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Brevard, NC restaurant suggestions

I finally went to the main Hobnob restaurant in Brevard this week. I was there for lunch and had an excellent (dressed) catfish po'boy. It came with well prepared steak fries, hot, cooked through, and perfectly seasoned. For dessert, I had a top-notch orange creme brulee. I loved the decor and the house; it reminded me a little of the Eastside Cafe in Austin or the Zevely House in Winston-Salem. I'm definitely going back the next time I'm down that way!

Sep 11, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Lukewarm Food

I'm glad you had a good experience.

Sep 01, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Sliced Lemons with Iced Tea

I would ask for a wedge, but having been a waitress in the past, it's probably not as simple as it seems as lemons are often cut up as side work after one's shift, unless it's a seafood restaurant or someplace that serves lemon wedges with the food. I guess I'll just continue to praise the places where I get a wedge. Positive re-enforcement, right?

Aug 31, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Lukewarm Food

I've been to several restaurants were the food is served lukewarm, i.e. Biscuit Head, 12 Bones, Moe's Original Bar B Que, The Early Girl Eatery. The BBQ was okay a little cooler, but I had egg dishes at the Early Girl Eatery and Biscuit Head. It was kind of weird. Biscuit Head and 12 Bones serve their food in something that looks like a metal pie pan; consequently the food gets cool almost instantly. Is this a cultural thing? Should I ask for my food extra-hot or should I just go with it "when in Rome" style?

Aug 31, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Sliced Lemons with Iced Tea

Since moving to Asheville 3 years ago, I started drinking sweet tea with lemon again. 99.9% of the time the lemon that comes with my tea is a slice instead of a wedge. To me, the lemon isn't a garnish; it's something I squeeze into my tea. A slice is very hard to squeeze, and messy. Is this an Asheville thing, a NC thing? I grew up in VA where I was always served a wedge but haven't lived there in many many years. I moved here from places where they don't serve sweet tea, and that's what I drink with lemon; so I don't have any other place to compare it with. Thoughts?

Aug 31, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville dinner near McCormick Field

Thanks for the update! Sounds like things went well! Come back soon!

Jul 11, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

If you find that you've hiked longer than you thought you would on one of your hiking days and/or need to stop for a snack. There is a restaurant and a snack bar at Mount Mitchell State park and a restaurant at the Pisgah Inn near Mount Pisgah. They both serve breakfast lunch and dinner. Also, there is a cafe that serves lunch at the Cradle of Forestry, just tell them you're there for lunch to avoid the admission fee or use your America the Beautiful pass or go on Tuesday. The food can be hit or miss, but I've never had anything inedible at any of these restaurants; and the views are lovely from the Pisgah Inn and Mount Mitchell.

Jul 09, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville Dayhikes and Beer all set, just need Good Food

I agree with miss piggy that Greenlife would be a good choice for picnic food. They have a lot of prepared foods. According to their website, Greenlife opens at 7:30am. You might also want to check out Laurey's which opens at 8am Monday through Saturday: http://www.laureysyum.com/

Jul 09, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville dinner near McCormick Field

I would totally walk from any of the places miss piggy suggested to the ballpark. However, I noticed in your profile that you're from Austin which means you might not be used to walking, and you will taking a walking tour earlier in the day. It's .7 miles from Pack Square which is the furthest you'd have to walk if you take one of miss piggy's suggestions. One of the reasons that I moved from Austin was because I like to walk, and Austin is not a very walkable city. Maybe you're athletic. I just thought you should take that into account.

Jun 15, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Brevard, NC restaurant suggestions

Though I've never been to the restaurant proper, I've had food from the Hobnob at the Cradle of Forestry and found it to be very good. Here's a link to their site: http://hobnobrestaurant.com/

Jun 12, 2014
Helind in Southeast

ASHEVILLE lunch

There are places to have a light lunch on the Biltmore Estate if you don't feel like driving off site: the Bake Shop and the Courtyard Market in the stable area next to Biltmore House, the Conservatory Café next to the conservatory, and the Smokehouse in the farm area at Antler Hill Village. More information here:

http://www.biltmore.com/visit/things-...

I've found that there are times when it takes quite a while to drive off the the estate, people drive very slowly and sometimes stop for wildlife (geese). There is a lot to do there if you like to walk, the House, gardens, winery, etc, so you may not want to take the time to leave and come back. The House closes at 4:30pm this time of year.

