- Michael Kleinman
I am going to Ashville Sat. and am looking for new places to eat.Here is a list of where I've been and my ratings -please add to it.
1. Salsa's- A
2. Vinchenzo's-Italian -Riisoto,Brushetta,Pasta,Fish. B
3. Laughing Seed-natural food-B
4.Blue Moon Bakery-Artesan Breads,soups ,sandwiches,sweets-B+
5. Max & Rossie's-hippie juice & sandwich bar-B-
6. Ashville Pizza Co. C
7. Boston Pizza-tasty cheese. B
8. Mellow Mushroom Pizza . lots of toppings but average pizza . C
9. Franks Roman Pizza-C
10. Patsy's Pizza -used to be better than Patsy's in Brooklyn but changed hands and i have not eaten there-said to be not as good.
When I was last in Asheville, the restaurants that I went to were, in a word, pretentious. The very last places I would go to are the places that serve pizza. However there is a fun place that has good barbecue--even though it is not a pure "log burner".The fact is even in this state with a bbq tradition, the list of bbq joints that are log burners is quite short. The place is Mountain Smokehouse on 20 Spruce St, and if I recall correctly it is behind the courthouse. I will be in NC myself this coming weekend only I will be in the mountains just west of Boone so my luggage will be full of food.
I lived in Asheville for 3 years. Check out Jose and Delores Mexican Restaurant. Nothing fancy ... just good old, down home, Mom and Pop chow from South of the Border.
Hathaway's is a good spot for fresh coffee and pancakes.
For a more complete listing of Asheville area eats, check out my web site at www.dixiedining.com
re: Gary Saunders
Sorry this is a little late- I just discovered this board. My favorite places in Asheville are The Noodle Shop on Pack Square for REAL Chinese; Spirits On The River on Swannanoa River Road for a walk on the wild side (Native American- try the buffalo Burger) and the Possum Trot Grill for Cajun. I'm the food writer for the Citizen-Times, so I've tried a dumptruck load of restaurants in the 7 months I've been here,
Yes, the area is not much in the way of food, including the markets. There is a very good bakery--hard to believe but true--on the highway between Linville and Boone (#105?). It might even be in Linville--it is on your right on the way to Boone. There is also a ham shop that has good baked ham (left side)on the same road after the bakery towards Boone.
Patsy's is Marcos.Mark re-opened and then moved to where Fine Friends used to be.He also has a location on Hendersonville Rd. that the kids run.GREAT PIZZA!