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Should GREAT service be expected 15 minutes before a restaurant closes?

Yes. Same as 15 minutes after they open.

Sep 05, 2011
sluggrock in Not About Food

Curras Nuevo Cuisine - North Asheville - Closed

Very sad to hear about this the other day. Great food, great people. Difficult location. All the best to Marco and Amy.

Jul 25, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Looking for a Pop/Soda Named Wink

Gin and Wink. Great summertime cocktail.

Jul 19, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Food Recommendations in and Around Fletcher/Brevard, NC

Marco Trattoria an Hobnob are both very good restaurants in Brevard. Both have extensive menus, well-prepared food, and attentive service along with nice atmosphere (especially if you sit on either porch). If you need a bakery in that area, Flat Rock Village Bakery will not dissapoint. A few more minutes on the road will take you to West First Pizza in Hendersonville, owned by the same guys as FRVB, and if you're willing to drive to Fletcher, you'd be better off driving to Hendo.

Jul 18, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Asheville Outdoor Dining?

The courtyard at Creperie Bouchon is the best restaurant for outdoor seating in town. The food is great and inexpensive. Beer selection is limited but they offer some good wines at affordable prices. The courtyard is beautiful.

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Bouchon
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Jul 08, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Curate is working for us

Overindulged at Curate. Had about 6 different menu items, each one different in flavor and texture. Made a point to spend but not to overspend. Turned out to be one of the most enjoyable meals we've had in a long time. White aspagagus in citrus vinaigrette, Patatas Bravas, Chistorra con Patatas, all standouts. Service was good although it seemed as thought the server was intent on entering the order correctly instead of making sure we were well taken care of (sat at bar). Future visit will include being seated at a table and orderng sangria. Well-prepared food in an energetic atmosphere on a bustling downtown street will keep this place busy. I hope so and will continue to dine here.

Jul 04, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Biltmore Estate Eatery's

Eateries. Cedric's for lunch. Not much else to offer on the estate. Take a 3 minute drive to Corner Kitchen.

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Corner Kitchen
3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

Jul 04, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Trip to Asheville and Charleston

Asheville: Table, Admiral, 12 Bones. Chucktown: Husk, Pearl Oyster Bar.

Jun 22, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Best burger in Asheville?

Gave it three shots in three weeks and here's what I found: The burgers at Storm are great. Grind their own meat, cook to temp. I order medium-rare if a place grinds their own to see if they know how to cook a burger rather than over-cook a burger. If you eat rare beef, go there. Drink stiffness v. drink price stiffness out of proportion but you'll want to stick with a beer to go alongside one of the burgers anyway. Burger pricing is reasonable and the atmosphere is nice. Hope this place makes it longer than it's predecessor.

Jun 07, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Craving filet in Asheville

Red Stag Grill right across from where Ruth's Chris is going to open has a fantastic prime filet.

Apr 23, 2011
sluggrock in Southeast

Thin Crust Pizza Asheville

Cucina 24

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Cucina 24
24 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Dec 03, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Ritrovo Asheville

They've only been open a shot while and, while they might not be up to your expectations, it's unfair to say that it blows.

Nov 30, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

sandwiches at digable pizza (west asheville)

Agreed Mark. Reuben there is great. Never cared much for the service under the old management but now things seem to have changed drastically. Good sandwich stop.

Nov 23, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Best Trout Dinner-Asheville

Take the advice of nctrekker and avoid the chains. Go to the Sunbust Trout Farm website and I'm sure they'll have a listing of all the places that get their fish.

Oct 13, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Ritorno Pizza Asheville - West Asheville

Yes, but will you Ritrovo?

Oct 11, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Best fries in Asheville?

Frites tossed with Herbs de Provence, salt and pepper at Bouchon. Comes with a great Roasted Red Pepper Mayonnaise for dipping. You can wash them down with the Mussels at night or with a crepe at lunch (street food open next door for lunch),

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Bouchon
62 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Aug 01, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Blue Ridge Dining Room, Grove Park Inn, Asheville

This will not answer your question as to how it's possible that your food was awful at the buffet, however, I can tell you that the next time you want to have enjoyable gourmet cuisine for less than 30 bucks a head, there are countless independent restaurants that gather their wares from many local farmers that will knock your socks off. Now, I strongly suggest that, if you plan on staying at the Grove Park - which, by the way, has several great restaurant choices other than the buffet - check out the threads on chowhound that give, in great detail, wonderful insight into the culinary extravaganza that
Asheville has to offer. And, it's a mere shuttle or cab ride away. In other words, if you're gonna shell out thirty bucks a head on a meal - do it at an indy haunt.

Aug 01, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Great bakery in Asheville?

City Bakery is by far the best bread in and around Asheville.

Jun 24, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Vinnie's in Asheville

Must agree. Stopped in to check it out while flying solo. Had the calamari app. - Light breading, cooked & seasoned properly and served with a nice marinara. Also ordered the Argentinian Pizza. Excellent - green olives, tomato, anchovies. The crust on the pizza was done well (not well-done), thin and crispy. Oven has to be on high heat to achieve that crust. That's good news. Washed it all down with a house red. Affordable, tasty, and the service was great. No pretension - just quality service and they cared that I was enjoying the meal. Wino is right about the N side family venue. Hope they continue to do well.

