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Feb 4, 2008 06:55 PM

Asheville - 3 choices

My wife and I are headed to Asheville for the weekend. We are looking for a place to eat Friday night.

I have narrowed my list to 3 choices:


Help me choose !



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  1. I would pick FIG and I would make reservations now.
    Bouchon is nice but casual and noisy.
    I haven't been to Table in a while because I was not thrilled on a couple of occasions, though lately it seems like reviews are consistently better.
    If you can't get into FIG try Table.

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    1. Bouchan
      You can't go wrong with any of these.

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      1. Man - I had a great meal at Bouchon recently and had likely the best service I've experienced in Asheville - I highly Recommend it.

        Also, I was at the new and MUCH improved Marketplace and it was superb.

        Let us know what you decide!

        1. Of those three I'd say Fig, but haven't tried Bouchon yet (hearing a lot of great things about it and it's on our list)

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          1. re: catsailor

            Went to Bouchon on my birthday (Dec) because I'd read good things about it on this board. We loved it! It was mid-week, so wasn't packed when we got there (6ish), but was a solid crowd with a few waiting in the wings by the time we left. As Leah pointed out, it is casual, but nice atmosphere. Especially after dark. We didn't find it particularly noisy, but it was mid-week. It is small though - maybe 10 tables inside. They do have outdoor dining in nice weather, but I didn't get a chance to look at it. Anyway, we would go back in a heartbeat. You can check out their menu online and you can also see what the inside looks like (logical, eh? ha!).

            We have also tried Fig (not long after it opened) and liked it a lot, but weren't blown away. I think we need to try it again though because lots of folks really love it!

            We went to Table over a year ago and felt it was very much just "ok". First of all, it was hotter than hell in there (July) because one entire wall is glass block which turns the interior into a greenhouse! I went through about 6 glasses of water. We thought the food was pretty good, but not good enough to support the prices. Luckily for us, we weren't paying that night - ha! I might try it again, but there just seem to be better (more reliable) choices.

            Zambra's these days seems to be hit or miss, but we still love their unique atmosphere and enjoy it enough to continue going.

            Only been to Rezaz once, but loved it! Their only downfall is that they're outside of downtown which makes post-dinner walks limited to the village, which is ok, but I enjoy downtown better.

            Vincenzo's - again - decent - didn't love it. I guess I expected amazing things, but didn't feel like I got it. Seemed like a once lovely restaurant that had gotten a little long in the tooth. ?

            I'm not sure I've helped at all! I guess of the bunch, I'd pick Bouchon, Fig or Rezaz

          2. Go to Bouchon for an app, then to Table for dinner (keeping it downtown). Or, draw straws and enjoy your meal. You can't go wrong with any of these restaurants.