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Looking for chow worthy in Tucson

If you're interested in burgers you should check out the Arizona Star website for their best burger in Tucson "competition". Zivaz was the winner but I don't know anything else about it.

Nov 21, 2013
JTomWilson in Southwest

Looking for chow worthy in Tucson

We're leaving Asheville in a few weeks to spend 4 or 5 months in Tucson. 2013 was 35 years since our first visit. Some of our favaorite are on the list above but my first stops will be for Mexican and New Mexican food that you can't get in Asheville (not Tex-Mex).

Taqueria Pico de Gallo for shrimp tacos, Little Poca Cosa for the food and the atmosphere, Marisco Chihuahua (but only the one on Grande) and Poco's and Mom's for New Mexican.

I'll try to update our favorites list after we've tried them again.

Are you going for the G&M Show? If not and you're there during the first two weeks in February you can expect crowds as most of the 50,000 visitors to the show will be there at that time.

Nov 11, 2013
JTomWilson in Southwest

Pork & Pie in Marshall, NC (outside Asheville, NC)

Thanks for the clarification; my appologies. I knew that as soon as I would question a post I would be wrong.

Check out the New York Attorney General's lawsuit over fake Yelp reviews. That's what planted the suspicion in my mind..

Nov 04, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Pork & Pie in Marshall, NC (outside Asheville, NC)

Thank you for this believable review. I know that you're local (and real) from your previous posts.

I noted that Wing's previous posts about Asheville were one each year around Feb. from 2009-2012 promoting a bread festival. Everything else was from the Boston, MA area.

Wonder how this person just "randomly" ended up in a restaurant in Marshall, NC. Marshall? Random? Hmmmmm?

Nov 04, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Best Steak House in Greenville

South Carolina.

Nov 03, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

New York Times Article About Chowhound

This Sunday's NY Times magazine had an interesting article about Chowhound and users. Don't be put off by the "Goat Stew) in the title.

The URL is:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/mag...

Oct 21, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Sweatman's Bar-B-Que, Holly Hill, SC

There is a current review in the travel section of the USAToday website. It was near the bottom of the travel page a few seconds ago.

Oct 19, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

New(er) Asheville and Greenville, SC Restaurants

The Eater National website just posted its first "Heatmap" for Greenville listing new restaurants. Their comments are: " Here now, Eater's first-ever Heatmap of Greenville, SC, which contains nine newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. For the list, Eater asked Assistant Editor of TOWN magazine and Greenville resident Andrew Huang for his picks of the hottest openings of the last year or so."

It's on page 3 of the website.

They also did one for Asheville back in late August. You can find it using their search function.

Sep 11, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Publix coming to Asheville

I go to the Ingles on Merrimon Avenue and the new one on Tunnel Road; I don't think either one is as large as their stores (2) that I've been into in north Georgia. They have continually made improvements in the Merrimon store over the last 15 years.

The new Harris-Teeter store is certainly very bright and shiny as you would expect from a brand new facility; very impressive. I need to go back in a while when it isn't completely mobbed with hardly any room to move. I think I got the last parking space at 2:30 PM on Friday afternoon.

Sep 08, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

just heard Asheville

Thanks for the update; we're planning to pay a visit today or tomorrow.

You might want to check wine prices and selection at some of the local wine stores. Asheville Wine Market, The Wine Guy, Metro Wine, Table and the Wein House plus a lot more that I'm haven't been to yet. You are much more likely to get personal attention and recommendations at these versus a grocery store.

Sep 06, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Publix coming to Asheville

Speaking of Fresh Market, they announced yesterday that they are opening a new store on Hendersonville Road, Asheville, in the old Harris Teeter facility.

I just looked at their store locations and they are all over the US. I was surprised to see some in California.

Aug 21, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Kroger taking over Harris Teeter - what do yo think about this?

