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Chop Shop (Asheville)

The shop was closed when we stopped by today. Sign on the door said "come back for grand reopening on May 24." Anyone know what's going on there?

May 10, 2014
Zeisel in Southeast

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I was expecting a big Yay from the tangerine juice I got at our Asheville store--instead it turned out to be a big aargh. Tasted nothing like the delicious, tangy tangerine juice I bought the week before at Fresh Market.

Feb 17, 2014
Zeisel in Chains

Asheville for solo diner interested in local ingredients?

I've been to Table for lunch and I agree--lunches there have been pretty ordinary. They apparently save their creative juices for dinner--and they do go all out for that. They've also added more less expensive dinner options.

I hope you give them another chance--this time for dinner. I'd love to hear what you think.

Aug 04, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Asheville for solo diner interested in local ingredients?

The last few times I've been to Table the food has been fantastic/inventive/fun. The menu changes daily and I frequently see the chef at our local farmers market. You can check out their daily menu on the website: http://tableasheville.com. I'm always wanting to like Cucina 24--I love the space. But it's been consistently inconsistent.

Aug 03, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Asheville for solo diner interested in local ingredients?

And I'd highly recommend Table in downtown A'ville--we've had some great meals there lately. Biltmore Village, a couple of miles south of downtown, also has some places worth trying--Rezaz (sometimes under peoples radar) and the Fig. And In return for our suggestions, you need to promise to talk up Asheville to anyone in the Big Apple looking to open a Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant :-)

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Big Apple
715 E Oglethorpe Hwy, Hinesville, GA 31313

Jul 21, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Asheville area Updates - Openings/Closings

I see that Zoe Rose--the restaurant that replaced Tingles--is now open. Anyone tried it?

Jul 17, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Knife & Fork - Spruce Pine NC - dining destination

We stumbled upon the restaurant several weeks ago during the Toe River arts tour. It's usually not open for lunch on Saturdays, but it was for this event. We were blown away by the quality and inventiveness of the food--a combination of the Admiral and Table, but with prices below either of them. The chef has had a table at the Saturday City Market at least twice. He prepares sample dishes using local produce and dispenses tastes of his creations free-of-charge. I guess it's a way of publicizing his restaurant. We told him that people would be standing on line if he opened a place here--but it sounded like he's not planning to leave Spruce Pine any time soon.

Jul 05, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Trader Joes-Asheville

It's been open for a while now. It was mobbed at first--but we were there yesterday (Saturday) and it was pretty empty. They don't know what they're missing by not being here. BTW--it's about an hour and 15 minute drive from downtown Asheville.

May 15, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Table, Asheville

They've changed their menu and made it more exciting--many more interesting apps and entrees. And their menu changes every day to reflect the local produce that's coming in. Looks like they're taking their cue from the Admiral. Haven't tried it yet--I hope their execution is as good as their imagination. Has anyone been there lately?

May 03, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Olive & Kickin' - Asheville

I bought a small bottle of olive oil infused with blood orange--fantastic in salad dressings and on roasted vegetables (a little feta cheese sprinkled on top makes it even better!)

May 03, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Early Girl - 3rd strike

Thanks everyone for all those pancake recommendations. For a pancaker lover, it's like searching for the Holy Grail. When I was living in Virginia (Falls Church), I came close to it with the Original Pancake House. Their pancakes are memorable--light but with flavor galore--I still dream about their pumpkin and gingerbread pancakes. If I find their equal here, I'll be sure to post it.

Apr 27, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Early Girl - 3rd strike

I agree with you, dingey. We go out for brunch almost every Sunday. We've tried all the local restaurants and Early Girl remains one of our favorites. Dishes that we love there are the omelets (esp. the 3 mushroom omelet--not always on the menu), stone ground grits, home fries, and pumpkin bread.

I avoid their pancakes--hard and dry (how I'd love to find a place with great pancakes!) and sometimes their bacon is burnt. But their prices are still relatively cheap compared to other places like Over Easy. And while they're not up there with Sunny Point in the variety and quality of their offerings, you can get a very good breakfast for under $8 and walk away satisfied.

