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Modesto in Asheville (Grove Arcade) open

Stopped by here for lunch today. They have barely been open a week so keep that in mind when you read this. We split a couple of the appetizers and a pizza. The pizza was a tarragon cream with shrimp (tails included) and too large chunks of artichoke hearts, very, very, bland. While service was attentive, it was perhaps a little too attentive - I hate it when you have some morsels left on a plate and you have to hang onto it for dear life. It is pretty expensive for lunch...one pizza basically a light meal for two or personal for one, 1 appetizer, 1 soup and 2 non-alcoholic beverages - $28+tip. It is small, only about 34 seats at tables inside with another 10-12 around the bar. Hopefully they will continue to refine this menu. Based on the fact that this is a Hector of Salsa fame restaurant; I had high hopes and expectations that were not met as the menu, while sounding creative, was not able to follow through on the kitchen and taste portion of the deal.

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  1. Thanks for your review, Leah. Hopefully Hector & Co. will be able to work the bugs out and break the dreaded Grove Arcade restaurant curse. If he can't do it...

    1. In the paper recently they were talking about a different vision or concept for the Arcade which would be more restaurants. Anntony's did very well and I think the Thai place is doing ok. I had lunch at Cats and Dawgs the other week and it was very busy. Modesto was full when I went but it will need to be much better to draw in a consisent crowd.

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        1. Thanks for the review. We've been very excited about Modesto's opening. Hopefully they will bring everything together soon. We are going to try it next week. Today's Asheville paper mentioned another Hector Diaz restaurant opening next to Modesto soon (in the Grove Arcade) that will serve Latin foods from Spain to Argentina. Anyone know the name of this one and its projected opening? Also, what happened to Antonny's...did it move or is it totally gone??

          1. Hector's other place is still being worked on. Anntony's is totally gone and being rennovated under a new name and new concept.