We are in Tucson, AZ part of the year and there is a Kroger subsidiary there called Fry's. From the looks of most of the Fry's there (excluding a brand new store that my wife likes), I prefer Safeway out West and Harris Teeter and Publix over a Fry's clone. Hope they keep HT management. Asheville TV confirmed that they will keep the Harris Teeter store here. Whenever it opens!

Jul 09, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Ben's Tune Up (Asheville) now open!

Try this website; it shows a menu page:

www.blogasheville.com/bens-tune-up-th...

Jun 29, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Three New Restaurants In North Asheville - Ambrozia, Magnolia Ray, Casa Maya

Thanks for the updates; I think that we'll have to give them a try.

Every time I drive by the Casa Maya location I try to remember how many Mexican-themed restaurants have come and gone in North Asheville. It's quite a few. I hope this one is good and survives.

Jun 22, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

mitchells bbq in wilson, nc

From the WRAL website:

BBQ pit master Mitchell to open new restaurant in Durham
By Kathy Hanrahan

Published: 2013-05-14 17:53:00
Updated: 2013-05-16 14:46:14

Posted: May 14
Updated: May 16

Durham, N.C. — Ed Mitchell, the barbecue pit master who helped bring national attention to The Pit in Raleigh, is opening a new restaurant this fall at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, ATC announced Tuesday.

Jun 19, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Hot Springs NC - Iron Horse Station

There was a review of some Hot Springs restaurants in the Asheville Citizen-Times last week that can be found at:
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/...

If that doesn't work, it's in the Asheville Scene part of the website. I think that non-subscribers get 10 free articles per month.

Jun 19, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Publix coming to Asheville

You may have visited an older Ingles in Innsbruck Mall on Tunnel Road if it was a few years ago. It was pretty dreary and it's gone. They built a brand new store on the old WalMart site just east of the tunnel on Tunnel Road 2 or 3 (?) years ago. There is also a good sized Ingles on N. Merrimon Ave and it's just across the street from Fresh Market. The 2 Ingles stores are not identical in what they carry; it seems that they may be fine-tuned to their neighborhoods.

And a couple of miles south on Merriman will be a new Harris Teeter and a new Trader Joes. I saw the buildings were almost completed when I drove by a couple of days ago. Greenlife, an independent that was purchased by Whole Foods, is next to the new Trader Joes. Whole Foods is building a new 35,000 sq. ft. store on Tunnel Road but I think that's in 2014.

And the list goes on: Aldi (2), Earthfare (2), Bi-Lo, Grocery Outlet (2 or more), a Super WalMart, numerous tailgate markets all over the area and the NC State Farmers Market on Brevard Road. And I probably missed some.

And maybe Publix as I saw Harris Teeter is in play and likley to be acquired by someone like Kroger or Publix?

Jun 04, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Publix coming to Asheville

I agree 100% on CR as I think their methods have been flawed forever. If you never travel outside your home area or look at other stores you may never see an outstanding chain (like Wegmans) and think your local store is great. And it's probably not. Ask any Rochester, NY expatriate what they miss the most from their move and the most common answer is "Wegmans". And it took forever for Wegmans to get to #1 in the CR poll.

The Publix I've visited are okay but I don't see anything special about them. I just got back from Tucson, AZ and would put them in the same category as Safeway, Fry's (Kroger) and Albertson's.

And the Asheville area has or is going to have Trader Joe's, Harris-Teeter and a bigger & better Whole Foods. Other than price competion, what would a Publix add to the area?

Jun 02, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Food items to bring for a move away from Chapel Hill/Durham?

Amazon carries every one of the 6-8 recommended items that I checked a few minutes ago.

Apr 24, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

BBQ in Tucson, AZ?

Rod's KC Barbeque has been at the Sunday market at St. Phillips Plaza for years;

Feb 01, 2013
JTomWilson in Southwest

Fresh Seafood Market (Asheville)

Update on the truck at Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian, 64 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville:

It is now there on Thursdays & Fridays as well as Saturday. He picks up fresh seafood on the coast the evening before it is available here.

