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Returning to Asheville

Teesh Jun 5, 2013 12:54 PM

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?

  1. ncwino Jun 29, 2013 04:25 PM

    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
      miss piggy Jun 29, 2013 06:40 PM

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

      1. re: ncwino
        Teesh Jul 11, 2013 02:25 PM

        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.

      2. f
        Florida Hound Jun 28, 2013 07:09 PM

        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
          miss piggy Jun 28, 2013 07:49 PM

          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
            Florida Hound Jun 28, 2013 08:04 PM

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

            1. re: miss piggy
              Jeff C. Jun 29, 2013 04:34 AM

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

          2. k
            kauf21 Jun 28, 2013 06:49 PM

            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. Jeff C. Jun 6, 2013 08:00 AM

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

              1. danna Jun 5, 2013 06:58 PM

                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
                  miss piggy Jun 5, 2013 07:17 PM

                  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: miss piggy
                    Leepa Jun 6, 2013 06:09 PM

                    Your mileage may vary.

                  2. re: danna
                    JKidd Jun 6, 2013 05:22 AM

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

                    1. re: JKidd
                      dinersaurus Jun 6, 2013 06:34 AM

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

                      1. re: dinersaurus
                        danna Jun 7, 2013 12:15 PM

                        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.

                  3. n
                    NANCY Jun 5, 2013 12:56 PM

                    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
                      Teesh Jun 5, 2013 05:52 PM

                      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.

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