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Asheville - Real deal?

I'll be visiting Asheville in May and would like to go to authentic, traditional Southern and soul food places. I've heard about Hunters Lodge and The Ritz, any other place I should check out? Also is there anything I should sample if I get to Hot Springs?
Many thanks!

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  1. Not many restaurants in Asheville specialize in traditional southern but many have southern inspired dishes on their menus, I'd try Early Girl and Corner Kitchen whose menus weigh a little more heavily towards southern dishes. Many other great restaurants in town though

    1. Unfortunately Hot springs has very little to offer in food. Pack a lunch and have a picnic on the river.

      1. Wandering downtown Asheville, you'll come across many better eateries than the Ritz. Depends, of course, what you're in the mood for. Locals will give you some suggestions.....

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        1. re: mardy

          Any other soul food restaurants besides The Ritz that you like?

        2. I posted last month about Hunters Lodge. I went for the fried chicken which I thought would be a half chicken. It turned out to be a small boneless breast. Not the way to eat fried chicken. Enjoyed the southern cuisine at Tupelo Honey the next night.

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          1. re: chuck s

            I think you had the unfortunate/unusual event at Hunter's Lodge. Did you ask your server what the deal was with the chicken? We go there often specifically for the fried chicken and collards. Always a bone-in breast or 1/4 dark, fried in cast iron skillet. Collards and Man-N-Cheese are great as well. Chuck, If you are a local, I urge you to give them a second try.

          2. Barry,

            Asheville has never been a Southern foodie destination. It wasn't when I grew up there and it still isn't.

            However, when I go back to visit in a couple of weeks, I'm going to the Moose Cafe (by the WNC farmer's market), the Pisgah View Ranch for breakfast, and Little Pigs BBQ for Western-style NC bbq. I'll also probably go to Tupelo Honey Cafe and Three Brothers Greek Restaurant, because the Greeks in the Asheville *are* authentically "Southern".

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            1. re: xstamper

              I would NOT waste my time at Moose Cafe. Bad. Although I seem to recall the biscuits were a mildly redeeming feature.

              1. re: danna

                sounds like xstamper is planning a nostalgia trip; fine, no comment necessary on a person's fond memories. that said, if you have no fond memories of moose cafe, little pigs or 3 brothers, then i would pass on all.

                the only rec i can give is a fairly limited one. if you'll be in town on a thursday, lucky otter features a jamaican plate that is not too different from southern & soul food. it usually features stewed/sauteed greens, beans & rice (sometimes root veggies instead), plantains & the protein is usually chicken or fish (tilapia). like i said, not true southern/soul, but when i crave that type of food, and the craving occurs on a thursday, that's where i go.

                1. re: mark

                  Fyi on Hunter's Lodge - closed for rennovations - they are re-doing it and the sign now says Bavarian Restaurant

                  1. re: mark

                    I have to disagree on Three Brothers. I ate there today, actually. Their Athenian Greek Platter, Greek Spaghetti, and Spanakopita are really good, even if their salads are lacking. :p