He will be at this location for the "winter" and then does a tailgate market. I think that it was Weaverville.

Contact info is Dave Ingle, 828 777-1713, Freshseafoodnc@yahoo.com and www.freshseafoodnc.com The website comes up as "Fresh Seafood Express" and contains lots of information.

Jan 11, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Magnolia Ray- Woodfin,NC(Asheville)

We were there last Friday evening which was their second night open. We usually don't try someplace that early in their life but the other places we checked on Merrimon were packed.

They are still waiting for a liquor license which will be wine & beer only.

The shrimp & grits was excellent. I found the rice & red beans with sausage a bit dry and it could have stood more seasoning . We enjoyed our meals and the service and will return.

Their menu is on Urban Spoon and background articles on line from the Citizen-Times and Mountain Xpress. He was the chef at Avenue M before this.

Jan 04, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

Fresh Seafood Market (Asheville)

There is a truck parked in Vinnies' Neighborhood Italian Restaurant parking lot on Merrimon on Saturdays that is selling seafood that I understand comes fresh from the coast. We have friends that make the trip from south Asheville to buy there.

There are also people at the Wednesday tailgate market behind the Chamber of Commerce that bring fresh seafood from the coast that day. Of course they won't be open until sometime in the Spring. Carolina Wild Seafood website.

Have you tried Greenlife? Their seafood section looks good. Or Earthfare?

Jan 02, 2013
JTomWilson in Southeast

The Best of Tucson

Okay, once again, there is not one Maricos, not 2, but 8 locations showing on their website. They all used to be family owned that were franchised to by the original owner on Grande. Not sure about the family connection now.

But I've been to 4 of the locations over the years and there are differences between them. I believe that the 22nd. Street location didn't take credit cards or maybe the one on 6th. Avenue.

But the original on Grande has always taken credit cards; I called them today to be sure.

And, IMHO, Grande has always had the best food. I think that the menus are the same or at least similar but the preparation and sevice was not consistent from location to location.

Dec 28, 2012
JTomWilson in Southwest

Krismas in Tucson

Check out Metro restaurants/McMahon's website for their Christmas day dinner special.

Dec 08, 2012
JTomWilson in Southwest

Asheville Food Trucks - where to eat your haul?

MapQuest shows it just south of Broadway on Riverside Dr. South of UNCA. Never been there so I can't add anything else.

Dec 01, 2012
JTomWilson in Southeast

Asheville Food Trucks - where to eat your haul?

Dec 01, 2012
JTomWilson in Southeast

Asheville NYE Dinner

I had somewhat an opposite experience at The Junction a few weeks ago; both my appetizer and main course were so overly salted that I had a problem finishing them. The dining room is also very loud. One table of 4 was so loud that it was difficult to converse at our small table. I can imagine what it will be like on New Years.

Dec 01, 2012
JTomWilson in Southeast

Whole Foods to Open New Store in Asheville

The Trader Joe's will be on the southwest side of the intersection of Merrimon and Chesnut. Harris-Teeter is building a large new store on the north side of that intersection. And TJ's will almost be contiguous with Greenlife. I think that it will be a traffic nightmare! I can't believe Greenlife will be open after the Tunnel Road store opens.

I can't really address the location issue other than to note that there's a fairly new Earthfare store in the south that would seem to offer strong competition to Whole Foods. The only possible competition that I can think of on Tunnel Road is the Ingles near the tunnel.

Nov 21, 2012
JTomWilson in Southeast

Whole Foods to Open New Store in Asheville

Whole Foods has announced that they will open a new 35,000 square foot store on Tunnel Road in Asheville in 2014. It will be on the site of a K-Mart that is closing in January, 2013 and is directly across Tunnel Road from Asheville Mall. It will be new construction.

They also said that they will keep their Greenlife store open at its current location on Merrimon Avenue. That's hard to believe as the the traffic congestion there is already bad enough without the new Trader Joe's and Harris-Teeter being open yet.

Nov 21, 2012
JTomWilson in Southeast