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Curate or Zambra for tapas newbies in Asheville?

bigg94 | Mar 3, 201207:04 PM

Hi, the Mrs. and I are planning a 20th anniversary getaway to Asheville, N.C., in mid-May. We are exploring dining options ... we're actually trying to tie a downtown meal to one of the "ghost hunter" tours we're planning to take that starts at 9 p.m. (that's a special request from the Mrs., and her wish is my command on this trip, LOL!), and we want to get dinner reservations well in advance so that we coordinate things properly.

We've never dined at a tapas bar (my wife did live in Spain for a while and is familiar with the tradition but never really had an opportunity to take part in it, so you can say that we both are total newbies), and are strongly considering that for said downtown meal. Curate and Zambra according to Google Maps are relatively close to the place where our tour will be leaving from (Treasure Keepers on Church St.).

So, a question to the tapas "veterans" out there who have partaken at these establishments ... which would you recommend for complete newbies, Curate or Zambra, or would there really be any difference between the two?

Also ... and I know this may be a difficult and subjective question that can have different answers given the appetites involved... we've both looked at the respective menus and checked off lots of things we'd like to try. Is there a ballpark figure of how many tapas plates it will take to make a satisfying meal for two adults? We've managed to get into a position where money is not an object on this trip so it's not a question of how much we can afford, we just don't want to go crazy trying different things to where we end up with more than we can consume.

And I know tapas meals are intended to be relaxing and slow paced ... being that the only "train we'll have to catch" is the 9 o'clock tour, what time would you advise making a reservation?

Thanks in advance for any input!

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