Donít let the appearance fool you. The place looks like a dump from the outside. Actually, it looks more like a metal shop would be inside than a bar. The beer selection is fine, however, and if youíre looking for Bryson Cityís hometown beer, this place canít be beat. In fact, youíve got to dig a place that will pull out a jockey box (temporary tap with a cooling system inside a picnic cooler for the beer) just so they can have Nantahala Brewing Co.ís fourth beer on tap when they have only 3 taps normally.
By the way, thereís a reason the jumbo hotdog costs so much. The thing is like four normal hotdogs inside one casing. Ridiculously large.
AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Across the Trax is a bar/restaurant located in downtown Bryson City right by the train. It looks like itís in a big hangar. The inside is very typical rural bar. Wide open lay out, neon beer signs, old wooden furnishings. Seems like what would be a tired old hang out with a shitty beer selection at first glance, but of course this is Western NC so it ends up being a good stop. The service was efficient and very friendly. The first surprise is the menu. Itís mostly standard bar food, but a few things stand out such as the greek salad and trout plate. Greek salad was fantastic. The next surprise is the beer list. It begins terribly with the standard crap, but slowly becomes interesting with offerings from Bells, Highland, Mother Earth, etc. But the real reason for a beer enthusiast to stop here is the fact that they carry more beers from Nantahala Brewing than anyone else. Four were on tap and I was very pleasantly surprised with the IPA. There is a game room with a few pool tables and most importantly, a Capcom arcade machine with Street Fighter II.