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Sep 21, 2013 01:09 PM

Bull and Beggar, Asheville

Loved Bull and Beggar in the River Arts District! The food is delicious and the vibe is very cool. They did a great job with the decor. Now, my three favorite restaurants in Asheville are Bull and Beggar, The Admiral and Curate.

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    1. I love Asheville but the names of some of the restaurants opening there are just a bit too precious.

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      1. re: bbqme

        Just pretend it's called McApplebees. ;-)

        1. re: Jeff C.

          That wouldn't work. There's no European word (Bouchon, Cucina, etc.), an accent mark over any of the letters, or an animal such as bull, stag, or sow in the name.

      2. Hoping to go here on Sunday. It looks like they are pretty much open all day - does anyone know if there is a lapse of no service between brunch and dinner on Sundays?

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        1. re: cocobinga

          I was at Wedge yesterday afternoon and walked over to B&B to take a look at the menu and it seemed to have separate and distinct hours for brunch and dinner.

        2. I'm late chiming in on Bull and Beggar. We went for lunch early on, but just made it out for a dinner at Bull and Beggar last Saturday.

          The chicken liver pate was super-delicious. It came with thinly sliced onions and grapefruit marmalade, which were a genius combo. I wasn't in love with the little buttered toasts that came with it , so when I asked for plain bread, the waitress pointed me toward the Farm and Sparrow bread I had failed to see on the menu. That stuff was fabulous, as would be expected, and it made the chicken livers the high point of the meal.

          I later had the charred octopus with romesco (perfect) and lima beans. Loved it. My husband had the French Onion Soup with braised pheasant (pigeon?) I can't remember. It was good. We both had delicious salads and the only thing we didn't love was the pigs ear...but let's face it, we didn't order it because we thought we'd like it, just as a novelty. The radish salad (complete w/ radish tops) that accompanied it was great.

          I particularly liked the way the wine is available in taste, glass, and quartino. And somehow they manage to have romantic, flattering lighting...yet I could still read the menu.

          I'll underscore how much I liked having really high quality bread availalbe. I don't mind paying $2 or whatever at all to be able to snarf some gorgeous bread. I think it makes sense for the restaurant to put their money toward buying (or baking) great bread for those of us who love it, than toward the wasted bread that's inevitable when you just send it out to everyone, whether they want it or not. Same set up at West First in H'ville, now that I think of it. I went there this weekend, and paying for the bread allowed me not to feel strange about taking home the leftovers for breakfast.

          It looks like Drew has another hit on his hands.

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          1. re: danna

            Thanks for your report. And for reminding me that I still need to try this place. Finally did Rhubarb last weekend. Will post a report shortly.

            1. re: Jeff C.

              Just following up on Danna's review. We went Saturday and ordered some of the same items to test consistency: chicken liver pate (this one with gooseberry jam), charred octopus, roasted carrot salad with orange and toasted pumpkin seeds, and a skate wing entree prepared with toasted breadcrumbs and currants. All were excellent--this is a chef schooled in but not bound to the constraints of traditional French technique. I did think the skate wing was skimpy on the actual fish for $14 even if it is listed as a "small plate" and the octopus--the best dish of its kind in Asheville right now--was delayed in getting to the table. But these are quibbles. Pre-tip total for the above plus three cocktails was a more than fair $74. One caveat: I can see the parking lot turning to a mud field in heavy rain. (They really should put down a load of gravel.)

              1. re: Jeff C.

                glad you enjoyed it. Did you get to play with the dinosaur?

                1. re: danna

                  I must've missed that. Where is it?