MORE Asheville Updates (Early 2013)
Lots going on in town! Here are some snippets that I took from Mountain Xpress, Ashvegas, The C-T and other sources so those of you who aren't local can catch up:
King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles, South Slope (in a new building on the corner of Collier and Millard Avenues); late this summer, the owners of the downtown restaurant Early Girl, Julie and John Stehling, will open this Southern-food restaurant
Ben's Tune-Up, South Slope: Meg Alt and Molly Clark, formerly of Eatbox food truck, collaborating with Elliott Moss and Jonathan Robinson of The Admiral (and the forthcoming Buxton Hill); an American menu inspired by Japanese dishes: ramen (a noodle soup), yakitori (grilled skewered meat) and composed dishes centered around raw fish (kind of like sashimi) and house-made sake, which they'll serve in the building's 3,500-square-foot courtyard. Interesting.
Three new breweries in South Slope: newcomers Twin Leaf Brewery and Burial Beer Co. opening soon, news of a Hi-Wire Brewing taking over the old Craggie space
FarmBurger downtown opening mid-March near Salsa's
Stirhaus, downtown; a “farm-to-wok” restaurant in addition to a brewery expansion and a banquet hall in the long-vacant space next door to LAB. The project will bring 15,000 square feet of food, beer and good times to LAB's block.
Ambrozia Cafe, N Asheville (old Artisan Deli space...they have moved to Sand Hill Rd): modern American cuisine as well as beer, wine and cocktails; “twists on American comfort food using modern techniques and ingredients,” he says. Think Cheerwine-braised beef short ribs with collard-green pesto.
Bistro 1896 on Pack Square now closed
Hank's BBQ, West Asheville; Texas-style BBQ eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at 373 Haywood Road, behind BattleCat Coffe Bar in the former Asheville FM studios. I've heard this place is good...anyone been?
Dough and Livi's Pantry, both in N Asheville. Gourmet markets with some take-away food. We've been to both. I see Livi's as filling a pretty good niche for anyone living in the Reynolds Village apartments or homes - large selection of organic and natural pantry goods, some decent cheeses, etc. Wouldn't make a special trip out there as there's nothing there that you can't find at the natural grocery stores.
Dough...how I wanted to love you! The space is beautiful but the selection of shelf products is VERY small and specialized and the deli case is also sparse. I was envisioning more of a case like Greenlife or Earthfare with lots of take-away goods, perfect for a night when you didn't feel like cooking...and Dough just didn't cut it for us in this regard. I haven't tried their lunch specials yet but they only have one or two available. We've been in a few times and walked out awkwardly because there just wasn't anything that suited us. Maybe they will get feedback that they need to expand their offerings - they certainly have the space. And they are closed on Sundays! That's the day I need a neighborhood place like this the most.
Most excited about Ben's Tune Up. Some very innovative things happening now with humble ramen noodles. (The Admiral has been offering some ramen dishes of late, also.)
AND...I just learned that Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder will start taking reservations via Open Table next week!
Thanks! there's a lot going on for sure. We actually walked in Dough after dinner and slipped away with out buying anything. It seems a business that doesn't know what it is. I couldn't see that anything was a specialty, didn't know whether the breads or desserts were serious or just afterthoughts. (so we went to Ultimate where you KNOW what they're about)