• Laurel Contributor

The Altitudes

by Ashley Stewart

With new dishes scattered among the favorites on its menu and its breathtaking dining room and al fresco patio dining, a meal at Altitudes is an experience to be savored.

There’s a reason they call it Altitudes. At 4,300 feet, the restaurant at Skyline Lodge commands an awe-inspiring view of the Nantahala National Forest. The casual elegance of Altitudes is quintessentially Highlands. Now in their 26th season, they’ve added a few new menu choices to bring your dining experience to new heights.

The bright, airy dining room is bathed in sunlight from the wide windows during their famous Champagne Sunday Brunch. From 11:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. every Sunday, enjoy unlimited champagne and mimosas while you dine on classically-prepared Cordon Bleu, Quiche Neptune, or the new Tenderloin Medallions. If champagne isn’t your thing, there is a full bar available to create your favorite drink or one of their signature cocktails.

Dinner at Altitudes is an experience of its own. Watching the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains while you dine on the patio is a unique and pleasurable experience. There are several mouthwatering additions to the dinner menu, including Huge Grilled Scallops, Chicken Marsala, and Plum Crusted Pork Tenderloin. Of course, they are still serving their huge portions of Prime Beef on Friday and Saturday, along with the best French Onion Soup on the Plateau. They’ve also added several new vegetarian and vegan options, such as Roasted Garlic Portobello and Cauliflower Grill. And don’t miss out on Lou Lou’s Delectable Desserts. Each and every one of her desserts are homemade and well worth the extra calories.

The chef and staff pride themselves on being the most adaptable kitchen crew on the mountain. Beyond just respecting gluten-free and other dietary restrictions, they will honor just about any special request to the best of their ability. If you’re craving something that you don’t see on the menu, just ask! They will do their best to accommodate.

Dinner service begins at 5:30 P.M., Wednesday through Saturday (and Sunday on holidays), and breakfast is served on Saturday 7:30 to 11:00 A.M. and Sunday from 7:30 to 10:00 A.M.. Reservations are wise for dinner, but necessary for the Champagne Sunday Brunch, as it fills up nearly a week in advance. Call (828) 526-2121 to make your reservation.

David, Jacob, Eric, and Lou Lou welcome you, one and all.

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