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Yuck. What a waste of a fabulous space. I had always thought the pastries were bad at the former location (although the coffee good), and never understood why it was so busy.

The new location is fab, and the menu of appetizers looks pretty darn good...so we tried it Saturday.

Shrimp in proscuitto: nasty shrimp overwhelmed any taste of ham, if there was any. There was a teaspoon of the advertised salsa.

Mozzerella stack: rubbery. The tomato salsa/compote/whatever wasn't bad, but not enough to make up for the scary cheese.

Wine list: Very limited by-the-glass choices, with the exception of the special "roses of summer". I thought that was nice...the glass I had was pretty good, although $6.75 got me about 2 1/2 oz....it looked like the pour you get in a restaurant that offers 1/2 glasses.

Such a shame.

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  1. too bad, I was also always unimpressed by the desserts at the old location. Eons ago in another life I worked in the restaurant business and we had a French pastry chef who would make these incredible looking desserts that tasted like nothing. These were the same way. Too bad it was disappointing.

    1. I think this is a little harsh. I have not tried the food but the wine by the glass is a reasonable value in a town with relatively high wine prices. They have about 8 or 9 roses right now in the range from $5.50 to $8.00 and about 4 whites and 4 reds by the glass in the same range. This is fairly typical in Asheville pricewise. For a coffeehouse, this is an extensive wine selection.
      As for the food, people I have seen eating seem to be relatively satisfied and I have not heard that many complaints.

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      1. re: forestd

        I have not expressed myself well regarding the wines, apparently. I thought that having all those roses by the glass to chose from was very nice. I see your point...the selection wasn't "limited" for a coffee shop, but I thought they had been billing themselves as a destination for small plates and wine as well. If I'm confused on that, I retract the limited comment.

        And I agree that $6.75 is not a bad price for a glass of wine...it's merely the pour size that I am criticizing. Honestly, I'm not that big of a glutton, but I'm telling you...it was three sips.

        1. re: danna

          I've had several glasses of wine there over the past couple of weeks and the size of the pour has always seemed adequate, in the 4-5 oz range. Maybe the bartender was stingy that day.