Farewell, North Carolina
I just returned to Boston from North Carolina, and I just wanted to thank everyone for their recommendations. There are several places you mentioned that I really want to get to next time (with Keaton's being at the top of the list). I wont' bore you with details, but here are the restaurants I went to, in order from favorite to least favorite (taking into consideration atmosphere, service, and overall experience, as well as food):
1) Flying Frog Cafe, Asheville
2) Que Sara, Black Mountain
3) Jerusalem Garden Cafe, Asheville
4) Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill
5) Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, Asheville
6) Salsa's, Asheville
7) Carolina Coffee Shop, Chapel Hill
8) Fat Buddy's Ribs and BBQ, Waynesville
Other than perhaps Fat Buddy's, I pretty much liked every meal I had, with the Flying Frog and Jerusalem Garden having the best food. I also loved the food at Salsa's, but it didn't love me! And for atmosphere, the Flying Frog and the Carolina Coffee Shop were probably most memorable.
Thanks again! Hope to be back soon!
Thanks for visiting...if I head up to Boston I hope you have some recommendations for me! Had to laugh at your comment about Salsa's. We have had that same experience on 2 occasions - that's why we don't go any more. Love the creative combinations...LOTS of food...but I always end up w/ an upset stomach and it isn't from eating too much.
I had the beer-braised hot dogs with a side of beans; not fine dining by any means, but it was good for pub grub. I also had a bite of their char-broiled swiss burger, which was also pretty tasty. But what really made the place for me (and helped push it up the list) was the beer. The Alter Ego Altbier had a nice fruity taste to it, while the West End Wheat was a bit spicy but also fairly mild, and perfect for a warm summer evening. Also, it was nice sitting outside there and our server was friendly and always there when we needed something, so it got points for that, too.
I'm so glad you had a good time and good food. Thanks for posting about your experiences. I haven't tried some of the places you tried, so it's good to hear about them. Come back soon, and go to Keaton's :)