Posted By Jennifer Bradley
8/23/2008 2:48:00 PM
Dillard House used to be an institution, and a fine one at that. I don't know if they have too many family members on the payroll or what... but it has gone downhill. A lot of people say they love this place; I bet they are the all-you-can-eat crowd. It has become quantity over quality. This could be a great restaurant. They still have the recipes, and with quality over quantity (they'd probably have to charge more, and do away with all-you-can-eat) it would be a great showcase for local fresh produce and "antique" mountain cuisine.
Dillard House has over-expanded, and the service leaves much to be desired. They use paper tablecloths on warped tables; yuck! There is no way I am going to wait hours for a table here when, frankly, the new Chick-fil-A in town has better chicken as of late. I am a frequent visitor to the area, having family, property, and academic connections to the area. I am not a once-in-a-while tourist and frankly I don't eat that much, but what I eat I want to be good, whether it's good country cooking, barbeque, or fine French cuisine. I have good childhood memories of Dillard House, but like most of the local institutions it too is "gone with the wind."
"Here's a look at what was left after six hungry people went to work on a Dillard House dinner."
"The lunch menu at Dillard House. The roster changes constantly through meal time as some dishes are added and some are eaten up. This can provide a sort of tantalizing torture if you are waiting for a seat (as you will do on a busy weekend) and hoping that, for instance, Brunswick stew remains on the menu when it comes your turn to eat. (Charles Ammons photo)"
"Not just a place to eat, Dillard House also is an inn, cottages, and motel, plus a stable offering rides on horseback or in a carriage. (Charles Ammons photo)"