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glecroy Sep 30, 2012 05:04 PM

A group of 8 family members (2 couples about 60, 2 couples about 25) will be in Asheville (actually staying in Arden) for a long weekend in October. We have reservations at Curate and The Admiral on Friday and Sunday nights. How is the south Tupelo Honey? How does the south location of 12 Bones compare to Big J's Bubba Q? We are also considering White Duck, Sunny Point, Junction, Desoto Lounge, and food trucks. Too many choices and not enough time, as usual when we travel. Biltmore Friday afternoon, watching college football games on Saturday for the guys, girls may go to River Arts District, Sunday, maybe hike, maybe Grove Park Inn. What should we not miss, both in terms of food and activities? Some are very interested in brewpubs, Wedge, Thirsty Monk, Frenchbroad Brewery. Are these the best 3 options for those who like beer? Which are best for those of us who don't?
Thanks! Gail

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    miss piggy RE: glecroy Sep 30, 2012 06:18 PM

    I think the south location of TH is just as good as the downtown (and usually no wait). Have never heard of Big J's - just Googled and it gets good reviews I guess - but I'd stick with 12 Bones. Love White Duck and Junction. Sunny Point is good but be prepared to wait for a long time unless you go at an off hour. Other good brunch options would be Over Easy and Posana, both downtown. I prefer both of those to SP.

    I was VERY pleasantly surprised when I tried the Ethiopian night at DeSoto Lounge the other evening (it's on Tuesdays). We also got a Caesar salad that was one of the best I've ever had. I love it there but it's a tiny punk rockish dive bar - I'd skip it for a limited time in town.

    Wedge is fun and so is Thirsty Monk (although I think they only brew their own at the south location? Downtown they have a huge selection of beers). Also downtown are Green Man/Jack of the Wood and Asheville Brewing so you can do a little pub crawl all within a few blocks. The food trucks are fun especially at The Lot on Coxe Ave and you're doing these nearby breweries - El KImchi and Our Taco are my favorites.

    In South Asheville, if you need a quick bite, check out Franks NY Deli. They make a mean sandwich. Thirsty Monk has a south location that may be appealing to the boys in the group...

    Not sure what weekend you'll be here but the 3rd weekend in October is the Craft Fair which is a lot of fun. And hiking will be awesome in the next few weeks - feel free to message me if you want some ideas close to town.

    You will love Curate and Admiral!

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      glecroy RE: miss piggy Oct 1, 2012 05:47 AM

      How do I message you? All I've ever done is post a thread here. We will be arriving at our cabin on Friday, Oct 19 and leaving Monday, Oct 22. It looks like many places are closed on Mondays, and we will want to eat lunch before we leave. Any suggestions? We plan to spend Thursday night about 20 miles west of Asheville in Candler, since our cabin is not available until Friday, so as to get a full day on Friday. So we will be there for the Craft Fair? What is the link for that? Thanks.

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        Jeff C. RE: miss piggy Oct 1, 2012 06:23 AM

        Miss. Piggy, I am sad to report that Frank's Deli is kaput. <unsmiley>

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          miss piggy RE: Jeff C. Oct 1, 2012 07:45 AM

          Jeff, are you sure? We were there a few weeks ago...you know they moved to a much bigger spot with lots of seating including a patio? I hope they did not close their new location! Their sandwiches are amazing.

          Sorry, for some reason I thought you could send a private message on this board but maybe you can't. And I think Chowhound is funny about talking about things other than food in the discussions, so Google Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands for more info (it is worth a visit!) and check out RomanticAsheville.com for a good list of hikes near town as well as other restaurant reviews and ideas.

          Maybe do White Duck on Monday? I think that would be a fun, casual spot to hit up before you head out. And then you could put The Junction in one of your weekend meal slots. Just a thought. :)

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            Jeff C. RE: miss piggy Oct 1, 2012 07:53 AM

            I go by there every day on my way to and from work, and I could've sworn he place was empty. I'll check again this afternoon and let you know...

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              citizenthymes RE: Jeff C. Oct 1, 2012 02:13 PM

              I don't think Frank's is done because they posted their specials on Facebook today.

              Miss Piggy is right, Frank's sandwiches are da bomb.

              Also Thirsty Monk does a pretty mean burger on a pretzel roll that I'm a fan of.

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                glecroy RE: citizenthymes Oct 3, 2012 11:03 AM

                Once we see the college football TV schedule and 10 day forecast we can better plan for Saturday. Thanks for your advice, both on prior threads and on this one! I hope we can hit El Kimchi at the brewery Saturday night and maybe Junction for brunch Sunday, maybe get south location of 12 Bones take-out for the football games Saturday. I wish we had more meals, the options sound great and we can't do them all :) I saw Jack in the Woods recommended on a prior post, that might not have been on my son's list, but I"m leaving the beer to him! Thanks!
                Gail

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                  danna RE: glecroy Oct 3, 2012 12:14 PM

                  those all sound like great ideas. A few things to keep in mind:

                  IMO, Admiral is going to be your best dinner(better than Curate) so don't go crazy at lunch.
                  12 Bones at lunch risks ruining you dinner unless you spread the two meals out well.
                  El Kimchee at the Wedge would be a really funky/cool evening.
                  IMO the best local beer comes from Wedge, Pisgah, French Broad.
                  Get the fried chicken and the habanero margarita at Junction. They have lots of interesting cocktails but also several local brews for the beer drinkers.
                  Take MissP's advice about romanticasheville.com. Like them on FB.
                  Try to work in a sunset at GPI, pass on the food there.

