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Southern food recs in Asheville, NC

agree. moose=seriously bad canned meat.

Dog friendly in Asheville?

was eating at mayfels two weekends ago, saw a dog on the patio there.

Best Steak in Asheville???

I've never had that experience. Steaks are always perfectly cooked & nice. Waitstaff is nice, too. GM has a degree from Johnson & Wales.

Best Steak in Asheville???

I know, right? But in this town, knock a "local" & commit blasphemy. Strange, I mean, I know local supports the community, but if it's not up to par, aren't you just paying them out of pity? I love plenty of our local restaurants, but for a steak in Asheville, I haven't had better than Longhorn.

Best Steak in Asheville???

coffee marinated? yuck.
steak needs salt, pepper, a little oil. you're crazy.
and anyplace isn't a real word.

Ashville sports bar?

Monday night is wing night, by the way, yum yum yum

Ashville sports bar?

My favorite favorite is east village grill across from the va hospital. man, their tiger wings are something else.
good salads, good spin arichoke dip, too.

MO' DADDY's Asheville

Overheard a conversation that included their general manager.
He listed the menu items. Really strange, the concept is chicken and waffles, but instead of focusing on deep south cooking (like chicken and waffles) they have a hodge podge menu full of sysco-esque appetizers. Nothing sounded like it fit any sort of concept. I haven't tried it, but was disappointed by what I heard from the manager, it could be a really cool southern place, but it seemed like they missed that mark by quite a bit.

Novice baker seeks cake yeast in Asheville

Active Dry Yeast (This is the Red Star stuff, I'm pretty sure)
is the most commonly available form for home bakers. It is available in ΒΌ-oz packets or jars. The yeast is dormant, and is best used after proofing and rehydrating. Sprinkle the yeast over warm water (105-115 degrees F) and a pinch of sugar, and let it stand for 10 minutes until creamy and bubbly. It can be stored in a cool dry place and in unopened packages for up to 15 months, but do not use it after the expiration date. Store open containers in the refrigerator.
BUT
I think what you want is this:
Fresh Yeast, also known as compressed or cake yeast, is active yeast. It has good rising qualities and produces excellent-tasting bread, croissants and Danish pastries. It is sold in tiny cakes in the refrigerated section of many supermarkets. Fresh yeast does not keep well; it will last about two weeks if refrigerated. The yeast should be pale gray-brown, fragrant, soft and crumbly, not hard, dark brown and crusty. Any mold growing on the surface is an indication that the yeast should be discarded. Fresh yeast should be proofed in tepid water (80-90 degrees F) without contact with salt or sugar. This yeast type is a good choice for breads requiring a long cool rise, or for breads made using the sponge method.

You can find fresh yeast in the small cooler next to the dairy cooler in Earth Fare in West Asheville. It is sold in plastic bulk containers.

Source:http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Yeast-the...

Breakfast in Weaverville/North Asheville

i think they're open until 2, they have a lunch menu, too.

Asheville Food Scene -- What does it need?

BUT I had a cannoli from Cucina 24 the other day, and I'll be going back for dessert. The server says their desserts are all made in house by the pastry chef. I can't wait to try more!
The cannoli's shell seemed to be made of the traditional pastry dough, but had the sweet and salty taste of a fortune cookie. Maybe the frier oil was just dirty, but man, it was good. The ricotta filling had orange zest in it. A very tasty little morsel.

Jul 27, 2008
jakistar79 in Southeast

Breakfast in Weaverville/North Asheville

I ate there again Saturday, wonder if I saw you there :)
I had eggs benedict again (I'm addicted) but I saw their bananna walnut pancakes go out to a nearby table and was sooo jealous. I'd like to try those...

Best Steak in Asheville???

Steak and Wine BIG NO!
Haven't tried the Chop House, but don't think I will based on the XPress's strange review. (She concluded it was great, but everything she tried was bad?)
Hate to say it, but the best steak I've had in this town is at a chain.
We go to Long Horn on Tunnel Rd.

Cafe Zen in Durham/ American Tobacco

Had sushi there last time I was in Durham (two months ago or so) it was very mediocre. Also, the special roll I ordered was full of mayonaise and very little fish. My dad had a cooked dish which he enjoyed.

