Asheville, NC, getaway
Taking a mid-winter break next month and travelling to a chalet in Asheville, NC, to kick back with fireplace, hot tub and mountain scenery. Plan to eat out in Asheville once a day. Coming from the Nashville, TN, region, what shouldn't we miss restaurant-wise in Asheville? Not looking for elegant, just different from the usual fare I can get any day back home.
You won't go wrong with Zambras. Go take a look at their website.
Zambra Spanish Wine Tapas & Cuisine
85 W. Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801
12 Bones for BBQ.
White Duck Taco for nuevo tacos.
Storm Rhum Bar for drinks and nibbles.
Curate for tapas.
Limones for upscale Cali-Mex.
The Admiral for eclectic neuvo-southern.
I'd like to add in The Junction in the river arts district. I've decided White Duck is more about a cool vibe than great food, so if I want to hit the funky RAD, I'm headed to The Junction. Now open for lunch on Sat and Sun i'm happy to report.
I had the smoked salmon and poached egg on grits cake on SAturday and every component was just right. That's house hot smoked salmon, not the often-icky, usually- purchased cold smoked kind.
Otherwise, Jeff's list minus Limones, plus Zambra and Sunny Point would be my list.
I didn't come anywhere CLOSE to saying White Duck was "so bad". I like it OK, and I think the Bankok shrimp taco is just spectacular. Everything else I've had there has ranged from good to so-so to not-so-good (jerk chicken). I'm just saying that while I think it would be successful to some degree on the strength of the food, it would not be such a phenomenon if not for the eye-catching menus, comfortable eating spaces in and out, and general hip vibe.
The Junction (Dinner is awesome, brunch on Sat and Sun is very good).
The Admiral (Dinner)
Curate (Its awesome)
Zambra (dinner cocktails)
Sunny Point (breakfast/lunch)