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Cucina 24 - Asheville

Yeah, that's pretty shocking. Been there in the last 3 weeks and they were just spot-on. Right on top of every detail in terms of service. Pitch-perfect preparations of the 6 different menu items we tried. Highlights were the hangar steak and the aged proscuitto and fig app. And a helluva wine list.

Any amazing food experience to be had in Atlanta?

East of ATL in Social Circle, GA is a beautiful old plantation-style home that houses a REALLY good southern/soul food buffet. The food is excellent but the gorgeous old home and its grounds are definitely a great addition to the experience. It's called the Blue Willow Inn and you'll need reservations, but it's worth the trip, to be sure. Bring yer eatin' pants, this place is just deadly good . . .

Asheville to Central TN?

Thanks, guys! Sorry to hear about the steady advance of homogenized foodstuffs . . .guess it's everywhere. We might try to check out Wright's for lunch, though! Thanks again and we'll report back with our findings. . .

Asheville to Central TN?

Any good roadfood along 40 between Asheville, NC and Cookeville, TN? Specifically breakfast., but we might re-arrange the itinerary for a truly great lunch or dinner . . .

The Old Mill - Pigeon Forge, TN

Who's tried it? Menu seems pretty simple and straightforward, I'm just wondering how they're executing . . .Is it a total black hole of tourist kitsch? Thanks!

Black Mountain - Asheville, N.C. Help

There is a terrific little spot in Black Mountain called the Red Rocker Inn.

www.redrockerinn.com

I have had two dinners there that were truly excellent. They have a constantly changing menu, but your meal always starts with homemade biscuits and apple butter, then excellent soup and fresh salad. (If you're lucky it'll be the collard green soup and broccoli salad - Amazing!) I've tried their Prime Rib and their Crab Cakes, both of which were superb, but it's the Almond Trout that I'll be getting again next time I'm there. It's just a beautiful fillet of mountain trout prepared perfectly with breadcrumbs and almonds.

The desserts, while exercises in pure gratuity, are not to be missed. A towering Coconut Cream Cake is simply sublime, as is their 3 Berry Pie. This little place, housed in the first floor of a cute little Bed and Breakfast, is a true treasure and not to be missed. Have fun in WNC!

From Santa Fe, NM to Pagosa Springs, CO

Heading up this way next weekend for some music and we are wanting to stop and hit some excellent foodspots, if there are any. We LOVE Sugar's in Embudo and will definitely be stopping there on the way back. But if there are any other diners/taco stands/roadside produce stands or any other must-eats for the culinary adventurer, let us know! Thanks 'Hounders!

May 27, 2008
IHateKiddo in Southwest

From Asheville, NC to Bristol, VA

Yes, Leepa! This place looks like exactly what we're interested in. Not far out of the way at all, either! Nice one.

From Asheville, NC to Bristol, VA

Thanks, Shallots! Don't get me started on those Carolinians and their BBQ! Being a native Texan, I cannot, in good conscience, endorse what they call BBQ. However, I can and do wholeheartedly endorse their enthusiasm and dedication. It's one that I share for "real" BBQ! (Sliced Beef Brisket and Pork Spare Ribs; served with sliced white bread, cheese, onion and pickle; washed down by R.C. Cola or Big Red) :D
Ridgewood sounds like a good spot, though, thanks again for the heads-up!

From Asheville, NC to Bristol, VA

Road trip northwards coming up in the Fall. Any can't-miss places along this route? North of Asheville through Johnson City, TN to Bristol. . . Looking especially for great BBQ, Southern/Soul Food and Diners/Greasy Spoons/Burger Joints, although more high-end spots are of interest, too, if they're really exceptional. Oh, and remarkable sweets of any variety! Have heard some talk about a burger place famous for being Hank Williams' last meal, anybody know more? Thanks in advance, 'Hounders!

The Lady & Sons - Review - Ever Eaten So Much You Got Sick?

That's what I'M sayin, Danna! 13 sounded like a great deal! But now we have a some new spots to hit . . .

The Lady & Sons - Review - Ever Eaten So Much You Got Sick?

