New West Asheville Restaurant Named “Jargon” Coming Soon!

Jargon Restaurant in West Asheville NCWest Asheville has become a whole foodie experience of their own. Now a new restaurant named Jargon is opening soon on Haywood Road with lots of fine food options to eat. Sean Piper and Chef Matthew Miner are the folks that are making all of this happen.

The Asheville Foodie Community recently launched their new video about restaurants and eateries in the area, and focused a big part of the video on West Asheville.

You can find out more on the Jargon Facebook Page

2016 Guide To Fall Leaf Season In Asheville North Carolina

Leaf Season in Asheville North Carolina during the Fall Season

It’s that time of the year again, Fall 2016 Leaf Season in Asheville North Carolina. This is the time of the year when the local can sit back, take a deep breath, and reflect on the year while surrounded by colorful beauty. Then many visitors from out of town arrive to gaze upon and digest the majesty of the Western North Carolina mountains. Now there are several places across the USA where you can experience Leaf Season, but the Asheville area is a favorite for many due to all of the plentiful amenities that come along with it. Here is a little guide post to get you around town:

Where To See The Leaves

  1. The Blue Ridge Parkway
  2. NC Aboretum
  3. See 10 Waterfalls To Visit Near Asheville NC
  4. See 6 Amazing Outdoor Spots In The Asheville Area
  5. See 25 Best Places To See Fall Foliage In The Blue Ridge Mountains
  6. See Fall Color Forecast 2016 – Long Leaf Season Ahead

Where To Eat

  1. Select Dining – CurateLimonesChiesa, The Admiral, Fig Bistro, Posana
  2. Barbecue – Luella’s, Buxton Hall, 12 Bones
  3. Dessert – The Hop Ice Cream, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Vortex Doughnuts
  4. Asheville Restaurants on AskAsheville
  5. Asheville Restaurants on AIR
  6. Asheville Restaurants on ExploreAsheville

Where To Drink Beer

  1. Barley’s Taproom
  2. Bhramari Brewhouse
  3. Wicked Weed
  4. Appalachian Vintner
  5. Asheville Breweries on AskAsheville
  6. Asheville Breweries on ExploreAsheville

Where To Drink Wine

  1. Battery Park Book Exchange
  2. Vaso De Vino (they have a secret open loft area)
  3. 5 Walnut (& dance here too!)

What Else To Do

  1. Check out Hendersonville North Carolina
  2. Visit the Waterfalls in Brevard North Carolina & go on a Food Tour too!

Have lots of fun, and tag AskAsheville on Facebook with photos and posts about your adventures!

An Asian Food Feast at Red Ginger Dim Sum in Asheville

Red Ginger DimSum Asheville NC

I thought I knew what Chinese food was my whole life. I mean I grew up in New York City and there was a little Chinese food takeout spot every couple of blocks. It was great because we could grab a pint of Pork Fried Rice, just like we did a Slice of Pizza, and be on our way. But Chinese cuisine, not so much.

Then just a few years ago my whole perspective changed when I realized that all I knew was Americanized Chinese Food. We took a tour of China and visited so many wonderful cities. What amazing history and culture, and on top of that… an array of authentic Chinese food that I have never tasted before. We ate everywhere from little private huts in the woods, to extravagant penthouse restaurants that were second to none. I knew I was about to eat good when I walked into a room with a giant rotating table top and ice sculptures layered with fine seafood. The best wine served along with it as well.

Now that food and a similar experience has come to Asheville North Carolina. Red Ginger Dim Sum has just opened this week downtown, right near Pritchard Park. We did not know what to expect when we entered, but everything was first class. The waitress even warned us that it was their third day, and the place, as well as her, were new to the scene; and to please forgive them if things seem a little less than perfect. She presented the menu to us, had us scratch out four items that they had run out of, and we began to order immediately. After traveling and tasting China, we knew exactly what our mouths were yearning for. So here is what we feasted on:

Baked BBQ Pork Steamed Buns

Baked BBQ Pork Buns

Beef Short Ribs at Red Ginger

Beef Short Ribs

Shrimp Tempura at Red Ginger

Shrimp Tempura

Pork Spare Ribs at Red Ginger

Pork Spare Ribs

Foon Zao at Red Ginger Asheville

Foon Zao

Pork Dumpling Shanghai Style

Pork Dumpling in Shanghai Style

Shrimp Rice Roll at Red Ginger Asheville

Shrimp Rice Roll

Baked Egg Tarts at Red Ginger

Baked Egg Tarts

4 Asheville Tacos You Most Definitely Need To Meet & Eat

Tacos are taking over Asheville North Carolina. It all started out years ago when a few burrito and taco shops opened. Then a couple of food trucks came on the scene with some tasty tacos. After that, several restaurants started offering craft cuisine style tacos as entrees. Then White Duck came and sort of perfected the taco as we knew it. Ever since then, tacos have been a hot commodity in Asheville.

Now a new taco shop has arisen in West Asheville, and on the Sweet Slope of all places, by the name of Taco Billy. At first we thought “no big deal, just another taco shop,” but boy were we wrong! This place is amazing, and please do not take our word for it. I dare you to go here and even try prove us wrong. Impossible. It’s that good. After a few bites, we knew our standard was raised when it came to gourmet tacos. And they serve amazing breakfast tacos ALL DAY! I had the “Mama’s Favorite” and it was the best I have ever had.

We decided to take a few photos before trying them, because they were so pretty; and just in case they were good, we planned on sharing them with you. Well, not sharing in the way of you actually tasting them… you will have to get your own for that. But please allow us to introduce you to the 4 tacos that we met today:

Taco Billy Asheville - Mama's Favorite

Mama’s Favorite – Sausage, Egg, Spinach, Sweet Potato, and Goat Cheese on a Plantain Tortilla.

Taco Billy Asheville - Kirb Service

Kirb Service – Beef Medallions, Onions and Peppers stewed in an Ancho Chili Sauce, served with Jack Cheese on a Flour Tortilla.

Taco Billy Asheville - Support Group

Support Group – Cumin Sweet Potatoes, Pecan and Black Bean Hummus, Roasted Pepitas, Avocado, Spinach, and Coconut Crema on a Plantain Tortilla (Vegan).

Taco Billy Asheville - Morita

Morita – Chili Stewed Pork and Potatoes, Tangy Slaw, Cilantro, and Jalapeno Crema on a Flour Tortilla.

Check out the Taco Billy Website to see the rest of their delicious menu, hours of operation and more info.

The Parkway Bistro

Parkway Bistro Asheville

When we recently put out a request for some places to eat in south Asheville, several people were talking so good about The Parkway Bistro, that we had to go try it for ourselves. So while we were out at meetings on that end of town, we stopped by there and grabbed a chicken salad sandwich with some macaroni salad. It was absolutely delicious! The waitress talked me into keeping the Hot Pepper Relish on it and yum. Plus the mac salad was the best I have had in a a long time. For some of you that do not know, Frank’s Deli was like the #1 sandwich shop in Asheville and they were located where Beehive Coffee Bar now is on Sweeten Creek. Then they expanded to Hendersonville Rd, that spot with the bad parking, where the new and popular Bean Vegan Cuisine now is. Frank’s Deli shut down operations soon after, went silent and underground, then took over this new spot right behind Starbucks on Hendersonville Rd where Woody’s Pizza used to be. And it is a kind of difficult spot to see, but they are up on the hill across from Carolina Day School, in the same shopping center as the Fresh Market, Liberty Bicycles, and Diamond Brand. And yes, it is worth the stop!