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2 days in Asheville, we need help.....

My wife and I arrived in Asheville for lunch which we went straight to 12 bones..We both got the pulled pork plate which was fantastic! Their sides were also incredible, we had jalepeno grits and corn pudding that was killer! For dinner we went to Zambra, the tapas place downtown. Some dishes were better than others, but all in all it was very good. I've heard alot about alot of resaurants in Asheville and only have two days left here. The ones weve heard are do not miss places include The Admiral, Rezaz, Fig, Corner Kitchen, & Red Stag. Ive also heard Rosettas is great, and that Table is great for local flavors. We need help, as time will run out quickly...Can we do any of these for lunch?? Which ones should we not miss?? Are there any others we would be missing out on???

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  1. The Admiral is not open for lunch. Table is, but not on Tuesdays, if that helps any. Those would probably be my top 2 choices. My understanding is that reservations are a must now for the Adm. I'd also do breakfast at Tupelo Honey, if you haven't yet.

    1. Rosetta's is open for lunch. I really like it - but it's very casual and eclectic. The food could best be described as vegetarian soul food. Breakfast is also good at Early Girl.

      1. Personnally, I would take a pass on Corner Kitchen, I've only been there once but found it mediocre. i've been to Table twice, lunch both times, and thought it was mediocre, bordering on bad. Admiral and Fig are not open at lunch, those would be my dinner choices.

        Rosettas IS great...if you're in the mood for hippy-food. I always get the peanut butter tofu and sweet potato fries. (it may be veg - but it ain't health food) My husband hates the place, it may be an acquired taste. If you want vegetarian, you could also consider Laughing Seed, a bit more mainstream than Rosettas.

        I know you're trying to pick from the list you noted, but I'd recommend going to Sunny Point over any of them for lunch.

        Sounds like you're doing the town right so far...have fun! (you better hurry w/ that Admiral reservation)

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        1. re: danna

          Fig is open for lunch and it's terrific. Go all the time.

          1. re: LifeisGood58

            oh, sorry for the bad info. not sure how I got that in my head. what do they serve at lunch?

            1. re: danna

              Fig has nice salads and soups at lunch. Main courses are a little pricey but it's a good way to experience the restaurant without paying higher dinner prices. I am dying to try their brunch, too. From their website:
              Soup, salad and grilled cheese sandwich 10
              Macaroni Gratin with applewood bacon and a simple green salad 9
              Quiche of the Day with salade verte aux herbes 10
              Bolognese 11
              Cuban Sandwich, ham, pork rillette, swiss cheese, cornichons 10
              Egg Salad Sandwich, capers, celery and herbs 9
              Burger, grilled red onions, bacon, swiss cheese 10
              Scottish Salmon, braised red cabbage, polenta, chive essence 12
              Lamb Sausage, cous cous, raita, harissa vinaigrette 12
              Chicken Breast, panzanella, niƧoise, sun-dried tomato, balsamic 12
              Hanger Steak, roast fingerling potatoes, caramelized shallot and red wine sauce 13

              and a few more

        2. I enjoyed The Laughing Seed (vegetarian). It seemed pretty good all around.

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          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            I've had really mixed experiences at the Laughing Seed - sometimes great, sometimes downright bad. Any recent experiences to share? It's been about 6 months since I've been (wondering how they're trending...)

            1. re: BullCityChow

              I love it. Their brunch is my favorite in town. We go often and I've never had anything bad.

          2. I would pass on Rezaz's. The last two time I have been there my food has been absolutely terrible in both quality and preperation. I will not return for a very, very long time.

            1. I'd definitely consider Table. Jacob Sessoms, chef/owner, is a semi-finalist for Best Chef: Southeast 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. I am lucky enough to dine there often (dinner) and have never had anything less than a wonderful meal.
              http://www.jamesbeard.org/files/2010_...

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              1. re: NANCY

                You know, after we had our first mediocre lunch, I told my husband we should not go back until we could go for dinner (since I kept hearing good reviews on TAble). And the menu really looks excellent at dinner. But time passed, and we never wound up there at dinner, and finally tried it for lunch again w/ unfortunate results. Now I really do regret that lunch....

                You guys are lucky to live in Asheville. We're probably going out in G'ville tonight and there really are no decent casual choices other than sushi. Despite being disappointed in Table , I would sure as heck go there tonight if it were in Gville, and the same is true for quite a number of A'ville restaurants. (if that makes any sense)

              2. Ok, so we did Tupelo Honey for breakfast and thought it was great..mostly the honey and the jam though... \For lunch we had Corner kitchen..They have a corn crab chowder that I tought was incredible! I just had a reuben, but it was not an overwhelming size (which is a plus) and was excellent. Were doing The Admiral tonight, and I can not wait to see for ourselves...I have read so many polorizing reviews on this restaurant. I think were gonna like it! We have one more day, and deciding dinner tomorrow...any last convincing??

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                1. re: jonfrank604

                  I have had mixed experiences at Tupelo Honey. Had great pancakes and then, another time, had pretty dry and bland french toast. I would try Sunny Point for breakfast tomorrow if you haven't already decided on somewhere else. I haven't been, but people I trust on here say it's great.

                  Glad you had a good experience at Corner Kitchen. Mixed reviews on here. My husband and i were just there for dinner on Friday (I was eyeing that chowder, but didn't get it!). My husband got the swordfish which was fantastic (very moist unlike most places that overcook it). I had the triggerfish with panaag curry (an odd combo, I know, but I love panaag curry) and it was good, but too salty. apps (venison sliders) and dessert (bread pudding) were excellent. We have had good experiences at Rezaz, but haven't been in several months. Fig is great. Have had mediocre experience at Table for dinner. Not bad, but didn't blow us away (for the price). But, am wondering if I need to try dinner there again sometime? Red Stag has not gotten great reviews here, although I'm maybe remembering it has gotten better? (except for the dead animals which are still on the wall! LOL) Am glad you got to 12 Bones - they are soooooo good! Another place we like is Bouchon. easy on the wallet, not large portions. Quiche, mussels, le croque monsieur frites, all good. Only miss there was a fish I wasn't crazy about. Also, Fiore's Ristorante Toscana has been getting really good reviews lately on tripadvisor. Not that you need to add more to the confusion!! LOL

                  Oh, and don't forget the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (open late - I was just there last night!) for all things chocolate and Sisters McMullen for cupcakes/baked goods. :)

                  1. re: Scirocco

                    For your one last dinner if you are in the mood for "elegant" (by Asheville standards - it is not stuffy or pretentious, just nice) I'd choose Fig in Biltmore Village. Limones would be another top choice for kickass margaritas and fresh, flavorful Cali-Mex (not sloppy Tex-Mex). The interior is lively and the food is great. Bouchon would be my #3. Cute, cozy French bistro. Entrees can run a little pricey but you can also make a meal out of the many different appetizers.

                    If you can make it to Sunny Point, that would be my top choice for lunch or a big breakfast. It is fabulous.

                    1. re: miss piggy

                      Thank you so much for all of your help, we had a great trip Asheville. The prices are great here too! You gotta love hippies! Last night we ended up Rezaz, as lots of locals recommended that as their favorite. It was very good, mediteranean, with creative flavor combinations. We will definately have to come back as we still wanted to try lots of things. The Admiral was by far our favorite, we will come back just for that plenty!