Breakfast in Weaverville/North Asheville

Ate at Rise and Shine on Saturday. It has a pretty good menu, good quality breakfast. I had eggs benedict with tempeh (no complaints here), the fiance had the Rise and Shine breakfast with sausage (local, very good), hash browns (undercooked, but otherwise fine) sunny side up eggs (a little overcooked). They have a few other traditional breakfast items, veg options, and a whole omlette menu. Friendly service, the space is very cramped, though. It's where Manny's used to be.

Fried Green Tomatoes, Asheville

Ok, so I know you can get 'em at:
Mayfels, but the food quality keeps going down every time I eat there;
The Grey Eagle, but during the day they're closed, and at night, you have to pay for a show to go eat 'em;
Fatz Cafe, but ew...
Any other suggestions?

Gift certificate in Asheville for my picky brother!?

i just had a terrible (terrible, i suppose, in comparison to what I was expecting from lunching there before) lunch there recently,
and after that heard some gossip through the grapevine that i cannot verily repeat.
i'd go with rezaz before zambras, zambras seems so unimaginative in their menu. it's full of fancy stuff, but no vision that holds it together.

Gift certificate in Asheville for my picky brother!?

28806 is going downhill.

Nine Mile, Montford District, Asheville

We really thought this place was going to be silly, repeatedly hearing the concept "jamacian pasta", it seemed like a real stretch, but we went about two weeks ago and had a really tasty, fresh meal. I had a fish dish, the fiance had the jerk chicken dish. Both were good & we had leftovers for the next day. The sauce for the meat goes well with the pasta, very filling, no complaints at all. More impressive, we were there on a weekday night after 8 and they were still hoppin'.

Cafe 100 (market place) Asheville

I've eaten there twice. The first meal was not so great, the second was really good. I love the boiled peanuts and especially that the wait staff called them "southern edamame". We had all kinds of things off the meat and cheese menu and everything was good. The major disappointment with our first trip may have been because we were the last customers of the evening and the chef was trying to get out, but, we ordered entrees and my steak (which i order medium) came out RAW, not rare, but raw inside. My fiancee's entree was pork belly and he was disappointed with the cooking technique, the outside was spongey, not crispy as he'd expected. Our second trip, however, the entrees were perfect. I'm pretty fond of this place, and would definately go back.

10 Best Southern Hotdogs?

It's not as good, its better. Yum yum yum!

Jul 11, 2008
jakistar79 in Southeast

Bleak prospects : Good food in the mountains of NC?

Oh, no, no, no, you've got Asheville ALL wrong. These are the restaurants with the largest ad bugets and the biggest ties to our neighborhood food bully, the AIR, who prohibits our local journalism outlets from printing honest reviews by yanking on the chains of thier collective ad budgets. Tupelo Honey used to be good, but the last several times, the best things were gone from the menu, the food was poorly prepared, and the portions were downsized. Salsas is confusing and a little grimy at best. Sunnypoint does a great job advertising to tourists. It's just right down the street from me here in West Asheville. Very few locals I know dine there, the food is just mediocre at best, but it's always packed with fanny-packs.
Worth trying in Asheville: One Love Jamacian, downtown
Southside Cafe, Hendersonville Rd
12 Bones, river arts district
Rosetta's, always a staple, downtown lexington
Cucina 24, downtown wall street
Bar 100 at the Marketplace, also downtown wall street
Marco's pizza makes a good white pie for lunch
And we have several fairly decent sushi joints, including downtown's Kanpai.
Good luck, and for god's sake, don't believe the hype. or the mountain xpress.

Claxton Farm, near Asheville, NC

I considered having my wedding there, and wanted to use a separate caterer. They responded by sending me an estimate with catering included, and wanted to serve !!!chicken skewers!!! and wayyyy overcharge on them. I turned them down based on that alone.

Waynesville, NC

We ate at Lomo for my birthday in March.
It was quite amazing, like something right out of the early ninties, complete with stucco structures and paprika on the rim of the plate.
The food, however, was really good. My steak was absolutely perfect, delicious. My fiancee ordered a fish and pasta dish which was really nice as well.
We were the only party in the large dining room, but the service was great.

two scoops (asheville, nc)

That's what I keep hearing. I'll give that one a try tomorrow!

Curras (Woodfin/Asheville) - anyone?

perhaps...
very reluctant to try again, because it was a terrible and expensive experience.

