Eating in Asheville, NC

by Jennifer on June 17, 2013

in Awesome Treats

Before the wee one cometh, my husband and I decided to take a little vacation. We’re within driving distance to Asheville, North Carolina, and it has been on my radar for a while now for its unique culture and fabulous food. Since this is a food blog and all, I wanted to share some of the awesome food we enjoyed! You can expect some copycat recipes in the coming weeks!

Chai Pani

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What we ate: We split the Bombay Chili Cheese Fries and the Sloppy Jai.

Review: YUM. This little place gets busy, and with good reason. The food is inventive and totally fun. We’re not into a ton of heat with our food (especially being pregnant and all), so I was nervous about that, but the food was super flavorful without excess heat/spice. 

Early Girl Eatery

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What we ate: Lunch – Pimento Grilled Cheese, Broccoli Cheddar Hushpuppies, and Cuban Pork Sandwich. Breakfast: Strawberry Pancakes and Black Bean and Cheddar Omelet.

Review: I was excited to try this place after reading reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor, but…I have to say that it wasn’t one of our favorites. I’m not sure if we just ordered the wrong things and the food certainly wasn’t bad, but with all of the fabulous places to eat in Asheville, we could have skipped this one! The grilled cheese was quite greasy, but had decent flavor. The hushpuppies were a bit disappointing. The strawberry pancakes were very good!

Tupelo Honey Cafe

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What we ate: Dinner – Bacon, Eggs, and Goat Cheese Grits; Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup. Breakfast: Sweet Potato Pancake; Eggs Betty. Banana Pudding for dessert.

Review: This place was always busy when we stopped by, but we never had to wait too long. I understand why it is popular! The food is really great. My husband loved his grilled cheese sandwich, and the goat cheese grits had a subtle, yummy flavor. The sweet potato pancake was HUGE and very good, especially with the spiced nuts on top! Plus, they give you huge, fluffy, gorgeous biscuits before your meal, which are like heaven in your mouth.

12 Bones

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What we ate: Blueberry Chipotle Ribs, Mac & Cheese, Jalapeno Cheese Grits, Cornbread, Pulled Pork Sandwich, and Corn Pudding.

Review: Hands down, the BEST food we had in Asheville – better than the more expensive places we visited! The Blueberry Chipotle ribs were sweet and quite spicy; I had to drink a lot of water during that meal! The best part? The corn pudding. It was the perfect texture – super moist without being mushy, quite sweet, with some spice from different types of peppers. It was amazing. I wish we had come here more than once!

Twisted Crepe

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What we ate: Cal’s Money Buffalo Crepe, Levi’s Country Club Crepe, Reese’s Cup Crepe

Review: A fun place for a light meal! These aren’t really traditional crepes, they are more like a paninis with a very thin, crunchy bread (the sweet crepes are soft, the savory ones are crunchy). A nice, quick lunch option.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

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What we ate: Carrot Cake and Chai Ice Cream

Review: AWESOME. My chai ice cream was totally heavenly! I’m craving it right now.

Curate

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What we ate: This is a tapas restaurant, so we wanted to try lots of things! We got:

  • Pan Con Tomate (bread with tomato spread)
  • Patatas Bravas (crispy fried potatoes with special sauce)
  • Barenjenas la Taberna (fried eggplant with rosemary and honey)
  • Canelones de Carne (pasta filled with tons of meat with bechemel sauce and machengo cheese)
  • Pincho Moruno (lamb skewers)
  • Espuma  de Chocolate (chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet and hazelnut praline)

Review: A very fun experience! Honestly though, we ordered too much! Our least favorite dish was the pan con tomate. The potato dish was super yummy and the lamb skewers were AMAZING. I also enjoyed the dessert very much – the mousse felt like it dissolved in your mouth! The service was also top notch here.

