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asheville - looking for innovative shoestring budget lunches...

cahlinny | Jan 24, 2008 02:34 PM

I adore Asheville's food scene - in my opinion, we are spoiled rotten in terms of both quality and variety - but I am always searching for the perfect lunch! I am looking for something that is well priced (under $10 preferably), not too heavy or grease-intensive (the 'day-killer'), and uses interesting ingredients and pairings that will not leave my palate yawning. So far, I have managed to find several close-to-perfect lunches, but i am in fear of eating them too often and spoiling them for myself. My favorites are: the 11:30 - 3 Zen sushi lunch special (this one is the best, probably, for value - you get a salad with ginger dressing, miso soup, and two rolls - for between 7-8 dollars, depending on the rolls), the Noodle Shop soup bowls (the Da Lu or Dan Dan with mung bean noodles are my favorites; they run about $7 and the staff is open to adding ingredients); Jerusalem Garden has a sampler plate that is delicious, although it comes close to exceeding the shoestring criteria...however, generally speaking, I end up only being able to find one or two items on each menu that are awesome and dont break the bank. I know that I have to 'shop around' - which is why im asking for some imput on specific menu items...any suggestions?

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