Our dining group tried Asheville Public this past Wednesday night. There were 15 of us and we sampled almost everything on the menu. Favorites were the various house sausages ~ they came on a bun, a side condiment and chips. Mine was the jambalaya, somewhat spicy with a side of delicious red sauerkraut (I ordered, as did most of us, without the bun). The Ruben was also a hit ~ they cure the corned beef in house. Kale salad was excellent as was the watercress salad (it was a special that night).
My favorite was the cheese plate appetizer ~ it is probably the best I have had in WNC. Five different cheeses from all over the world ~ Gloucester Cheddar Chive, Triple Creme Creameaux, Parmesan from Argentina, a creamy goat cheese and the most amazing, heavily veined Buttermilk Blue from Wisconsin. It came with toasts (a few more would have been good), nuts and some dried apricots. Curate was my favorite for cheese, but now......I'm dreaming about that blue.
Kudos to our server Katie. She deftly handled our large party, keeping us well supplied with drinks and had absolutely no problem with separate checks. As an added bonus ~ Wednesday nights are 1/2 price bottles of wine. Everybody had a great time and are looking forward to a return visit.
My wife and I were there Friday evening and had a nice experience. The menu is relatively limited with a focus on the house-made sausages. We started with the fried calamari app - the calamari was flash fried with a light coating, served on a bed of arugula and topped with a spicy aioli. The coating was a little salty, but the calamari was very tender and we enjoyed the combination of flavors. I had the blacked catfish reuben which was good; however, the fried grouper reuben at the East Village Grille is better. My wife had the burger and commented that it is as good as any she has had in Asheville (and we have tried them all). The burger was good and thick and they did not skimp on the cheese. The restaurant was busy and fairly noisy - not the place for an intimate dinner. The server was personable and did a nice job. The kitchen was fairly fast getting the food out. Our appetizer was delivered only a few minutes after we ordered. The tab for an appetizer, two sandwiches, two beers, one glass of wine and tax - $44.
Definitely worth a return visit - especially when going to the Gray Eagle for a show.