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Feb 7, 2011 05:35 AM

3 Days in Asheville

Traveling to Asheville at the end of February for a conference and need breakfast and supper recs. I will be staying near Biltmore, and meetings run from 9-5 all days, so I will need recs for early and somewhat quick mornings especially. My priorities are good coffee, local sourcing, and clean meat.

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  1. Early Girl Eatery is downtown and serves great food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They open at 7:30 AM. The Admiral is the best restaurant for fine dining now days. Corner Kitchen is nice also. It opens at 7:30 AM for breakfast and serves lunch and dinner. It's close to Biltmore.



    Corner Kitchen
    3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

    Early Girl Eatery
    8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

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    1. re: Littleman

      Agree that the Admiral is probably one of the best in Asheville right now, but it is not fine dining in the sense of "white table cloth" restaurants. This place is a dive with a capital D. Do not let that put you off....the Admiral should be on your must visit list. Be careful where you park around the Admiral. On street is best, most of the business lots are private and they will tow you.

      In Biltmore Village you can try Fig or Rezaz, both excellent. If you're in a hurry, dine on the Enoteca side of Rezaz.

      Admiral ~ http://theadmiralnc.com/
      Rezaz ~ http://www.rezaz.com/site.html
      Fig ~ http://www.figbistro.com/

    2. I like City Bakery for a quick breakfast and good coffee. It's an order-at-the-counter type place, for a coffee and bagel, etc.

      Early Girl and Over Easy would be my choices if I wanted a sit-down full breakfast. Both just a little farther than City.

      There are tons of threads here on dinner, and really, unless you don't have a car, everything in Asheville is close enough not to worry about location.

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      1. re: danna

        The Double Decker bus is close to City Bakery and they have great coffee and lattes, etc. A unique experience as well!

      2. A much better fine dining choice is the Market Place downtown on Wall St. I just had an excellent meal there last week. The atmosphere is superb, the food is just as good as the Admiral and the price point is about the same. Atmosphere at the Admiral sucks wind unless your idea of atmosphere is hanging around a seedy bar with a bunch of losers drinking PBR.

        Market Place
        20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

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        1. re: forestd

          GAAH! Calling The Admiral a "dive" drives me bonkers. I know they put up the "dive" neon as a little joke and everything, but....The Admiral's not a dive. Anybody who calls it that has never actually been in a REAL DIVE. Take it from somebody who spent a shady amount of her foolish youth overindulging deep in the environs of various rustbelt punk clubs, working man saloons, and supermercado taquerias. The Admiral ain't a dive.

          The building is a former blue-collar neighborhood bar. It's CLEAN. The neighborhood isn't particularly shady, it's just not gentrified. Yet. I don't think the PBR breaks out until the late-night crowd starts showing up. These days the cleintele is skewing more AARP-age for dinner. The food's PHENOMENAL, the atmosphere is funky...it's great if you like amazing food without paying for pretense and pomp.

          That said, I'm curious about The Market Place, too! ;)

          1. re: dingey

            so what you're saying is ... the Admiral calls itself a dive so sheltered little middle-class foodies like myself can feel all edgy and hip ? ;-)

            sunny point: last time I went it was a Saturday around 2 or 3. You can get the breakfast-y stuff anytime.

            1. re: danna

              HA! yes, that's it exactly! I had never really thought about it in those specific terms--I should probably keep my mouth shut lest I spoil a truly crafty marketing scheme!

              --Dingey {who is actually totally a middle-class foodie herself these days, with just enough trace of dirt left under her fingernails to suffer the occasional "voice of the street" delusion before feeling buffoonish... ;^) }

        2. Hit up Sunny Point for the best breakfast within 100 miles. (in West Asheville however...)
          Tupelo Honey is fantastic as well.
          Asheville is full of good places - Have fun!

          Tupelo Honey Cafe
          12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

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          1. re: jbyoga

            I've been curious about Sunny Point for ages because i hear nothing but raves...is there any particular day of the week when it's easy to get a table without a long wait?

            1. re: dingey

              There's always a wait on weekends, but during the week it's much easier to get in. Of course, I'm usually in town in the summer months which automatically makes it more crowded. It's definitely worth the wait for breakfast.

          2. thanks for all of these.
            what about Sunday night? Both Admiral and Market Place are closed

            Market Place
            20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

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            1. re: pheebs

              Rezaz or Corner Kitchen or Fig in Biltmore Village. Cucina 24, Table, Modesto or

              Limones in downtown.

              Corner Kitchen
              3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

              Cucina 24
              24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

              13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801