Apr 25, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Pho Fusion - Grand Opening Today in Asheville

We went there several weeks ago when I had a craving for Pho. They're trying hard, but it's no where near the Vietnamese food we've had in the DC area. The owner said they have a hard time getting the ingredients and cuts of beef they need for the real thing. I'll be curious to see what you think.

Apr 07, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Curate - Asheville

We've kinda beaten this to death, but I had to comment. We're beginning to sound PC here--no high-end restaurants, targeting a "certain clientele" wanted in Asheville. Let's not judge until we've tried the place--value is after all in the eye of the beholder. Anyone willing to go outside the box deserves a chance--in any event, ultimately the market speaks.

Mar 16, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Fine Dining in Asheville, NC?

I've got to agree with JKidd--I'd take the Admiral off your short list. My 89 year old mother visited us in Asheville last summer--she's a very youthful, open-minded 89 year old. We had a long wait for our meal at the Admiral--and the restaurant was dark, noisy, and very hot that evening. The food was great, but she would have preferred a more mainstream meal in a quieter setting. Table and Fig fit the bill--and If your mother likes Italian food, we just had a great meal at Cucina 24.

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Cucina 24
24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Feb 21, 2011
Zeisel in Southeast

Fiore's - Asheville

I always stick to the Bistecca Florentina at Fiore's--the beef is tasty and tender and the sides are delicious--at $20 it's a great value. My husband has tried several other dishes there--they were all just "okay."

Dec 04, 2010
Zeisel in Southeast

"Destination" Restaurants in the Southeast?

Maybe we caught the Admiral on a bad night. I'm used to waiting for 30 minutes for the small plates, but 45 minutes seemed over-the-top--especially when we saw other tables who arrived later being served their entrees ahead of us. What made it especially hard was that my elderly mother was obviously suffering because it was so hot. Live and learn--next time we'll take her to Fig for that special meal.

Aug 15, 2010
Zeisel in Southeast

"Destination" Restaurants in the Southeast?

The kitchen does deliver--but often very slowly. When we were there 2 nights ago--it took over 45 minutes to deliver the three small plates we ordered. The air conditioner wasn't working well that night, and the restaurant was uncomfortably hot. My 85 year old mother was suffering. We arrived there at 6 to avoid the crowds--to no avail.

Aug 14, 2010
Zeisel in Southeast

Great bakery in Asheville?

Agreed--Farm and Sparrow is hard to beat for bread/bialys. But...they don't make cakes, pies, muffins. If you've got a hankering for that, try Creme on Merrimon Ave. (they also have some great breads). It's run by two graduates of AB Tech's culinary program--their crumb cake is incredible.

Aug 08, 2010
Zeisel in Southeast

Three New Restaurants In Asheville

Actually, Sazerac is opening in the space next to Old Europe (in what used to be an interior decorating studio). According to a Lexington Ave. merchant (my source of downtown gossip), a Jewish-style deli will be opening in the Old Europe space. He doesn't know where they'll be getting their deli from--so that may or may not be something to look forward to.

Oct 01, 2009
Zeisel in Southeast

Nova-the best new restaurant in Asheville

I think it was the location that did them in--off the beaten track, hard to find, no parking. Their food was up their with the best in Asheville--and they had just brought on a new chef --he was on par with their old one. They also changed their lunch menu a couple of months ago to make it much more affordable. What a pity they couldn't hang on--hope they resurface.

Sep 04, 2009
Zeisel in General South Archive

Asheville - help us cut one from our list

You've made some good choices. I, too, would eliminate Corner Kitchen--the food is good, but nothing special. Keep Table on your list--I've been there quite a few times--every meal has been terrific--they change their menu frequently. I've never been crazy about Zambras--to me, the dishes sound better than they taste.

Jun 08, 2009
Zeisel in General South Archive