Happy Autumn! We just returned from our wkend in Asheville. Here's the food-centric portion of our trip.
First, we stayed at north lodge on oakland (www.northlodge.com). I mention this because we suffered through one cup of lighter-than-tea coffee and a pretty lame cafeteria-quality (think powdered eggs) breakfast one time, and skipped out the second day. I make better breakfasts at home on the fly, and I'm not trying to pretend that ore-ida hashbrowns are gourmet! Hill House has a better breakfast than this.
Second food event - beer at Hannah Flannagan's. They have a great beer selection. Hurrah!
Next, we had dinner at Cafe on the Square, at Pack Square near Patton Ave and Biltmore Ave. The service was really great, they had a nice wine by the glass selection, and the food was great as well. We picked the two specials for the night and were pleased with both - one was a blackened snapper with an orzo dish and soft shell crab, and the other was a french rib chop (think chophouse-style pork chop with the rib jutting out for a fancy effect) with a demiglace with shallots, mushrooms and I want to say port wine. Both were really delicious, plus we arrived just before the rush and lucked out with a window table in the front. Hurrah!
Saturday we endured the breakfast we like to call Fresh Hell at the b&(b), then headed to Beanstreets for a GOOD cup of joe. Tip for Beanstreets - don't be shy, follow directions and move directly to the register if you just want coffee. The line out the door is for food and frou-frou drinks. We hit Beanstreets three times while we were there and the coffee was hot and fresh each time (10 a.m., 2 a.m., and 10 the next morning).
Dinner Saturday night was a lark - we hit Barley's Tap Room on Biltmore Ave. It wasn't a bar as much as it was a great pizza place. It's really very open inside, they have a broad selection of beers, but I think their specialty is really pizza and calzones. Skip the ale n' artichoke - it is NOT artichoke dip. It's like... heated hummus. I liked it but my husband didn't. However, we split a calzone for dinner and half of it filled up a large lunch-sized plate. It was PLENTY for two people. The calzone was really delicious and we will definitely visit Barley's next time.
Finally, Sunday morning we opted out of the FH at the b&b, and arrived in time to scoop a couple of seats at Tupelo Honey Cafe. Good service, and since we were at the counter we got to watch the food prep. I got the Betty, and my husband got an omelette. Everything was very diner-style good, but not ultra greasy like some diner food can be.
One more to-go cup from Beanstreets and we were on our way home. :( Can't wait to go back, since the hiking was awesome.