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Cooking dead animals WHOLE-Greenville SC

Just having bought a pig for a pig roast I can tell you what I found in the Asheville area. Hickory Nut gap could not provide me with the 50 pounder, I wanted. All they had was a half of pig at 90lbs. I don't think they breed but instead purchase them young, That being said the only location I could find with a pig the size I wanted was M&M Meats in Hendersonville. (828) 692-3558. Good luck and let me know if you were successful, I would like to cook smaller pigs as well.

Jun 30, 2011
catsailor in Southeast

Roast Pig in Asheville NC

Where would I find this? You talking about a suckling pig?

May 06, 2011
catsailor in Southeast

Roast Pig in Asheville NC

I'm looking for a whole roast pig for a party. In the past I've done them myself, but I'm getting to old and lazy to dig a pit, get up early and watch the fire all day long. So does anybody know someone or some company that can help me out?

May 05, 2011
catsailor in Southeast

Should we eat at The Grove Park Inn? (Asheville)

A local who has eaten in every restaurant, had the buffet and eaten numerous group/conference meals (over 30+ meals there), not once have I ever had a meal comparable to value and/or taste that I couldn't have had better outside the hotel.

Dec 06, 2010
catsailor in Southeast

New Indian Restaurant South Asheville?

Just got back from lunch at Cinnamon Kitchen and thought the food was excellent. I'm not going to make comparisons with Mela because they are both very good. But am very happy to have CK in my own back yard. My daughter ordered the Sabji Korma, vegetables cooked with cashew cream sauce. The sauce a great cashew flavor which often gets masked by other flavors in many sauces. The portion was very large and included a bowl of basmati rice seasoned with a seed, think it was cumin, but was very subtle. and peas. It also came with four vegetable fritters. The batter was a little on the heavy side but they were very tasty. I had the Bangan Bed Chicken. Breaded eggplant topped with sauteed chicken breast on tomatoes, eggplant chutney and caralmelized onions on a bed of vegetables and rice. It was fabulous, the chicken breast nice and moist the only thing I would change would be to lose the skin on the breaded eggplant since I'm not a big fan of it. The meal came with Naan and mango chutney. The chutney was pretty bland and I wouldn't of known there was mango in it unless you told me but the Naan. Light, airy, bubbly, with a light coating of ghee on top was nirvana. Evidently it's cooked in authentic clay ovens.The service needs to be ironed out a little. It wasn't busy when we were there and it wasn't bad but wasn't great either. Probably would do good to train the waitstaff on the food, But all in all a keeper. They also offer take out. I'm going to talk this place up. It's great to see some quality restaurants coming to South Asheville

Nov 11, 2010
catsailor in Southeast

Asheville Coffee

The coffee council of Asheville? Just kidding good list

Sep 22, 2010
catsailor in Southeast

Asheville Coffee

Dripolator gets my vote as well. If it was in my neighborhood I'd never make another cup of coffee at home.

Sep 20, 2010
catsailor in Southeast

Asheville - Meals for Delivery

Blueridgetogo.com Offers delivery from a lot of local restaurants. You can either make the arrangements or set up an account and they can order on line.

Jan 12, 2010
catsailor in Southeast

Asheville - Best of 2009

Best Breakfast Hands down Sunny Point W. Aville

Best Lunch Too many, but like NY DELI Arden, Salsas, Tomato Cucina, Papas and Beer

Best Dinner Again a lot of choices; Fig, Zambras, Rezzaz, want to try Admiral but I have to say anywhere I can get out with my wife and have fun:)

Best Dessert not important

Best Cocktails Salsas has good margs Rankin Vault, want to try Sazeracs

Best Wine List Fig just like it's menu is minimalist, Zambras has a great Spanish list which I favor

Best Bar Scene Don't know

Best with kids My kids are older and behaved

Best for Romantic/Special Occasion date Overnight w/ spa and nice restaurant,

Best deal, ie. see above

Dec 17, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

New Japanese in S. Asheville?

