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February Honeymoon In Asheville NC

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My husband and I have been married for almost two years and we're finally going on a honeymoon this February. We're going to be catching a show at the Orange Peel, doing some hiking, but we're also excited about eating some good food. Any ideas? Looking for a nice romantic restaurant, a pub that offers a good beer selection, or really anywhere that just has really awesome, fresh, good quality local food. Little help?

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  1. If you do a search you'll find lots of suggestions...Asheville is an oft discussed topic. The Admiral, Zambra, Tupelo Honey, Table, Bouchon are alll good bets. Thirsty Monk has a good beer selection and a new bewpub, Lexington Avenue Brewery just opened. Have fun!

    1. The Grove Park Inn is far from the "pub style" but is certainly a nice place for a romantic dinner. It's somewhat expensive but well worth it!

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      1. re: captainJoel

        I've never eaten at GPI, but for what its worth, I think yours is the only positive review of the food I've read on this board.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          Honeymoon dinner...Fig or Admiral. Fig is a little "fancier" (but not too fancy, it's Asheville) and Admiral is more funky. You'll need a reservation for both and you will love either.

          Bar/Pub...new Lexington Avenue Brewery. Awesome beer and food.

          Local ingredient focus - brunch or lunch...Tupelo Honey, Early Girl, Sunny Point. All very "Asheville."

          Congrats and happy honeymoon!

          1. re: miss piggy

            Regarding Admiral reservations...harder and harder to get. I called a couple of times last Sat afternoon before the phone was answered, when I finally got through around 3:30, they initially offered me only after 9, but consented to 5 (opening) when I begged.

            Also, we stopped by Zambra and looked at the daily specials menu. Looked great. As in love as I am w/ the Admiral right now, I'm thinking if we get a dinner in Asheville this weekend, we may have to do a Zambra.

            As for beer, Beirgarten on Haywood has a big selection and a decent atmosphere, Barley's has a HUGE selection of beer, but a more mudane atmosphere and medicocre pizza. Thirsty Monk , also...my husband called it the most pretentious bar he'd ever been in . Green Man, another thought.

            For me, 12 Bones is my favorite place to have beer. They always have 5 LOCAL beers on DRAFT, and 10 oz $2 sizes available. (and of course an awesome lunch of ribs)

      2. I agree 100% with all the posts here. For casual options, I also adore Mela (Indian) and Salsa's (Latin-Caribbean). If you like spicy food, make sure you visit one of those places. Another MUST is Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, about 15 miles east of Asheville. It is way off the beaten path but the beers are outstanding and they are impossible to find outside of western NC. Blackbird is another great new(ish) place in also in Black Mountain, not close to Pisgah Brewing but not far, http://www.theblackbirdrestaurant.com/. Great locally sourced food, their brunch is killer. http://victuspopuli.com/

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        1. re: Victus Populi

          Mela is very good. Salsa's is very variable in food and even more so in service.
          I have never found either particularly spicy though - well flavored, yes. But spice is a rather individual thing. . .

        2. I'd go with Fig for your special romantic meal. They always have some interesting food combinations that nobody else is doing. I would also second the 12 Bones and Mela recommendations. And for good beer downtown just do some bar hopping (Thirsty Monk although they can occasionally be pretentious, Jack of the Woods, Barley's). It will give you a good glimpse of the Asheville scene.