Over Yonder is a new destination restaurant & bar in Valle Crucis, NC, near Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, and Linville in The Western North Carolina High Country mountains. “Over Yonder” is the latest initiative by the owners of the award-winning historic Mast Farm Inn and Chef Andrew Long, now also a partner at The Mast Farm Inn. Chef Andrew Long has for years created a following of enthusiastic diners in The High Country, Over Yonder is a new restaurant that tells the story of historic Appalachian cuisine in a picturesque setting atop the rolling hills and peaks of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, across from the Original Mast General Store, formerly the location of the restaurant 1861 Farmhouse.
Over Yonder features a large, wrap-around porch with stunning views of the valley, and a large back porch where diners can relax near the pond and the large organic garden, designed and managed by Long’s wife Megan, who also manages the micro farm at The Mast Farm Inn. “We’ve always had great relationships with our local farmers”, says Long, “and now we have two amazing gardens from which we can pull fresh home-grown foods”. In keeping with the theme of historic Appalachian dining, the garden at Over Yonder will produce fresh vegetables that will be used for pickling and chow chow, featured on the restaurant’s burger and pimento cheese dish, respectively. “It surprises some folks when I tell them a lifelong dream of mine has been to have a restaurant with a seriously amazing cheeseburger”, says Long. “But details matter in cooking as they do in all things, and it’s the details that make a great burger”. The “Valle” cheeseburger features dry aged pastured beef, local hoop cheese, house made pickles and mayo, and fresh cut ribbon fries tossed in pork fat, rosemary, and sea salt.