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Tingle (Asheville)

Has anyone tried Tingle Cafe yet?

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  1. All I've had were sodas since we had just eaten when we walked past. If they take the same kind of care with the food, it may be good. My husband's ginger ale was ginger simple syrup, bitters, soda, shaken in a cocktain shaker, fresh ginger grated over the top, and then a mint leaf. Similar on my fauxhito.

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    1. re: danna

      Ooooohhh. That ginger ale sounds amazing. I adore ginger. We have headed that way several times but just keep getting side tracked. I'll report back as soon as I make it, hopefully before the weekend!

      1. re: caiogirl

        did you ever have the ginger ice cream at the place on Merrimon (closed now) ? It was great! i think Ultimate has a ginger flavor as well.

        1. re: danna

          The Hop? They just moved up the street. They're next door to Rise 'n Shine Cafe.

          1. re: Leepa

            oops. i didn't mean merrimon, I meant Montford. it was right past 240 from downtown.

              1. re: Leepa

                I never had ginger ice cream. Sounds so good! I am pretty obsessed with the "ginger snap" martini at Umi. Is sooooo fresh and amazing. Not at all sweet!

    2. Where is Tingle Cafe located?

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      1. Finally went by there for dinner on Friday night. I have to say I was overall very impressed. The service was attentive and friendly. I had a Tingle-ale which was as mentioned before, a fresh homemade ginger ale. For dinner I had the fried catfish, it came with slaw and two sides. I had collards and cheese grits. Servings sizes were huge! The catfish was some of the best I have ever had. My boyfriend kept stealing it and was very happy when I had a huge portion left over. The collards were also very good. The cheese grits were a little dry and boring for my taste, I would not get them again.
        My boyfriend had their fried chicken, it came with flash fried green and two sides. He had the savory bread pudding and slaw. He thought the chicked was the best he had had in the area. Juicy and well seasoned, I'm not a huge fried chicken fan so I can't comment. The bread pudding was pretty awesome with tomatos, mushrooms and a delicious au jus. The slaw was very fresh, I liked it, boyfriend said he wasn't as impressed.
        For dessert, we split a piece of blueberry pie with lemon cream. I am not a huge blueberry lover, but found this to be good. My boyfriend loved it.
        For the huge portions of food, dessert ginger soda and a beer the total with out tip was 29 bucks! We could not believe how cheap it was.
        the only complaint I would have is the table set up, the building is neat but there is a lack of privacy which I enjoy when dining out. We were sat in the middle of the restaurant and both felt rather exposed. This certinally would not stop us from going back though! Overall, I think everyone looking for good solid casual/comfort food at amazing prices should give it a try!

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        1. re: caiogirl

          Thanks caiogirl
          Finally someone has eaten there

          1. re: mustardgirl

            My wife and I ate there last night and found the service to be spotty and the food to be hit or miss. I think they have a lot of potential though if they can tighten it up...

        2. We tried them for lunch. My sandwich was good, but a little smallish. If it was priced any higher I would have felt it was too much. Service was fine. I liked the wider than usual variety of sides. Tried the lavender lemonade. Was underwhelmed.

          Our lunch was on the late side. The kitchen sounded like they were prepping for the evening. Rather loud machine sounds, perhaps blenders ran off and on. It was a tad intrusive. Front door wouldn't shut when people came in went, increasing the warmth factor a bit. Little things to get the kinks out of.

          There was enough of interest that I would try them again.

          1. I'm sad someone you all have had what sounds like mediocre experiences at Tingle, I'll have to try again. Maybe I was just super hungry that night as our food was really good hmmm. Oh and PS try The Southern, the new place that opened up next to LAB. It is so good!

            1. yes ate there a few days ago - had mac & cheese for an appetizer (wife insisted) - good. Wife had a catfish salad - good - good greens, dressing & the crispy fried catfish was a nice texture balance - I had the bacon wrapped meatloaf which was quite food also.

              I'd say the cuisine was shooting for Tupleo Honey, with the Asheville funk atmosphere toned down a bit - will go back.

              1. I have eaten dinner there once and lunch once. At dinner, we had the Oyster Rockefeller Puffs, which were very tasty. I had the Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf, fried okra fingers & seasonal veggies for dinner as a suggestion from the waitress. It was WONDERFUL. My husband was mad he didn't order it. Good, cheap local beers on tap. For lunch, I tried one of their housemade sodas (I can't remember which flavor, sorry!) and got the Cobb Salad. Very yummy. i can't get over how affordable this place is and the food quality is great. I am a huge fan of Sazerac as well so I really hope they both do well, so they'll stay open!

                1. We ate there again last week. Again had a really good dining experience. The service continues to be somewhat spotty, waiting for drink refills, no extra condiments as asked ect.

                  My boyfriend had the short rib sandwhich and declared it the best sandwhich in Asheville. He did say he wished it were a bit bigger and I have to agree it was on the small side. I had a sandwhich special which was also good. We had collards and grits for sides. Boyfriend liked the girts, I thought they were ok. We both liked the collards. We still can't get over the awesome prices and really wish them much success!

                  1. The website is tinglescafe.com

                    1. have to report that we finally tried Tingle (saturday lunch). My chicken fricassee was goupy and bland. Sweet potato fries were eh...i've had better and worse. Collards pretty decent. I've already forgotten what my husband had...but he didn't care for it and we won't be back. Didn't hate it, but too many other good things in Asheville. Too bad, i had high hopes for this place.

                      Oh yeah, lavendar lemonade was very good...i'm still high on their sodas.

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                      1. re: danna

                        I understand they have started Sunday Brunch