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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-visit-or-event/cafe/

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

Asheville - Foreign Christmas Treats

Thanks, LulusMom! I went to the Southern Season website, but it doesn't appear that they have any turrón. I´m glad to know about the site though! It looks delicious!

Dec 12, 2012
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Foreign Christmas Treats

Thank's, cheeseplease! I love black bread too!

Dec 12, 2012
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Foreign Christmas Treats

Thanks, meatn3 and Leepa! I'll check those places out! I heart Chowhound!

Dec 08, 2012
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Foreign Christmas Treats

I found Marzipan Stollen at Aldi on Swannanoa River Road yesterday! Yea! I went to get it last year, but they were sold out. They also have Butter Stollen. They have a place on the shelf labeled Gluvine, but it looked like they were out of that this year. I wasn't that interested in it, perhaps they will restock.

Now I'm on the hunt for Turrón de Alicante. Does anyone have any ideas where I might find it? I know I can order it at LaTienda.com, but I was hoping to pick it up locally.

Thanks!

Dec 08, 2012
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Mamacita's Baja Kitchen (not the taqueria next door)

Unfortunately, this restaurant closed today. I was hoping they would be able to pull it together. The taqueria next door is still open.

Nov 14, 2012
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Home Free Bagels Bagel Stand

Best bagels in Asheville by far! I've been eating Home Free Bagels for awhile now at Biltmore Coffee Traders but had never been to the Bagel Stand until today. It's a cute little stand, in West Asheville in the parking lot of Standard Pizza, with bagels and coffee. When I was there there were only two types of bagels, plain and everything. I got there kind of late, so I'm not sure if there are other favors available.There are a variety of flavored cream cheeses to choose from. I got Jalapeño and Cranberry Habanero. They have a toaster to heat your bagel if that's important to you. They are open Monday thru Friday 8am to 11am. Yum!

Oct 08, 2012
Helind in Southeast

Asheville - Mamacita's Baja Kitchen (not the taqueria next door)

First let me say, I hate writing this review. I hope my visit was unusual and that in the future Mamacita's Baja Kitchen receives raves. I should have known when we walked in the door that there was going to be trouble. It took us a while to be seated, and once we were seated it took longer than it should for us to place our drink order. We could see our server literally running from one side of the restaurant to the other trying to accommodate the customers. I felt bad for him. He finally got around to us, and we placed our food order. Our food came up fairly quickly but was cold. We ordered the Carne Asada Tacos and the Pork Carnitas Tacos. For Mexican food, it was pretty mild. Also, our tacos were loaded with shredded cabbage. They were very dry. The corn tortillas seemed like they had been sitting around for awhile, cold and gelatinous. We ate our tacos because we were very hungry and didn't want to spend more time in a bad situation. Our frozen margarita was weak and not sweet. To start with, I might have added more Triple Sec. I mentioned to the server that the restaurant could use a plate warmer. He responded by saying that there were so many people the plates weren't in the warmer long enough to get warm because of the turnover. The restaurant was not to capacity. There were quite a few tables open. It seemed like everyone was trying very hard, but it just wasn't working. Mamacita's Baja Kitchen is near my home, so I was really hoping it would be great, instead it was very disappointing.

Jul 08, 2012
Helind in Southeast

My favorite things from Central Market

Fiesta might have them. That's where I get my More Spice Tony Chachere's Seasoning.

Jun 22, 2011
Helind in Austin

Adios Austin Chowhounds

I know I haven’t contributed much, but I just wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed reading all the comments and suggestions from the Austin Chowhounds. I’m moving to Asheville, NC next week, so I probably won’t have much need to lurk around the Austin boards anymore. I haven’t been exactly flush with cash since I moved here 4 years ago, but here are some of the foods I will miss when I leave:

The Huevos Mexicanos from the Eastside Café
The Chicken Tortilla Soup from Central Market Westgate
The BBQ at Blacks in Lockhart

Some of my favorite meals where at:

Uchi
Parkside
The Eastside Café

I’m especially going to miss this board. Asheville doesn't have a dedicated board. It's lumped in with everyone in the Southeast:( If you’ve ever been to Asheville and have dining or food suggestions, I’m all ears.

Happy eating, y’all!

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Uchi Restaurant
801 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Central Market Westgate
4477 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX

Jun 22, 2011
Helind in Austin

LIGHT Sunday brunch

I kind of feel like I'm eating in trailer when I eat in the garden room. It's good for large groups though. I always request inside the house now and have even waited a little longer to be seated there. I think it's worth the wait.

Jun 02, 2011
Helind in Austin

LIGHT Sunday brunch

I was going to recommend Eastside too, but the Flip Happy thing threw me off. I try to take out of town guests to Eastside Cafe as often as I can. You can order light there, but my favorite dish, Huevos Mexicanos, is pretty heavy. My husband and I often share it which is perfect. It's definitely got the Austin vibe happenin', make sure you ask to be seated in the house, and be sure to check out the garden and the chickens.

Jun 02, 2011
Helind in Austin