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I've been reading old posts about A-ville. We'll just be in town for the evening. What do people think of spending our only dinner at Limones? Anything other suggestions in the price range? Is there anything with an emphasis on local, seasonal, and maybe French (postings about Rue Cler in Durham givin' me a hankering)?

I've been to Laughing Seed. Love it. But want to try something new.

AND...any foodie places we should visit nearby? I really want to pick up some unusal apples in the mountains. I also love locally-made anything, especially cheeses.

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  1. If you're in own for one night only then Limones is a great idea...if you can swing Table for lunch and Limones for dinner you'd be very happy...or vise versa?

    The Grove Arcade has a nice produce stand and a new cheese shop - I've had great apples from the stand and have not yet visited the cheese shop but it looks nice - there is also a new chocolate shop too! Although I am partial to the house made chocolates at the Chocolate Fetish. Have fun!

    1. Damn...I just looked at Table's website. Limones or Table, Limones or Table...!

      1. you won't go wrong with either - I think both of these places are really raising the bar for good eats in Asheville.

        1. Still not that thrilled with Table. If you want French influenced and local/regional/organic ingredients I'd do Fig in Biltmore Village or Market Place on Wall St.

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          1. re: leahinsc

            I agree. I found Table to be only fair. Disclaimer: I have only been there at lunch. Fig is a good choice for French, and Salsa is a good choice for local ingredients.

            Foodie Spots: I agree wholeheartedly with the Choclate Fetish rec. Get a dark chocolate pistachio frog. You won't be sorry.

            Greenlife carries (sometimes) a goat cheese from Spinning Spider that has black pepper, fig, and rosemary. Pricey, but delicious. Sometimes they are at the Sat morning farmers market on Biltmore between City Bakery and French Broad Coop.

            1. re: danna

              Danna - how about the extra spicy ancient pleasure truffles - ohmygosh!!
              You should probably stop at the Farmer's market to see what they have as far as apples and other products/produce.

          2. ...and if you are between Limones and Table - definitely Limones.

            1. I was VERY disappointed with Table, esp. after reading several mostly positive print reviews and perusing their website.

              Limones, on the other hand, is one of the most consistently good and inventive restaurants in Asheville.

              1. I've only been to Table for Lunch and enjoyed it...what happened to you there?

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                1. re: jbyoga

                  Table is in a beautiful (but noisy) space. However, the night my wife and I ate there the service was distracted and slow and the food, while not bad, wasn't of the quality I expect at that price range. Let me add, however, that this was last spring and things certainly may have improved since. I would be willing to give it another shot but have NEVER had bad food OR service at Limones. (Have been 6-7 times now.)

                2. We've been there for dinner 2x and for brunch 2x. Brunch has been ok but I just don't think it as good as others like Limones, Fig and 28806.

                  1. Thanks for the update - I've yet to try Fig or 28806 ...veddy soon though....

                    1. Limones was wonderful...great drinks, very friendly, and very crowded! We ended up eating at the bar but the bartender knew a lot about the menu. I regret not trying the ceviche - I had food envy looking at the people next to us, even as I was tucking into my third and very delicious churro. Didn't make it to Chocolate Fetish - for some reason, I thought I was looking for the chocolate shop in the Grove Arcade. Needless to say, they gave me blank looks when I asked about a dark chocolate pistachio frog! It was OK - very expensive. Cheese shop, not so impressive. There wasn't much I hadn't tried before. I crave a serious cheese shop. This place seemed geared for tourists, with lots of honey, mountainy candy, etc. Didn't make it to Greenlife to hunt for Spinning Spider - next time!