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Dec 3, 2009 07:47 AM

Help me make a dinner decision - Asheville

I've read through all the Asheville dining posts and I think I'm more confused than when I started! My husband and I are heading to Asheville Saturday for the night and are trying to decide where to go for dinner.

We are staying downtown and would love to dine downtown if possible. I know that Zambra is the pick for downtown dining but we're really not feeling Spanish tapas. I'm leaning towards Table but have read mixed reviews.

If it's absolutely necessary we'll drive or cab to Fig or the Admiral but again, would like to stay downtown if possible. Especially since there's now a good chance for snow.

Thoughts? I'm driving myself crazy here! Just want to have the best possible dinner experience!

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  1. If you're not feeling tapas, do you know what you ARE feeling? My choices in your situation would include Laughing Seed, if you're feeling crunchy, Cucina 24 if you're feeling Italian, Modesto if you're feeling Italian and adventurous (mixed reviews there), of Chorizo great margaritas and quacamole excite you alot.

    I find the dinner menu at Table to be very enticing, but the two times have been there, albeit for lunch not dinner, I have been disappointed. But you're right, the reviews are very mixed.

    I understand the allure of not driving. But if precip were not to accumulate, you could always have dinner at the admiral early and come back to downtown for dessert and or coffee and or drinks. Asheville excels in great places to drink. If you decide to try the Admira, make reservations as soon as you know.

    Which reminds me, here are more kudos for the Admiral. Last Saturday I called about 2 on Sat for a reservation and they already were full between 5:30 and 8:15 (I wanted 7). I accepted the 5:30. A couple of hours later I got a call from the Admiral telling me they'd had a cancel and offering me my desired time. I thought that was just above and beyond the call of good customer service!

    DId any of that help?

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    1. re: danna

      We're more feeling a good solid meal - similar to menus at Table, Fig, etc. Just a nice dinner.

      We'll definitely be having drinks after dinner so driving early is an option. Thank you so much for your feedback - it helps!

      1. re: JenD

        Might I add that Zambra is not really all "spanish tapas" - they have a very large, diverse menu and I consider them to be more "small plates" than tapas. We were there a few weeks ago and were content with 4 plates - scallops, bluefish, a veggie dish, some olives and bread. It was great. Definitely one of my favorites in Asheville. You can't beat the ambiance or the location if you want to be downtown. And you can definitely stuff yourself silly many great choices on the menu, the hardest part is narrowing it down. So you may want to reconsider if the only thing holiding you back is the thought of "Spanish" or "tapas." It's not really 100% authentically either.

        I would rec Bouchon or Mela as well, especially over Chorizo and Modesto (the latter 2 are waaaay too unpredictiable in my opinion, and service is spotty at both, I think.) Bouchon is french - cute, cozy place, awesome salad and very good food. Mela is Indian so you have to like that kind of food but it is also one of my absolute favorites in town. Great ambiance, location, good cocktails too. Lots of fun for people watching as it is a very popular place.

    2. Table is one of my favorites and I've never been disappointed by either the food or service. I'd stick w/ Table. Start the evening at Sante for a glass of bubbly ~ it is the holiday season. Skip dessert at Table and walk over to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (about 1 block) for dessert and hot chocolate. You'll have the perfect evening.
      Enjoy Asheville.
      ps....whatever you choose, make your reservation asap.

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      1. re: NANCY

        Thanks Nancy - we're going to stick with Table and I think we'll definitely try the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for dessert - I've read great things!

        Just made reservations for tomorrow night. I will report back!