Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to Boone, NC and to The Red Onion Café located practically in the shadow of Appalachian State University. This local eating establishment boasts that “An evening at Red Onion Café promises to be an experience to remember!” and they were correct, even though we visited at lunch.

Red Onion Cafe Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

I can’t wait until the temperature warms up so we can enjoy this awesome patio!

Dora here. It’s winter and the planter boxes are empty, but picture this patio with the lights on and colorful flowers lining the ledge. Wouldn’t that just whisper, “Come sit down. Relax. Eat. Enjoy.” I can’t wait until the temperature warms up so we can do just that. During a Sunday lunch, the inside was jammed with regular patrons, and I can see why. With their extensive menu, everyone can surely find something. 

For my lunch, I chose the Baja Fish Tacos, two soft shell tacos with blackened Tilapia, grilled pineapple, spicy cilantro slaw and topped with a creamy sriracha sauce. So with a restaurant named Red Onion, you know I have to try their fried onion rings. Dipped lightly in a homemade batter and fried to a perfect golden brown, they were outstanding! I like onion rings that, when you bite into them, you don’t end up with the entire sloppy onion ring in your mouth while holding the batter in your hand. The tacos were equally great with just a little heat from the slaw and sauce. Excellent choice!

Red Onion Cafe Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Baja Fish Tacos, excellent choice!

Dora here. The Chicken Fajita Wrap was ginormous and loaded with chicken, lettuce and tomato. Cheesy good, but it was missing some heat. I would’ve liked a kick of flavor to give it more depth. 🙂 

Red Onion Cafe Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Chicken Fajita Wrap: Ginormous and loaded with chicken, lettuce and tomato. Cheesy good, but I would’ve liked a kick of heat. 🙂

Onion rings: Thick batter or thin? And where’s your favorite place to get them?

We rate this restaurant 4 forks out or 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

Red Onion Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

9 thoughts on “Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

  1. That’s a great looking patio. I wonder if they allow dogs? 🙂
    The food looks delicious! You know, I’ve yet to try fish tacos. I prefer a lightly battered onion ring…not a bit batter fan. Enjoy your Saturday! I’m happy the wind has settled down a bit. ❤

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    • Oh, you and me both! That wind was brutal, wasn’t it? Sheesh. Crazy weather.
      We didn’t check to see if they allowed dogs on the patio. Probably, because that area is super dog friendly. But we won’t be trying that out anytime soon. Our little will need to calm down a bit first. 😨
      Happy writing day, sweet friend! 💟

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  2. Best onion rings ever came from a place in Charlotte called “Herlockers Park Drive In” (you should google it sometime. When I was a kid it was a regular for our family. When it closed the whole area was sad about it. Since then we have never found onion rings that good, some close but never that good. There is a burger place near Plaza Midwood that you blogged about before where they looked similar but we haven’t tried it yet. The ones at Herlockers were hard to describe, they had a thicker “beer type” batter but without beer. Not sure what Rose’s secret was (she was always the one that made them) but we sure miss them!

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