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Asheville help needed ASAP

no kidding. Not only would 23 people take up every space in the restuarant except for the booths, I just can't imagine 23 dishes coming out of the kitchen at approximately the same time.

I would assume someone was trying to be accomodating and then realized their folly.

Apr 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville itinerary consultation

Great review, thanks. You had me at "chocolate cheesecake-filled blood orange muffin "

I saw that chocolate dessert a couple of weeks ago at the Admiral, it must be quite popular to hang around. Apparently I made a mistake in getting the Chai creme brulee instead, although it was very good!

Fingers crossed that the weather holds for you today. Tuesday may be a good day for the Blue Spiral gallery (i want to type museum it's so great) and the fine arts cinema next door. And cafe sitting. City Bakery next door to the aforementioned has good people watching at the window counter. If you're a serious coffee hound, you might prefer http://highfivecoffee.com

Apr 14, 2014
danna in Southeast

Downtown Charleston - all by foot

I was about to caution the OP that Goat Sheep Cow is a cheese shop, not a restaurant like the rest of your (excellent) list....but then I thought I better ask...have they opened a restuarant?

Apr 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Ben's Tune Up (Asheville) now open!

"but there are so many places in Asheville now that I KNOW are good, it's hard to give so-so a second chance."

SO true. Even though it may not be fair.

Apr 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

College students visiting Charleston

I have not been here:
http://xiaobaobiscuit.com/
yet , but I'm dying to go! It's cheap.

Also Butcher and Bee for lunch or late night. EVO Pizza if you don't mind traveling outside the downtown area.

Just FYI...the hordes of College of Charleston girls are seen in heaviest concentration on upper King Street.

Apr 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Buffalo Nickel, West Asheville

best I can do is tell you that the owner of a nearby consignment shop told me Buffalo Nickel was fantastic. We walked by and checked the menu (opens at 4 pm). It looked interesting, maybe a little heavier than I would prefer, but still looks promising.

Apr 07, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville Trip Report

Thanks for the reviews. We don't make it to Doc Chey very often, always looking for more exciting and new, but I agree, it's solid and tasty. We should go more often.

I'm a fan of City Bakery as well. Good luck in Charleston, etc.

Apr 03, 2014
danna in Southeast

Planning Charleston trip, need "less fancy" suggestions

I would check out the Charleston section of Eater if I were you.

I think there are better places in town than Peninsula for your "fancy" meal. Just stopping in for a coconut cake at the bar for dessert would be an idea.

Casual late night (like 11pm) would be Butcher and Bee, a possibility after your 2 oclock Husk (which tends to be heavy, at least for me).

Fig is my fave place in town, but friends are telling me the owner's new venture The Ordinary is an absolute must-do. Your hardcore husband will love it...have him check out the website pics...shellfish porn.

Apr 03, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Charleston in August - curious about your summertime traditions

I'm shocked by these crazy responses. July and August are perfectly fine times to visit Charleston and you're at the peak of seasonal vegetable goodness. All the "fancy" restaurants fall all over themselves to showcase the bounty of the season, tomatoes probably being the number one source of beauty.

The summer is hot and humid in the south. So what? Drink plenty of iced tea, move a little slower and sit on the porch. Where do you think sterotypes come from?

Restaurants in Charleston , by and large, are quite relaxed on dress code, so no jackets to worry about and you could get by with longer shorts and leather flip flops in most places. Ladies have a chance to wear their barest sundresses to dinner, but better bring a sweater because we DO have A/C here, and we use it! ;-)

Sea island red peas are my favorite "unique low country vegetable" I cooked some dried ones just last night.

I do agree that staying on IOP or Folly is a great way to enjoy a charleston trip in summer. It'll be great. I go to Chas every year in August and December and often April. Each season has it's advantages, but I prefer the August trip.

Apr 02, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Asheville itinerary consultation

chocolates are very good. Desserts are so-so.

Mar 31, 2014
danna in Southeast

Low Country Road Trip

Butcher and Bee in Charleston should be on your list. Can't wait to read your reviews.

Mar 24, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Kid Friendly near Wild dunes

I'll spoil the search....Wild Dunes is actually ON Isle of Palms...it's the northernmost (northeast, really) end of the island. So as molly suggests, Poe's would be a good choice on Sullivans if you do't mind the bar-ish atmosphere.

On IOP , Coda del Pesce is more than just simple food, but since it's Italian, i wonder if you couldn't get plain pasta for the kids. It's a really nice place and they have outdoor tables overlooking the ocean which would make it more casual seeming for the kids if the weather allows.