So I went to the post office on Hendersonville Rd the other day and lo and behold someone has filled Luellas old space. The restaurant is called Izumi. I try and keep up with new openings but haven't heard anything about this new venture. A quick peek as I drove by looked like the interior counters hadn't changed much. Smells were more like chinese than japanese, deep fry and garlic smells. Thinking it might be more on the fast food side then formal sit down. Anyone have the lowdown?

Nov 17, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Red Stag Grill - Bohemian Hotel - Asheville

Four us recently had lunch there. We were the youngest in the room by 10 years and we're all in our 40's and 50's. Two had the Beef stroganoff special which they said was very good. Another had the gulash which was so so. I ordered the small plate of calamari which was excellent lightly battered and excellent seasoning and sauce. Also ordered the chop salad which looked promising with smoked chicken, goat cheese and other ingredients which slip my mind at this moment, it looked like it would be packed with interesting flavors but was very bland. I think the ambiance and service are very good as long as you can get by the dead animals. I'd like to give it a try at dinner.

Nov 17, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Anyone been to Sazarac (sp?) in Asheville

Rooftop deck cocktail lounge with small plate food. Sounds like my kind of place. Hope to get there in the next week or two.

Nov 04, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

New Seafood Market in Asheville?

No, but spoke with the folks at Cape Fear seafood and they don't have any idea either. Not sure what this new venture is thinking as Cape Fear is 2 miles down the road and acts both as retailer and wholesaler of seafood shipped in by them from the NC coast. By the way if you haven't tried them you should. Their local seafood arrives around noon on Fridays. Two other seafood stores have shut down in recent years because they couldn't compete with supermarkets. Cape Fear does it by getting product direct from the source, the sea, and following through all the way to point-of-sale.

Oct 26, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Asheville vegan friendly

I think you'll find this town is very vegan friendly. Earth Fare and Greenlife has many selections. As mentioned earlier, many restaurants hove vegan offerings in Asheville,

Oct 10, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Three New Restaurants In Asheville

Stellar review, tried one dish, small not too tasty and took a long time. What kind of promise is in that?

Oct 08, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Fried Calamari-Asheville

Love good calamari and try it wherever I go. Don't know that I've found it yet in A-ville (haven't tried Modestos). Let me know what you find

Oct 08, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Three New Restaurants In Asheville

We had a jewish deli in the Grove Arcade that didn't last very long right down the street from Old Europe. Hopefully the new owners will have little better luck.

Oct 02, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Three New Restaurants In Asheville

Not all the reviews of Chai Pani have been glowing:

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It's my understanding they closed down Monday and Tuesday this week to try and fix some of the problems. Hope they do because the theme sounds like a great idea.

Oct 01, 2009
catsailor in Southeast

Asheville - Sunday brunch Modesto

Sure you have the right restaurant? Sounds like you're reviewing Chorizo's (next door). And yes, I've seen many reviews here about the uneven service, food substitutions, etc. It still remains one of my favorite restaurants in Asheville. Great flavor combos and value for your money. I think the board has beaten this one to death.

Gratuity Included Rant Asheville

Last night (Monday)we took some people for dinner to Sugos in Asheville, business related. I knew ahead of time they charged a 20% gratuity for parties of six or more. No problem. Our reservations were early, and when I arrived a little later than the rest of the party wine had been ordered and the waiter was attentively filling glasses, talking about specials etc. Very nice. Service continued this way until other diners began arriving at the restaurant (we were the only table for the first half hour and he was the only waiter). After a 2nd bottle of wine and appetizers were served things fell apart. Had to ask for water, pour our own wine, waited to have dishes removed, waited 20 mins after everything was cleared to flag down our waiter and ask about dessert. Meanwhile the bartender and hostess were busy helping our waiter attend to the other 4 tables (all couples) in the restaurant. As I watched their fawning over these other tables it suddenly dawned on me that their tip was guaranteed with us no matter what else happened. We could be ignored but their other tips was still going to be predicated on the service of the other four tables. I won't go into a food review here because I've crossed them off my list as a restaurant I'll patronize.

