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Saturday Lunch in Asheville?

aubzamzam Aug 11, 2006 01:39 PM

Baltimore hound seeks advice. Will be in Asheville on Saturday and would like to grab some lunch in the downtown area. Any recommendations? Am going to Zambra's for dinner that evening, so anything but Mediterranean, I guess...


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    miss piggy RE: aubzamzam Aug 11, 2006 02:47 PM

    Salsa's is my favorite downtown - same owners as Zambra but completely different food. Salsa's is Mexican/Carribbean, with creative, well-priced food. Tupelo Honey is also good (Upscale Southern), and we love Mela (Indian). Have fun!

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      danna RE: miss piggy Aug 11, 2006 03:57 PM

      That would be my recommendation, too. Salsa is don't-miss.

      Actually, Zambra is not the same ownership anymore. Hector sold it a while back. Other good lunches include Sunny Point(breakfast-y) and Doc Chey (small regional chain pan-asian).

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      leahinsc RE: aubzamzam Aug 11, 2006 04:47 PM

      all good recommendations....if you want good beer and pizza - Barley's or if you want to have pizza and beer and sit outside and really see all the tatooed, dreadlocked Ashevillians mingling with seniors and kids...Mellow Mushroom

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        ScottWNC RE: aubzamzam Aug 11, 2006 05:05 PM

        Ditto on the Salsa's recommendation. I'm heading there myself for lunch tomorrow. My all time favorite in A'ville I think, at least for lunch.

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          HeelsSoxHound RE: aubzamzam Aug 12, 2006 12:58 PM

          maybe a little late, but just to further the rec for salsa:


          can't go wrong.

          1. TexasToast RE: aubzamzam Aug 12, 2006 01:02 PM

            Try the Bistro at the Biltmore Estate (if you don't have to be a guest of the Inn to dine there). It's actually very good food and you can't beat the location.


            1. Jeff C. RE: aubzamzam Aug 12, 2006 03:43 PM

              I second all the above recs. except the Bistro at Biltmore, which I haven't tried. Unless you're a big eater, though, some of them may be a bit heavy if you're also going to Zambria tonight. Early Girl Eatery (regional neuvo Southern) and The Laughing Seed (vegan/vegetarian) offer a dependable variety of soups, sandwiches, and salads for lunch.

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