May 08, 2014
Helind in Southeast
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(South?) Asheville area one restaurant challenge

These are probably not as upscale as you would like, but I found two possibilities, both are open on Mondays. White Duck Taco Shop in the River Arts District, hours 11:30am to 9pm. Oyster House Brewing in W. Asheville, hours 3pm to 11pm. Make sure you call before you go.

Mar 17, 2014
Helind in Southeast

(South?) Asheville area one restaurant challenge

This IS a challenge because of the time of day and the day of the week! I'm thinking somewhere in West Asheville would be best, but I have yet to locate just the right place. At first,I thought of Sunny Point Cafe, but they're only open til 2:30 on Mondays:(

Mar 17, 2014
Helind in Southeast

Asheville Sunday brunch question(s)

I agree with Nancy about the time. I've never had the brunch buffet at the Deerpark Restaurant, but if I only had one day at the Biltmore Estate, I might tour the house and conservatory and the bass pond to the waterfall in the morning and then have brunch at the Deerpark and then go over to Antler Hill Village for the winery, the petting zoo, and the barn. I guess it depends on how much you like to walk and if you would eat enough to make a brunch buffet worth the cost. There are other places to eat on the Biltmore Estate, but I'm not sure how brunchy they are. The tour of the house might be slow going the Sunday before Christmas as it's usually jammed that time of year, so give yourself plenty of time. You might even need a reservation to get in the house itself; I'm not sure if you can do that ahead of time or if you have to wait until you get to the house.

Dec 03, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Asheville appetizer tour

I think you might want to check out Asheville Food Tours:

http://ashevillefoodtours.com/

I hear good things about them. Maybe they can arrange something.

Oct 23, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Food at Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville

I'm sorry that happened to you. A reviewer on Yelp had a problem with the bouncer too. I was thinking about going over there after tourist season, but I'm rethinking that idea.

Sep 30, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Quietest/Noisiest Restaurants in Asheville

I went for brunch at the LAB recently. We were the only people seated inside. The fans were on and the Saturday night type music was turned up to Saturday night level. It was very noisy and unbrunch like. The food was kind of meh. I thought the bacon was excellent but part of mine was kind of burned. I probably won't be back.

Sep 28, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Toddler-Friendly in Asheville?

I don't think I've ever had the experience of having my meal ruined by a child in a restaurant. Most people with children rush to take their children outside when they start acting up. They're are two of you so that makes things a lot easier. If things got bad, which they most likely wouldn't, I imagine one of you would go out with the child and the other would pay the bill and get your orders to go. I hope you have a wonderful time in Asheville with your toddler. They grow up so fast, whether this trip is good or bad as a whole, you'll have something to share with them when they're older. People with dogs and smokers are usually the people I have problems with at restaurants and bars...maybe it's just a few rotten apples.

Sep 26, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Crepes around Asheville

Thanks, miss piggy. I'll check out Ceci's. I read this board often and always enjoy your posts!

Sep 15, 2013
Helind in Southeast
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Crepes around Asheville

Creperie Bouchon is is located behind the restaurant Bouchon in a cute courtyard that is hidden from the street. I love the location. Unfortunately, the crepes at this creperie are awful. I had the Afternoon in Paris crepe. It was thick and doughy. A friend told me that she had recently eaten crepes there and that the server told her that the problem with the crepes is that they are gluten free. I've had gluten free items at other restaurants and very much enjoyed them, Posana for example. I think this restaurant needs to work on their crepe recipe or offer a gluten version. So if you go to Creperie Bouchon don't order the crepes! Seems ridiculous, doesn't it? Our server was extremely rushed. It was hard to get his attention. I don't blame him, but the service was sub-par. They either need to hire more wait staff or to hire someone to bus tables and fill water glasses. I was seated inside; I dropped something on the floor and when I reached to pick it up the floor was filthy and had pieces of glass scattered about. The french fries are great, as is the dressing on the miniscule salad that comes with the crepes. I very much enjoyed the cider on tap. Even so, I doubt I'll go back to Creperie Bouchon.

I very much like the nontraditional crepes at the Twisted Crepe, though I loath the decor. It has all the appeal of a Subway sandwich shop. You might be disappointed if you're looking for a traditional crepe.The crepes remind me very much of the kind of crepe one might get at a street fair in NYC. They're sort of crispy. The fillings are good. I especially like the take on the club sandwich. This place is nice for kids as they can watch their crepe being prepared. The Twisted Crepe is a great place to stop in a get a bite to eat, but not a place I'd like to linger.

