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Tupelo Honey - Raleigh

"I used to go to the original in Asheville when it opened. At that time it was very good on all levels. Once it got popular the wait became ridiculous so I haven't returned in over a decade. I did try their S. Asheville location a few years ago and wasn't impressed. "

My experience pretty much exactly. Great for them for vastly expanding, but it seems like their product has truly suffered.

Jul 06, 2015
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Asheville Trip Report

You really do. The doughnut is great, and the vibe is very friendly & chill.

Jun 23, 2015
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Asheville Suggestions...what's your top 7

The Admiral
The Bull & Beggar
The Junction
Bouchon
King James Public House
Limones
Rezaz
Nine Mile
Cucina 24

May 25, 2015
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Seven Sows to close (Asheville)

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/ea...

Exciting news about Justin Burdett opening up something in its space, though

May 12, 2015
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Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

My pick would be King James. Haven't been to Ambrozia yet though, full disclosure.

Mar 27, 2015
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Asheville Restaurants for 9 days in June. Thoughts on picks?

Spot on reply from miss piggy, particularly in regards to breakfast & the breweries. I'll also throw out a dinner suggestion of The Junction in the River Arts District.

Mar 26, 2015
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Best Sandwhich in Asheville

I had an MBLT on Saturday. Still amazing.

Mar 23, 2015
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Best Sandwhich in Asheville

In case anyone missed it, the Franks NY Deli crew is back at Parkway Bistro. Still on Hendersonville Rd., but a little north of their last spot. I haven't stopped by quite yet, but I anxiously look forward to it.

https://www.facebook.com/parkwaybistr...

Mar 18, 2015
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Any thoughts for a great restaurant in Ronoke VA?

I've spent limited time in Roanoke, but my single suggestion is The River & Rail.

http://riverandrailrestaurant.com/

I was there about a year ago and had a very nice evening. My only other suggestion was going to be to pose the same question on the Mid-Atlantic board, which you've already done. Good luck!

Mar 11, 2015
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Food trucks etc in Western North Carolina?

I wish I could help you with the Brevard and Hendersonville questions, but I can tell you that Sky City BBQ has been closed since this happened:

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/ne...

Aug 22, 2014
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Elliott Moss, BBQ, Asheville

How could those 3 things combined not be fantastic? Elliott's planned then scrapped BBQ venture in the South Slope area of Asheville is now back on, with a slight twist: Buxton Hill is now Buxton Hall, and local restauranteurs, the Irani's (Chai Pani & MG Road) will be the owners. Good information here:

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/en...

May 22, 2014
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Asheville NC BBQ- down to two choices

I too would pick Okie Dokies over Luella's

Apr 21, 2014
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Asheville help needed ASAP

I'm glad y'all found something that will work, but yeah, that's unfortunate regarding The Admiral. And unlike them. Enjoy Cucina 24 though.

Apr 11, 2014
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Asheville help needed ASAP

Leepa - yes. Great idea.

Apr 11, 2014
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Asheville itinerary consultation

Apr 11, 2014
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Asheville help needed ASAP

I believe Cucina 24 has a private room that might work... There's also a smaller space in the back of Bouchon, but it might be too small. Man, 23 is a lot...

Apr 11, 2014
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Downtown Roanoke

Headed there for a night this weekend, anything new & interesting happening downtown? My two choices for dinner on Saturday are currently Lucky and The River & Rail. Thanks!

Mar 25, 2014
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Another two nights in Asheville

The Junction is located in the River Arts District alongside a string of studios (and Pizza Pura). Bull & Beggar is also located in the River Arts District. It's pretty great too, started by the owner of the Admiral & the former co-chef at Table in downtown Asheville. I think they have a website now, too...

Jan 24, 2014
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Another two nights in Asheville

Check out The Junction's menu, as well

http://thejunctionasheville.com/

Jan 22, 2014
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Ashville NC and Greeneville SC

there are tons of discussions already on the board that I think would be really useful for you, just search for Asheville and Greenville in the top right-hand corner of the CHOW page

Sep 03, 2013
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Good news for Asheville Little Bee Thai fans

Pretty thrilled with this

Sep 02, 2013
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Ben's Tune Up (Asheville) now open!

Aug 28, 2013
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Breakfast and Lunch in Asheville

I concur wholeheartedly with the Over Easy recommendation. I can get on board with Tupelo Honey and Curate too, but I always feel like Over Easy is sometimes forgotten about so I try to sing their praises as often as possible.

Aug 23, 2013
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Anniversary in Asheville

I second your recommendations of The Junction and The Bull & Beggar. I'm not as familiar with B&Bs beer list, but I know the food at both would suit your interests. Let us know where you end up and enjoy Asheville!

Jul 29, 2013
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Ben's Tune Up (Asheville) now open!

Had a fun time last night for dinner. We ordered a few items: shashimi, macaroni, beef yakatori, chicken yakatori, and the ramen bowl. Food tasted great, clean.

Just about everything we ordered came out within 5 minutes, but it was their 2nd night open, so I totally expect little hiccups like that, and didn't take issue with it at all.

I had their gin cocktail, "Hearts A Fire," I think. Not bad, they had another drink with jalapenos that sounded more interesting, I'll definitely give it a try soon.

We sat in the enclosed space between the bar & kitchen. It did get a tad warm, and I think we regretted our choice after we walked through the open air section of the restaurant after dinner, it felt great. The space as a whole is really unique and fun, seems like a great place for dinner or simply drinks, tons of seating "outside." I'll be interested to see how they handle rain, however.

Unique in its space and its offerings, I think Ben's is another terrific addition to our restaurant scene. I look forward to going back, and to hearing what the rest of y'all think.

Here's a terrific and accurate write-up from the Mountain Xpress a few days ago:

http://www.mountainx.com/article/5085...

Jun 27, 2013
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Returning to Asheville

Might be the first time I've seen someone recommend not getting the tartare. Bad experience with it at The Admiral?

Jun 06, 2013
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Biscuit Head, West Asheville

Just had some lunch there: this place should do quite well. The comparison I can give you is White Duck with biscuits instead of tacos, which works out beautifully for me, and hopefully many more.

I had the pulled pork biscuit with a side of the coconut-stewed collards, which were great. And Leepa's friend was correct: large portions. It's a heavy meal, and not one that I could handle daily, but I anticipate going back many more times.

I didn't get a chance to try it, but their gravy of the day was blueberry Sriracha, which sounded pretty interesting. I'm pretty happy to add Biscuit Head to the neighborhood, y'all try it when you get a chance.

May 28, 2013
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Indian in Asheville.... which one?

Throw Chai Pani into the mix, as well.

Apr 30, 2013
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Hot Cross Buns in Asheville/Hendersonville/Brevard NC

I ate one from West End Bakery on Haywood Rd. in West Asheville yesterday.

Mar 28, 2013
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Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder, Asheville

Yeah... this will be awesome.

Feb 18, 2013
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