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Back from Asheville - review

heids | Jun 16, 200510:09 AM

We went to Asheville Thursday - Sunday last week and had a great time. Food was delicious as always.

Thursday night we headed to Jack of the Wood for a beer, then upstairs to Laughing Seed. We love Laughing Seed. They always have something interesting, they have a decent wine list, and it's reasonably priced.

My husband got the wild mushroom enchiladas, which could have used a little more sauce but they were still really, really good. The goat cheese is a nice compliment. I had the eggplant napoleon, which was loaded with flavor - primarily coconut curry. Really fantastic. We skipped dessert because we were full.

Friday we hit Salsa's for lunch. Both picked daily specials. The grouper fajita was good, but not fantastic - there was almost too much going on flavor-wise. The lamb empanada, however, was OUTSTANDING. Tons of lamb, very tender, and wow. I can't say enough. The lamb empanada was my favorite dish the whole wkend. That night we cooked in.

Saturday was the requisite brunch at Tupelo Honey. What's not to love? Great service, great food. The grilled tomato sandwich with swiss is my favorite, so I'm biased on this account...

Saturday afternoon we stopped at Grape Escape for a glass of wine. If you haven't been, I highly recommend a seat on their covered deck and a flight of wines. Really nice and not too expensive.

Since the Swannanoa River betrayed my husband of any dinner-quality trout, we hit what is apparently a new restaurant downtown - The Lobster Pot. It's on Lexington and Patton, if I remember correctly. We apparently got there right before the dinner rush (7:30) because our wait for a table was 15 minutes. The wait staff was friendly and attentive, drinks were poured lightly (my stoli & cran was more of a cran & stoli - but still pretty cheap), but the food was delicious.

My husband got the mussels steamer bowl, which is literally just a bowl of steamed mussels, clams or shrimp, with butter and a wine sauce. I had the vegetable maki. It was a large roll of veggie sushi with the seaweed salad in the middle. Nice presentation and frankly, had I known how big it was going to be, I would have just ordered soup for dinner.

But then I would have missed the crabcakes.

They aren't Maryland crabcakes, but they were really good. Full of crabmeat, very little breading. Again, if you're looking for a MD Crabcake this is not it, but I'm of the belief that you can't get the real thing in NC anyway. These were the best crabcakes I've had in NC.

My husband got the special, a crawfish etouffe (sp?), which was OUTSTANDING. Loaded with crawfish, shrimp and sausage, and the key, the gravy, was literally a fantastic, slow-cooked roux. Simple to make and yet people screw this dish up left and right. Lobster Pot got it right though.


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