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Charlotte, Ashville and Savannah - Best Southern Food Picks???? Hole in the wall places?

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chowbellagirl Nov 7, 2011 02:26 PM

Hi, Need your food advice.
We are visiting Charlotte, Ashville and Savannah in next week or so, and searching for best Southern down-home restaurants. Could be fried chicken shack, seafood , or BBQ. Looking for restaurants, you can't find elsewhere. ( No "ethnic" restaurants, or "fine dining" establishments serving hotel food that you can get elsewhere. )
We love chicken, bbq, seafood, hole in the wall restaurants. Don't mind upscale real Southern food.

Thanks much!

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  1. Notaslavetofashion RE: chowbellagirl Nov 8, 2011 08:54 AM

    For Charlotte, some holes in the wall are: Price's for great fried chicken (take out only, limited hours and ignore th very vocal minority on here who say it isn't good, its excellent), Green's in Uptown (as our Downtown area is known) for hot dogs, Brooks Sandwich shop for burgers, Simmons Fourth Ward Restaurant for soul food and Krazy Fish for, well, lots of things.

    Asheville: Admiral, 12 Bones, Tupelo Honey, White Duck Taco Shop.

    You might also want to do a search on here, as all 3 cities are discused often

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    Tupelo Honey Cafe
    12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

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      cbwilson RE: chowbellagirl Nov 27, 2011 09:23 AM

      In Asheville, check out Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack. Wonderful fried chicken slathered in hot spices and sauce, from mild to Mount St. Hell No (which I've tried and recommend for masochists/thrill-seekers--my body responded to the chili pepper like a drug!). Sides are pretty good, from mac n cheese, collards, you know, the basics--I think a friend of mine had corn fritters there that were good. This is more of a "hole in the wall" Southern place than most in Asheville. Honestly, most of the down-home places in Asheville will be glossy, glitzy, and more than a little fusion-y. If you want down-home food that is basic, not amazing, but will hit the spot and doesn't offer ginger compote or "Asian" slaw or ... ya know, on their meats, check out the Moose Cafe.

      Most folks will swear by 12 Bones for bbq but I love love love Luella's. NEVER been disappointed there, and the waits and odd hours at 12 Bones is enough to kill the joy for me. At Luella's get the ribs and whatever side is the special. And they usually have draft specials, so you can sample one of Asheville's numerous home brews.

      Not a fan of Tupelo Honey but it's worth a shot. If the line is long, Mayfel's is right next door and IMHO just as good. Early Girl Eatery is super yummy, too.

      The Admiral has the best food I've had in Asheville. Incredible. Worth the price.

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      Tupelo Honey Cafe
      12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

      Early Girl Eatery
      8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

      Mayfel's
      22 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

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      1. re: cbwilson
        danna RE: cbwilson Nov 28, 2011 05:34 AM

        just to comment on your mention of breakfast places: I don't just love Tupelo Honey either, but it's reasonably solid, and I'll eat there if I don't have to wait in line. Early Girl I've sworn off after several bad lunch experiences but breakfast (except for the pancakes) is OK, and Mayfels was downright bad the one time I went. You don't mention Sunny Point, which I think is head and shoulders above the others, so I'm wondering what you think of that one.

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        Tupelo Honey Cafe
        12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

        Mayfel's
        22 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

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