When looking for a name for his new restaurant Chris McDonald asked his wife, Marina, her favorite restaurant. She hails from Bulgaria, often touted as the cultural crossroads of three continents. So her dining experience was extensive. She thought for a minute and answered, Randevu. “That’s it!” Chris said. “A place to meet…and to eat!”
McDonald, an accomplished chef in the region for more than two decades, worked his way up through the culinary ranks from Grove Park Inn to top chef in Lake Toxaway, 18 years at the Greystone Inn and four years at the Toxaway Country Club, both under the same management. And it’s no wonder he loves cooking. His dad was a pastry chef and six of his eight brothers are chefs, each gifted with his own cuisine magic.
Randevu, operating March through October, had its grand opening this past spring, and was an instant success. With generous portions and a family-friendly atmosphere, it lives up to its name, becoming Cashiers’ designated gathering place for food and fun.
McDonald says, “We operate a cozy restaurant with lots of mouth-watering specialties. We give you a huge bang for your buck. In fact, reviewers say our breakfast portions can feed two!”
He adds, “We are a bistro, not a dress-up fine dining establishment, though the dining is more than fine! For dinner we have three offerings: rib eye, tilapia, and penne pasta all with house or Caesar salad, two for just $25. We also serve a delicious rack of lamb and halibut coated in a tasty pumpkin seed crust.”
Given McDonald’s estimable background in the culinary arts, he can accommodate any palate. If you have special dietary needs, let him know in advance and he will serve up something sure to please. And he caters to vegetarians as well.
To learn more about Randevu’s hours, menu, or to make reservations for an evening meal, contact them at (828) 743-0190. Or you can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their FB page. Just enter Randevu. Meet you there!