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May 2, 2010 08:56 AM

Bat Cave, NC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am spending a week in Bat Cave, NC and will be traveling around that area. Any recomendations? I will be day tripping so we will travel for good food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks in advance!!!

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  1. Bat cave doesn't have a wide variety to offer since is it rather secluded. And it depends on what type of food and or atmosphere you are looking for. You might want to try the surrounding areas such as Asheville, Chimney Rock or Lake Lure. It's not really that far away to either of those locations. The roads are very curvy! It is beautiful this time of year and in the fall. If you want more info about Bat Cave you can check out epodunk. :) Happy traveling!

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    1. re: Rebecca Lynn WV

      Not far from Bat Cave is the Caro-Mi Restaurant in Tryon on Rt-176. Very nice family run place. Below is a link to a review of it.

      1. re: Rebecca Lynn WV

        We will be staying there but day tripping for a week. It's been 4 years since I've been in that area & looking fopr places to go.

        1. re: Rebecca Lynn WV

          So what is there in Chimney Rock or Lake Lure? I'm always curious about that area.

          Thai Nut...I think it's 25 miles or more to Caro-Mi...just mentioning that for the OP.

          1. re: danna

            Ya, I was thinking Caro-Mi is a pretty long drive from Bat Cave (and all or mostly slow roads). Be a pretty drive though probably. I've been to Caro-Mi a couple of times. You go for the "experience" and not really the food. It's not bad, but Asheville and Hendersonville have much better options as far as food quality, IMO and both are closer. But, Caro-Mi is a unique place and very "grandma's house" as someone said. The cabin atmosphere on the river is very nice and the BYOB aspect is nice too. Saves a little money and you can drink what you like! :)

            There isn't much in Chimney Rock and Lake Lure that is chowish. Admittedly, I haven't been there in the last few months though. There is a newish (less than a year) restaurant in the Esmarelda Inn that I've heard mixed things about, mostly good.

            I am considering the Tea House for Mother's Day brunch. Have heard good things about that (maybe from you??).

            What about Fairview?

            1. re: Scirocco

              The Tea House on lake lanier? Well...I HAVE had good things to say about it in the past...not great, but good. And an unbeatable view from the outdoor patio. However I took my Dad there for father's day last year and I thought the quality was somewhat decreased and the price went up from $20 to $30 with no mention when I called, so I was peaved. it was NOT worth $30 /head.

              Having had an awful experience Mothers day at some place on main st. H'ville that I can't even remember the name of now...I have sworn never to go out for Mother's day OR father's day...adding them to the list w/ NYE and V-day. So...good luck.

              1. re: danna

                yes, that's the one - Hmmm....yup, it's still $30. seemed a bit pricey to me too (and also why we are not doing Season's - $35, regular brunch is $20). La Riserva was your bad experience as I recall (no longer in business). We had a great Mother's Day brunch at Never Blue last year (and it was very reasonably priced - either $15 or $20, can't remember), but they aren't doing one this year. :-(

                well, I don't want to hijack this thread......guess we'll keep looking.

                1. re: Scirocco

                  oh, and duh. just realized the tea house is in Landrum. I knew it was Lake Lanier, but I was thinking that was near Lake Lure and relevant to this thread. sorry about that.

        2. If you do a search for Asheville and Hendersonville, you'll find lots of suggestions...I like Tupelo Honey, The Admiral, Zambra, Table and Salsa's in Asheville.

          Tupelo Honey Cafe
          12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

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          1. re: johnnya

            Speaking of Zambra and Table...i was talking with a lady at the farmer's market and she said Zambra and Table had bought out her supply of lamb hearts. Sure enough, i strolled by Zamra's menu and sure enough...lamb hearts.

            1. re: danna

              I'm glad to hear that they are buying local, but I don't think I'll be ordering lamb hearts! :-)

          2. Just signed on to Chowhound. Wondered if you had your visit to Bat Cave yet. If not, check out Black Mountain. It's closer than Asheville and very quaint with quite a few good restaurants, great galleries, plenty of events throughout the year. I think you might enjoy the atmosphere

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            1. re: lassy

              Just out of curiosity, is the Olympic Flame still open in Black Mountain? Nostalgia from my teen years I suppose, but you mentioned Black Mountain and I wondered.

              1. re: Nocturnalbill

                Olympic Flame has closed, I believe it closed abouut 2 or 3 years ago. It was a diner called Allisons for a short time after, now the building will soon be the home of the expanded Ole Gucamole.

                Black Mountain has some great places! Veranda is wonderful for lunch, Black Bird and Morning Glory too! For seafood Que Sera is some of the best creole seafood I've had in this area. Black Mountain even has a sushi bar now, Nori, its still getting the kinks out, its only been open about a week, but the food is great!

                Olympic Flame Restaurant
                1309 N Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

                Que Sera
                400 E State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711

                Morning Glory Cafe
                6 E Market St Ste A, Black Mountain, NC 28711

            2. Well, I came back from Bat Cave and found wonderful places all over the area! Vincenzo's Ristorante & Bistro in Ashville the 1st night - WOW! Authentic & delicious with a nice wine list. I had a $50 off coupon from as long as I spent $75. It was no problem! Downstairs had great live music. Next day we went to Hubba Hubba BBQ in Flat Rock, NC - OMG!!! ( One of the top BBQ's I have ever had. You gotta try their brisket! Sauces all home made. Great blacked eyed peas! Not easy to find but well worth it! Also had a coupon for Morning Glory Cafe in Black Mountain. They were OK. Interesting soups however the salad I had was pretty sparse for the price. Also had a coupon for Parise's New American Bistro in The Esmerelda in Chimney Rock. We had a wonderful breakfast there. I highly recommend checking out All the cupons I got were 80% off which came to $2.00 for a $50 coupon. About once a month on AOL they give you a code for 50% to 80% off and I scoop them up. They are good for a year! While in Asheville we went to the Farmers Market and then lunched at The Moose Café there. A MUST. ( No coupon but reasonable GOOD fresh Southern cooking! The rest was uneventful places. Thanx for all the input!

              Morning Glory Cafe
              6 E Market St Ste A, Black Mountain, NC 28711

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              1. re: Lovthebluz

                Interesting that you loved Moose and Vincenzo's in Asheville...they ususally don't get great reviews on this board. Glad you enjoyed them, though!

                1. re: miss piggy

                  ya, I was surprised by those too. Thought Vincenzo's was ok (bar downstairs very smoky - although not now I suppose!). Moose is pretty good for your everyday southern (big!) breakfast, but I'm a sweet breakfast person and didn't think those offerings were anything special. funky smell in the lobby area stuff. I guess it's good that they're cleaning though!! lol But, yes, glad you had fun!! Food experiences are so subjective. If you enjoyed it, that's all that matters! :)

                  I do agree though that is great! we use it all the time.