Mar 24, 2014
danna in Southeast

Why are expensive fresh herbs used in most recipes?

I see your point that those three in particular substitute well between dry and fresh, but would agree that many herbs don't? like basil and cilantro and mint and parsley.

I guess I just always assume that everybody has a pot of herbs growing somewhere.

Shockingly, we dropped down to 9 degrees here in SC this winter on two occasions. Looks like I've lost several "perenniel" herbs like thyme and parsley, so I'll be replanting those soon.

Mar 21, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Asheville itinerary consultation

Good call on Sunny Point. I also like Over Easy, i think Tupelo Honey and Early Girl are both way over rated.

I really like Biscuit Head, in particular the fried chicken biscuit w/ sriracha (sp?) slaw. The jam/butter bar is the bomb, i've been known to order an extra biscuit just for additional dessert experimentation after my "lunch" biscuit.

12 Bones is a good call, don't forget they aren't open on the weekend at the in-town location. Junction could possibly be a wait if the weather is too bad for outside tables, you might want a reservation there. I disliked Corner Kitchen on my one visit there so that's what I would skip if since you've decided to do a lunch inside Biltmore.

I would not waste a dinner on nine mile, tupelo or white duck (do white duck for a casual , quick lunch and be sure to get the Bangkok shrimp taco). Yes, the Admiral is still great post-drew and post-elliott. I'd vote Zambra for dinner, Seven Sows, Bull & Beggar, Junction, Rhubarb. (surprised no one else mentioned Rhubarb) If you want a more casual dinner, what about the El Kimchee food truck parked in front of the Wedge on a Saturday evening? Now THAT's a local experience!

Mar 21, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Bull and Beggar, Asheville

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

Mar 04, 2014
danna in Southeast

Chophouse 47 in Greenville SC hits a home run again. Steak and Oysters

I agree w/ JB. The dry aged at WF is really nice. If we are ever in the mood to go broke for steak, we mail order from Lobels out of NYC.

Feb 25, 2014
danna in Southeast

Rhubarb, AVL

Thanks for the detailed review. Our lunch at Rhubarb was similar. I liked some things, not so much others, liked the ideas on the menu better than the execution in some places.

Your review reminded me of Hector's Modesto a few years ago. Some stuff that was beyond stellar next to some stuff that was just a mess. keeps you on your toes!

Feb 24, 2014
danna in Southeast

Bull and Beggar, Asheville

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.

Feb 17, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston Gift Certificate Conundrum

We're happy you're happy! ;-)

Your description made me long for Fig fish. Damn that 3 hours of interstate between us!

Jan 30, 2014
danna in Southeast

Some eats in Asheville and Charleston

Thanks for the reviews. I agree about plain-er grits. I've never understood the love for Tupelo Honey. It's well-run and nothing ever sucks, but there's not a lot of magic there for me, either. Much prefer Sunny Point.

As for oysters, I prefer them raw too. I suspect it's the nature of the local cluster oysters that makes roasting them more common. Maybe a Charlestonian could comment on that for us.

How much SHOULD beer cost? now you've scared me ;-)

Jan 30, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston Gift Certificate Conundrum

God, that's a lot of food! Thanks for taking one for the team!

The salads are always so good at Macintosh I feel guilty about what I order next....

White Thai is interesting, huh? Ginger and ...I forget? I like it for a few tastes, but a full growler turned out to be too much for me.

Jan 28, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston Gift Certificate Conundrum

I would go to Hanks before the Magnolia stuff. But yeah....there are better choices. Lunch is when I would try to use the gc's, but Hanks is not open then.

Jan 27, 2014
danna in Southeast

Dinner in Greenville, SC

Downtown: Tupelo Honey, Chicora Alley, Lazy Goat, Sushi Koji (you'll have to eat light there...it's high but good)Neue Southern food truck (check facebook)

Closer to you (if you meant Pelham near 85) : Pizza at the bar at Whole Foods, Bacon Brothers public house, Thai place on the corner of Pelham and hwy 14 (i can never remember the name)

Jan 27, 2014
danna in Southeast

Danna, the team needs you... [G'ville SC]

I didn't get thrown out for the fake fur trim (on my coat...not the car...but that would be special), so you'll probably get to eat ;-)

Oh...and consider eating on "farmer time" like the rest of us North G'ville hillbillies if you go during winter. (we went at 5:45 ) It would be a shame to miss the views by sitting down at 7:00.