My favorite spot for crepes so far is not in Asheville. Sadly, the Cork & Bean an hour away from Asheville in Bryson City. The decor is cute and welcoming. The crepes are light and the fillings are delicious. The service is stellar. The coffee is good, fresh, and hot. Bryson City is right next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which is a nice place to take a walk before or after lunch (http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit...). If you're out that way, I recommend it.

Has anyone been to the Creperie and Cafe in Weaverville? Are there any other restaurants that serve crepes in the area?

Sep 14, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Asheville Restaurant - Can't remember name

Could it have been brunch instead of breakfast? If it was brunch, it might have been the Grovewood Cafe.

Aug 28, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Anniversary in Asheville

I've been reading some terrible reviews about the Edison on other sites lately, mostly about the service. Has anyone been?

Aug 25, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Anniversary in Asheville

I think the Edison officially opened today. This is from the Grove Park Inn FB page:

"As we open Edison, Craft Ales + Kitchen on July 31 and conclude the restoration of the inn, we want to extend a warm welcome to our friends and neighbors by eliminating the current fee for outside parking. What better way to say 'You're Invited' than to welcome our guests to park in our outdoor lots free of charge." - Gary Froeba, Managing Director of The Omni Grove Park Inn

I'm glad they've done away with the parking fee. I think the other suggestions about where to go are great for the beer factor, but I was thinking thinking about his wife and the best place to go for a romantic evening that included a good selection of beer. One often pays more for atmosphere.

Jul 31, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Anniversary in Asheville

The Edison at the Grove Park Inn is opening today, July, 31, so there aren't any reviews yet. It might be worth checking out though. Here's a link to more info: http://www.groveparkinn.com/edison

Jul 31, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Returning From Asheville

Thanks for the report! I especially appreciate that you mentioned the noise level at Isa's.

Jul 20, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Quietest/Noisiest Restaurants in Asheville

What are some of the quietest restaurants in Asheville? Noisiest? I've been to some restaurants with great food that I won't be going back to because of the noise level. I could scream at the top of my lungs at Uchi in Austin and never be heard. It was so so loud. Here's an article about noise in restaurants in NYC: http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/07/ada...

Jul 15, 2013
Helind in Southeast

How have I missed this so far: Yuzu Patisserie (Asheville)

chezdy, there is a coupon available for Dough today on You Get We Give:

http://www.yougetwegive.com/engine/Sp...

May 22, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Savory Thyme Cafe in the NC Arboretum Mini-Outdoor Adventure

Parking is $8 in the NC Arboretum. Located in the Education Center, the Savory Thyme Cafe is a nice place to rest and recoup after walking around the grounds of the NC Arboretum. They serve simple and delicious sandwiches and salads, and cold and hot drinks. The gluten free chocolate cookie is to die for! I think this cookie is what Chowhounds would appreciate most. Everything else is but good but not complex. You order at the counter and then wait for your name to be called, or depending on how busy they are, your food to be brought to your table. There is inside and outside seating. With a two day advance order, they also have a lunch box option which might be fun for a picnic or if you have a large group. I've heard there is some connection with the Green Sage, but I'm not sure. Here's a link to the cafe: http://www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-vis...

To avoid paying the $8 parking fee go on free parking day which is the first Tuesday of every month or you can park in the Bent Creek River & Picnic Park and hike into the Arboretum (From Asheville take 26 East & take Exit 2 - go left at light on to Brevard Road & travel 2.4 mile - see the Bent Creek River Park on the left). Go to the north end of the parking lot, where Bent Creek empties into the French Broad River. Look upstream and locate the blue blaze that leads under NC 191 and beside Bent Creek. Follow the path to the Blue Ridge Parkway on-ramp. Cross the road into the Arboretum. Instead of walking up the road, there's a trail to the left of the Arboretum Gatehouse that leads to the main buildings, but you should probably ask for a map and directions at the Gatehouse as it takes a few twists and turns. The hike to the Savory Thyme Cafe in the Education Center is about 1.5 miles. Here's a link to the NC Arboretum trail map: http://www.ncarboretum.org/assets/Fil...

Apr 09, 2013
Helind in Southeast

West North Carolina recommendations

If you're going to be in Bryson City, you might want to check out the Cork & Bean. It's a casual coffee house/wine bar that serves crepes and other goodies. It's a great place to stop before or after a hike near Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mar 25, 2013
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Foreign Christmas Treats

I tried Euromarket yesterday. No luck:( It is an incredible place though. Is everything in Ukranian? I couldn't tell.

Dec 14, 2012
Helind in Southeast