I stand well corrected. These places sound truly amazing, Mikeh. I apologize for my abrasive and vitriolic response and am currently altering the route we will be taking through the South to include these new spots, which, unfortunately, are not very well documented on these boards! However, I think that the Market Restaurant's prices are higher now . . .The woman on the phone told me 12 dollars for lunch.
Have you tried the Market Restaurant at The Raleigh Farmer's Market? It was certainly more expensive (al a carte, no buffet), but not more than 15 per person for a TON of good, fresh, Southern fare. I was also quite impressed with Joyce and Family in Fuquay Varina, NC. Also a little more expensive, I think their buffet runs 11 dollars, but again, stunningly good, fresh food all around. Yams worth shoutin' about.

The Lady & Sons - Review - Ever Eaten So Much You Got Sick?

Duly noted, CandC. I'll be there in two weeks, you can expect a detailed post on it . . .

The Lady & Sons - Review - Ever Eaten So Much You Got Sick?

Mike, I'm sorry, having traveled extensively all over the Southeast and eaten at many meat-and-three's, cafeteria's, buffet's and other various foodbags, I just have NEVER, ANYWHERE, seen the price-points to which you refer. If you could please carefully document a few places where this money gets you what you have described, I would be quite glad to rescind my previous comment and offer a sincere apology.
The point I was making was not, in fact, a comparison of the prices of food in one socio-economic region to the prices in another, but an assertion that a 13 dollar all-you-can-eat lunch is a damned deal ANYWHERE, which is a claim to which I STILL think there is a great deal of credence. Prove me wrong . . .
The question of whether or not the quality of the food merits the price seems a somewhat separate issue . . .Assuming general excellence, I am THRILLED to be charged 13 dollars for a large lunch. As soon as cracks begin to show, corners begin to be cut, etc., then the value of the lunch drops off precipitously. I by no means meant to suggest that Paula's restaurant is reasonable (for the quality), just that her price-point seems to be in a good spot, assuming that she pulls it off . . .

The Lady & Sons - Review - Ever Eaten So Much You Got Sick?

Where do you people live that 13 dollars is an outrageous amount to pay for an all-you-can-eat lunch?? That is TOTALLY reasonable anywhere else on Planet Earth, I can assure you. It's you own sorry fault if you can't your money's worth at a good Southern buffet, I think.

Good Whiskey in Atlanta

Secondary question . . .where can I find Cheerwine in a bottle in ATL? (The cane sugar kind, as opposed to corn syrup)

Good Whiskey in Atlanta

What's the best liquor store in the greater ATL area? I am specifically looking for selection of domestic and imported whiskeys.

Atlanta Seafood

Gonna be in a ATL for a few nights and am interested in great seafood and great beer. Any place that I can get both? Especially interested in raw oysters and EVERYTHING fried and good beer on tap. . . .

Santa Fe Coffee

Relatively straightforward question here, Hounds: Is there any coffee in Santa Fe that warrants going someplace OTHER than Ohori's? Any response mentioning Starbuck's will be disregarded. . .

Feb 08, 2008
IHateKiddo in Southwest

Let's Talk Tampa

Gonna be in Tampa for a long weekend with the fam-damily and wanna hit a few good spots while I'm there. On the list already for sure are Bern's, Charlie's and La Segunda for pastries and cubans. Last time I was there I ate at a great little Cuban/Spanish spot called Don Jose's , I think, which was excellent. Looking for other GREAT Cuban and Spanish food. Any price range is fine, but we won't be going back to the Columbia. . . Especially interested in back-road, back-alley and out of the way spots. Meat-and-three's, cafeteria's and BBQ shacks are also of interest! Thanks, Chowhounders!

Feb 08, 2008
IHateKiddo in Florida

Asheville to Savannah

The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle is worth a stop. Best southern/soul food buffet in the known universe in a beautiful old mansion. Get some idea of when you're going to be there and call in a reservation so you don't have to wait . . .

So what's new in & around Santa Fe?

The one new place that I would definitely recommend is called Trattoria Nostrani. It's located on Johnson Street, just behind the O'Keefe Museum, right where Rociata used to be. It's Italian-centered continental cuisine and they are REALLY doing a great job. Had a superb meal at 315 back in February, they seem not have lost even half a step, despite the fact that the Exec. Chef is occupying most of his time with his new place, Railyard Cafe and it's sister restaurant in Boulder, CO. I highly recommend a visit to this charming little French bistro. I would swing well clear of the Zia DIner and Tia Sophia. Locals aplenty disagree with me here, but I have never been impressed with any dish I've had from these spots, and I've given each multiple chances. Another spot, not new by any means, but worth a special night, for sure, is Ristra. Kind of an ecclectic continental menu in a cozy little house on Agua Fria, I had a birthday dinner there on Monday night that was utterly fantastic. Their's was the simplest, most elegant foie gras preparation I've enjoyed in many years. The elk, the filet and salmon were each superlatively good as well. Great, reasonably priced wine list too. On the BBQ tip, if you love good texas-style smoked meats, check out Josh's BBQ in the San Isidro Plaza, over by the new Regal 14 Cinema. And please tell me about this Sugar's place, been here 7 years and this is the first I've even heard of it! Happy anniversary and safe travels to you!