Feb 25, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Craft Beer Pubs or Food Specialty Stores in Charlotte

I don't live in Charlotte but I will travel quite a bit to get to Dean and Deluca. Not sure about the beer but I'd like to find out.

Feb 02, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Best Value In Asheville

While I realize that a lot of chowhounds in the AVL area are huge fans of fig, Rezaz, Table, all of Hector's joints, Zambra, 12 Bones and the Admiral, give me your list of Restaurants That Offer The Best Value In Asheville. Not the cheapest place in town. We're talking OVERALL EXPERIENCE, not the fact that the Fried Oyster Salad at Corner Kitchen is a great value (it is, but I'm looking for the whole show here). Where are you really gonna get your money's worth and enjoy it???

Top three that come to mind instantly:

Lobster Trap: Lively atmosphere, big portions, good local beer selection, well-priced wine selection, upbeat and friendly service, fresh food, local ingredients.

Bouchon: Good-size portions, very nice atmosphere, great food, affordable wines by the glass and bottle and good service.

Papa's & Beer (Brevard Rd): Large portions, priced well, full bar(finally), quick and friendly service, nice atmosphere.

Sugar Beet Cafe (Fairview): Great food, upbeat & energetic feel, quick and friendly service, and moderately priced.

I've got more to add but I want to see what y'all have to say.

Feb 02, 2010
sluggrock in Southeast

Thanksgiving in Asheville NC

Cancel the buffet reservations. Fiore's Ristorante Toscana (as it's now called) is open for Turkey Day every year and puts out a great feast.

Nov 20, 2009
sluggrock in Southeast

First time in Asheville, NC -Report

Bouchon is an excellent choice and is about three blocks from the theater. The fall menu just came out and the rabbit is outstanding. At 5 or 5:30 you shouldn't have a problem at all. Enjoy!

Oct 24, 2009
sluggrock in Southeast

Lamb Shank @ Cucina 24

Had the panna cotta, roasted garlic/spinach pizza, and a wonderfully prepared lamb shank over polenta with friends last night @ Cucina 24. Food, as always, was outstanding. Washed it all down with a bottle of Valpolicella. Unfortunately they were out of the rabbit and the burrata cheese for the caprese. Anyone had the Branzino yet.

Nova-the best new restaurant in Asheville

Hope it's not true but I heard Nova closed its doors. Anyone have any info to dispel that rumor?

Gratuity Included Rant Asheville

Your letter will not likely make a difference as Sugo has recently closed its doors. It's unfortunate that you had that experience but even more unfortunate that we won't be able to have their food anymore. I think the reason for the short-staffing problem was a lack in business. I had been to Sugo on several occasions, sometimes with a group large enough to fall under the automatic gratuity rule and aside from some small excusable mishaps in the service, everything seemed to operate very well. Their food will be missed.

Asheville - 3 choices

Go to Bouchon for an app, then to Table for dinner (keeping it downtown). Or, draw straws and enjoy your meal. You can't go wrong with any of these restaurants.

Asheville updates

I stopped in the Yacht Club last night to meet some folks for drinks and we ended up snacking on some apps. They have "a pitcher of tots" - tater tots served in a beer pitcher. Our group ordered the chili cheese tots (not in a pitcher). Not bad bar munchies. I also tried the wings (they have a few interesting flavors), again not bad bar munchies. The menu definitely looked worth sampling and I saw the old owner of Viva come out of the kitchen so I'm hoping the food is as good as his old sandwiches. The bartender was great - attentive, quick, talkative - but not a bad talkative. We walked across the street to eat at Sugo and much to my dismay, it was closed for a wine dinner. However, on a good note, the wine dinner was PACKED. I hope they do well there during the thin times because they put out some tremendous food. Completely forgot about the Thirsty Monk and trekked down to the Lobster Trap.

Asheville updates

Hate to see 28806 leaving the west side since there aren't that many stand-outs on that side of town, although I had Shrimp & Grits at the Admiral last week that was great. I heard the Asheville Yacht Club has decent food, the chef used to own Viva Europa on Montford Ave. They had great sandwiches. The Thirsty Monk has opened but no grub yet.

Please help us...another sushi place in downtown Asheville!

Indeed, I am. Don't mean to ruffle any feathers, I'm just agreeing that there are lots of sushi joints in A'ville. That spot (that used to house Rio Burrito) was slated for a buger joint (which Asheville desperately needs) and now has a sign informing us that Ten10 Sushi is soon to arrive. Getting back to the start of this thread, word on the street is that the former CF Chan's will be a new cafe offering all-natural items on their menu. An ex-Earthfare higher-up is said to be behind the venture and will be offering organic and all-natural sandwiches and the like. Leah, thanks for recognizing my (perhaps not so humorous) humor.