Good news...lots of great additions to the Asheville restaurant scene as the area continues with a strong culinary presence despite the economy....lots of innovation in food and using local food and farm-raised products that's exciting and inspiring.
White Duck Taco (near French Broad River in River Arts District)
& Storm (S. Biltmore Ave area near Orange Peel) - haven't been to either but have heard good things.
Boca - have had their food at a culinary competition and was impressed - same owners as Mela Indian.
Curate Tapas Bar - authentic Spanish Tapas Bar experience on Biltmore Ave - have eaten there several times - (see other chowhound posts) - love it.
Junction in River Arts District - have had 2 great lunches there and want to go back for their unique drinks.
Further afield - Knife and Fork in Spruce Pine (1 hr from Asheville) is one of THE BEST restaurants I've ever eaten at in Asheville area - and that's saying alot. Also made my list for one of best meals EVER.
3 Brothers (near Montford Ave), Barbecue Inn (Patton Ave) and Tripps (downtown near Courthouse)...of these I'd only eaten at Tripps and was underwhelmed w/ the 80's -style menu. They Too bad as they had a strategic location close to law offices, courthouse and downtown. Hopefully we'll see another restaurant replace them.
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