                  Are you planning to eat in A'ville on Thurs eve too?

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                    Jeff C. RE: danna Oct 3, 2012 12:27 PM

                    What Danna said. And if the weather's nice, another option is r(h)um-based cocktails and munchies on the patio at Storm Rhum Bar.

                    All: Frank's is NOT closed. I had the wrong building in mind when I wrote that. Mea culpa.

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                      glecroy RE: danna Oct 3, 2012 07:50 PM

                      We are not eating in Asheville Thursday. Four of us will be arriving from the west to Candler probably about 10 PM. Four will be arriving Friday noon from the north. We could possibly meet for lunch Friday somewhere before we go to Biltmore, then to Curate at 8. Saturday some of us must watch AL vs TN and some VT vs Clemson football games, so I thought, depending on the game times, we might have Bones take out for lunch and El Kimchee Saturday night. On Sunday we could do an early brunch and then be hungry again for our reservation at Admiral at 8. Our checkout Monday is at 10, so we will probably have lunch before we head home, but I need to look at what is closed on Monday. So we really have Friday lunch, Sunday brunch and Monday lunch to make our final decision on. I'm leaning towards White Duck and Junction, but my other one is up for grabs. Or maybe we get sandwiches from Frank's and take them on a hike on Sunday, depending on the weather. Once we have the game times and weather forecast we can plan better. Looking forward to a beautiful trip, great food, and family time with the kids and their new wives. Can't wait!!

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                        danna RE: glecroy Oct 4, 2012 05:27 AM

                        Sounds like a great weekend and a good plan so far. Junction is only open for lunch/brunch on Sat and Sun, so I think that would be a good Sunday brunch. White Duck is open on Monday. I'm not sure what I think would be good for Friday....Sunny Point maybe so you can check out West Asheville.

                        I've never been to Frank's Deli. It's just Boars Head cold cuts, right locals? Apparently a nice sandwich but nothing housemade...do I have that right?

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                          miss piggy RE: danna Oct 4, 2012 10:28 AM

                          Jeff, you owe me a Reuben! :) yes, they use Boar's Head meat but it's piled high on top of delicious breads and topped pretty creatively with super fresh veggies and sauces. Their specials are always interesting and their sides are tasty and housemade. It's nothing fancy but it's a great spot for lunch, especially before a hike or other outing. I'm a sandwich freak though...

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                            Jeff C. RE: miss piggy Oct 4, 2012 11:14 AM

                            It's in the mail!

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                            cervisiam RE: danna Oct 4, 2012 12:31 PM

                            danna, if you go to Junction for Sunday brunch, you can make a reservation. that was a big plus for us, since we didn't want to wait at Early Girl or Sunny Point.

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            glecroy RE: glecroy Oct 5, 2012 09:43 AM

            How does lunch/brunch vs supper compare at both Curate and Junction? Thinking of switching Curate to Friday lunch and going to Junction that night. Then we would take picnic hiking on Sunday rather than have brunch at Junction. Any thoughts? Or if we leave the reservations the way we have them, where should we have lunch Friday, Tupelo Honey, food truck, or a brewpub? That would be before Biltmore tour, or should we just eat lunch at Biltmore? If so, which one? Thanks! Gail

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              danna RE: glecroy Oct 5, 2012 10:30 AM

              Curate's menu stays the same for lunch and dinner. I *think* there might be a few breakfast-y add-ons at brunch, but I'm not sure. Curate makes an expensive lunch if you're hungry, imo.

              I've never been to dinner at the Junction, but I know the menu changes.

              Keep in mind, when you do a food truck (except if it's parked at a place like the Wedge), you're just dining in a parking lot. It won't take long and you can hit a brew pub 20 minutes later. There are no brewpubs that I know of that I would spend a meal at. YMMV. I'm not aware of any well regarded food within Biltmore, but again, I have no direct experience. It might be convenient to eat ther, depending on long you intend to stay.

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                forestd RE: glecroy Oct 5, 2012 10:40 AM

                At Biltmore if you go out to the winery area, called Antler Hill Village, either the Bistro or Cedric's Tavern are fine for simple meals.

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                glecroy RE: glecroy Oct 7, 2012 04:12 PM

                So for Friday lunch, Posana, FIG or Tupelo Honey? We have reservations at Curate that night.

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                  glecroy RE: glecroy Oct 7, 2012 06:21 PM

                  Or Cuchina 24 or Corner Kitchen for Friday lunch?

