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Newbie here, with a question re: Asheville for Vday

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Hi all- I'm a newbie on this site, so I'd like to say hello to everyone. I live in Raleigh, work in Chapel Hill, and go out to eat almost every night, so I hope I can bring some insight here every once in a while. And I'm excited about learning about new places!

OK, my boyfriend and I are going to Asheville for the week of Valentine's Day. I've done a board search, and found some places for lunch/dinner (Salsas, Tupelo Honey for breakfast, The Laughing Seed) but was hoping someone would suggest a nice place for Valentine's dinner. We're staying near the Biltmore, and thought we'd eat at the dining room there, but they don't take reservations unless you're staying at the Inn. Any suggestions nearby? Thanks!

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  1. In the Biltmore Village area there are two places that get mentioned a lot. Rezaz is a great place for a romantic meal with Mediterranean cuisine. Around the corner from there is a place called Fig that I have not been to but seems to have a good reputation.


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    1. re: forestd

      Thanks. Those should be close to us, so I"ll check them out.

      1. re: slick

        I think Fig is much better than Rezaz. I like the warm bistro-ish atmosphere. It's expensive, though, and my husband hates it. I'm not sure why, really.

        1. re: danna

          he might not like it because it is so expensive


    2. Consensus among Asheville Hounds points toward just a handful of places... Besides Salsa (which almost everybody agrees is excellent and a great bargain), Limones on Eagle Street downtown and FIG in Biltmore Village seem to get the most consistent good notices.

      If money is no object I would also include Gabrielle's (at the Richmond Hill Inn).

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      1. re: Jeff C.

        Great. Thanks... I'm off to google these.

        1. We just spent our anniversary weekend in Asheville, and had a lovely dinner at Limones. The food was delicious and definitely different from anything we've had in the Triangle. We had a Mexican Caesar salad (the pumpkin seeds and lime-chili dressing make it Mexican, I guess - it was delicious) and goat cheese empanadas to start, then I had the tamales and my boyfriend had an aromatic seafood stew with perfectly cooked scallops, shrimp, and grilled mahi mahi. Also a romantic atmosphere (we peeked in Salsa's, and while it looked yummy, I would not call it romantic at all). Limones also has the benefit of being downtown, so you can walk to post-dinner entertainment. It was a great date! (I also highly recommend the Princess Anne Hotel, if anyone is looking for accomodations in Asheville).

          1. I love Table in downtown (see tableasheville.com). While the decor is that minimal, hard surfaces, NYC-circa-1999 look, the menu is sophisticated, and the service is warm yet professional. If I lived in Asheville this would be the place that I would take out-of-towners. The next morning I would go to Early Girl (earlygirleatery.com) for the yummy breakfast.

            1. Corner KItchen or Fig in Biltmore Village would be my vote for dinner