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marcbham Mar 21, 2009 06:31 AM

We will be spending a long Easter Weekend in Asheville and are looking for recomendations on the best restaurants the City has to offer.

We will be staying at the condo of a friend, which I believe is near the downtown area.

Dinner options I have found that look appealing include: Fig Bistro, Table, Rezaz & Cucina24. Any opinions on these locations? Any other options?

We will be spending Friday at touring the Biltmore Mansion, are there lunch choices near by?

Saturday we hope to spend enjoying the galleries and artists downtown, and would like to plan ahaed for a good lunch.

We are planning on Easter Brunch at the Grove Park Inn.

Thanks for your help.

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    Leepa Mar 21, 2009 08:39 AM

    Don't forget the River Arts District. If you're walking the district on Saturday afternoon, Clingman Cafe makes pretty good sandwiches.

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      Spreadhead Mar 21, 2009 06:09 PM

      have you made reservations at GPI??? It is an Easter Buffet that sells out early and is vey good.

      1. carolinadawg Mar 22, 2009 04:55 PM

        I think Table is fantastic. I also like Zambra, Salsa, Bouchon and Tupelo Honey. There are many threads on here about Asheville that you will find if you do a search.

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          pilches Mar 23, 2009 06:21 AM

          I agree with most of the other posts. For lunch in Biltmore Village I really like Corner Kitchen (dinner there is also very good) and Stovetrotter's. We recently had lunch there and loved it. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Asheville, it's hard to pick. Have a good time!

          1. needsmoreshallot Apr 6, 2009 04:46 PM

            My husband and I recently ate at the Bistro at the Biltmore, it was fantastic. We ordered a butternut squash ravioli for an appetizer that was so yummy. food was moderately priced and very good.

            Also have heard wonderful things about the Inn on biltmore estate for dinner, but the menu is a bit pricey.

            Marcos pizza in North Asheville is also very good for an inexpensive meal.

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              Sombra Apr 7, 2009 04:57 AM

              I think you will enjoy the Fig, Rezaz, and Corner Kitchen (when in Biltmore). We have so many good restaurants. I would also encourage you to try Nine Mile and on the way you can see the beautiful houses of Montford. Nona Mia is a very affordable (and delicious)Italian.

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              evbecker Apr 7, 2009 07:10 AM

              I'll second Table. I ate there last night, and as usual it was a lovely meal. Eclectic menu, nice wine list, fun setting. My other favorite standbys are Fig and Rezaz, but I haven't been to either this spring... been watching every dollar.

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                newtonorthavl Apr 7, 2009 01:19 PM

                You should definitely do Cucina24 and Rezaz for dinner, and if you have time try Limones. It also recently started serving Sunday brunch again and is the best in town.
                Corner Kitchen for lunch is a great Asheville option as they have pleasant outdoor seating. Downtown lunch options are Early Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey (note: touristy but worth it), and Mayfel's (bloody mary bar!). Laurey's on Biltmore Ave is a great downtown lunch option too-very fresh ingredients. Would not recommend eating anywhere on Biltmore Estate-overpriced and poor quality. There are more interesting places to eat than Fig.

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                  Milt Apr 11, 2009 03:49 PM

                  We had a very enjoyable lunch at Early Girl Eatery last Saturday. I had shrimp and grits because I wanted to compare them with the shrimp and grits at Hominy Grill in Charleston - since the two restaurants are owned by brothers. Each has his own take on the dish and both are very tasty. The Early Girl version includes andouille sausage

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                  Apple.at.chin. Apr 7, 2009 01:52 PM

                  Laurey's is now serving Sunday brunch. They don't have a service staff, you place the order when you come in. The ticket times are phenomenally fast as they are just starting out and not to busy. Save yourself the price of a tip and bypass the lines!

                  1. SISC Apr 8, 2009 12:26 PM

                    Definitely try the truffles at The Chocolate Fetish while you are exploring downtown. They are the best.

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                      jbyoga Apr 10, 2009 07:47 PM

                      Also the French Broad Chocolate Lounge as they gave seating and a more adventurous menu...

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