Don’t miss the Appalachian Chicken at Freeborne’s Eatery & Lodge in Laurel Springs.
While cooking and managing Dynamite’s at Dock Holidays in North Myrtle Beach, Jeffrey Anderson found a great sandwich in a little backstreet dive. The sandwich — grilled chicken breast, topped with canned mushrooms and provolone — was good, but it had to get a whole lot better before he introduced it at Freeborne’s, located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, where he’s now chef.
Beginning with a whole free-range chicken breast cooked on a char-grill, Anderson tops his creation — which he calls Appalachian Chicken in tribute to the area — with fresh, caramelized mushrooms; thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon; and his own take on Alfredo sauce. “What sets it apart is we have a three-cheese blended sauce we drizzle on top of it,” he says. Think cheddar cheese, Parmesan, and pepper jack.
Don’t let the Harleys surrounding the renovated 1950s motor lodge, restaurant, and lounge put you off; Freeborne’s is an upscale eatery.
Freeborne’s Eatery & Lodge
14300 N.C. Highway 18 South, Laurel Springs, N.C. 28644
phone: (336) 359-8008