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                    miss piggy RE: glecroy Oct 8, 2012 08:24 AM

                    Personally I'd pick Tupelo Honey. Fig and C24 are fancier (by Asheville standards) and since you're having a nice meal out at Curate that night I'd want something more casual. Corner Kitchen would be my second choice. It's great for lunch too.

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                      danna RE: miss piggy Oct 8, 2012 11:25 AM

                      I believe I agree w/ miss piggy. Tupelo Honey isn't as fab as Southern Living, et al make it out to be...but it's pretty solid, tasty lunch...and they do have that south Asheville location which might be more convenient for you.

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                  glecroy RE: glecroy Oct 13, 2012 07:16 AM

                  What is the dress code at Curate and Admiral? Can't wait to try them! Thanks, Gail

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                    Jeff C. RE: glecroy Oct 13, 2012 07:46 AM

                    Casual classy. Enjoy.

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                      danna RE: Jeff C. Oct 15, 2012 12:50 PM

                      Jeff. I assume you meant that for Curate. I don't think the Admiral has any "classy" requirements ;-)

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                        Jeff C. RE: danna Oct 15, 2012 03:44 PM

                        True. But the before 8 p.m. crowd is usually classy-casual. After that, you could see about anything...

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                          glecroy RE: Jeff C. Oct 16, 2012 04:36 PM

                          So jeans are OK for either Curate or Admiral?

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                            danna RE: glecroy Oct 17, 2012 05:19 AM

                            absolutely

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                    glecroy RE: glecroy Oct 17, 2012 07:30 PM

                    Where is El Kimchee likely to be on Friday at noon?

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                      chezdy RE: glecroy Oct 17, 2012 08:57 PM

                      skip el kimchee and head over to Stone Bowl - fantastic Korean!

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                        danna RE: glecroy Oct 18, 2012 05:33 AM

                        According to FB they were at "the Lot" on Coxe st. last Friday.

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                          miss piggy RE: danna Oct 18, 2012 06:00 AM

                          Yep, should be in The Lot which is also within easy walking distance to Asheville Brewing, Green Man/Jack of the Wood and Thirsty Monk for the beer drinkers.

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                            danna RE: miss piggy Oct 18, 2012 06:53 AM

                            Does Asheville brewing serve food? i.e. would they let you eat your food truck goodies on their patio while you drank their beer?

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                              Jeff C. RE: danna Oct 18, 2012 10:19 AM

                              ABC does serve food, so I'm doubtful they would outside stuff, but it never hurts to ask.

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                        glecroy RE: glecroy Oct 19, 2012 08:17 PM

                        Today at lunch we went to The Lot and had the special soup and tacos at El Kimchee, which was pretty good. Tonight we went to Curate. It was totally awesome! Between the 8 of us we tried 16 different things, some we had repeat orders on. They were all delicious! The repeat orders were garlic shrimp, eggplant and lamb, but we loved them all! Thanks for the rec for this one. It was a hit with everyone!
                        Gail

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                          glecroy RE: glecroy Oct 22, 2012 05:54 PM

                          Report on the rest of the trip - Half of us had Sunday brunch at Junction, 2 fried chicken, a shrimp BLT and ham and cheese sandwich. We really liked it. The guys liked the Wedge best of the breweries. We got 12 Bones BBQ takeout for the football game. The collards were great, the turkey was also very good. The pulled pork was OK, ribs were good. The mac & cheese not so much, baked beans good. Since we come from a good BBQ area we might have been a little harder on them than the usual crowd. Our favorite, as you predicted, was the Admiral. We ordered several different dishes and everyone loved what they ordered. We also had tastes from other people's plates. We had 1 ribeye, 2 grouper crabcakes, 2 duck, 1 flatiron steak, one shortrib, and one carbonara with pesto, along with mussels, oysters and steak tartare. One of the sons was in heaven over the truffle macaroni. I had the grouper crab cakes, which came with awesome little brussel sprouts. The hostess told my son how to fix the steak tartare, with all the accompanying egg, aioli, etc., which was very nice. The chef from the Junction was at the Admiral and came over to speak to us there. We had spoken with him earlier when our server told him we were also from Alabama and knew that Chris Hastings, where he used to work at Hot & Hot Fish in Birmingham, had won the James Beard award. We split all the desserts, getting a taste of each, chocolate expresso creme brulee, chocolate cake and yam custard. Everything was incredible! Thanks so much for all your tips! We cooked one breakfast, one lunch at the chalet. It was a great trip, fabulous waterfall hike at Dupont State Forest, Biltmore tour (6 of the 8 had never been, crowded, even though we went on Friday), 4 of us to Southeastern Craft show (unbelievably talented artists in many mediums), relaxing in hot tub, and FABULOUS food, thanks to you!! Thanks again, Gail

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                            miss piggy RE: glecroy Oct 23, 2012 04:24 PM

                            Glad you had a nice weekend...thanks for sharing!

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