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Out & About in WNC, pt. 3

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Out & About in WNC, pt. 3

Jeff C. | | Oct 21, 2012 06:51 AM

West First Pizza in Hendersonville continues to up its game with new pizzas, salads, pasta dishes, and twice as many taps. (Try the Boulevard Double Wide IPA.) Lately, they've also been experimenting with unusual pizza bases, including pureed black beans and creamed roasted corn, both of which are MUCH better than they sound. (Desserts have improved, too, if you ain't scared of some extra extra carbs.)

Storm Rhum Bar has a new fall menu, and the news is both bad and good. The bad news is that they've 86-ed my wife's beloved Cuban sandwich. The good is that there's a fantastic beef belly entree that is like some platonic ideal of a fall pot roast. Also lots of squash, pumpkin, and brussel sprouts in evidence. Caveat emptor: Avoid the soggy roasted veggie sandwich at all costs. Oh, and service is MUCH improved these days.

Dinner at The Admiral the other night. Wanted to see what it would be like when Chef Moss was off. Know what? Cooking and presentation did slip maybe half a notch, but not so's anybody but regular (or a picky bastard like me) would notice. Crispy sweetbreads. Coastal shrimp over polenta with a kind of smoky roux. STILL the best restaurant in Asheville and one of the best in the south.

Had some lovely cocktails at the new MG Road cocktail lounge on Wall St. It's owned by the Chai Pani folks, so the artwork/decor is vaguely Indian, but in a distinctly modern sense. They also have some interesting looking small plates and desserts, too. (We had just eaten--maybe next time.)

Screaming fresh beers on the deck at uber funky Wedge Brewing is a quintessential autumn in Asheville experience. Now, if they would only stay open later and have some live music...

Still having trouble chasing down the El Kimchi truck, but we'll keep trying! (Do they ever come to the Wedge?)

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