Good Eats in Asheville, NC?
My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Asheville, NC and we are looking for some excellent restaurants with great food and service.
Here's what we have so far:
The Market Place
Sunday Brunch @ Biltmore's Deerpark - Because we're already there and we're spending the day.
Any other recommendations or any of the above that we should avoid? We are grateful for your feedback.
Any suggestions to catch some live music? Jazz, Blues, Rock or Country?
Market Place has a new concept called "Bar 100" offering food like cheeses and meat along w/ vegetables that all come w/in 100 mile radius of Asheville. We've tried it and really liked the offerings.
Carmels we've only been to once and were not so impressed
Table - it's been a while since we've been there. Have heard good things lately though
Flying Frog - same as table
You can find lots of recommendations on Asheville restaurants here.
I'd probably steer you towards Sugo or Zambra as well.
I agree with the Laughing Seed recommendation. Some of the best vegetarian/vegan food I've ever had. I also recommend Tupelo Honey. Contemporary Southern cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
I love love love visiting asheville on the weekends and have experienced some really cool places you should visit. First, for breakfast brunch, tupelo honey cafe is the place to be. They even have a bloody mary bar if you want to get your morning started right. Another cool breakfast spot is called over easy down biltmore ave. For lunch, try the laughing seed cafe, really good fresh food or this mexican restaurant on the corner of biltmore and patton, just can't think of the name, you can't miss it because there's usually a line. And for dinner time, my favorite is barley's taproom and pizzeria, fresh pizza dough makes good pizza and they have the best selection of draft beers in the area. I suggest pisgah beers-- especially the pisgah solstice-- nothings finner. For dessert go to the Chocolate fetish, it will blow you away. And for a great music pub, go to Jack of the wood, they brew their own 'green man' ales and have good bluegrass music. There's so many other places as well, asheville is an overall pleasing town. And i haven't been to anything that i think you should avoid, so that says alot.
I've never eaten at Carmels, but I've looked at the menu, and I've looked at people's food when I walk by the sidewalk tables. It doesn't look too good. I know that's not the greatest way to judge a restuarant, but there are so many places....
For casual food, I do Chorizo (sidewalk cafe nuevo Mexican), Sunny Point(brunch-ish), or Salsa. For evening, I like Zambra (spanish tapas) or Fig (french). Rosetta's is good as long as you understand what it is. I would go to Laughing seed if you wanted slightly less casual vegetarian.
Jack of the woods for bluegrass in a very casual setting...generally you cough up $5 at 9:00 and the show starts a little later. Check listings for the Orange Peel if you want potentially nationally known bands.