Friday, August 29, 2008

Caribbean Fusion in Sylva, NC

Wow, what a surprise! A few friends and I ended up in Sylva, NC after a day of rafting on the Tuckaseegee River tired and hungry. We were not super familiar with the town and were really looking for a "Meat & 3" or a good sandwich shop, what we found really blew us away. The Guadalupe Cafe is located right in downtown Sylva on West Main St. and has a level of funk (the good kind) we were not expecting in this small mountain hamlet. The food is simply fantastic.
My friends and I started out with the Salsa Sampler platter that featured home made tortilla chips and a selection of the house salsas-guacamole, pico de gallo and scotch bonnet. All were good but the scotch bonnet mix is pure heaven (with a healthy dose of hell). From there we decided to each order a different item and share. Our Empanadas, Quesadillas, Tostadas and Falafel were delivered to the table promptly and we dug in. We also got an order of the coconut rice dish, Arrroz de Coco, which is Basmati rice cooked with coconut milk and tumeric. We all agreed that everything was great but the Empanadas were the consensus choice for dish of the day. As we talked to some of the locals we found out that the Guadalupe Cafe is a very popular music venue later in the evening with bands playing nightly-all of this in little Sylva! When I read that had expanded it's scope a little beyond the Georgia borders I had to write and let the world know about this fantastic find.

Jim Bowles
Atlanta, GA

1 comment:

Bill said...

Sylva's worth a stop for a couple of reasons: it's not a tourist town, but a real "Main St." that benefits some from a nearby university and its relative proximity to Asheville.

As the writer notes, Guadalupe is great. So are Spring St. Cafe and Lulu's Cafe, all within a block of Guadalupe.