We are about to leave Asheville and must say that we ate very well. We stayed in Weaverville and love Well Bred. Must have stopped there for coffee and something delicious almost every morning on our way back from our walk. Someone there mentioned a new bakery/market at 372 Merrimon Ave in north Asheville. It is wonderful. The breads are fabulous and they give you tastes to help you decide on which to buy. We had lunch here and everything was fresh and delicious. Brian Ross, the chef and owner, gives cooking classes in a large classroom set of for participation. Must try a class next year when I return.
Our new favorite restaurant in Asheville is Isa's Bistro near Grove Arcade. The Haywood Hotel provides free valet if you drive here. We ate lunch here and could not wait to come for dinner. We were not disappointed. Our server for lunch was Christine who could not have been more helpful. Our server for dinner was Andy who was knowledgeable, professional and personable.Duane Fernandes has put together a daily creative menu that uses local products. Everything is so fresh. Each dish is a picture. Isa's wine list is complete and comfortably priced. We had heard that the restaurant was expensive but we found just the opposite. Entrees range for the teens to the high twenties.. Although we do not usually have dessert, we had to try one and were not disappointed. Although it was a bit noisy when first we came, after a large party left and noise level was fine. The bar area is very trendy looking. Dining outdoors is another option. Look forward to returning on our vacation next year.
Other places we ate were Curate which was excellent, Cucina 24 which was delicious, Limones which was terrific, We had lunch at Wicked Weed andlook forward to returning to taste their many beers. We went to 5 Walnut for a glass of wine and to hear music. Stoney Knob in Weaverville was still good with an eclectic menu. When we were in Waynesville we had lunch at The Patio which was a delightful location. You order your food and it is brought to you outside on its patio.