Rehearsal Dinner for wedding in Asheville

Zambras also space for a party of 16 and is a Tapas restaurant. Nice ambience and a great spanish wine selection.

One Love II opens in Asheville

Actually found out that's the brother and not affiliated with the 2 One Love's. We were told he's "spreading his wings". Anyway had lunch there today. If you haven't been to Hendersonville and visit soon don't judge the new One Love too harshly, they're just getting going. They don't have the full menu up yet and like the Hendersonville location the laid back vibe (which I love) isn't helpful for getting out of the gate. Anyway the food's great. The Jerk pork was very good and spicy, my dining partner had to fill his glass three times. I had the curried chicken which was excellent. One sticking point and I know it has to do with authenticity but I just wish they'd cut up their chickens with a knife instead of cleaver. Too many bone shards. Only other complaint was the greens were a little less flavorful then I've had in the past. Otherwise a great edition to the Asheville ethnic dining scene

Take 5 Review Asheville [moved from South board]

Yes at least she knew food and could describe what she was tasting, even if you had to occasionally wade through some vitriol to get there.

Apr 12, 2008
catsailor in Food Media & News

Take 5 Review Asheville [moved from South board]

Can't the ACT get a food reviewer that can write a reasonable honest review with some sort of culinary intelligence. Quotes from this weeks: "appetizer of toasted french bread loaded down with black olives."?? The visual is just not appealing. "a breaded chicken breast stuffed with herb butter with olives"?? How do you stuff chicken with herb butter? Was is it cold? "ordered the sirloin steak......a serious man-dish....the steak itself was tough which detracted from the dish" "the onions overpowered the blue cheese in the dressing" The main course and salad received 4 out of 5 stars. The service was given 3 1/2 stars even thought there were a "few faux pas". But the most ridiculous thing about the star system is that stars were given for four items 3, 4, 3 1/2, 3 1/2, respectively. But yet the reviewer gives the restaurant only 3 stars. The review is laughable. For such a great restaurant town can't we find an interesting, knowledgable food critic?

Apr 11, 2008
catsailor in Food Media & News

Stovetrotter Bistro, Asheville

I heard they have changed chefs is this true? Has the menu/food changed?

Just got back from Gatlinburg

Yeah Gatilnburg is a dining vacum but we do enjoy the Brewery when we're over there, good beers and passable food.

Asheville Tailgate Markets Question

Peter,
What about South Asheville, we'd love to see a farmers market down here. How does one set something like that up? We have plenty of empty commercial space along the Hendersonville Rd corridor that I'm sure a landlord would love to collect a little money on.

ATTN:asheville hounds- fantastic taqueria in marshall

Headed out to Marshal to see what all the fuss was about the French Broad Taqueria. I thought the food was good but not worth the trip from Asheville. Ordered the special which was the trout and avocado quesodillo for $7.50. It was prepared on a 6" tortilla and was rather bland. The side of black beans was OK and had a little smoky flavor. My dining partner ordered the fish taco $3.25 which was small but delicious and the special tamale. The tamale's corn meal was moist and flavors subtle. We started with chips and a chipotle salsa which was tasty but had absolutely no heat to it. The portions were small and the bill rather large (pushing $25) with tip. More flavor and a little dressing up of the plate would make the prices a little more appealing. At least it's something for Marshall's dining wasteland and it was nice to walk around town on a sunny warm day.

Pho '99, Greenville SC

I've always considered spring rolls to be Cary's description and these did have the cooked shrimp in them accompanied by a slighty spicy peanut dipping sauce

Pho '99, Greenville SC

Yes definitely not the run of the mill broth, star anise maybe didn't think cloves though. Whatever was in there was in there was delicious!