by Madison V. Fisler
Aug. 20, 2013. Now in its second year, the Small Plate Crawl, hosted by Boone Independent Restaurants, will give folks of the High Country an opportunity to taste a little something from all of their favorite restaurants, and maybe a few they haven’t discovered yet.
Each day this week, we will be profiling a few of the restaurants that are participating, in order to give customers a chance to be introduced to their new favorite restaurants before their big date.
Makoto’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, located on Blowing Rock Road in Boone, is a favorite among the locals for being unique, fresh and fun for the entire family. Owners Ronald and Gwen Dhing along with their chefs have teamed up to create fantastic and interesting bites for the small plate crawl once again.
On this year’s menu are tantalizing creations like bacon wrapped crispy spicy scallops, vietnamese-style pork chop with pickled cucumbers, chilled Himalayan salt block sashimi and tempura red bean ice cream.
“Doing something different is the point to doing the crawl,” said Ronald Dhing.
“It’s a good chance for people to not only sample the different chef’s creativity but also to be able to hop from restaurant to restaurant and not have to sit down for an entire meal. Chef’s can showcase things on a smaller scale and maybe we will find some new things to add to our regular menu later on.
Bandana’s Barbecue and Grill is located in Boone off of N.C 105. Well known throughout the High Country for great barbecue and delicious sides and more, the small plate crawl would not be complete without a little bit of Bandana’s.
This year for the Small Plate Crawl, the delicious eatery is offering many different selections for their crawlers to choose from.
Try out a barbecue meatball slider, a miniature ultimate pork sandwich, and even a barbecue sundae! Other options include baby back ribs, teriyaki shrimp, delicious cobblers and some refreshing brews to wash it all down.
Perfect for college kids on a budget, savvy restaurant lovers who want a little taste of everything, or someone just looking for an excuse to hit all the best spots in town, the Small Plate Crawl has something for everyone.
The event will go on rain or shine, so come hungry and remember to bring your passport. To be eligible for the prize drawings, you must have 5 completed passport validations to show that you have been to five restaurants during the crawl. Including a restaurant outside of Boone and Blowing Rock in your count of five completed restaurants will double your chances of winning a prize in the drawing.
New participating restaurants will be added up until the week of the crawl, so keep checking back to see if your favorite has been added, or maybe a restaurant that you’ve always wanted to sink your teeth into.
For more information, click here, or stay tuned for more information about the restaurants and what they will offer during this year’s second annual Small Plate Crawl.