Have eaten out a bunch in the last week, thought I'd share:
Hiro Sushi - You get really weird service in this restaurant, but the fish is good. Last few times I was there, the yellowtail and scallop sashimi were excellent. Have had great salmon sashimi and merely fine salmon. The rolls are good too.
Pizza place in the Wrinkled Egg in Flat Rock:
The young guys who make the pizza and bread here are fantastic. Don't know where they dropped in from, but they really know their stuff. The bread rivals stuff I've bought in Manhattan. The uber-thin pizza coming out of the brink oven is great. Get the "goat" pizza with red peppers, artichokes, pesto and goat cheese. The sum is greater than the parts.
Tropical Dream in Hendersonville:
Authentic Cuban restaurant just moved from a take-out place with no seating, to this large space on 4th st. where the Deli used to be. Food was OK, but very, very, greasy. I felt kind-of sick the rest of the day. Service was friendly but awful. My Cuban coffee took 20 minutes to get after I ordered it, and when a friend showed up late and ordered the same, they gave him the bottom of the pot they made for me, luke warm by then, and told him "it's free, we don't want to make any more". I love Tamales and had high hopes for this place. I would say give it a try if you have a high fat tolerance.
Salsa in Asheville:
Saturday was what I would call and "off day" for Salsa. And it was still a great meal, and the half I took home was even better the next day for lunch (I guess all those great flavors meld overnight). Hector is a genious, love that Mango salsa!
Hanks in Charleston:
I was trying to please an 18 and 17 year old from the Midwest. They loved the place. The atmosphere is perfect: very upscale, yet casual and boisterous. Nice wine list, OK bread, pretty good ceviche, fried platter (shrimp and crab cake) was barely average. I NEVER eat anything fried, was taking a serious splurge, and was quite disappointed to waste it on such mediocre fried seafood. The kids loved their "peel 'n eat" shrimp , she crab soup, and shrimp and grits. The service was very good. I would recommend the place for a gathering of non-foodie friends, but it's not anyplace I would return to otherwise.
Haagen Dazs (mispelled I'm sure) Why is it so much better at the actual HD store than from the grocery store or any other ice cream shop that sells it?
Heaven in a cup.
Time to diet now!