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Bacchus Bistro (Marshall, NC) what's the deal?

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I had high hopes for this spot next to French Broad Taqueria when I heard the owners were formerly of Stovetrotters. Has anyone been? Friends went recently and were sorely disappointed...said the pizza tasted like frozen crust...unimaginative menu...and just very expensive for the type of food. They paid $88 for 2 with 2 apps, drinks and 2 entrees and said everything was just so mediocre - including the service. They were kicking themselves for not going to French Broad Taqueria next door. Was it just a bad night for this new restaurant or are they just trying to capitalize on the beer and wine and not worry about the food?

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  1. I went there this evening. They now have a new expanded menu (as of September 9th) with a large number of more or less traditional Italian dishes. A few items seemed to be priced a bit high, including the wine by the glass, but by and large it seemed reasonable, certainly by Asheville standards. Many entrees are available in half portions, which were sufficient unless you are starving or a teen-age boy or both. We got out for $36 (with tax, but before tip) for soup and salad, entree, a glass of wine and tea.

    1. I have been to the Bistro a couple of times. Mediocre is the perfect word for it. What annoyed me most was the three ounce pour of wine for $6.75! They had better step it up a notch or Marshall will disown them.

      1. And, I agree the French Broad Taqueria has it all over them.

        1. I checked them out last week. Found them just so so. I heard they were from Stovetrotters but learned from a friend that they were short term employees who came from 28806. Seems that they are trying, but they have to be a little better than they are to get me to come back. They are new, maybe just learning about the business. Still, the wine price kept me at one glass.

          1. Anyone know hwo the chef is? I understand Stovetortter's is in trouble and the chef left recently. Can't think of his name.

            1. My husband and I have been to Bacchus Bistro multiple times. While I find it a little pricey it is the only game in town and is hard to compare to other prices. However, I find the food fantastic. We met the owner last time we were there and she was extremely friendly and welcoming. My husband had the special which was fantastic. We plan to go back and recommend it to anyone.

              1. I agree with the latest post. Went there a month ago and had a great meal. My cousin and her husband were down from NoVA and they were amazed at how cheap our bill was (but then we drank beers). The garlic knots are not to be missed, we fought over them. We also had the calamari which was fine. The fresh mozzarella pie was delicious, and I prefer the thinner crisp crusts to a thick bready one. It could have standed to be a little thicker but our table was raving over the flavors. We didn't have room for dessert but we wowed over the tiramisu that came through the room a few times. It was easily the largest portion I have ever seen.

                1. I live in downtown Marshall and assure you this is an amazing place. Any time I have guests I take them there. I take advantage of the build your own pasta dishes using Pesto Cream sauce because its the best and will surely impress you as it has for everyone I've known to sample it. The specialty items are large and come with terrific sides which are always fresh and seasonal. Wednesdays are a good day to go because bottles of wine are half off so it makes it much more affordable if you want to drink. Trapiche Pinot Noir! I've been many times as its the only place to go in Marshall for dinner and have only had 1 bad experience. For those who live in Madison County I would say this is a great idea but if you're in Asheville I'd save it for a time when you wanted to come up for the day and enjoy a late lunch/early dinner outside.