Asheville’s West End Bakery – Very Nice!

Stopped by the West End Bakery on Haywood Rd. in West Asheville for some breakfast and coffee. It was very busy as usual. Great place with lots of great food. This place is a favorite to many around Asheville. See some video on the West End Bakery by going to… They also have a web page up on Thank you to JB, who, with great energy, told us what West End was all about. It is awesome! Stop by and see for yourself.

Jersey Mike’s Asheville North Carolina

The “Subway” craze did not last long with places like Quizno’s and Jersey Mike’s coming to the Asheville area. The JM’s on Patton Avenue had no parking or seating at all the other day when we tried to get in. I though “these patrons are so commited to Jersey Mike’s because of the food and service”.

Here is a photo of the 11:59am lunch line just starting to develop at the Jersey Mike’s on Merrimon Avenue (sometimes it is running out the door unto the sidewalk). Great sandwiches!

Asheville – Kamm’s Frozen Custard

Just walking through the Grove Arcade in Asheville North Carolina and saw that Kamm’s was packed out today. Premium ice cream is not hard to come by in downtown Asheville, and we do enjoy Kamm’s. Yeah, i have cheated a little and went for a quickie with the “Dairy Queen”, but this is definitely one of the better choices in the area.

Sweet Heaven was all excited about the new Chamber on Montford opening (more exposure and clientel), and then closed. Luckily Kamm’s is only a few blocks away in the Grove Arcade. From the outside, they are right across from the Asheville Citizen Times. You can visit their site:

Downtown Asheville’s Havana Cuban Cuisine

Hector & Boonie have been around for years. You may remember “Bonnie’s Little Corner” on Pack Square not too long ago. Also, they tried to sort of revive the State Street West Asheville area when they built the H & B Grocery, restaurant, and laundromat. The neighborhood at the time did not understand their vision or support their dreams. The local housing project ate them alive with shoplifting, employee theft, and armed robberies. While trying to help and develop, they became the victims. With a gun pointed to his head, Hector almost lost his life several times trying to save an area in Asheville, maybe a couple of years “too early”. They did end up losing their business in West Asheville as well as their personal home in Weaverville. But still they stand determined to thrive in Asheville.

They tested the mall scene, but the economy started dropping at that time, and it was not a good location for them. Better for downtown Asheville as they are now located on Battery Park Ave right behind the Grove Arcade and across the street. They occupied a place that had been vacant or limited for years and have made something beautiful out of it. We stopped by today to say hello and they were hard at work serving customers, and Hector running around the kitchen moderating and cooking.

Stop by sometime and ask for Hector or Bonnie. They are some of the nicest people in the neighborhood.