Sweet Onion Waynesville NC

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Our vote as the best restaurant in Waynesville NC!

February 18, 2017 by Rick Morris

There are plenty of places to eat in Waynesville NC but none compare to the Sweet Onion!

 Fine dining.  Lovely environment.  Quiet, off Main Street location.  Full bar. 

I won't waste your time in describing the Sweet Onion, so I'll just give you the menu...

To Begin With

Crispy Fried Onions - $6.5
Thin sliced fried onions served with Southwest ranch.
Lump Crab Cake - $8 Two Cakes - $15
Crispy lump crab cakes served with a lemon basil aioli.
Ahi Tuna Sashimi - $11
Sesame-seared Ahi Tuna served with pickled ginger, wasabi & soy sauce.
Fire Roasted Jalapeno & Smoked Chicken Spring Rolls - $8
Smoked chicken, jalapeno, Applewood bacon, and cheddar cheese, served with a chipotle cranberry sauce.
Wild Mushroom & Roasted Tomato Bruschetta - $10
Flame-grilled baguette topped with provolone cheese and sauteed wild mushrooms tossed with roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and madeira wine.
Blue Crab Ahi Tuna Nachos - $11
Crispy fried wonton chips topped with lemongrass marinated Ahi Tuna, blue crab, daikon radish, green onions and lime wasabi aioli.
Blackberry BBQ Grilled Chicken Satay - $9
Served with Thai Peanut Sauce and ginger cucumber salad.


Fried or Blackened Catfish - $9
Cornmeal fried or blackened catfish strips served on a grilled brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, creamy cole slaw & our house tartar sauce.
Pecan Chicken Salad Melt - $9
Toasted pecan chicken salad served on grilled sourdough with lettuce, tomato, smoked bacon & Cheddar.
Open Faced Roast Beef - $9.5
Slow-roasted beef Tri-Tip tossed with herb au jus topped with Swiss cheese & caramelized onions served on sourdough bread.
Black Angus Short Rib Burger - $9.5
8 oz. flame grilled Black Angus short rib burger, topped with lettuce, tomato and choice of cheese.
Add: Bacon $1.5 - Mushrooms $.75 - Sauteed Onions $.50
Pulled BBQ Pork - $9
Slow smoked pulled pork shoulder tossed with caramelized onions and blackberry BBQ sauce. Served on a grilled brioche bun with creamy cole slaw.
Sweet Onion Chicken Parmesan - $9.5
Hand-breaded Southern fried chicken breast topped with provolone cheese and basil roasted tomatoes served on a grilled brioche bun with lemon pesto aioli.


Sweet Onion Weiner Schnitzel - $16
Lemon sauteed pork loin cutlets with a fresh basil & green peppercorn butter sauce.
Fried or Blackened Catfish - $13
Cornmeal fried or blackened catfish served with our house cocktail & tartar sauce.
Pink Sunburst Trout - $17
Pan-seared pink rainbow trout with a creamy fresh herb & garlic lemon butter sauce.
Crab Cakes - $20
Sauteed jumbo lump crab cakes served with a lemon basil aioli.
Shrimp & Grits - $21.5
Applewood smoked bacon and jumbo shrimp served over white cheddar stone ground grits topped with a lobster cream sauce.
* Entree comes with one side item.
Lemon Rosemary Chicken - $15.5
Hickory smoked Springer Farms free range Chicken breast flame grilled with a fresh Rosemary and lemon butter.
Sweet Soy Grilled Salmon - $18
Topped with a fresh melon pineapple salsa.
Blackberry BBQ Short Rib - $18
Braised boneless short rib flame grilled with a blackberry BBQ sauce.
Black Angus Ribeye 10 oz. - $22 14 oz. - $27
Cut to order & flame grilled with our house seasoning.
Big Shrimp - $17.5
Choose flame-grilled with lemon butter, fried with cocktail and tarter sauce or scampi style.

Traditional Favorites

Tri-Tip Roast - $13
Beef Tri-Tip slow roasted in herb au jus smothered in brown onion gravy.
Country Fried Steak - $13
Hand-breaded prime sirloin cubed steak topped with sawmill gravy.
Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf - $13
Sweet tomato glazed bacon wrapped meatloaf smothered with brown onion gravy, topped with frizzle fried onions.
Southern Fried Chicken Strips - $13
Hand-breaded Southern fried free range chicken strips served with a honey BBQ aioli.
Blackberry BBQ Chicken - $13
Hickory-smoked skin on free range chicken breast flame grilled with blackberry BBQ sauce.

