After Mom and I drove around visiting old haunts, we met up with a couple of my writing and Facebook buddies at Nine Mile on Saturday. The restaurant is in an old building that Mom remembered stopping in after school when it was grocery store. Her elementary school bus dropped her off just across the street and then she would walk to her grandmother’s house on Cumberland Circle.
I was really glad for the chance to hook up with Kim and Michelle and their recommendation of the place was spot on. While busy, the food was quite tasty and delicious.
We started with Reggae Mylitis, a Caribbean version of nachos, with black beans, smoked gouda chipotte queso which we Big Upped with lots of peppers. The peppers were roasted, so not too spicy and the mango salsa was a nice touch.
For the entre, Mom and I shared their signature dish, the Nine Mile. It is a jerk chicken with ginger, squash, zucchini and fire roasted tomatoes. Layers of flavor and the rice allowed me to control the heat (we ordered medium and it was right on the edge of painful for me).
Michelle ordered the Raggy Road which was a cajun style tilapia with a white wine, creamy coconut chipotle sauce. Quite yummy, especially with the added shrimp.
For dessert, we went with the Satisfy My Soul Velvet Cake – truffle chocolate cake with a chipotle chocolate drizzle. There wasn’t much heat to the ganache but the chocolate melted in our mouths. Truly a fine ending to a fun meal.
As I mentioned before, it was busy and our server was run ragged. He was good and patient with us as first timers and with Mom wanting to try a local brew (he even brought out a taste of his recommendation – Pisgah Summer Ale – for her to try before she ended up with a glass). So good, she had two!
If you like a taste of the islands or enjoy Caribbean inspired cuisine, I’d definitely recommend a stop by here.