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Seven Sows in Asheville KILLED IT!!! Fantastic

JB BANNISTER Jul 8, 2013 01:25 PM

This is the first time in over a year a new place shocked me it was so awesome. Chicken Cracklin, Brussel Sprouts with a poached duck egg. Pig trotter seared with turnips on the side. The service was perfect and the bourbon selection was extensive. This will be a place to watch. It southern food done with a gourmet style. The shrimp were cooked and served head on, the way they should be. This place will pull me back often. I just think it was one of my best meals ever.

 
 
 
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    cocobinga Sep 9, 2013 05:43 AM

    Just a reminder that they are open for brunch on Sundays (it was nearly empty). $1 oysters, some good beignets, but I found the breakfast poutine to be entirely disappointing. The flavor was nice, but not nearly enough toppings for a $12 plate...the country ham gravy was virtually non-existent.

    Do go for the oysters, and my friends really seemed to enjoy their burgers/pancakes.

    1. Jeff C. Sep 7, 2013 07:04 AM

      Chef Moore and crew were on point last night: short rib with root beer demi, pomme frites, and truffle oil, seared brussel sprouts with benton's bacon and coddled egg, boudin croquettes with barbecued beet salad, crispy chicken livers with firecracker sauce and pickled soybean, pig head torchon with corn salad, Eastern Carolina BBQ board with Cheshire pork and housemade pickles, butterscotch pudding with peanut butter fudge, raspberry cobbler with cardomom ice cream...yes, your reporter dutifully sampled each and every one of the above plus half a dozen oysters, two cocktails, and a beer. Now go get some, kids, whilst dad collapses in a groaning, farting heap in the backseat...

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        NANCY Sep 7, 2013 11:29 AM

        I was there last nite too. You missed the sweetbreads over pappardelle - most excellent!

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          JB BANNISTER Sep 8, 2013 06:07 AM

          I miss you guys by 24 hours. Here is a look at what I ate. When Devereaux's in Greenville goes out of business next month Seven Sows will be my new favorite place.

           
           
           
           
           
           
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            Jeff C. Sep 8, 2013 06:27 AM

            Nancy: Actually, I forgot we sampled that one, too. (Chef was in a generous mood.) I pretended it was heaven's lasagna... ;-)

            JB: What's that thing that looks like standing ice? Rice paper?

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              JB BANNISTER Sep 8, 2013 08:52 PM

              I guess it's rice paper. It made for a beautiful presentation.

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                Jeff C. Sep 9, 2013 05:01 AM

                Got it. Thanks.

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          rockycat Jul 13, 2013 06:14 PM

          I'll add my 2 cents. We just got back from dinner and I am so happy we went. One of us had the $55 tasting menu without the wine pairing because he wanted to drink bourbon. I may miss something here, so apologies if I do. There was salted beets, heirloom tomato, Alabama pork tongue, Rapahanock oysters, pork hock crepinette, SC grouper, and jasmine creme brulee. The two outstanding dishes on that menu were the pork tongue and the crepinette. The tomato was a bit oversalted.

          The other 2 of us (my 11 yo and I) shared the brussels sprouts, scotch egg, and the rabbit. The brussels sprouts were excellent, as JB BANNISTER states. The scotch egg was sadly weak. Great idea, nothing execution. There just wasn't that much flavor to it. The rabbit was killer and the staff even smilingly put up with our "Duck season, wabbit season" jokes. The dish may be a bit heavy for summer but it tasted so good, who cares? And the kid fell so in love with the pork crepinette that she ordered another serving for herself.

          We went on the early side and were still there 2 hours. The pacing was a little odd with only one of us getting the tasting menu but we more or less expected that and didn't mind too much. If we lived closer this might be a more regular stop but I have to admit I was a little surprised at the tab. For me at least, Seven Sows would move into the special occasion category. Great, great addition to the Asheville scene, though.

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            NANCY Jul 9, 2013 07:17 AM

            Went to Seven Sows last night after ACT Costume Drama. Weather was not raining - big surprise - so we sipped and ate outside. Got a big laugh this morning when I saw your three pictures. Exactly what we shared last night.

            You're right - Seven Sows Kills It! We go pretty often and the menu is always changing into something new and even more delicious.

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              INDIANRIVERFL Jul 8, 2013 02:07 PM

              That is the type of food porn I would be ready to repeat with gusto. Thank You.

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                Tom from Raleigh Jul 11, 2013 07:51 PM

                This is the type of food porn that makes me want to create any excuse to get to Asheville to hit Seven Sows.

              2. JB BANNISTER Jul 8, 2013 01:28 PM

                One more picture that I loved. I would buy a tshirt with this on it.

                 
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                  danna Jul 9, 2013 06:52 AM

                  I know, that's the best part of their decor! I have this feeling I've actually seen this girl around Asheville, too.

                  Thanks for the post...was that dinner? I've only made it to Seven Sows for brunch so far.

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                    Jeff C. Jul 9, 2013 10:20 AM

                    You gotta try this place for dinner, girl. I pinky swear it is now as good as, if not better than, The Admiral. (And you can still walk in on most nights!)

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                      Tom from Raleigh Aug 5, 2013 12:12 PM

                      We ate there last Friday and it was one of our best meals in recent memory. We ordered all small plates to get a better idea of the menu. We had 2 drinks each (2 beer, 2 wines) and several small plates (7?) plus 1 dessert and it was $110 before tip. To me, that's a steal!
                      Charred octopus, chix cracklins, chacuterie board, salted beats, smoked pork belly with the amazing pimento cheese grits, pork heart tartate, local okra, are what I remember. This place is cooking at a very high level.

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