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Loving LAB (and Mr Suave!) - Asheville


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Loving LAB (and Mr Suave!) - Asheville

miss piggy | May 27, 2010 06:02 AM

Now that warm weather is here, the garage doors have been flung open to create a large open-air space at this great brewpub on Lexington. We ate there on Tuesday night and enjoyed a couple of excellent pints (White Ale and American pale) as well as a really awesome dinner from their spring menu. They have revamped the menu somewhat with a few new, more seasonal offerings. For starters we had 2 crabcake stuffed artichoke hearts swimming in a white ale butter sauce. The hearts were fresh (not from a can or frozen) and the crabcakes were moist with a thin crispy crust. The sauce was fabulous. At $9, maybe a dollar or two overpriced since it was a smaller starter, but it rivaled even the Admiral, IMO. My husband and I both went with tacos for dinner. He had the green chile chicken served with chow-chow, a delightful southern-style veggie relish, and plantains. He mixed the plantains and chow-chow (which had a kick of heat) and it made for a really nice sweet-spicy combo. I had Sunburst trout fried fish tacos served with a jicama slaw and beer-glazed black beans. My husband hates/despises/detests balck beans and ate half my plate. I could have used another thin strip of trout on both my tacos but was satisfied - great flavors. We left full and happy on 2 beers each for just over $50 with tip. I think LAB easily beats out the food at Jack of the Wood, Usual Suspects and a few other bars we have favored in the past for their good eats.

I was impressed with the tortillas on the taco plates and our super-nice waitress reported back that they were from Mr Suave, a tortillaria on Patton. I remembered reading about them once on this board, trying to find them, and having no luck, so we did another hunt. The phone number listed online has been disconnected but they are located on the 1500 block of Patton avenue in a small little spot. $2.50 for appx 30, hot and fresh tortillas...can't be beat! We made our own fish tacos last night using triggerfish from Blue Water and those Mr Suave tortillas and they were excellent.

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