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18 hours in Asheville


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18 hours in Asheville

debbiel | Nov 6, 2006 01:02 AM


We're stopping in Asheville for an evening and morning on our way to a mountain rental, and I'm looking for dinner recommendations. We'll be arriving on a Saturday after a 9 or 10 hour drive, dropping off our stuff and freshening up at the Renaissance, and wanting to stay away from our car until Sunday. I'm typically an ovo-lacto vegetarian (I fail on Thanksgiving and Christmas), but I don't need to be at a vegetarian restaurant. I do, however, get annoyed when I'm at an outstanding restaurant that has only mediocre vegetarian entrees.

I have Salsas and Zambras on our list of possibilities for Saturday dinner. I can't find a website or menu for Salsas, so I don't know if it has good options for me. Would love more info on that. My understanding from this site is that it is a fairly casual place, which will be nice after a long drive. Please correct if wrong.
As for Zambras, there were posts earlier this year indicating that the quality was sliding. Is that still the general consensus from folks on this board? Any other recs for road weary diners in search of good food? Also, any recs for an after dinner spot for drinks and/or dessert, preferably with live jazz?

We're also looking for a brunch spot for Sunday. We're considering either Tupelo Honey or Early Girl Eatery. We had dinner last year at Tupelo Honey, loved it. We haven't been to Early Girl. Early Girl seems to get mixed reviews, but would you recommend it for someone who has already tried out Tupelo? Any other Sunday brunch recs?

One of these years we'll give Asheville more than stopover status. Until then, we'll just keep slowly sampling spots on our yearly treks down south.

Thanks for any advice...

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