We went up to Asheville for a quick visit with our daughter and had three great dining experiences.
For lunch on Saturday we went to Nine Mile in the Montford neighborhood. It was our first visit and we were impressed. The cuisine is Jamaican fusion and the smell of garlic and sounds of reggae hit you when you enter the cheerful room. They have numerous meat, seafood, and vegetable dishes which are served over rice or linguini. I had the signature Nine Mile plate which had jerk chicken, ginger, fire roasted tomatoes, jalapenos, squash and zucchini served over linguini. I asked for medium heat and it was quite zesty but not too much. Delicious! My wife and daughter were also happy with their plates: Marley's Magic, a gingery curry fish plate; and a daily special of lemon chicken alfredo. All came with the excellent garlic Natty Bread. We also shared a side salad with the house made garlic tahini dressing.
For pre-dinner libations we went to the Thirsty Monk and their downstairs Belgian beer bar. This is a beer geek's delight. They had a local Green Man winter saison that was tasty. They also had Fin du Monde from Unibroue on tap, which you don't often see. If you are a beer lover you owe it to yourself to check out the Thirsty Monk.
Saturday night we had dinner at Curate downtown ( couldn't get in to Admiral). It was our second visit and once again everything was great. The server paced our various tapas perfectly and we had a wide range of delicious flavors throughout the meal. The eggplant with honey is unique and we had it first so as not to interfere with other flavors. The pan de tomate (tomato bread) with manchego cheese came next, simple but perfect. Next came a selection of olives then Serrano ham with a couple more pieces of the the tomato bread. That was followed by patatas bravas and lamb pinchos. The pinchos were skewers of grilled marinated lamb. Our last tapa was clams cooked in white wine with little pieces of ham. They were great and the broth was even better. We shared a couple of desserts and had cafe con leche to finish. Just perfect and reasonably priced.
Sunday morning we finally had the chance to eat breakfast at the Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville. This place is deservedly famous and the crowds reflect that. When we had tried previously the wait was just too long. This time we were able to slide right in at around 10:30 and it was totally worth it. I had the MGB (mighty good breakfast): eggs, local sausage, chipotle cheese grits, and a fantastic biscuit. My wife and daughter each had the huevos rancheros which they raved about. The fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee were also excellent.
Even thought we love out local foodie culture here in Durham we love visiting Asheville and checking out their food and beer scene. Can't wait until our next visit!
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