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Dec 1, 2011 08:10 PM

A couple of days in Asheville

Made a short trip to Asheville and read up on our options here (as we always do) before going. Here are our impressions;

White Duck Taco is definitely worth going to. We had 3 tacos (white duck, fish and black bean) as well as chips with 3 fresh salsas and a couple of iced teas. Out for less than $20 (before tip) and every pleased with the quality.

Louella's BBQ. Had a light supper of ribs and sides one evening and it was good. Since we used to live in TX and now live in CO it's nice to get back to SC style ribs.

Moose Cafe. Neither of us are big fans of the "country breakfast" concept but this was good, although (as I think others said) they seem to be too liberal with the salt. Biscuits were good and the apple butter (which I haven't had in 45 years), while not what I was used to was good.

Had the lunch buffet at the Deer Park facility as the Biltmore. Normally I don't care for buffets but this was the "Thanksgiving" dinner (week after Thanksgiving) and it was good. It was "real" turkey instead of the "factory produced" turkey roll. I looked over the carving station before committing to make sure. For $18.00 per head I was happy with it.

I have friends that go to Asheville every 2-3 years but I don't see any reason for us to do so. We did enjoy ourselves and even got up to the Grove Park Inn. Spent an hour or two looking at the entries in the Gingerbread house contest and had a drink. We looked over two of the restaurants and the prices didn't look as high as we expected. But we weren't very hungry so we had the light supper at Louella's.

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  1. "I have friends that go to Asheville every 2-3 years but I don't see any reason for us to do so."

    I wish I could go to Asheville every 2 or 3 days!

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    1. re: Notaslavetofashion

      I wish I were in AVL right now drinking mimosas at Sunny Point...okay, back to work

      1. re: winefuhrer

        That is a strange comment. I can't get enough of Asheville or the bounty of great food it has to offer!

    2. "I have friends that go to Asheville every 2-3 years but I don't see any reason for us to do so."

      I'm glad you had a decent time while you were here and am sorry your visit wasn't good enough to make you want to come back.

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      1. re: Leepa

        We did enjoy ourselves immensely although maybe it didn't come across in my original post. While I can certainly appreciate the love that all of you feel toward Asheville and the Applachians we live in the foothills of the ROCKY MOUNTAINS and it's about 1500 miles each way for us. OTOH Vail is about 2 hours!

        1. re: notfatfrank

          I certainly understand. Home is where the heart is, as they say. I've been to Vail and the ROCKY MOUNTAINS and I prefer our more gentle mountains and the home and vibe that is Asheville. ; )

      2. Totally agree with you on White Duck Taco. Loved the duck tacos too. One of the best values in town.

        1. With the exception of White Duck Taco, you didn't exactly hit the highlights of the Asheville dining scene. Just wondering: Did you solicit recommendations here before your visit?

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          1. re: Jeff C.

            Well Jeff, I didn't come on and ask for recs, I just read most of the threads that covered the last two years. We weren't planning on any "date night" type dinners, due to a health issue we were not going to eat much after about 4:00 PM, so "nice" dinners were kind of out.

            I certainly didn't (mean to) imply disappointment with any of our choices, nor mean to imply that the food scene in Asheville was lacking. I was just putting my opinion on here for those that are interested in it.

              1. re: notfatfrank

                Don't feel bad Notfatfrank - Asheville people are very touchy about their restaurants.A while back I made the mistake of being less than enthusiastic about a place that I felt was too much razzle and not enough dazzle, and I was jumped on for being a food Philistine.

                1. re: eimac

                  I can sure believe that eimac. It's funny though, when I read the threads prior to our trip there seemed to be a lack of consensus about every place EXCEPT White Duck Taco. So it was kind of on our "can't miss" list. Moose Cafe was kind of a tip of the hat to our friends who visit Asheville often, and "might" think that I'm a bit of a food snob. Besides, it was on our way out of town.
                  Having spent some time driving around downtown I really didn't feel like going there for any meals, particularly not breakfast.
                  We have often had great luck in eating at places that were never mentioned on here. In fact on one trip earlier this year we ate at a place that had been ignored on here, posted a glowing review and have since seen several other posts singing its praises.


                  1. re: notfatfrank

                    In the reply I got for my less than enthusiastic review I was told that the place served foods that provided " an explosion of different flavors. in your mouth." I tend toward foods that use ingredients that compliment each other and avoid the pyrotechnic method of throwing disparate ingredients together for the sake of novelty. LIke everything else in life - it's each to his own.

                    1. re: notfatfrank

                      What place are you referring to, notfatfrank? I'd love to hear your recommendation!

                      1. re: miss piggy

                        It's the "Flying Monkey" (maybe "Funky Monkey") in the town that's the entrance to Zion National Park in Southern Utah. If you're ever in the area give it a try.