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Nov 7, 2007 05:36 AM

Visiting Biltmore Estate - need restaurant suggestions

My partner and I are visiting his parents in Kingsport, TN over Thanksgiving.
On Friday we are driving to the Biltmore Estate. We are looking for a trendy,
upscale, place for lunch and dinner. Price is not an issue. We are open to
any suggestions. We are used to restaurants in Philadelphia, NYC, and DC.

I found a restaurant called TABLE - and reviews?

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  1. I like FIG better and it is in Biltmore Village

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    1. re: leahinsc

      Thanks. Some of the other places I found were:

      Corner Kitchen
      The Marketplace
      The Lobster Trap

      1. re: BRI328

        Fig is my favorite for a nice dinner. It is across from the Biltmore. Rezaz is also upscale, does a nice lunch and is also in Biltmore Village. I love Corner Kitchen as well, especially for lunch. It is more cozy than fancy, but very good. I'd skip Marketplace and Lobster Trap. Zambra is excellent, but I'd choose Fig over it for sure.

        1. re: miss piggy

          Thank you for your suggestions. I am really looking forward to our visit to Asheville! I wish we had more time to try more restaurants in the area.

    2. I like Fig as well. Gabrielles is probably our most upscale in terms of food, service and ambience, Limones, Rezaz's and Zambras would be my other choices. I would maybe look at Corner Kitchen or Rezaz's for lunch since it's close to the estate. Another lunch spot which is serving very good latin food at a good price is Chorizos (I know there will be some dissenters) but we love it for lunch and go almost every week. Avoid Lobster Trap unless you must absolutely have seafood and anything at the Grove Park Inn.

      1. For a person used to eating in NY, I'd say Salsa is the only place in town that won't seem like a "close, no cigar" experience. Not saying there aren't a lot of good restaurants, but all in genres done better in big cities. Salsa is so unique to itself, it might fair better in this comparison.

        Also, if you could elaborate on what "trendy" means to you...that might help us.

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        1. re: danna

          Thanks. As for trendy, I mean...."in places" in Philadelphia...Buddakan, Amada, Rouge are very trendy young hip crowd, good food, atmosphere.... NYC ... Gramercy Tavern, Little Owl, Stanton Social are trendy....

          1. re: BRI328

            Gotcha. I stood outside Little Owl last time I was in NY and sulked. Impossible to get in on a Saturday night! I stand by my Salsas recommendation. I honestly don't think much of your Table and Rezaz picks. Table LOOKS the part, but does not deliver, IMO.

            Other than Salsas I think you might like Zambra or Limones. I like Chorizo at dinner, not so much at lunch. Sunny Point is another good breakfast-for-lunch spot, but it's more hippie chic than upscale trendy.

            If it's not too cold, I always recommend an after dinner drink on the sidewalk at Flying Frog. You'll get a real flavor of the town if you do some people watching from there and listen to the street musicians. (Asheville is full of freaky street-kids)

            1. re: danna

              Thanks!... Looking forward to our visit.

        2. Gabrielle's, FIG, Flying Frog, Mela (sp?, if I remember it right).

          If you'll be out at the Biltmore Estate all day, eat lunch at one of the restaurants there, also visit the winery and sample the wines. Warning on the wines, don't expect too much, but their gold label reserves sometimes have something decent.

          Don't expect restaurants like you'll find in Philly, NYC and DC; just relax and have fun.

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          1. re: fussycouple

            We plan on relaxing and enjoying ourselves. I do not expect to find 5 star dining on this vacation, but each city usually has a few gems. The suggestions so far sound wonderful and I wish we had more time to spend in Asheville. Thanks!

          2. Many good suggestions here thus far. Table is very good. I've only been to both Fig and Table for lunch and I enjoyed them both. Limones is very good. Have fun!

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            1. re: jbyoga

              Table and Rezaz are my top picks so far, but there are a lot that sound wonderful!
              Thanks for your suggestion. Brian

              1. re: BRI328

                OK, I gotta chime in one more time here. If you have only one night in Asheville, I strongly recommend some others over Table and Rezaz. Fig would be my top pick - best dinner I have ever had in Asheville, one of the best meals I have ever eaten, actually. It is upscale but not stuffy - a nice, elegant meal. Zambra would be my next choice. It is definitely a lot trendier and therefore may be what you are looking for. Very creative tapas and excellent wine list and mixed drinks. Lovery interior and a more flashy crowd (yet still casual's Asheville). Limones would be next on the list (if you are familiar, this place reminds me a lot of Rcik Bayless' Topolobampo in Chicago). Cali-Mex with focus on seasonal flavors. Also a fun ambiance. Reservations needed for all three, esp on a weekend. And while the restaurants may not be the best in the city, it probably would be easiet to grab lunch at the Biltmore.