Trip to Asheville and Charleston
My cousin and her husband are going to be in Asheville and Charleston for a week in late June. They have been living in Europe for the past 10 years and since he is from Chile, my cousin wants it to be an introduction to American life and cooking. I'd like to send her a couple of places in each city that you feel are representative of what American restaurants do best - local ingredients and specialities, solid cooking without any "gourmet" pretensions. A nice wine list would not be unappreciated, but not necessary. They will be at B&B's so they will look for lunch and dinner spots.
In Asheville, please don't let them miss Early Girl Eatery. We stayed outside Asheville for a week last year and had this place twice. It was excellent each time and I'd love to go back. Local, fresh ingredients and not pretentious.
We also had 12 Bones twice. Excellent ribs and mashed sweet potatoes. Great old school BBQ joint with a nice beer selection, and quite affordable. Don't miss this either.
Early Girl Eatery
8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801
If it's not too late, here's my opinion:
Asheville: Admiral, Tupelo Honey, and the local microbreweries (so many)
Charleston: Cru, Amen Street Raw Bar, Slightly North of Broad (SNOB)
Slightly North of Broad
192 East Bay St., Charleston, SC 29401
Tupelo Honey Cafe
12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801