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ajavete Jan 26, 2011 04:00 AM

Staying at Rennaisance Asheville in early Feb...anyone have suggestions for good food not to miss in the area? Thanks

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    Tom from Raleigh Jan 26, 2011 04:16 AM

    I don't know your tastes. When I last dined in Asheville, I was blown away by The Admiral. The food reminded me of eating at Momofuku in New York.

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      grampart Jan 29, 2011 06:07 AM

      The Admiral is so good you should go there twice! Be sure to make reservations! Also agree on Early Girl and Tupelo Honey. Also, if the weather permits, drinks on the "veranda" at the Grove Park Inn can be very nice. Don't know about the food, though.

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      NANCY Jan 26, 2011 06:10 AM

      Admiral - drive or cab

      Table, Cucina 24, LAB, Bouchon, Mela, Modesto, Sante Wine Bar and many, many more are all within walking distance.

      Biltmore Village - drive or cab - Rezaz or Fig

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      Bouchon
      62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

      Cucina 24
      24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

      Sante
      1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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        Littleman Jan 26, 2011 07:37 AM

        Early Girl is nice. Tupelo Honey is also good. Table has excellent fine dining too.

        Early Girl Eatery @ 8 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 828 - 259 - 9292.
        http://www.earlygirleatery.com/
        Tupelo Honey Cafe @ 12 College Street, Asheville, NC 828 - 255 - 4863.
        http://www.tupelohoneycafe.com/
        Table @ 48 College Street, Asheville, NC 828 - 254 - 8980.
        http://tableasheville.com/

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          chezdy Jan 27, 2011 05:19 AM

          Bouchon is fantastic, Admirial slightly the tiniest bit overhyped but generally excellent.

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          Bouchon
          62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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            pilches Jan 27, 2011 06:55 AM

            Love the Admiral. Also love the lunch buffet at Mela. If you like Indian, it's a great deal and delicious food. Bouchon is good, especially the all you can eat mussel nights. We also like the Southern for dinner and Posano for breakfast/lunch. A nice bottle of wine and some great nibbles at Sante is a great way to start off the evening. I notice no one mentioned Limones which we really like for upscale Mexican/California type food and Salsa for Caribbean inspired, very large plates for lunch (we generally share). Table is also very good for lunch or dinner as is Fiore's for homestyle Italian or Cucina 24 for a more modern take on traditional Italian. There are really so many good choices in town, it's hard to decide. You really can't go wrong with any of the suggestions so far. Out of all the above, probably my least favorite is Modesto, but with so many other great options, it doesn't really matter .

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            Bouchon
            62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

            Cucina 24
            24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

            Limones
            13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801

            Sante
            1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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              NANCY Jan 27, 2011 11:25 AM

              A year ago I would have agreed with you on Modesto, but if you haven't been recently give it a try. They've really improved and it's now one of my top 10.

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                danna Jan 27, 2011 01:20 PM

                have you been there when the maitre d' was singing? odd. nice, but odd.

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                  Leepa Jan 27, 2011 02:52 PM

                  I agree. It's very odd.

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                    NANCY Jan 27, 2011 02:55 PM

                    Agreed, very odd. His name is Eric and he's actually pretty good. He also really enjoys singing, which is nice. I think it's a way of making Modesto just a little different.

                    Along the mediterranean coast, we would find it charming.

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                      Jeff C. Jan 28, 2011 05:46 AM

                      How about the food at Modesto? Any recent improvements? (Tried it, once, over a year ago and was decidedly underwhelmed.)

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                        NANCY Jan 30, 2011 02:00 PM

                        I think Hector definitly kicked it up a notch right after the remodeling was completed last year. I've been about 7 or 8 times since then and haven't been disappointed once. Very creative menu, whole fresh fish, excellent pizza and some really interesting appetizers. I had a meat & cheese platter to start that had the most delicious strawberry, allspice, cloves & something ??? else jam as a foil to the richness of the meat. Delicious.

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                          Jeff C. Jan 30, 2011 02:12 PM

                          Thanks, Nancy. Sounds like I need to give them another try.

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                          chezdy Jan 30, 2011 05:57 PM

                          Not surprised...Hector has been coasting on a reputation he must have had years ago - In my opinion his places have a nice facade...

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                            danna Jan 31, 2011 10:43 AM

                            "nice facade" It's ironic how things change. When I first started eating Hector's food, he didn't even have tables. Seriously, you leaned on a counter that went around the inside of the tiny space or you found a park bench. And his food was spectacular...it glowed.

                            I have been in Modesto since they changed the interior, but I didn't eat anything (long story). I hope it has improved. It always showed flashes of brilliance but could never get it together.

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                              Jeff C. Jan 31, 2011 11:44 AM

                              Last time my food was glowing I had to call for a hazmat team. <smiley>

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                    pilches Jan 29, 2011 05:47 AM

                    Thanks, Nancy, I will have to try it again. We were there over a year ago and were not impressed with the food at all, but will definitely revisit when we return in the spring.

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