Finding Anthony’s Italian Restaurant & Derailed Bar in Bryson City, NC was easy with a little help from my blog community. Previously I highlighted Bryson City, NC in my blog and one name just kept coming up in the comments. Anthony’s Italian restaurant was recommended by several people. So of course Steve and I had to check it out. Anyone who knows me can tell you I won’t write about a restaurant unless I love it. That being said… I absolutely can see why so many people told me I had to check this place out and yes I loved it.
Steve and I started the day early and first made our way to Derailed Bar. Derailed and Anthony’s are part of the same establishment and same owner.The first thing you will notice is the comfy and welcoming décor. A variety of couches, tables and a full service bar make this place easy to relax. We enjoyed a drink or two before lunch. Honestly I could have stayed there all day. Steve even commented about the bar being the most relaxed he had been on our vacation.
I thought about how nice it would have been to have a deck of cards with us. That’s just the kind of relaxed feeling I had at the time. Low playing swing music that reminded me of the Great Gatsby played in the background. I imagine if you visited at night it would be a whole different experience.
While we were in the Derailed Bar, the owner Anthony came over to introduce himself. He didn’t do this because he knew I would be writing about his business. He just introduced himself because you could tell he truly was vested in his business. Anthony gave us a little backstory about his restaurant. He started the Restaurant 27 years ago, with himself, a cook and a waiter. You could see the pride he has for what he created. Originally from Long Island and that was evident in the food. I’m from New Jersey so I know good Italian food when I taste it…
Lunch time arrived and we moved to the connected Anthony’s Restaurant. I ordered the Spinach Manicotti and Steve ordered the Chicken Parmesan.
The food was amazing. I always judge Italian food by the cheese. If a restaurant skimps on the quality of the cheese they use then it will ruin any Italian dish. You could taste the high quality ingredients. I felt like I was eating back in my hometown. Trust me when I say good Italian food is hard to come by in the south. We ate inside mainly do to the heat, but truly the place to be would be on the patio. Spacious and beautiful, you can look across the street to where the Smokey Mountain Railroad departs. The city has such a wonderful charm that I would recommend sitting outside. I’ve also been told that Anthony’s has fantastic entertainment at night and will definitely check that out the next time we’re in town.
As I have written about Bryson City before, you won’t regret making this a stop in your journeys. When you do visit this quaint town be sure to visit Anthony’s Italian restaurant and Derailed Bar. You won’t be disappointed!
Sunday to Thursday
11 am to 9 pm
Friday to Saturday
11 am to 10 pm
(828) 488 – 8898 • Bryson City, NC