had lunch at 51 grill this past weekend. not great, not bad.
we started with jalapeno poppers. they looked to be made in house. half a (mild) jalapeno paired with cheddar, then deep fried until pretty dark & crispy. the ranch for dipping that accompanied them was store-bought ranch; nothing special.
i had a rueben w/ a side of potato salad. the reuben was decent, but not exceptional; thinly shaved meat on grocery-store bread w/ 1000 island dressing. potato salad was ok; your basic potato & mayo concoction.
my wife had the eggplant parmesan sandwich which she said was very good, one of the best she's had in asheville. her side was the mac & cheese. made with shells, it tasted housemade, but the cheese was too mild. would have benfited from a sharper cheese.
this place seems to use a lot of convenience items (grocery-store bread, dressing, sauce). i'd opt for either of the 2880xes, bearly edible or keiffer's for sandwiches during normal hours. 51 grill is open late (possibly 24 hrs, i don't recall exactly), and would make an acceptable stop after a concert/clubbing/etc.
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