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May 30, 2007 02:14 PM

Black Mountain, NC: Madison Inn

Just read an article about the dog-friendly Madison Inn == anyone know anything about the restaurant (downstairs) and/or the inn? Would love to escape the heat of the Triangle one weekend this summer and check it out....also, any other rec's for Black Mountain? I've got plenty from Asheville (prior visits and Chowhound)...Thanks!

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  1. This is a new one to me so I'll have to ask around. Black Mountain is a great little town just 20 minutes east of Asheville. There is about a 3-4 block square area of shops including one of my all time favorite chocolate shops. About 1/2 mile from downtown is Lake Tomahawk that features a wonderful walking path that circles the lake, a public pool and tennis courts. You can easily get up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and also there are some great hikes around Black Mtn.
    Here are some of the Black Mtn restaurantst that I know of:
    Veranda - I normally do lunches there, great soups and sandwiches, very fresh
    Berliner Kindl - very authentic German food and great beer!
    My Father's Pizza - a long-time Black Mtn staple
    Cellar Door - creative cuisine
    Dripolator - coffee shop
    Red Rocker Inn - family style southern dining
    Black Mtn Bistro
    Many people do just go into Asheville to eat. There are a couple of restaurants between Black Mtn and Asheville on hwy 70/Tunnel Road that are worth mentioning:
    -there's a new coffe/pastry shop (they make their own in-house) on your right as you head towards Asheville in a converted house - it us just up from a large Ingles
    -Pomodoro's - Italian and Greek
    -Ultimate Ice Cream - THE BEST ice cream around Asheville (behind Pomodoro's)
    -Filo - Greek pastries and coffee - across from Pomodoro's
    -Cafe Azalea - B,L,D - across from Pomodoro's - reviews posted here already

    1. Its a reall cool little place outside of Black Mtn. Room prices are very reasonable and I have heard the food is really good (friends stayed there) Very small, very quaint.