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Blackbird, Asheville


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Blackbird, Asheville

Jeff C. | Nov 12, 2012 08:57 AM

So, we tried this place Saturday night, and the news is mostly very good. The space is open, and well-appointed, if a bit sterile. (It's in the new Aloft Hotel building.) Nice little bar scene, with a small selection of original cocktails, some of which feature local spirits like Troy & Sons Moonshine. (Forgot to check out the wine list--sorry.) We were greeted promptly and warmly and seated immediately for our 6:45 reservation. Our server was most gracious and helpful, and timing of when glasses and plates were presented and removed could not have been better. Now for the food: Started with an arugula salad with poached pears, pickled onions, spiced pecans, and Maytag bleu cheese crumbles drizzled with a sweet balsamic dressing. Lovely, if nothing we couldn't pull off at home. Wife had the crab cakes app. (which also came with a small arugula salad) and side of whipped sweet potatoes. I had pan-fried Sunburst Trout, buttermilk mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach, and a lemon buerre blanc, all perfectly prepared. For dessert we shared a HUGE slice of their signature dessert, a Southern Custard Coconut Cake, with cream cheese icing and toasted coconut that was so rich (but good) the two of us could only eat half of it--so we had the rest for breakfast yesterday! Total for two cocktails, salad, app., side, entree, and dessert: $69.00, pre-tip. My sole criticism of this otherwise worthy and well-run restaurant is that the menu has little true creativity much less daring. (Dessert menu excluded.) The quality ingredients are there, and the kitchen staff obviously knows what to do with them, so why not challenge them and us with something more than the elevated traditional southern fare we can get at a half dozen other places in town?

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