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Food experts say that pairing certain foods and drinks together enhances the flavors of your meal. The goal of pairing food and drinks is to either match flavors or contrast the flavors, and you might just find a new favorite pairing for yourself! Here are 5 food and drink pairings you should try at our restaurant in Gatlinburg TN:

1. Short Rib of Beef and Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the food and drink pairings recommended by our chefs at The Greenbrier is our short rib of beef and a cabernet sauvignon. The beef short ribs have been braised with the bone in and are placed on top of a pomme puree, root vegetables, natural jus, and horseradish gremolata. To complement the flavors achieved with slow cooking the ribs, a medium bodied wine like cabernet sauvignon is the perfect pairing. Some of the cabernets you can choose from include Faust from Napa Valley, Substance from Columbia Valley, or Ch. La. Freynelle from Bordeaux.

2. Dry Aged New York Strip and The Dylan

the dylanIf you’re more of a cocktail drinker and you’re looking forward to trying our restaurant in Gatlinburg TN because we’re the only one that offers dry aged steak, then you’ll want to try our dry aged New York strip and our signature cocktail, The Dylan. The New York strip is an Iowa Premium USDA prime short loin with the bone that is seasoned with black pepper and kosher salt. To go with the savory flavors of beef, The Dylan is our take on an old fashioned. It is made with Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Bourbon mixed with Madagascar vanilla bean simple syrup and bitters. This cocktail is served in a pecan smoke-washed snifter over black cherry ice spheres and garnished with Filthy black cherries.

3. Duck Breast and Pinot Noir

Another fantastic food and drink pairing you’ll want to try at our restaurant in Gatlinburg TN is the duck breast with a pinot noir. This Culver Farms duck breast is served with smoked cheddar grits and a dried cherry bourbon glaze. To balance out the fattiness of the duck, you should try a pinot noir with this dish. Some of the pinots we offer include Arius from California, Elouan from Oregon, and Domains Laroque from Burgundy.

4. Crab Cakes and The Lydia

the lydia cocktailAre you in the mood for seafood and a cocktail? Then a food and drink pairing you have to try is our crab cakes with The Lydia. These lump crab cakes are pan seared to create a crispy crust and are served with a butternut squash risotto and preserved lemon aioli. The Lydia will complement the lemon in the crab cakes since this martini is made with Wheatley Vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and house-made lavender simple syrup.

5. Vegetarian Gnocchi and Pinot Grigio

For our vegetarians out there, the perfect food and drink pairing at our restaurant in Gatlinburg TN is the vegetarian gnocchi and a pinot grigio. The ricotta gnocchi is made with brussel sprouts, pearl onions, butternut squash, sage brown butter, and celery root to enhance the earthy flavors. Our pinot grigio selections to go with this delicious meal include Casterfelder from Italy and Terian from Italy.

Now you know what to try the next time you’re in town and you want to eat at our restaurant in Gatlinburg TN. Have questions about our food menu or drink selection? Reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!

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