Sunday, March 23, 2008
Crimson Moon Cafe
Crimson Moon Cafe is located in the old Parker-Nix Storehouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Parker-Nix Storehouse was a general store for nearly fifty years and is second only to the old courthouse as the oldest building on the town square.
The Crimson Moon Cafe bills itself as "The South's Most Intimate Music Venue". In fact, it hosts a Mountain Music String Pull every Sunday. According to the menu, you can just bring your instrument and sit in with everyone else. That isn't the thing that caught my eye, music wise, when I was there. I happened upon a handbill in the window advertising the appearance of Randall Bramblett. Not only has Randall played with some great bands in his time, including Chuck Leavell's Sea Level, his last solo album is some of the best music I've heard in a while. I became very excited about this place. Also, according to a placard on the table, the Crimson Moon will soon host the likes of Michelle Malone and Ellis Paul as well.
Now for the menu. The food is average sandwich shop fare with tourist trap pricing. I had a $9.00 blackened grouper sandwich with a small bowl of slaw. It was very tasty, but it was a $9.00 sandwich. On the plus side they do offer Sweetwater 420 and Anheuser-Busch's Organic Stone Mill Pale Ale (which is a decent brew) on tap.
All in all the food is pretty good, if not a little high priced. The beer is good, and the coffee is great. Combine all that with the musical offerings and the laid-back-semi-retired-hippie-chic atmosphere and it's not bad..not bad at all.
Contributed by Rodney B., Sugar Hill, GA
The Crimson Moon Cafe is located at 24 N.Park St. in Dahlonega