Curras (Asheville-Woodfin) Nuevo Mex

It's great if you like bland food!
I can't believe Hannah Raskin gave them a good review, obviously the XPress is still castrated by the AIR.
I will say, the drinks were great, but it ended there.
What she listed as the "signature dish" was the stuffed peppers. I'd been craving stuffed peppers all day when we visited.
The stuffed peppers said on the menu that they were stuffed with "pork and beef". When they came out, they contained ground beef and what appeared to be chopped salad ham. The portion was ridiculously small, and the bland beef and ham was sauced with an herb walnut dressing and balsamic vinegar?? No spice at all, this is confused Latin food for white people.
The queso dip with chorizo that we ordered as an app had no spice either, in fact, we had to ask for salt, it was completely bland. Also, the sausage was ground, and could have easily been ground beef with ancho, there was no flavor at all. It was topped with a gob of slimy melted cheese.
My fiance's dish was cooked well, but so bland that we had to ask the waitress for salsa. When the salsa came, it was completely mild, no peppers, just tomato and onion. We sent it back, and the chef actually chopped some jalapenos and put them in for us. This salsa was decent, but by the time it arrived, his expensive food was cold.
The service was good, but the food was just terrible, and we found it absolutely laughable when Raskin's review appeared days later.
As a side note, if you do some research, food reviewers generally try to remain anonymous, not sit down with the restaurant owners. Also, food editors aren't supposed to be bosom pals with the organization that advocates for all the restaurants they review. This is because they're supposed to have the experience in a restaurant that any Joe from the street would have, not receive the special treatment. Xpress, you're still wayyyy off here.

Curras (Woodfin/Asheville) - anyone?

It's great if you like bland food!
I can't believe Hannah Raskin gave them a good review, obviously the XPress is still castrated by the AIR.
I will say, the drinks were great, but it ended there.
What she listed as the "signature dish" was the stuffed peppers. I'd been craving stuffed peppers all day when we visited.
The stuffed peppers said on the menu that they were stuffed with "pork and beef". When they came out, they contained ground beef and what appeared to be chopped salad ham. The portion was ridiculously small, and the bland beef and ham was sauced with an herb walnut dressing and balsamic vinegar?? No spice at all, this is confused Latin food for white people.
The queso dip with chorizo that we ordered as an app had no spice either, in fact, we had to ask for salt, it was completely bland. Also, the sausage was ground, and could have easily been ground beef with ancho, there was no flavor at all. It was topped with a gob of slimy melted cheese.
My fiance's dish was cooked well, but so bland that we had to ask the waitress for salsa. When the salsa came, it was completely mild, no peppers, just tomato and onion. We sent it back, and the chef actually chopped some jalapenos and put them in for us. This salsa was decent, but by the time it arrived, his expensive food was cold.
The service was good, but the food was just terrible, and we found it absolutely laughable when Raskin's review appeared days later.
As a side note, if you do some research, food reviewers generally try to remain anonymous, not sit down with the restaurant owners. Also, food editors aren't supposed to be bosom pals with the organization that advocates for all the restaurants they review. This is because they're supposed to have the experience in a restaurant that any Joe from the street would have, not receive the special treatment. Xpress, you're still wayyyy off here.

Asheville, NC- Steak and Wine

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Jul 06, 2008
jakistar79 in Southeast

Asheville, NC- Steak and Wine

Don't bother on the corner house, really.
Aside from the fact that no one in there knew what they were doing, or who was waiting on us,
-I watched the woman make our Bloody Marys, and there was about a quarter of a shot of vodka in each, $7 for basically cold tomato soup.
-What was advertised as "homemade" hollandaise was obviously not homemade, rather from a bottle.
-Eggs had the microwaved, not stove cooked texture.
-Asked for catsup, it was warm, in individual cups, separated, sour.
-After picking through what we did eat of our meals, the "chef" came out of the kitchen and literally scratched his hairy butt in front of us. Yawned, scratched his greasy head, and walked out the door. Totally gross.
-Food took forever to come out of the kitchen, and the waiter forgot about us for about 10 minutes after delivering the check. Another waitress repeatedly walked past us, seeing the check, and ignoring it.

Yucky.

Jul 05, 2008
jakistar79 in Southeast