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Asheville: Stoney Knob, Well Bread Bakery

danna | Nov 5, 2007 07:18 AM

After all these years, we finally made it to Weaverville this weekend. SInce so many of you like Stoney Knob, I'm going to try to be tactful in my review.

Yuck! What are you people thinking? Oh, wait....that didn't work...let me start over....

Stoney Knob is an EXTREMELY cute place. The exterior and interior are charming, comfortable and unique, and everyone seemed very friendly. We went for lunch...perhaps that's not their best meal. I had the Michaelangelo panini. The fresh mozzerella and pesto were both fine..the grilled chicken was ridiculously tough and stringy, almost inedible, the very worst of low-quality chicken. I had to floss afterward. For my side item I choose the black bean chili. It had the most grease floating on top that I think I've ever seen. If you left your spoon in it for 30 seconds, a pool of orange grease would form. Horrid.

Husband had the shrimp wrap. I thought it was OK. He hated it. It was completely wet inside with some unexpected, really sweet sauce. For his side, he ordered fried okra. Maybe that was overly optimistic - we both expected lightly dusted w/ cornmeal, pan fried okra like my mother makes. Instead, it was heavily breaded and deep the worst of cafeteria food.

The coffee was good.

Then we went to Well Bread Bakery. It's full of gorgeous desserts. I was a little concerned because the theme there appears to be HUGE. Everything was massive. Creme Puffs the size of my head, Cookies bigger than my mousepad, etc. Often, I find an emphasis on quantity is bad news for quality. Fortunately, this is not the case. We shared a (massive) piece of carrot cake and it was really good. I took home some of their toffee, which I am going to try to put out of mind so I don't become obsessed with it. I also took home a chocolate macaroon that was very chocolatey and quite good. The whole wheat raisin bread was another winner.

That night, we went to Zambra. I had considered trying Corner Kitchen, but after lunch, we wanted to go somewhere that was a known quantity. Seared scallops w/ apple and radish slaw were very good. Grilled octopus was good. Fig wrapped in proscuitto stuffed w Cana de Cabra was VERY GOOD. Salad w/ pears and manchego good. Fried calamari was a little too greasy. That was a disappointment since we usually love their calamari and the green garlic sauce that goes with it is wonderful. We were sitting next to people with three very well behaved little chow pups eating mussels and the like!

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