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Fig; Asheville, NC

I have heard good things about this restaurant including fairly recent CHOWHOWN discussions. I have never been to this area of NC but plan a trip this week. Does this restaurant rate as one of the best in the area? Other suggestions?

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  1. yes...intimate dining - make a reservation. Nice weather has some outside tables in a courtyard. Use very high quality ingredients, great service....one of my favorites.

    1. Fig is good but not great...I would go there if you were going to eat several places but I may go to Table downtown instead.

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      1. re: caiogirl

        I would disagree...but it's all a matter of taste. My "best in the area" list would include, in addition to Fig: Limones, Richmond Hill Inn and 28806. I like Salsa's and it is unique and is certainly the best in the area for that type of restaurant. Haven't been to Carmel's but have heard good things. Tupelo Honey is the best in the area for that type of restaurant as is Tomato/Cocina Latina. Haven't been to any of the restaurants on the Biltmore Estate in a while...

      2. I would definitely rate fig as one of the best. hands down.

        1. Fig has great food, the service is excellent, nice varied wine list my only caveat would be a small menu selection, which doesn't bother me but might put off a fussier eater, still an excellent restaurant. I'd also try Rezaz's, Richmond Hill Inn (Pricey but excellent) Limones, and Zambras (tapas and an excellent Spanish wine selection).

          1. What you don't want to order at Fig is their hamburger, Greasy as hell and very salty. When I mentioned this to the server, he sang me a song about how the chef grinds up fresh sirloin for his burgers.

            Yeah, after they're removed from previous diners' plates. Also, the restaurant has no ambiance. You might eat there once, but probably not again. Like us.

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            1. re: markrossi

              wow, we REALLY like Fig and have enjoyed it on winter and summer evenings at a quiet table with a candle flickering between us. Also, never had a bad meal there - of course would never dream of ordering a burger at Fig, though I've never eaten lunch there.

              1. re: leahinsc

                I would dream about ordering a burger there, but dream is all I can do. They refused to cook the burger rare on two different occasions. If markrossi is correct that they grind their own meat, then doesn't DHEC allow it to be cooked rare?

                When we have been there, about 1/2 the rest. seemed to be ordering the burger. Frankly, I think the somewhat less than apologetic refusal of this request is the main reason my husband has taken a dislike to FIG. Otherwise, I agree with you...never had a bad meal and I think the ambiance is great.

            2. I like the Southside Cafe on Hendersonville Road (Dingle Creek Center).

              1. We ate at Fig at the midpoint of a rather tedious Chapel Hill->Kentucky drive this weekend, and it was just the thing to relax us & prepare us for the second half of the long haul. Highlight of the meal for me was actually the soup, which was a tomato-basil consomme with skinned yellow grape tomatoes and fresh thyme leaves floating in it. It was exactly what a tomato consomme should be: concentrated essence of tomato. Eerily similar to biting into one of the great tomato sandwiches I've been eating at home all summer.

                For our mains we both had fish dishes; I had rainbow trout and M. had, ummm, halibut, I believe it was. Both were well-prepared and well-presented. Probably not the best preparations of either fish we'd ever had, but they hit the spot. Sorry I can't provide more detail, but the subsequent 3 hours of driving kind of wiped the memory clean ;-)

                Price-wise, it was higher than I'd expect to pay in Chapel Hill/Durham, but probably not out of line for mid-high-end dining in a resort town like Asheville. Roughly comparable to Charlottesville prices, I guess. (both entrees were $30)

                We'd go back again, with the caveat that we'd probably want to try a few of the other recommended Asheville joints first (and since we get to Asheville maybe once every 3 years . . . )

                1. Any relation to FIG (Food Is Good) in Charleston? That place rocked my world, but it's not the kind of place where you'd find a greasy burger.

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                  1. Just a quick note to cast my vote for Fig. It is rare to find a restaurant that does things well. I think the atmosphere is quite excellent, almost *French bistro* like... which might be exactly what they are going for.

                    I've been there 4 or 5 times, and the only thing I would change is the menu. It's a little limited, and a new dish on a weekly basis is a must. Quite frankly, I would think the chef would get a little bored with the same menu. They are very personable and accomodating. The restaurant manager is great and has been quite helpful with a couple private parties we held there.

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                    1. re: foodcritic2

                      While the chef might be bored, it sounds like he does what he does well, a trademark of success.