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Asheville: Homegrown, Tupelo Honey, Early Girl, Zambra (sic?)

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Asheville: Homegrown, Tupelo Honey, Early Girl, Zambra (sic?)

Westy | Sep 25, 2012 06:00 AM

Just back from a long weekend in Asheville.

1. Homegrown: Had their breakfast. Outstanding cheesy grits, good and crispy homefries. Grits were light and fluffy
2. Early Girl. Really small but packed for breakfast. I had the pork bowl breakfast: Pulled pork atop grits, some homefries and all of it under a delicious, smoky gravy. Tasted as good as it sounds. Very nice. My wife had an egg dish with a few kinds of mushrooms. She loved it, but dubbed it "a little heavy"
3. Zambra. marketed as a tapas place. The results were mixed. The shrimp was fine, but had that weird pre-frozen flavor. Chickpeas were okay, but the lemon was a bit overpowering. The springrolls were an interesting attempt, but reminded me more of PF Chang's than Spain. Curiously enoughh, our favorite thing was the ginger beer (Barritt's, I think it was).
4. Tupelo Honey. Was supposed to be the highlinght. my wife had the shrimp and grits. She loved the spicy sauce fopr the shrimp, but the grits were underwhelming. I had the rootbeer marinated pork tenderloin. It was served under a very sweet bbq sauce. Too much sweet going on. The pork was also a bit overdone. I was sooooo hoping to love TH, but it just wasn't happening.

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