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Asheville - Weekend review


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Asheville - Weekend review

miss piggy | | May 17, 2007 01:34 PM

I ate out a lot this weekend and wanted to share!

For lunch on Friday I decided to try Tomato Jam Cafe. A recent review in the Xpress sang its praises and I am in that area a lot for work looking for a quick meal. The review said that the owner of the place was "brash." She was actually quite crass and rude. It was only me and two other diners, and I was getting my sandwich to go. I had been driving all day and felt like standing, so I had a full view of the open kitchen. I ordered a grilled turkey sandwich that sounded really good, with the signature tomato jam included. As I watched this nasty woman griddle my sandwich, I was able to get a full view of her a) sneezing and wiping nose with her hands and b) COUGHING, open-mouthed, all over my food. All the while, she was speaking in this really loud, obnoxious voice to the girl at the cash register, completely ruining any kind of nice lunch break experience for the other two diners. I am truly the least-pickiest eater you will ever meet, and I have to say that what I did that day is something I have never done - walked out as my food was being cooked. (I had even already paid, but didn't feel like explaining why I wanted my money back). It was just too disgusting.

Fortunately, dinner made up for it. We went to Limones and had a fabulous meal and too many margaritas! Boy do they nail you on the drinks...they were more expensive than our food! But so delicious...

On Saturday we went to Tomato Cocina. I had been there once before and thought it was good but not necessarily worth the price - lunch ran us about $30. Also, a lot of their menu items look the same. I had the steak, shrimp and chicken fajitas (not to be confused with the steak, shrimp and chicken mixed grill which is exactly the same thing minus the tortilla). My husband had a marinated pulled pork dish. They were both quite tasty, as were the chips and salsa that came out first - very, very fresh. The tortillas that came with my fajita mix were not at all what I was expecting (think big floury ones like at most Mexican places) - they were smaller, puffy corn circles that were really, really good. Again, very fresh-tasting, with a heavy corn flavor that went well with the slightly greasy meat. (Greasy in a good way). However, I still think this place is a little pricey for lunch - I wish they offered a lunch-portion menu with prices around $7-8.

Sunday we headed to Chorizo. It was really busy, I guess because of Mother's Day and all, but we were still able to get a seat right away inside next to the window. I have been raving to everyone about this place since I tried it a few weeks ago, and have to say that I was a little disappointed this go-round. I ordered the portabella cap, which was supposed to be layered with eggs, grits, manchego cheese and beans. It arrived sans grits and cheese, and the mushroom, while large and meaty-tasting, was pretty watery. Add in the beans and the whole think actually because a big watery mess, which did not complement the scrambled eggs. My husband had the breakfast burrito, which I had last time and found to be quite remarkable, only this time his came stuffed with cold grits (not at all how it's described on the menu) which threw the whole thing off. Hmm. We figured perhaps too many cooks were in the kitchen in anticipation of the busy weekend and they had not all been trained. I think we will still try it again, though.

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