Outstanding Selection of Beer and Wine

Draught Beer

16 oz - $4 32 oz Liberator - $7.50

Highland Oatmeal Porter - Asheville, NC
A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character.
Stella Artois - Belgian
A classic Belgian lager, golden in color with exceptional clarity and a spicy hop character.
Highland Gaelic Ale, Asheville, NC
A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.
Bell's Amber, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Bell's flagship beer is made from mostly pale malt with some Munich and caramel malts. This gives it a slightly sweet flavor that is balanced by a melange of American hops. The result is a deep copper color and rich flavor.
Bottled Beer

Pabst Blue Ribbon - $2.50
Budweiser - $2.75
Coors Light - $2.75
Heineken - $3.25
Bud Light - $2.75
Newcastle - $3.25
Michelob Ultra Light - $2.75
Yuengling - $2.75
Miller Light - $2.75
Bell's Two Hearted IPA - $3.95
Corona - $2.75
St. Pauli Girl N/A - $3.95
Erdinger Hefe Weiss - $3.75
Blue Moon - $3.25

Wines by the Glass


Riverside White Zinfandel, California - glass, $6
Folonari Pinot Grigio, Italy - glass, $6
Oxford Landing Chardonnay, Australia - glass, $6 - bottle, $20
Madonna Riesling Spatlese, Germany - glass, $6 - bottle, $22
Steele Shooting Star Chardonnay, California - glass, $8 - bottle, $24
Kato Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - glass, $7 - bottle, $26

Oxford Landing Shiraz, Australia - glass, $6 - bottle, $20
Steele Shooting Star Merlot, California - glass, $8 - bottle, $24
Crios Malbec, Argentina - glass, $7 - bottle, $24
Castle Rock Pinot Noir, California - glass, $8 - bottle, $28
Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon, California - glass, $10 - bottle, $28
Rock & Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, California - glass, $8 - bottle, $24

White Bottles

Santi Pinot Grigio IGT "Sortesele" - Veneto, Italy - $25
Elegant and full with balanced acid. Hints of tropical fruit, peach, apricot and spicy notes.
Brancott Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand - $26
Aromas of gooseberry, ripe capsicum and lemongrass with tropical fruit notes. The gooseberry flavors meld well with the fresh capsicum and underlying nectarine and passion fruit flavors.
Schloss Saarstein Riesling - Germany - $26
A fresh Riesling with lean fruit and citrus flavors, firm, juicy and pleasing. Light floral and tangerine scents and a touch of sweetness balance the mineral acidity.
Honig Sauvignon Blanc - Napa Valley, California - $26
Bright and lively, with fresh aromas of ruby grapefruit, mango, papaya and peach. The vibrant citrus and tropical flavors linger on in the finish.
La Cana Albarino - Rias Baixas, Spain - $27
Fleshy, weighty apple and pear flavors are enlivened by notes of orange and honeysuckle, with a kick of white pepper on the back.
King Estate Pinot Grigio - Oregon - $28
Bright fruit & balanced acidity. Flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, honeysuckle and lemon, with a crisp, clean finish.
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre - Loire Valley, France- $34
Crisp flavors over mouth-watering acidity with an attractive intense lemon-peel tang in the long clean finish.
Luli Chardonnay - Santa Lucia Highlands, California - $36
Bright and fresh aromatics leap out of the glass. The aromas are full of white flowers, minerality, meyer lemon peel. The wine coats the palate nicely and the crisp acidity is very cleansing and refreshing.
Steele "Cuvee" - Chardonnay, California - $37
Amazing winemaker Jed Steele crafts a sleek, full and polished wine with pretty citrus, toasty oak and nectarine flavors.
Swanson Pinot Grigio - Napa Valley, California - $38
Lychee, grapefruit, lemon zest, pear and peach aromas echo on the palate, evoking the essence of fresh, perfectly ripe Pinot Grigio grapes.
Newton "Red Label" Chardonnay - Napa-Sonoma, California - $38
Flavors of citrus, pear, apple and honeydew melon. A discreet presence of oak evolves into spring-like acidity on the finish.
Conundrum White Blend - California - $23 half bottle - $43
Aromas and flavors of apricot, white peach, honeysuckle, citrus, vanilla and a creamy mouth filling texture.
Rombauer Chardonnay - Carneros, California - $53
Rich and full bodied with peach, apple and mango aromas and flavors. The creamy texture of Asian pears and peaches glides across the palate and the light oak tones highlight the wines complex and lingering finish.
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay - Napa Valley, California - $72
Layers of tropical fruit, white melon, green apple, and citrus. Excellent weight and acid balance refresh the palate, while subtle notes of oak spice and vanilla linger at the end of the exceptionally long finish.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Laurent Perrier NV Brut - Champagne, France .187 ml - $17
Green apples, pineapple and white peaches are balanced by rich flavors of fresh butter and shortbread.
J Estate Sparkling - Russian River, California - $50
Notes of pear and lime with a mix of honeysuckle and vanilla cream flavors that lead to a finish highlighted by a hint of ginger.
Veuve Cliquot NV Brut - Champagne, France - $85
A complex nose of apple, citrus and caramel is followed by full flavors with elegance, crispness and a slightly spicy finish.

