My two recommendations for Asheville are Picnics Restaurant & Bake Shop at 371 Merrimon Avenue (U. S. 25 north, between downtown and U. N. C. A.) and The Five Points Cafe at 258 Broadway, which runs off of Merrimon.
The Early Girl Eatery at 8 Wall Street has been recommended to me, but I’ve never eaten there.
Again, Asheville is a city for hunting up good neighborhood diners, many of which will prove to be run by Greek families.
It is also a city for some of the best microbrewery beer in the South: there are four microbreweries (brewing for off-premises consumption) and three brewpubs (for on-premises enjoyment). Plus Asheville has for many years been a bit of an epicurean market… you might just have to see it to believe it.
Unbuncombedly [Asheville is the county seat of Buncombe County], Ort. Carlton in Somewhat-Dishevelled Athens, Georgia.
While I’m at it, any must eat recs for Charlotte?
Don’t ignore John’s Country Kitchen on Central Avenue… it’s one of the best places in town (see the review herein).
Probably not mentioned yet (I haven’t scrolled clear through to see) is Gus’ Sir Beef, not far in toward town from Lupie’s at 4101 Old Monroe Road. The menu is in loveably fractured Greek English, and many of the vegetables are fresh.
Charlotte is a great undiscovered-diner town, just like Greenville, S. C. and Birmingham, AL.
Here’s hoping you’ll let us know what you discover out there.
Not A Charlatan [Charlottean — tee-hee], The Real Ort. Carlton in Surreal Athens, Georgia.
Well, we were able to find the Moose Cafe upon our return on New Year’s Day. I have to say we were a bit disappointed. I think the main compliment has to be price, which seems pretty important for Road Food. I had the Liver Mush breakfast special for 3.99. It came with two eggs, biscuits and gravy, and the Liver Mush. There was really nothing special about the former. The biscuits were pretty good, but, dare I say it, no better than Cracker Barrel’s. My wife had blueberry pancakes, which were also pretty forgettable. The coffee was weak. What was certainly unique was the Liver Mush. The waitress compared it to Northern scrapple, and I agree in that was the same shape, but it did have a pretty unique flavor, benefiting from the texture of the liver. The apple butter was quite good, and I did take some home.
The service was fine, quite friendly, but I did have one another minor complaint. There was no real butter on the table. This really seems necessary to accompany good buttermilk biscuits. However, the waitress brought some from the back after a request. Just seems it should be out on the tables if they have it.
Three of us ate for $26, including the price of a jar of apple butter. It’s probably worth a try, especially if you’re on budget, but I wouldn’t call it a memorable experience and doubt we’ll be back. Can anyone give me a reason to go back for lunch or dinner? I didn’t look at the menus. Thanks for all the advice, though.
Lupie’s on the main list, the Penguin, Price’s Chicken Coop. I think you’ve got your pro/cons on the Coffee Cup.
We didn’t stop on our way to Charlotte, so I’ll try to get the family to stop on our return trip.
While I’m at it, any must eat recs for Charlotte?
Try Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Asheville. Awesome food for breakfast.
Ill second (or third) any recommendations of the Moose. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner I’ve yet to be disappointed – its always been excellent. Its got great food, and its right off the interstate by the farmer’s market.
We stopped at the Moose around 9 for breakfast on Friday and it was excellent–my son got the blueberry pancakes and they were scrumptious. It’s the exit on 40 with signs for the Farmer’s Market, really close to the I-26 interchange; in fact if you turn left out of the Moose parking lot and go about a mile you’ll run into the I-26 exit. Don’t forget the Moose takes cash only, but there’s a cash machine in the parking lot.
hey ruffusd – you back yet? did you get to the moose? i’m interested in hearing more on this place before I make the 1 hour drive for breakfast.
well with big g’s recommendation and TJ picking Moose as his favorite roadfood spot of the year I’d say that’s the place for that time of day. I keep meaning to drive over there for breakfast to give them a try but business has kept me tied up lately. I’ve not heard a bad word about the place though.
If you get back through the tri-cities during a later meal time let me know and I’ll pass on a few of my favorites.
We’re leaving early tomorrow morning and hope to be going through Asheville around 9 or so.
when are you making the trip and what meal would you prefer recs?
About a mile or so off of I-40 On Brevard is the Moose Cafe….Killer breakfast and very good lunch and dinner. google them for directions.
We’re driving from Lex, KY to Charlotte, NC on 40 and figure we’ll stop in Asheville to eat. Are there any good places near a 40 exit that someone can recommend? I’ve read a little about Salsa’s and Picnics, but neither looks too close to an exit off 40. The former sounds a bit unreliable, too. Thanks.
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