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Asheville Outdoor Dining?

I'll second Storm, they look to be doing some good things there, like fresh ground burgers. The Southern has a nice patio in the center of things and decent food. It can get quite packed though.

Jul 08, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Favorite Asheville Coffee Spots?

I second the Double Decker. Great espresso. Don't forget to duck!

Mar 31, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Asheville Downtown Dinner options

If the weather is nice The Southern looks promising, or Boca. Rezaz is good in Biltmore Village, chef owned.

Mar 31, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Must-Have Asheville Reservations?

5 bucks for a membership, or a member can sign you in. You can even bring your own food and grill out.

Mar 30, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Must-Have Asheville Reservations?

I always enjoy Rezaz for dinner. The Southern on Lexington, sounds promising. They have one of the best patios in Asheville. If you're up for a short drive one of the coolest new bars is the Bywater on River road.

You could get lunch at 12 Bones, have a craft beer on the river and play horseshoes at Bywater, then finish up downtown on the patio at The Southern and see where you go from there. Now that's my kind of day.

Mar 29, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Good date place that doesn't cost a fortune in Asheville

Thanks everyone! I keep forgetting about Stone House Market, and that's in my neck of the woods.

I recently had a pretty nice spread at Boca for that much.

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Stone House Market
301 Old Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806

Mar 29, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Curate - Asheville

I for one think it's nice to see people frustrated with the high prices of eating out. This makes sense in a forum like this. People wouldn't be here unless they are food lovers, and it's disheartening to feel gouged at a new place. There are enough places like that here already.

Maybe if more people speak up things will change.

Tapas originated as a small bite or two that was almost free when you drank at an establishment. The fact that now it's almost a way to nickel and dime you to a higher bill is a shame.

I've only been to Zambras one time for that reason.

Mar 26, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Good date place that doesn't cost a fortune in Asheville

Anyone have any suggestions for an upscale place that you can get out of for less than $75? I'm talking a couple of drinks and grat. included.

Have you noticed any of the established places dropping prices?

Mar 26, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Biltmore Blueblood Blues (Plus Barbecue)

Well said, I couldn't agree more about the identity crises. In fact, I feel like I fit in in much the same way as you, but somehow I've grown to love it.

Whatever you say about 12 bones, they get a ton of write ups. It's now the place to go in Asheville.

Much is over-rated and pretentious here, but it's a vibrant town despite the economy. New things are popping up all the time.

Mar 26, 2011
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Boca, Asheville

I went to Boca a few nights ago and overall enjoyed it, though I thought some of the dishes needed some fine tuning. I was really excited with the menu, it comes across as a more streamlined and affordable Limones.

Service: Attentive and knowledgeable, but it wasn't very busy.

Food: Mussel app. was fantastic, scallops good, tacos so-so, and berry tart decent but nothing memorable. The fish tacos were surprisingly blah, especially since that seems to be a highlight of the concept. They should try the taco's at Taco's Jalisco to see how it's done.

They needed a couple more dessert options. Homemade ice cream?

Still, it was refreshingly affordable and I think the'll work out the kinks. I'll definitely try it again.

Mar 24, 2011
rbrower in Southeast

Asheville (NC) - updates needed?

Carmel's seems to have a good menu but doesn't execute it well.

Mar 03, 2010
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