When I first heard of Korean Barbecue, I was on a six city tour of China. Coming from Asheville, also known as Barbecue City USA; I simply thought that Korean Barbecue was barbecue pork with some type of Asian bbq sauce on the side. Boy was I wrong. I went to this place, and they had booth seating where they made you take your shoes off, but we sat in the “Americanized” section with normal seating, keeping our shoes on. They started a grill at/on our table, we added a bunch of meat and vegetables, and we ate the night away. What a fun foodie time!
Asheville’s version was not that different, and a great experience as well; eliminating the need to travel to the other end of the world for this. We stopped by the Korean House in downtown Asheville, waited about 20 minutes for a seat, and then had a delicious meal worth blogging about. Their meats come from local farms in our community which made me enjoy the food even more. Their interior decor could use a lot of help, but they are a fairly new place so hoping they get around to that by Spring.
It doesn’t take much to find a good place to eat in Asheville; but when it comes to a great place, sometimes you just have to stumble upon it. We were jumping around town the other day from meeting to meeting, when Nathan from Heartland Payment Systems asked us to meet with him and Ed at Buxton Hall Barbecue on the south slope of downtown Asheville. And we are so glad we did. This spot is a must-eat when it comes to a farm-to-table BBQ meal. We got the chance to take a walk around the restaurant, see a little behind the scenes action on the lower level, visit the Tiki bar and lounge upstairs, and sit down on the main level to eat some deliciousness! We also met a bunch of the staff and they were all wonderful. Chef Elliot Moss has a great thing going on here. Keep it up!!!
Asheville has a few great barbecue places around town. We have been to them all several times. Moe’s Original BBQ on Sweeten Creek Rd in the Biltmore Village area has now risen to the top of our charts. And it seems so with other locals as well, as we have bumped into Paul Choi, Ty Hallock, Joe Jakubielski and many others there on several occasions.
I recently ordered the Chicken and Pork combo plate and it was delish!!
Another person in my group ordered the Ribs and loved them!
I went ahead and checked the ratings on sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon, and Moe’s Original BBQ also has the highest ratings in the Asheville area. I may just become a staple at this place. So YUM!!