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We are returning to Asheville/Weaverville in July. We plan to eat at Curate, Cucina 24, Stoney Knob. Not sure about Admiral. Are there any new restaurants that you have eaten at recently and would recommend?

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  1. Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder ~ http://sevensows.com/

    Chef/owner Mike Moore formerly of Admiral. Check out this thread ~ http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/890882

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    1. re: NANCY

      After reading your thread, I must try Seven Sows Bourbon when we are in Asheville. It sounds like a restaurant worth a visit. Thanks for the info.

    2. i would also say give Seven Sows a shot . I did not liek Stoney Knob at all on my one visit, but YMMV. Am looking forward to trying Biscuit Head. Not sure why you're not sure about Admiral, but you should go if you can get in. (don't get the beef tartare or steak there ) Maybe check out the food trucks?

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      1. re: danna

        You've got a good list. I'd add Limones if you haven't tried it and Wicked weed if you're in need of a casual lunch spot and you like good beer. The Junction would be a top choice as well.

        I'd pick The Junction over Stoney Knob for sure.

        What does YMMV stand for?

        1. re: danna

          Might be the first time I've seen someone recommend not getting the tartare. Bad experience with it at The Admiral?

          1. re: JKidd

            I'm curious about that too. I recently had the tartare at the Admiral; I thought it was awesome.

            1. re: dinersaurus

              hmmm...I just didn't care for the tartare. the only other thing i've had that did nothing for me was some sort of tuna dish. By no means a "bad experience", but those are the 2 dishes I can think of that if I had ordered on my first visit to Admiral, i might not have been in a huge hurry to go back. I've also had the impression reading reviews over the years and listening to a few of my friends, one common thread among the VERY few people who don't love the Admiral was that they got some sort of steak.

        2. If it were me, I would do Admiral, Curate, and Seven Sows, in that order.

          1. there is a new restaurant in woodfin, Magnolia Ray. it is in between Weaverville and Asheville, just north of beaver lake. you might want to check this place out.

            1. We will be in Ashville in October, and are "on a budget." I will search for websites related to the suggested restaurants, but in the meantime, can someone provide some range of prices on these places? Thanks.

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              1. re: Florida Hound

                For on a budget I'd look at Tupelo Honey, Ben's Tune Up, Stoney Knob, 12 Bones, Plant and White Duck. All very casual.

                1. re: miss piggy

                  Great! I think for our trip, "casual" will really fit the bill, too, so you have helped a lot. Thanks.

                  1. re: miss piggy

                    What Piggy said. Also, Wicked Weed for good pub grub and great beer. (Most menu items under $15.)

                2. We really enjoyed ourselves at Isa's Bistro in the Haywood Park Hotel. We found the food to be excellent and the service was great. We had Ali as our wait person and she gave us wonderful recommendations. Sitting outside was lots of fun; people watching in Asheville is the best.

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                  1. re: ncwino

                    I've heard great things about Isa's! Isn't it pricey though?

                    1. re: ncwino

                      We are now on vacation in Asheville. Yesterday we tried to get into Tupelo Honey but there was a wait. Went down the block to Isa's. We had a marvelous lunch there. There service was terrific. our food was delicious. Each preparation was perfect and a bit out of the ordinary. We are hoping to get back for a dinner as the menu looks great. The prices are about the same as most of the Asheville restaurants, not any higher.