The Trailhead Restaurant & Bar

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
Drake  (832) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | February 19, 2013| Updated August 31, 2013
Located in downtown Black Mountain, they have a small lot which they share with other businesses and street parking nearby. Either they’ve toned down the decor, or previous raters thought that some artwork and one kayak over the door counted as an outdoor theme. The place is dominated by the bar with a good number of tables. The food wasn’t great but was OK, though the side of bagged tortilla chips was disappointing. I know the food isn’t expensive, but if you don’t want to add to the cost of the plate, it’s better to leave off a side than to put on a cheap one. The beer list is solid, with a good selection of local beers on draft. I guess they consider it to be 100% local, but Sierra Nevada isn’t local... yet. I was extremely disappointed by the customer service. I got served my beer promptly, but they could not tell me the ABV of the beer I ordered. I had to wait forever to even place my food order. I asked a question about the menu and the server, who was being trained, was directed by her trainer to ask a customer. Maybe that customer was an employee who was off the clock, but to me, the customer, it looked majorly unprofessional. Just in case someone from the restaurant sees this, the young lady with blonde hair and glasses who just started was doing as well as she could with the trainer, grey haired and ponytail, who was doing a poor job serving and training. Overall, great beer, but otherwise I was very put off.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (948) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | December 19, 2012
Located in the idyllic town of Black Mountain in the main downtown market district. There’s a small parking lot next door to the restaurant. It’s a repurposed space with an outdoors theme that seems appropriate given the area.A relaxed, laid-back vibe permeates the atmosphere. They have 18-20 taps of mostly NC craft with a 5-6 Pisgahs on tap. The food was fresh and very tasty and complemented the food. If you’re on your way to Asheville, there are much, much worse places to eat and hang out for a couple of hours.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
magsinva  (180) Virginia | December 18, 2012
Visited on a Tuesday afternoon. It’s got a kayaking/ water sports theme which fits with the area. They have 19 taps split roughly 1/3 pisgah, 1/3 other local, and 1/3 national craft. They lean heavy on darker beers with 1/3 of the beer list in stouts and porters. Prices are very reasonable with almost all in the $4 to $4.50 range. My burger was juicy, though the bun was too toasted. The bartender was friendly and knowledgable. She made several reasonable recommendations based on the patrons vague requests. Very glad we stopped by!
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Guyute_Pig  (48) Asheville , North Carolina | June 17, 2012
Great new place in Black Mountain, collaboration effort between Nine Mile and Pisgah. Really nice bar, couple of small tvs. Food is very good. 19 taps, most of which are Pisgah (typically can find more Pisgah brews here than at the brewery). Food prices are very reasonable, most beers are $4. Great place with great friendly service.

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