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Hendersonville, NC recs?

I'll be visiting Hendersonville this weekend. I'm not very familar with the town, as I usually go to Asheville. I'm looking for a good dinner spot for Saturday night, and a good breakfast/brunch spot on Sunday. In searching the board, it sounds like W. 1st and Sq. 1 might be good dinner choices? Any other suggestions for dinner? Sunday breakfast?


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  1. You might want to try the Bistro at 5th and Main (good value and great food) or Flight (up-scale and pricey, but good). For Sunday brunch, try Inn on Church.

    West First does an excellent job but is more casual (fantastic pizza) and don't know too much about Square One.

    1. For dinner, I think Cypress Cellar is always good or Hannah Flannagans for more of a bar atmosphere. For brunch, I would say Season's at Highland Lake Inn.

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      1. re: Ursa

        I really enjoy the Cypress Cellar. I go everytime I am in H'ville.

        1. re: Ursa

          Season's has extended their lower ($19.99) Sunday Brunch Buffet through April. Here's the menu: http://www.hlinn.com/sunday-brunch.aspx

        2. I second the West First rec. Their homemade pasta dishes are awesome as well. As for Square One, are they still open? (I heard they have been struggling lately.)

          Steer clear of Hannah Flannagan's if cigarette smoke bothers you! (The food's just average, too.)

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          1. re: Jeff C.

            Hannah Flanagan's has expanded, adding a new non-smoking section next door to the original space.

          2. West First Pizza is great--depending on what time you arrive, you may have to wait in line or at the bar, though. I like Never Blue (on Main Street)--innovative cuisine with a twist on their cup of tea (try it!).

            1. My top three would be Sq 1, NeverBlue & Flight. West 1st is great, but very casual.
              Sq 1 - consistent american bistro type food. The chef is into meats, makes his own sausages and cures his own corn beef.
              NeverBlue (two doors south of Sq 1) - has lots of interesting small plates that are a great value. The cuban sandwich is pure Tampa. Cocktails are innovative and fun.
              Flight - consistent, higher end, good wine list, pricey and in a very interesting space.
              Breakfast - there's a soda fountain at Main & 3rd called Mike's on Main. A friend swears by their breakfasts, but I haven't tried it yet.
              You may also want to check out the Hendersonville Epicurean blog - lots of good info about local restaurants ~ http://hendersonvilleepicurean.blogsp...
              Downtown should be real pretty right now - the tulips are popping.


              ps....consider this - appetizers at one place, dinner at another and dessert at a third.

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              1. re: NANCY

                Oh, and decent sushi in a classy-casual atmosphere at Umi.

                1. re: NANCY

                  I need to try Never Blue! What else do you like there?

                  1. re: Jeff C.

                    Everything I've had at Never Blue has been terrific, Jeff. Jumping right to desserts - huge and the best! Owner Jesse Roque makes everything from scratch, even her base syrups for cocktails.

                    1. re: 1reachme

                      Yum! I may try to go this weekend.

                      1. re: Jeff C.

                        I agree on the cocktails. different and SO gooooood. A little pricey for this cheap Yankee, but they are fantastic. Had one over Valentine's day (I think it's still on the menu under a different name) that had muddled strawberries, strawberry and mango liquors and some other stuff I can't remember. So good!

                    2. re: Jeff C.

                      I usually get three small plates - which is one too many, but I can't resist. Wild mushrooms, taco cubano (chicken) and tostada pork carnitas are my current favorites. I keep trying to get the mariquitas, but they've never had them when I'm there. Salads are good - greek is very refreshing. The drunken fish (basically fish & chips) is the favorite of a friend. I"m not thrilled with their flatbreads - especially w/ West 1st right around the corner.

                      I forgot about Umi - that's excellent too.

                    3. re: NANCY

                      Tulips ARE popping on Main Street! I was just there today, but didn't have time to take photos.

                    4. I second West 1st and Never Blue recs (my two favorites!). West 1st is noisy though, so not for a "romantic meal". :) Flight is also good, but quite a bit pricier. I've always had good meals at Bistro 502, but haven't been in ages. Also, Inn on Church has recently lowered its prices. It's great to sit out on the porch!

                      Maybe try Mean Mr. Mustard's for lunch or breakfast? They are new and have traditional stuff with a little twist. Nice casual, cozy atmosphere. They are on 4th E, but I can't remember the #, but it's easy to find.

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                      1. re: Scirocco

                        I haven't noticed that one! (Love the name.)

                        1. re: Jeff C.

                          Ya, it's a great name! I guess the guy is a big Beatles fan (not really being a Beatles fan, I didn't get the connection). It's the old Terra Nova location. We've had a lunch and a Sunday breakfast there and both were very good. Service has been good too. I think they are only open for breakfast and lunch. No website yet that I know of.

                          1. re: Scirocco

                            I know exactly where that is. Do you know if they're open on weekends?

                            1. re: Jeff C.

                              Yes, for breakfast and lunch. Here is an article I found from the H'ville TN
                              the article is a few weeks old, but am assuming it still applies.

                              at the end it gives the times (for weekends - sat: 8am - 3pm and sun: 9am - 2pm)

                      2. Where did you end up eating, carolinadawg? I'm sure we'd all like to hear!

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                        1. re: evbecker

                          Well, our plans changed a bit, but we did have a nice breakfast/brunch at Mean Mr. Mustards. I just had eggs, grits and biscuit (all very good, but obviously not difficult to do). My wife had vegetable soup and half of a chicken salad sandwich. Both homemade and excellent.

                          Thanks for the suggestions!

                        2. I prefer Champa's sushi to Umi's.

                          Blue Wave is great for seafood. They do a southern take on oysters rockefeller that is great. They always have a good selection of fresh fish that they invite you to pare with cooking style (roasted, grilled, sauteed, etc.) and sauce (4 or 5 choices). I usually just let the chef pick all three (fish, cooking preference and sauce) and they've all been winners.

                          Anyone tried the Vue wine bar on 5th that I'm told recently started serving food?

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                          1. re: 1CTHound

                            I have not had Vue's food (went for a wine tasting), but my friend just told me this afternoon that a friend of hers went there recently for dinner and loved it. Said it was pricey but the food was great. Their menu online does not have prices, which always bugs me. I'd like to know roughly what ballpark we're talking before I go somewhere. It appears to be a very small menu too, which is fine with me if it's good.

                            I do really like the dark, warm atmosphere and they have a nice space upstairs by the front window - private room of sorts. They also plan to do a rooftop bar when money permits and I think that would be awesome. Wish it was ready now! :)


                            please report back on how the food is if you go!