The Tennessee Truffle

Thursday 2/1, we were looking for somewhere to get a good late breakfast. My husband did a Sanford search on Google maps for breakfast. It came up with multiple restaurants, The Tennessee Truffle being first. I looked at pictures of food and the inside of the restaurant for various locations, looking at The Tennessee Truffle last, and remembering that was the first one my husband mentioned. All I knew about truffles was that you could make them out of chocolate, and I like chocolate!

The restaurant looked cute on the inside, so I decided we should go!

So, we went to 1st street in Sanford to The Tennessee Truffle.

Not sure what a Tennessee Truffle was, we walked in. We were greeted by a sweet southern lady and told to sit anywhere. We ended up at a table next to the wall. The menu was brought to us on a clipboard as well as the wine and beer list on a small clipboard. We looked at the menu and everything sounded good. I told my husband we should order 1 of each and share!

Turns out, that was a WONDERFUL plan!

We got a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit.

Have you ever seen a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit like this? Homemade, flakey melt in your mouth biscuit, fried egg, homemade smoked 12 day cured Duroc bacon lardons, and cheese. This was the most outstanding bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit ever!!

And biscuit and gravy!

Golden flakey melt in your mouth biscuit with spicey sausage gravy and green onions. Chef Nat really knows how to make sausage gravy! Most places, it’s gravy with a little sausages, but here as you can see, there is an abundance of sausage in this gravy, just like it should be!

Next was the smokey maple french toast. (And the cute bowl of grits in the background!)

I’m not sure if that was the name of it, but I like it! It was homemade potato chive bread from Old Hearth Bread Co. , with pumpkin compound butter, and chopped scallions. On top was poured smokey maple syrup. My favorite part was the smokey maple syrup, which I am definitely going to try to make! The whole dish was amazing!

On to the grits! And the french toast again in the background!

Can you believe those are grits? They had pecans, radishes, and green onions, and were served in a delightful little metal serving bowl. They were delightfully sweetened with sorghum.

And then, guess what? We had dessert! Yes, with breakfast!

A chocolate biscuit! As if we had not had enough biscuits already!

Sorry, it’s not the best picture. We started eating it before I remembered to take a picture! Oops! It is a bisuit with grandma’s chocolate gravy on top, served with brown butter ice-cream with smoked salt and a drizzle of olive oil. You can’t get any better than that! My husband said he could drink that chocolate gravy!! Yes, it’s THAT good!

Chef Nat came out and gave us our dessert and described it to us and said, “Enjoy!” I felt like I was a judge on Iron Chef, one of my favorite shows, about to taste this outstanding dish!

After breakfast, I asked Chef Nat where the name of the restaurant came from. Ramps is a plant which is only out for a short time in the spring of the year in the Appalachian Mountains, because of this, it is called the Tennessee truffle.There is a drawing of the ramps behind the name Tennessee Truffle on the front window of the rastaurant.

AND I finally put 2 and 2 together, and since ramps have an oniony garlicky flavor and look similar to a scallion except the beautiful leafy top, all the scallions on each dish would really be ramps if it were spring time! We’ve got to go back in the spring! And definitely before that!

Happy and full, we left the restaurant, but not without looking at the dinner menu! We decided this might become out new favorite place to eat!

Later on that day, we decided to return with my sister-in-law and her husband. We had a family emergency the day before and needed to get everyone out of the house for awhile.

Dinner! Oh, how yummy! It was a joy to be back!

My husband got Hot Quail with Scallion Waffles as an appetizer! Please forgive me, I know I don’t have the right name of these dishes!

It is similar to Tennessee Hot Chicken, spicey!

This appetizer also had the smoked maple syrup poured over it! Heavenly! We all tasted some and it was amazing!

This appetizer was pork belly with fresh greens, special sauce and pickled onions.

Pickled onions, oh how I love thee! Those pink half moon veggies on top are pickled onions and WOW are they good! The pork was like juicy delicious pulled pork slowly roasted to perfection, surrounded by a wonderful sauce and delicate greens!

My husband got airline chicken as an entree.

The chicken was tender and moist and the flavors were perfectly balanced. Needless to say, there wasn’t any left!

I had the fish of the day! It was walnut crusted catfish with sweet potato and greens.

There was an aioli on top and some micro greens. The catfish was tender and perfectly cooked, with a crunchy nutty crust. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It brought back memories of fishing for catfish in my mom’s pond when I was little.

Oh yes! and now dessert!

I got light fluffy pound cake and strawberries with a buttermilk cream sauce, smoked salt, and lemon verbina.

The waitress foraged for the lemon verbina in the herb garden near the front window and dropped it with tweezers on top of my strawberry short cake! It was a delightful dessert and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My only objection is that I wish I had more lemon verbina! I forgot that it was a buttermilk sauce, so when I first tasted it, it suprised me! It was a great dessert!

But my husband got……..A Chocolate Biscuit! It’s just like the picture before, only this time, he didn’t share with me. He did share with his sister though and she seemed to totally enjoy the rich chocolate gravy flavor!

Thank you to The Tennessee Truffle for a faublous brunch and dinner! We’ll be back!!!

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