrette; herb-marinated quail breast with apple butter, roasted parsnips, smoked bacon, toasted pecans and pomegranate molasses; gorgonzola, country ham and rosemary fritters with bourbon peach jam; and Applewood smoked pork shank with smoked Gouda and bacon grits, wilted mustard greens and green apple mignonette.
“It’s always fun getting to switch it up a little and work with seasonal produce from our garden,” says executive chef Derek Dollar. “I love adding new dishes to the menu because I think it’s important to give our guests a variety of choices.”
We opted for nightly specials that included a sweet-yet-spicy butternut squash soup, meatloaf with bleu cheese, Georgia trout and a dessert of bread pudding. Follow our lead or order whatever tempts your taste buds—you really can’t go wrong here—and be sure to start with a hand-crafted cocktail, such as the sublime J.B.’s Cran-hattan, which features Evan Williams Bourbon infused dried cranberry puree, triple sec, orange and soda.
Some of Milton’s classics include Charleston crab bisque, sweet potato shrimp fritters, Southern fried chicken, shrimp and grits, sesame-crusted mountain trout, espresso-rubbed pork loin and warm carrot cake.
Whether it’s your first visit, second, or one in a hundred, expect to feel like a welcomed friend.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails was named a Top 100 restaurant in the U.S. specializing in American cuisine by OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards.
Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails
800 Mayfield Road in the Crabapple Historic District
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