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Dec 15, 2010 10:43 AM

Open and delicious in Asheville on Christmas eve/Christmas Day

Hello! My fiance and I are going to be visiting his Grandmother in Asheville for Christmas. She doesn't cook very much and we're looking for some delicious options. Doesn't have to be fancy, but has to be good!

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  1. I don't really know about Christmas, but we were just there for Thanksgiving and it was slim pickings. Asheville looked like a ghost town with maybe three places open. We had a wonderful dinner at Fiore's which I posted about. I do believe they are open Christmas. There is a website that lists all the independently owned restaurants in Asheville and what their holiday hours are. I don't remember what it is, but you can Google it and find out what will be open.

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    1. Use the list and make reservations - I once ended up at Waffle House on Christmas after driving around town for hours looking for a spot!

      1. Have been to Vincenzo's on Christmas Eve - it was quite festive, and definitely passable food (I don't remember what we had, but that it was pretty good).

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        1. re: BullCityChow

          I made reservations for Christmas day at Vincenzo's. Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be better than retirement home food.

          1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

            Oh yeah - we got stuck doing that at Thanksgiving (family wouldn't go) and ended up with Chinese Takeout for dinner (after a not edible lunch).

            1. re: BullCityChow

              If it isn't too late, I would definitely pick Fiore's over Vincenzo's. Fiore's is much, much better (and price points should be about the same).

              1. re: miss piggy

                Must agree with miss piggy. If you can get into Fiore's, it is way better than Vincenzo's.

        2. What about The Bistro at the Biltmore or Table? Which is better?

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          1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

            I've never eaten at the Bistro at Biltmore, but I love Table.

            1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

              Both are very good but the bistro would probably be more festive.

              1. re: pilches

                We ended up not going to the Bistro at the Biltmore - couldn't justify paying $50 a head entrance fee to eat dinner.

            2. Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! We ended up going to Table and had a lovely dinner. It wasn't too loud for Grandma and there was plenty on the menu that appealed to everyone. I had the Foie Gras on Stollen Bread for a starter and the Venison over Potatoes for my main. Both were out of this world. My fiance had the charcuterie plate and porkchop - also perfectly done. Grandma's Tasmanian salmon was a little underdone for her tastes, but she really enjoyed the roasted sweet onion puree under the salmon. I was underwhelmed by desert, but the other two ate them up! Poached pear with eggnog ice cream and a chocolate "budino". Both too sweet and not savory enough for my tastes. The snow put a damper on our other Christmas plans, but I need to give a shout out to Claire at Olive or Twist for handling a busy bar with no staff with great aplomb. Also, Olive or Twist's house made potato chips are mindblowingly good.

              48 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

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              1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

                Glad you had a great dinner! With slim pickings on Christmas day, you did well. The Bistro at Biltmore is definitely not worth paying $50 just to go there IMO. But, it is a good option if you are already there seeing other things. And if you come back some time and do Biltmore, get your tickets online via their site. It's usually the cheapest option.