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?
My BF and I just got back from a mini vacation in Asheville. We enjoyed a few great meals there, including:
Flying Frog - funky combination - German and Indian food. We had a bit of both and while the Saag was different from what we've had in the Boston area, was still delicious. The Schnitzel was outstanding. Service and style both great.
Salsa's - very casual place, but the pork empenada and jerk chicken enchiladas were better than anything I've had back home. Full of complex flavors. (Definitely get the Papusa if you go for an appetizer).
We took a sidetrip to Black Mountain one day - had brunch at Que Sera - both of us really enjoyed great meals and service there. I had banana french toast and BF had country ham and eggs.
Jerusalem Cafe for lunch another day - we enjoyed splitting a falafel sandwich and the vegetarian plate. Very fresh and tasty!
The owners at the Inn recommended the Fiddlin' Pig to catch some great country and blues music. We never got there though - ran out of time.
First we would like to thank you all for your recommendations. There are no shortages of excellent restaurants in Asheville.
Zambra's - Excellent meal, wine, and service. Awesome and the absolute best of all that we tried. The lamb osso bucco was fabulous. The pork spring rolls were absolutely divine.
Salsa's - So good we went for lunch one day and had to visit again for dinner on our last night. For some reason we thought the lunch experience was a tad bit better than dinner. Perhaps due to the value perception. Portions were the same but dinner was $10 more. The food was dynamite and the service was laid back and to the point. The flavors of the dishes were incredible!
Rosetta’s Kitchen – We sat here to listen to the music during Downtown After Five (music event). We enjoyed great organic wine that was REASONABLY priced! The food looked great and I enjoyed a taste of their peanut butter tofu. We did not order any food but I think that it would be a good place to try for vegetarian/vegan fare.
Carmel’s – We went to grab a bite after Downtown After Five (music event). We ordered the bbq chicken pizza and it was delicious! We sat out on the patio and received excellent service. Their menu offered lots of great choices.
Hawg Wilde – ( in Brevard, NC) – We found this spot after driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway and attempting a visit to Sliding Rock. The bbq was very good and seasoned. The staff, while young, was very attentive. This is definitely a place to try if you find yourself in the area.
The Market Place – Our party had mixed opinions of this place. I will say that the cold cucumber soup was good. Our server did a great job! Take into consideration that the expectations are always higher when the cost is greater.
DeerPark – (Biltmore) – We ate Sunday Brunch here and the food was good. The weather was a bit warm and it was alfresco dining.
Sante – ABSOLUTELY! This is a must! We sat out on the patio and enjoyed a great bottle of wine after dinner. They have a retail shop where you are able to purchase your wine and then you pay a $5 corkage. The owner was our server and she was great! We highly recommend Sante!
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.
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.
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.