We ate a few times here, starting when it was still Tupelo’s. Only the name has changed (to protect the innocent?–boy, that dates me..). Still the same owners and mostly the same eclectic menu. This review combines those experiences as well as a comment by a mysterious guest-Vampira, Goddess of the Night. It is definitely a place you should try!
506 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607
Wed -> Sun 10:00 am -> 5:00 pm Brunch and 5:00 pm - 10:0 pm dinner
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Tom: We started with some nacho chips and salsa while waiting for our meal. This place can take a bit to get you your meal, but it is worth it. Chips were good and salsa tasty.
Ray: For the main course, I had the Plato de Habana (black beans and rice topped with pineapple, bacon, fried plantains, greens, tomatoes, chipotle queso, mojo sauce, and flour tortillas). It was all very tasty, and added up to a good medley. The bacon was especially nice, thick, and tasty. The portion size was quite ample. You’ll leave here full! I washed all this down with a very tasty glass of sweet ice tea. The sweet tea here had a very good balance between the actual taste of the tea and the sweetness of the sugar.
Tom: I had the (1-pepper-hot) Indian Caram Marsala Yellow Curry, with Tilapia–a dish I have had before and like. It was great, spiced just right (I have had it like this and spicier, so there is a bit of variation). Fish was cooked just right and the curry was excellent.
I washed it down with a couple of Bell’s Porters (they were out of my first choice).
Max: I finally decided on the Thai Kaeng Daeng Red Curry with chicken, the spicier of the two curries (two-pepper rating).
Tom: I know–I wanted that! But, nnnoooooo …..
Max: Anyway, the dish was much larger than I anticipated. It was enough food for two people. And, I really must thank them for the presentation. It was a very beautiful dish. They claimed it was spicy.
I would agree. I have a medium threshold for spicy foods and I would say that it did make me thirsty but not uncomfortable. My less adventurous friends would say it was too spicy and those that crave capsaicin would say it’s barely warm.
Tom: Did you sneeze or say something like “capsaicin”?
Max: Capsaicin is the molecule that we interpret as “hot”. But, it was well seasoned and very plentiful. The veggies were cooked properly and the rice was the proper, sticky, consistency. I was very pleased. Although this was not authentic in the true sense of the word, it was a great meal.
Ray: The food here is served on simple but nice pastel plates, which have some weight to them. The flatwear is ok, a step above the basic stuff most places have. In other words, the flatwear has a pattern stamped into it, it isn’t just plain stamped flatwear. On the down side, the “glasses” are thick plastic.
Hob Nob is a good place for a change of pace. The menu is broken up into sections by areas of the world, including selections from Cuba, Southeast USA, Italy, Jamaica, India (the only in town…), Thailand, Japan, Southwestern USA and the Mediterranean [or “Mediteranean” in their menu…]. The food here is good, with ample portions, and served on better than average china/flatwear. Go when you’re not pressed for time, bring a good companion or a good book, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Tom: Indeed, I had to take home food most times we visited and it reheated nicely for another lunch. The eclectic menu should give enough choice that anyone should find a dish they like here!
Vampira: [Unsolicited contribution] The Mango Lassie (minus banana) at Tupelo’s/Hob Nob/Hog Farmer/Bob’s House of Organic Food is of of the best things I have ever consumed.