Bostonians Visiting Asheville w/Toddler...?
We'll be in the Asheville area for a week soon with our two year old. We'll have access to a kitchen. Looking for great eating out options of various ethnicities -- have read a few reviews but can't tell what is too upscale for a toddler, etc. (she'll eat a great variety of things...we're not looking for chain restaurants or anything!). Also, what are local foods we Must eat, and where are fun markets for using our kitchen?
I think Tupelo Honey might be a good place to try. Try looking at the menu for Zambra...it might work, but may be a bit adventurous. Would probably work better if you went early in the evening. Stoney Knob would be good, although there have been several negative posts on here lately. Barley's or Mellow Mushroom would be good for pizza or a sandwich. Greenlife is a great grocery store on Merrimom Avenue jsut north of downtown.
Tupelo Honey is great - sweet potato and pecan pancake...mmmmmm! Greenlife and Earthfare are great places to stock up on food.
My family lives in Asheville and my daughter is now 11 and we take her everywhere, always have. You can usually tell if they are up for dinner out.
Kid friendly places: Asheville Pizza & Brewing on Merrimon Avenue for different pizza flavors, beer, toys to keep the kiddo occupied. Cats & Dawgs down at the Grove Arcade has a wonderful Shrimp Po' Boy along with Catfish Sandwiches and hot dogs (they have a couple of tables on the right side of the restaurant as the rest is mostly bar and counter space.) Barley's and Mellow Mushroom are both good choices.
I like to shop at FreshMarket and get things for what we call snack dinner: cheese, crackers, salads, blue crab artichoke dip, wine, maybe some shrimp, olives, mozzarella etc.
Check out the farmer's market (although that will mainly get you produce and a few locally canned goods). Hint-if you can find any of Barbara Lackey's (that is how it is labeled) homemade strawberry jam it is the best (her other flavors are good too) you can find it only at the booth that sells fudge. If you are here on the weekend and can get over to the flea market, Smiley's, there is fresh seafood. I know not typical of the mountains but they have been coming to the flea market for 7 years selling their fresh seafood at good prices. Otherwise I shop at Earth Fare and Green Life (worth checking out). If you are looking for different ethnic food you may consider Cocina Latina (plantains are really good), Mila (Indian-good to go at lunch because of buffet), Little Bee (for order out Thai), Nona Mia (Italian-better at dinner because of price-same menu for lunch and dinner). I like Asheville Pizza too and you can try some local brew.