My husband and I just visited Asheville for five days, we love the triangle area so we figured Asheville was the next best bet with local breweries and farm to table restaurants in the area. We stayed at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in the historical Biltmore Village, the hotel was lovely and the staff was wonderful. Our first night we had a few drinks at the hotel bar with a Ceasar salad and bratwurst entree which was quite delicious. The next morning we walked to the Corner Kitchen for breakfast for MI Carbon waffles and eggs with Chorizo, we loved the place so much we headed there for brk one more time before heading back home. Our dinners were at Table, Fig, Tupelo Honey and Barley's Taproom.
Our best meal in Asheville was 12 Bones BBQ for lunch, we got there before it opened at 11:00 and there were people waiting outside, it was rather rainy and pretty crappy outside so you KNOW that's a good sign if people are still willing to come and stand OUTSIDE! We got the Chili Ginger ribs and Brisket with 4 different sides-the ribs were Exquisite! I SO wish we had a BBQ place like this where I live in Ohio.
Table...it's listed as fine dining but I'd have to disagree with that, the dishes are not sophisticated enough. This is not meant as a put down I just think the plates are presented as more homey,simple and rustic. I ordered a Veal chop with collard greens and Mac and Cheese and my husband ordered the Hanger Steak. A lovely restaurant indeed however we enjoyed Fig better.
Fig Restaurant was within walking distance of the hotel so we dined there about 6:30pm. We had the Duck breast with Orange gnocchi with Fennel leek fondue, Duck Rillette, and a Chicken entree with Potatoes. The dishes here were more complex and the flavors were richer and deeper. I overheard the server say they just rolled out the new Fall menu which has Pork Belly on the menu as well. Our server was very friendly and attentive.
Tupelo Honey was fun, our server Mike was great and my Bloody Mary was awesome. Loved the beer flights and our dinner of one hamburger and Nutty fried chicken was very tasty. Those biscuits and that Blueberry jam stole the show though.
Walking though downtown I purchased about $50 worth of chocolate from Kilwin's-outstanding customer service! I also tried the Italian Cream cake and Eclairs at True Confections which were so good I went back for more the next day. I tried the Kamms Frozen Custard....not so much, someone needs to go to St louis and taste Ted Drewes.
We tried Luella's BBQ for lunch one day , after eating 12 Bones BBQ there is no comparison, we threw half of our lunch away.
Breweries we visited were Highland, Pisgah, and French Broard- all wonderful beer, one question though...WHERE ARE YOUR SIGNS?? There is no way we'd be able to find these tasting rooms at nighttime in the dark.
Our last dinner was at Barley's Taproom, fantastic beer selection but the food was pretty standard and forgettable. So wish i would have tried Doc Chey's Noodle across the street.
If you are visiting downtown Asheville, get there EARLY!! Downtown parking is a complete nightmare. Who the heck goes downtown for 15 min only (parking meters)???
All in all a lovely visit, the people there especially are really welcoming and friendly, I tipped at least 25 to 30% every time we ate somewhere.