Gourmet Chip Company

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What we ate: The Parisian Panini with Parisian Chips; The Italiano Panini with Americana Chips

Review: This is a fun place for a light lunch or dinner. The paninis were quite good with interesting ingredients and the chips were super fun! Chips are made to order, so you will have to wait, but fresh potato chips are worth it!

Sunny Point Cafe

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What we ate: Carrot Hot Cakes and Huevos Rancheros with a side of bacon.

Review: We had trouble parking here…with good reason! We didn’t visit this little gem until our last day, and I wished we had gone there sooner (it was out of the way of our hotel). It is very casual, but it was our best breakfast! The carrot hot cakes had a cardamom cream cheese topping that was to die for and my husband loved his huevos rancheros! The bacon was also special – a little spicy, but with a sweet glaze. YUM!

Oh, and here’s a little bonus…

hunger games set

On our way home, we stopped by Henry River Mill in North Carolina, which is where they filmed a lot of District 12 from The Hunger Games movie. It is technically closed to the public, but I was able to get a shot of Mellark’s Bakery from the side of the road. I wish we could have walked around for a while, but again, I’m not into the whole trespassing thing. I think Peeta and Katniss would approve.

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1 Mike @ Semi Sweet June 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

You had my mouth watering after each time you’ve posted one of these pics on Instagram. :) That District 12 shot is pretty awesome! Thanks for taking a shot and sharing it with us!

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2 Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I went a little overboard with the instagram pics, I think ;) I couldn’t help it!

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3 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

Oh, wow! Asheville’s got my mouth watering! Looks like you had a lot of amazing meals in that mountain town. Thanks for sharing!

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4 Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

We were surprised at all of the fabulous and unique eateries in Asheville :)

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5 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings June 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I want every one of those meals :)

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6 Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

It was so good, Elizabeth!

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7 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I am so hungry after reading this – what amazing food!

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8 Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

We definitely indulged! :)

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9 Laura Dembowski June 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

That looks like a trip full of tons of amazing food! Those carrot hot cakes look incredible! I was given Tupelo honey and love it. I use it all the time when I bake. It’s great in granola.

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10 Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 3:36 pm

We tried it on our biscuits, and it had a great, unique taste :)

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11 Shelan June 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

What a great vacation you must have had! You had me drooling… Great pictures, really amazing!

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12 Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Thanks so much, Shelan! :)

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13 The Bearfoot Baker June 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I need to take a road trip! I am so happy you just planned out my dining places. Thank so much for going to all this trouble for us. Love it!!

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14 Jennifer June 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

If you ever get the chance, Lisa, it is such a fun town! :)

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15 susie June 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I should have not read this tonight. I had kale and a salad for dinner….now I’m hungry! Everything looks delicious!

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16 Jennifer June 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

Sorry, Susie! ;)

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17 askasheville June 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

Wonderful foodie post. I am STARVING now!! Thank you for visiting and for the great photos too. Scheduling this to go out on the AskAsheville Facebook page at 10:30 today.

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18 Jennifer June 18, 2013 at 7:53 am

Thanks! Asheville is such an awesome town :)

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19 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 19, 2013 at 2:31 am

I want it all!

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20 Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Haha! :)

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21 ashley - baker by nature June 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

Somebody is eating well ;) xo

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22 Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Oh yes! It’s salads for the rest of the summer ;) Does it help that I could only eat half of each meal at the most? Probably not :)

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23 Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I’m so jealous of your trip. I’ve always wanted to take a food road trip. I love to watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I think it would be so awesome to just travel the country in search of great food. I loved seeing all your pics on IG. I was living vicariously through you.

Out of everything you pictured the ribs and carrot hot cakes look the best. I would drive to Asheville just to try those. Yum-O! Thanks for sharing this trip with us.

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24 Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

The ribs and hot cakes were the best! I think I’ll be trying my hand at those carrot hot cake, for sure! :)

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25 Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} June 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Yay! I was hoping that those were on your list to do a copy cat recipe.

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