Asheville HomeGrown on Merrimon (Former Picnic's location)
Has anybody else tried it? I went for lunch on Friday, had the chicken pot pie, and it was tasty enough to bring me back to try more. The ambience is pretty sparse, but they JUST opened up--from what I read in the Xpress, they just signed the lease in June or July, so it's pretty amazing that they're already up and running! The lady taking orders was having some problems with the register, but was as attentive as she could be given the situation, and the food came out really quickly.
Curious to know if anyone else has given it a shot and what your impressions are.
According to the website, the owners/chefs are dedicated to local, seasonal produce and food, and their prices are really decent. For those of us who work in the area, it's great to have another lunch option!
The menu looks great,prices are reasonable and they are open untill nine for dinner.
A salad bar for $5 - what is that like?
I went for lunch today and enjoyed it. I had a roasted lamb sandwich in a pita with cucumber and goat cheese and some good skinny fries. I want to go back and try some of the entrees.
Mustard Girl: The salad bar looked a little sparse the day that I was there, but I'm guessing that it's something that will be built up more as time goes on. It looked decent, but not intriguing enough to pull me away from the promise of chicken gravy. ;) (sorry, I could move this up to where it belonged, in reply to your post. My system's being CRANKY!)
What a great addition to the neighborhood! I really like this place. I had the BBQ tempeh sandwich - big chunks of marinated tempeh served on a toasted wheat hoagie (delicious bread), sprouts, tomato (somehow still summery and flavorful) and asian slaw. For my side I opted for the spinach and sushroom risotto and while a little on the greasy/buttery side, it was really, really good. Big portions and low prices (half my risotto left over to enjoy with another meal) make this place is a great deal.
I will say though...do not go here for the salad bar. It looked fresh but is very minimal. I think the only offerings were spinach, tomato, carrots, mushroom, sprouts, cukes and a rice salad. They do offer this plus a soup for only $6.50 though, so if you like minimalistic salads this could be a good deal for you. But it's nothing like the Greenlife or EarthFare bars.
Service was great and the place is cute. I wish them the best.