We started going to Azalea some time ago and try to get there about every 4-6 months when we are in town. Our opinion is that it is worth the ride from downtown Asheville. Food is always very good as is the service (and yes, it is unfortunately pretty empty). Menu changes with the season; most recently also had the frutti d'mare which was excellent. Favorites (for me) are the duck breast and some vegetarian entrees. In the winter there was an amazing Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding (hope it comes back on the menu!). Others have had the turkey meatloaf and bison burger which they said was very good. We'll be back soon.