Red Bottles

Deakin Estates Merlot - Australia - $20
Mellow aromas with delightful cherry, blueberry and chocolate characters. A soft and supple palate with bright, cherry fruit flavors complemented by smooth tannins.
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha - Spain - $24
This rich red is brimming with raspberry jam, chocolate, and wild herb flavors. Firm tannins are well-integrated by a balanced acidity.
Marietta Old Vine Red - Geyserville, California - $25
Zinfandel based "field blend" with ripe blackberries, earthy spice, black pepper, and subtle hints of oak. Dense, lush round and mouth filling with thick fruit flavors.
Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon - Paso Robles, California - $26
This wine has very engaging aromas of blackberry brambles layered with dark cherry, chocolate and cassis.
Sierra Cantabria Crianza - Rioja, Spain - $27
Opulent creamy oak nose, intense red fruit palate and layers of spice, chocolate, vanilla and toast.
Santi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 'Solane' - Valpolicella, Italy - $27
Ruby red, intense bouquet, cloves, vanilla cherry jam and almonds. Dry taste, full, warm and harmonious with an elegant finish.
Robert Hall Merlot - California - $28
Rich aromas of blackberry, raspberry, and black cherry, on the palate, rich flavors mirror the aromas and are complemented by soft, silky tannins on the finish.
Melini "Granio" Chianti Classico - Tuscany, Italy - $29
Intense and complex perfume, with strong, fruity noted and elegant touches of vanilla, irises and violets.
Penfolds "Thomas Hyland" Shiraz - South Australia - $31
A generous wine with juicy, red plum fruits and blackberry notes set against ripe tannins and underlying oak.
Ben Marco Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina - $32
Beautiful purple color with perfumed aromas of ripe red fruits and roasted coffee beans. It is lush, full bodied and penetrating on the palate with loads of chewy currant jam flavors, bright acidity and a touch of grip on the savory finish.
Steele Carneros Pinot Noir - Los Carneros, California - $35
Strawberry and cherry preserves with well-integrated hints of oak, vanilla and cassis. Silky tannins and a pleasant medium length finish with flavors of tobacco and plum.
Monticello Cabernet Sauvignon - $35
Aromas of berry, coffee, and dark chocolate. On the palate the wine is big and full bodied yet displays balance and elegance.
Swanson Merlot - Napa Valley, California - $43
A complex bouquet of cherries, plums & currants. The mouth feel is broad and rich, with a lingering, velvety finish.
Mendel Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina - $44
Opaque purple colored with aromas of smoke, toast, violets and black raspberry. Supple, ripe and layered, it is firmly structured with well-concealed tannins.
Adelsheim Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon - $48
This wine displays aromas of both red cherries and raspberries that continue to the palate. In addition, one finds A light touch of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. It is elegantly textured with satiny, polished tannins.
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California - $70
Dark rich ruby in color, this wine offers rich, complex ripe dark cherry, sweet chocolate, cinnamon, pie spice, and leather, with top notes of rose and forest floor. The tremendous long finish that will keep you coming back for more.
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley, California - $100
A burst of black fruit aromas, the essence of perfect summer berries. Sweet, ripe blackberry flavors with an undertone of mocha and toasted oak.

Sweet Onion
39 Miller Street
Waynesville NC 28786
(828) 456-5559

Waynesville NC Weather
The weather in Waynesville is mild, with warm summers, cool autumns, cold winters, and warming springs.

Restaurants in Waynesville NC
When it comes to finding good food, there are several quality restaurants, bar and grills, and eateries.

Waynesville NC Hotels
So, you need a place to stay?  No worries.  Try one of our cozy Bed and Breakfast's, motels, or cabins.