Jan 20, 2014
danna in Southeast

Danna, the team needs you... [G'ville SC]

thank you so much for thinking of me with the lunch menu! It looks pretty good, huh? Our server told me that once thay get a Sunday liquor license, they will begin doing Sunday brunch!

Jan 20, 2014
danna in Southeast

Danna, the team needs you... [G'ville SC]

We went Saturday night. I had debated waiting until after restaurant week was over, because sometimes I think restaurant week brings out the worst in a place, like Valentine's day does. But the excitement got the best of me.

It was good. Better, than I would EVER have expected, honestly. We both did the restaurant week special, even though they offered the full menu, which I took as a good sign. We both started w/ salads, the husband got the endive with little balls of crunchy proscuitto...quite a surprise if you were expecting that brown thing to be the ubiquitous candied pecan when it went in your mouth! I had the beet and radish salad which was very nice.

Second course was quail for my husband that was absolutely tender and beautifully seasoned. I think it was the highlight, along with the little balls of ??? fried dressing? fallalfel? whatever, it was not the rice i expected when I saw it. Brussels and apples completed the dish, the foie gras sauce was not noticeable.

I had the seafood "hot pot" which consisted of 2 scallops and a piece of sea bass and some fabulous wild mushroom I can't name in a small pool of rich dashi. I suspect there was meant to be a piece of shellfish involved that was forgotten , but regardless, it was very nice seafood. Both our entrees were about the healthiest things I've had in a restaurant in a long time, so I was thrilled.

I had the lemon dessert which you can see pictured on the Carolina Epicurian blogpost. It was great and had several complex components. My husband's chocolate doughnut had some delicious little pieces of toffee on the plate, but the doughnut itself was only so-so.

I ordered a glass of the syrah Tour les Jours $7 which was very intense and delicious. I was shocked when I looked it up at home and found it to be a $13 bottle. I really appreciate it when a restaurant takes the time search out the good wines at great values for inclusion on the by-the-glass menu.

Our server was great, although she was starting to be a bit harried by the end of dinner. The runners were a little ditzy, with one slamming into my chair about 80% of the time she walked past. It was pretty funny. The lovely young hostess had lost control of the coat closet and offered me a couple of coats I would MUCH rather have had than my own. There were a couple of nice upgrades available in the parking lot, too...and we were already driving a Porsche. That is to say...they seem to have attracted a well-to-do clientel. When I told our server i couldn't beleive there was a restaurant of that caliber so close to my house, she said a lot of the guests were in "the neighborhood". So, it has to be Cliffs money. I hope they don't figure that out and raise prices, because I would like to eat there more than on special occasions. Anyhow, the service was fine considering it was restaurant week.

BTW, the view from the dining room is fabulous, and the room is beautiful in it's own right, with a burning fireplace and the gorgeous light fixture. Thanks to Mollybelle for encouraging me to hurry up and go!

Jan 20, 2014
danna in Southeast

Simpsonville/Greenville overlooked place-Stella's Southern Bistro

I haven't tried it, it's way off my beaten path as well, but I just looked looked at their offerings for restaurant week, and it's impressive. Next time I make the trip out that way to IMAX, I'll plan to try Stella's. thanks for the heads up

Jan 11, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Danna, the team needs you... [G'ville SC]

No, but my husband did and he wasn't too impressed. Like Stax breakfast, I think. They seem to do a lot of business.

On New Year's Day we went to the Hungry Drover on 290/Tigerville rd. for Hoppin' John and Collards. First trip in there...it had a lot of your standard meat n three/diner food, but the Hoppin John and Collards were both good. They advertise low country boil on some Fri nights, but I'm scared to try it. I'm a shrimp snob and I'm too cynical to hope its fresh, wild caught local(ish) shrimp.

Jan 10, 2014
danna in Southeast

Danna, the team needs you... [G'ville SC]

north of Greenville, just off 25, about 1/2 way to Flat Rock.

Jan 10, 2014
danna in Southeast

Danna, the team needs you... [G'ville SC]

Ha. Yes, it is close to my house. Close being a relative term in the sticks, of course. We've been riding our bikes through the parking lot every few weeks for ages, andyou're right, it never looks quite finished.

I'll do my best to get there soon. I appreciate the head's up, I'd been checking their website for months trying to find a menu and this morning was the first time I had any success. It does look interesting. And they have lunch! I wouldn't have bet on that. Maybe they expect to pull from retirees that live in the Cliffs, otherwise, I would think only hotel guests would make it out there during a weekday lunchtime.

Jan 10, 2014
danna in Southeast