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Thanks, Asheville Hounds.

Jeff C. | May 9, 2006 10:52 AM

Just a word of thanks to Asheville Hounds Mark and Leah for their helpful directions and menu advice re Tomato Cuchina Latina. For WNC Hounds who haven't tried it, here's a first-timer's impressions...

The place is in what looks like the former lobby of a run-down no-tell motel. The decor is cheesy, even my Mexican restaurant standards (The brick walls are painted fire engine red.) The place is woefully understaffed (just two waiters the night I was there). A glacier could melt in the time it takes for your entree to arrive, but NONE OF THIS MATTERS because the food (which IS why we eat out) is WONDERFUL.

Tomato's is a Salvadorian restaurant. Being previously unfamiliar with the cuisine, I would describe it as cross between Cuban and Mexican food, with emphasis on freshness. Lots of plantains, black beans, saffron rice and a host of grilled meats, including an overdone--but still tasty--skirt steak. They make their own tamales and tortillas, so definitely have at least one of those when you go, and they have may the tastiest (and least watery) salsa I've ever had. Finally, the shrimp dish included with my entree had the freshest tasting shrimp I've had in the mountains. (Don't know where they get it, but I'd love to find out!)

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