Bogarts Restaurant
One of the town's most regarded restaurants.  If you are looking for good food prices, this is for you.

Ingles Grocery
Head over to Ingles for all your grocery needs.  One of about 200 Ingles chain groceries in the area.

Wells Funeral Home
A respected funeral home in Waynesville for more than 100 years.

Urgent Care
This is where you go when you are sick, but not enough to warrant a visit to the ER. Two locations in Waynesville.

Downtown Waynesville
Where its happening! Walk the cozy sidewalks and take in the shops, street art, and culture.

Mountain Projects
A community action agency, serving Haywood County since 1965.

Old Stone Inn
This mountain lodge and restaurant is currently for sale (February 11, 2017).  Seven buildings. 18 guest rooms.  Price: $900k.

The Lodge
The Lodge is a hotel in Waynesville offering complimentary coffee and doughnuts in the lobby.  Queen-sized beds, no-smoking in all rooms. All rooms are poolside.

Movie Theater
If you are looking for a regular movie theater in Waynesville NC, you're out of luck.

Cabin Rentals
Nothing says living rustic like a night in a 19th century cabin.

Barbers Orchard
Barbers Orchard is a produce market/fruit stand that is open Monday - Sunday from 9am until 6pm.

Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do in Waynesville NC.  From browsing shops on Main Street in this Historic town to visiting the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Box
The Music Box is a DVD and video store in Waynesville, NC.

Here is a selection of dentists in Waynesville.

Shopping is a fun part of any visit to Waynesville NC.

Go Grocery
Go Grocery provides surplus grocery products which they purchase from producers at discount.

Hair Salons
Time to get that hair done?  Here is a small listing of hair salons in Waynesville NC where you can do it.

Herren House
A Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, NC.

Pisgah Inn
Situated at about 5,000 feet in elevation on Mt. Pisgah, the Inn offers basic rooms at a reasonable price.

Garrett Funeral Home
Garrett's present building, built in 1968 features a chapel for 250 guests, cushioned seats, a piano...

Cold Mountain
Take a hike up the famous Cold Mountain, from the movie.

Mast General Store
Quality goods for the living, coffins & caskets for the dead.

A listing of churches in Waynesville, NC.

Waynesville Inn
The Waynesville Inn is a golf resort and spa located in Waynesville, NC.

Frog Level
Visit the historic "Frog Level" district just below the Waynesville courthouse area.

Carolina West Dental
With a staff of about 20 people, 8,000 square feet, and 8 chairs.

Homes for Sale
Buying or selling a home or land in Waynesville area.

Waynesville NC Newspaper
There are a couple newspapers that service Waynesville NC.

The Swag
The Swag features an award-winning restaurant, awesome accommodations, and world-class hiking trails.

Oak Park Inn
Old-fashioned lodging for visitors to Waynesville, North Carolina.  Nice place!

Tractor Supply
Located just outside of town off Highway 19.

Haywood County
One of the 100 counties in the state of North Carolina, Haywood is located in the western part of the state.

Bed and Breakfast
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience Waynesville NC is by staying at a bed and breakfast.

Sweet Onion Restaurant
Without question the best restaurant in Waynesville NC!

Parkway Inn
The Parkway Inn motel offers rooms for smokers or non-smokers, honeymoon suites, and double-wide hot tubs.

Main Street Realty
Main Street Realty has a number of real estate agents/brokers to serve you.

Waynesville NC Map
Here is a large map of Waynesville, NC.

Hart Theatre
The HART Theater, or Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, is a community theatre showcasing regional talent.  Plenty of plays and musicals are performed in the 255-seat James Auditorium.

Population & Elevation
What is the elevation of the town of Waynesville?  How about it's population.  Here are some basic facts.

Autumn Care
Autumn Care in Waynesville opened in 1985 and provides 24-hour nursing care.

Producer of medical products and employer of local people with disabilities and disadvantages.

This is an Italian style restaurant serving authentic Italian or Mediterranean dishes.

The primary hospital serving Waynesville NC and the rest of Haywood County is Haywood Regional Medical Center.

Tuscola High School
Tuscola is one of two high schools in Haywood County.  The other is Pisgah High School in Canton.

Sunburst Realty
A real estate agency/broker in business since 1974. 

Massie Furniture
A place to buy solid wood furniture in Waynesville, NC.

High Country Furniture
Furniture store in Waynesville NC.

Windover Inn
Windover Inn...

Star Ranch
This is an animal rescue location for abused and neglected horses.