Lunch in Flat Rock {Artisan-Style}

I’ve wanted to go apple picking for the last couple years, but for one reason or another, the trip has eluded us. 2011 did not disappoint…


We hit the road for a day trip to a nearby apple orchard just over two hours away. We were originally going to make a long weekend of it until I found out (on Friday…yikes!) that I have Monday off, but my client doesn’t. So, overnight plans were thwarted. No bed and breakfasts for us, but I get to roll the vacation day forward and will probably use it around Thanksgiving, which will be nice.


We decided to hit up a local restaurant for lunch (before going to the orchard), and thanks to some Yelp research we chose Flat Rock Village Bakery. They organic eats, artisan breads, and great reviews online.


Just like the reviews said, the place was busy and had a tight waiting area for ordering. The tables were almost all full outside when we walked in, but they turned pretty quickly.


The restaurant, behind a shop called The Wrinkled Egg, had a fun artist (or was it hippie?) vibe to it.


We managed to grab one of the outside tables tucked under a tall magnolia.


After hearing about the sticky buns online, we decided to get one to share and gobbled it up before our pizza even came out. I tried to resist its sticky-sweet goodness, but caved pretty quickly. Life’s short, eat dessert first, right?


I also got an Almond Joy scone to enjoy later.


For eats, we chose the BBQ chicken pizza. The pizza was thin crust and came out piping hot. I’m pretty picky with my BBQ chicken pizzas, and I thought this one was wonderful. It had a great BBQ sauce, gooey cheese, nice bites of chicken, red onion, and one of my favorite components – fresh cilantro.

I only wish we were making a weekend of it so I could have gone back for a leisurely breakfast. The reviews were right. I can see why so many people make a point to stop at the Flat Rock Village Bakery.


Next time on TCL, photos from the apple orchard. I still have quite a few more photos to share with you guys! 🙂


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