We were charmed by Asheville five years ago on our first visit and to return to an even greater bounty of food and drink was overwhelming, but only in the best of ways!
Dinner at Curate was excellent. Cold items ordered were serrano ham, artichoke salad, and a raw local trout dish. Artichoke salad and trout were really special. For warm dishes, we tried the grilled lamb, sautéed mushrooms, and the octopus. Loved the lamb and mushrooms. The octopus was good, but it was the one thing I would have switched out if doing over. Wine recommendation from our server was spot on.
Enjoyed dinner at Limones. Lobster nachos to start were great (these were specifically on our to-do list from our last visit). Husband had the pork tacos and really liked them, but thought for the price, he maybe should have gone with something more unique. I had the scallops with squash/bacon/brussels sprout hash. Great flavor, but the squash was slightly underdone. I just honed in on the scallops, bacon, and sprouts and that hit the spot.
For a planned brunch, we ate at Chestnut and this was pretty solid. Tried the basic breakfast, seasonal salad, and the lobster roll.
We rarely visit same spots twice, but we did end up starting our trip at the West AVL Biscuit Head for breakfast and made a quick stop at the other location on our way to the airport. Wonderful biscuits and wow--the butter, jam, hot sauce spread was impressive.
For other meals, we did a lot of bouncing around sharing and snacking just trying to fit it all in.
All Souls--Shared the Soppressata pizza. Very light on the cheese, so this may not be everyone’s choice for pizza, but with the quality of the ingredients and crust, we thought it was awesome.
Needed a quick & casual stop for something small after kayaking. We picked up a house made hot dog (Carolina Style) from Foothills Meats in Ben’s Penny Mart. Quirky little place. Great hot dog. The fact that we had to share the hot dog just made my husband want more, so when we stopped at The Imperial Life later during the trip and spied another house made dog, we had to try it. Also, very delicious, despite not expecting to be doing a lot of hot dog sampling on this trip. We also had a tartare on toast with avocado there and that was very nice.
Chai Pani for the Bombay Chili cheese fries was on our to-do list. These were good, but they came out room temperature, so that might have taken away some of the enjoyment. I think something a little saucier would have been my preference with such very crispy fries, but I am glad we tried them.
MG Road: Current food theme is Summer of Sandwich. We tried the fried chicken w/pimento cheese and pickles. It was a nice little sandwich to share for $5 while enjoying a craft cocktail.
Donuts--we shared a donut each at Hole and Vortex. Husband really liked the Vortex donut, but I preferred the uniqueness of Hole in that they cooked the donuts to order and were light with the perfect touch of sweet glaze. Great coffee at Vortex.
Rhubarb: Had ruled out doing a full meal here, but in passing by we noticed the cheese plate and this seemed like a good chance to sample some local ones. Great cheese plate. The server also suggested the fried green tomatoes as well with pickled shrimp. I thought the texture of the shrimp came across as overdone, but the tomato and sauce/garnishments were of the plate-licking kind. Funny note, the fried tomato was actually a red one and not a green tomato?!
In between all the food, we made it to many (probably too many…) of the area breweries and were so impressed with the quality and innovation in your local beer. The only “problem” was there was just too much temptation to keep sampling and moving on to the next spot instead of just relaxing.
We did have a drink at the Top of the Monk recommended by miss piggy on the board. Cool spot, nice view, and the cute small snack accompanying your drink was a nice touch.
Well, after putting this together I think I need to go eat some steamed vegetables, but it was a pretty great trip in terms of our eating and drinking. We so much appreciate all the active SE board postings. Thanks!