Sep 14, 2007
IHateKiddo in Southwest

Nashville Breakfast

Noooooooo! Curses!

Nashville Breakfast

Had a really terrific breakfast the summer before last at a little diner-style place right across the street from Vanderbilt campus called Vandyland. Superb house-made biscuits and country ham. Also a must-have, however weird it may seem at breakfast hours, is a chocolate malt or milkshake or even just a chocolate milk, made with the house-made chocolate syrup. Really cool little place, although I recall there being something weird about their hours.

22 Year old friend of mine visiting Santa Fe in a week; would like to surprise her and her friends with credit at local restaurant - which one?

I'm sorry, but I feel like I MUST speak up here. Don't send anyone to the Cowgirl unless you really hate them. Their brisket is barely edible, all of their smoke flavor seems to come from Liquid Smoke and the texture of ALL of their barbeque is quite tough and stringy. The service is abyssmal. Truly spiteful, nasty servers and the management is totally unsympathetic. I have given this place so many chances, it's amazing how consistently awful they are.

Aug 22, 2007
IHateKiddo in Southwest

22 Year old friend of mine visiting Santa Fe in a week; would like to surprise her and her friends with credit at local restaurant - which one?

Pasqual's is great for both Breakfast/Brunch and dinner and while the atmosphere is a little more relaxed, the price-point of the menu is DEFINITELY fine dining. Maria's is a fun little cantina with good local delicacies and great margaritas!

Aug 21, 2007
IHateKiddo in Southwest

Raleigh-Durham to Lexington BBQ Adventure

I meant that Asheville is in the West of North Carolina, not that Tupelo Honey is in the West of Asheville. Poorly worded, perhaps, sorry!

Raleigh-Durham to Lexington BBQ Adventure

Howdy Katzzz,
Did an Ayden-to-Asheville and back eating trip in late April and got a pretty good cross-section kind of sense of North Carolina BBQ (assorted Southern and Soul Foods, as well). As far as BBQ goes, I'm thus far in my life an irrepressible Texas BBQ purist, but I really second the rec's for both Allen and Son near Durham and Lexington BBQ. I thought everything we had at both of these places was outstanding. Other spots you REALLY don't want to miss are Joyce and Family Restaraunt in Fuquay Varina, NC for superlatively good fried and baked chicken and mouth-watering sweet yams and vinegary greens. If you love BBQ and Fried Chicken then Keaton's in central NC is worth going out of your way to hit, it's near Thomasville, if I recall properly. Look them up on Roadfood.com. If your looking for great, reasonably priced seafood in Durham, then check out FIshmongers. There are two terrific Southern breakfast spots that we tried. For an excellent, more traditional Southern breakfast check out Big Ed's in downtown Raleigh. For a terrific Southern breakfast with a more contemporary style, go to Tupelo Honey all the way out West in Asheville. Both were SO good and not too expensive, either. What a great state to do some good eating. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway if you get a chance!

Waynesville, NC

I'm not sure that anyone could say that this is a "top" restaurant, but I had a truly excellent meal at Clyde's Restaurant about two weeks ago. The daily special was Roast Pork and Dressing and it was moist and flavorful, a very simple preparation. It was served with vinegary greens and excellent homemade mac and cheese. We also tried their grilled chicken livers, perfectly executed and served with great pinto beans with sweet pepper relish and fried okra, both very good. For dessert we enjoyed a daily special as well, a sour cherry cobbler which was great. The cakes and pies in the cooler looked delicious as well but we just couldn't manage any more food. It's right off 74-23.

Very Specific Asheville Questions

THANKS, guys, especially for the rec on Clyde's in Waynesville . . .Had a tremendous dinner there last night. Chicken Livers (grilled, not fried) were excellent, as was the Roast Pork and Dressing. All the sides were terrific as well, great mac and cheese, beets and onions, turnip greens and pinto beans with sweet pepper relish. What a great little spot. Thanks again and good eating!