Asheville Foodie News July 2012

And sometimes the YUM seems like it will never end!! Welcome to the July 2012 edition of the Asheville Foodie News. We are going to share some experiences, many of them delicious, that we have had in the past 30 days or so. Get ready to get hungry for some incredible food. Many of these restaurants offer something unique… whether food, staff, atmosphere, drinks, desserts, or a combination of them all.

Meet Lorena of Strada Italiano in downtown Asheville, which is a top choice for authentic Italian food in the heart of our City. In this photo, you will see her having a great time communicating with clients and the local community on Twitter. She actually booked a table for 5 one night while tweeting. They asked for a table, she asked how many and what time, and it was done! Great to see some of our Asheville grown restaurants getting serious about social media and taking it to a new level!

Also read their most recent blog post “Asheville Wine at Strada Italiano

Meet Clingman Cafe in the River Arts District. This wonderful eatery has been a part of the community for many years! The are a little off the beaten path, about 3 minutes from downtown Asheville, but have still proved extremely successful and their food offerings have never let us down. Definitely stop by here for some great breakfast and lunch.

Artisan Catering in North Asheville is another great stop for breakfast and lunch. They became well known years ago when their restaurant was in that little difficult parking lot on Merrimon Ave. They have since evolved to the new space in the line of shops next to the North Asheville Library. Great spot!

And don’t forget the Hop Ice Cream Shop on Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville! So many delicious, creative flavors in one spot. And not to mention that they are one of the top businesses in the area that use social media. Contact @HopIceCream on Twitter and see for yourself.

Stop by The Junction in the River Arts District for a great dinner from a couple that loves food, community and each other! Also see the recent blog post “A Delicious Time at The Junction in Asheville

We had some Shrimp Scampi at Vinnie’s Italian in North Asheville recently. So Delish!!! Thank you. If you are on the Northside of town, check this place out.

OH MY!! The Peaches & Cream pancakes at Over Easy Cafe in downtown Asheville were simply amazing. I never thought I would finish a whole order of pancakes again, until I came in touch with this dish. I will be back so soon!!!

The Steak dinner that Red Stag Grill in Biltmore Village / South Asheville had to offer was AH-MAZING. I stopped by there for a business meeting, got hungry suddenly, ordered a steak and it was all yum from there. Awesome meal and experience. The great server/bartender was named Amber.

During a business networking event we had at Restaurant Solace in downtown Asheville, I ordered the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and it was so good! I also drank a nice glass of the Craggie Brewing Quad they had on tap.

We stopped by Chef Mo’s in South Asheville and had a great Stuffed Chicken dinner.

When we passed by for dinner at Rezaz in Biltmore Village, we ordered the Paella and it was delicious! Great wine offering as well.

Beef and a bunch of sides, plus Sake! If you have not been to Stone Bowl Korean in South Asheville, you need to stop by and check this place out. They have become one of our favorite Asian food spots in the WNC area.

The Birdhouse Cafe has a wonderful selection of baked goods, and they also have a great breakfast and lunch! They are located right across the street from Asheville High School.

Stopped by Neo Cantina for a business meeting and had some yummy Pork Tacos along with a Hornitos Margarita!

Also see these other great Asheville Foodie posts:

1. “The Asheville Calzone” at Frank’s Roman Pizza

2. “Asheville Burgers & Cheeseburgers” at Burgermeisters

3. “Lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe South Asheville

4. “Asheville Sushi Review 2012

5. “An Incredible Evening at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Asheville NC

6. “Asheville Barbeque BBQ at Moe’s

7. “The Asheville Produce Food Truck

8. “Woody’s Pizza & Hoagies in Asheville

9. Listen to the Podcast “Meet Gabe Fore of Ruth’s Chris Asheville

Also see the “Asheville Foodie News May June 2012

And the Winners of the “Worst Experience of the Month” go to Chorizo and Copper River Grill. Now both of these places have great food, we have had good experiences at both establishments, and we have bragged and tweeted good things about them many times. But… While we were at Chorizo for brunch, a lady was stomping around taking photos of the place and took photos of my table while I was eating in the process which made me wonder. I saw other patrons whispering about the photography approach without any explanation. I told our server that they did not have permission to use any photos taken of me and she responded that it had to do with the design and colors of the place. I thought “well do it when the place is empty then.” We had an awesome meal. Then when my party was about the leave, we opened the door and were in the process of walking out of the restaurant, this same staff member tried to squeeze through the single doorway at the same time as the person in front of me. The person in my party stopped in her tracks. Then the lady proceeded to push past her and push me against the other door. I walked out and asked the hostess the lady’s name and she responded “Lisa.” She asked me what happened and I told her that “Lisa” had ran us over on our way out. I walked across the street to get into my car and bumped into an old friend and his fiance. We talked for a minute and here “Lisa” comes galloping across the street, in front of all of the seated guests outside, shouting at me that I had bumped into her. I told her that we were the guests, we had a great meal and we were leaving, and she should have been courteous enough to hold the door for us instead of running us over. She threw her hands up in the air, said “Whatever!” and stomped back across the street. I quickly called the owner and he dealt with the situation immediately. As far as Copper River Grill, we walked in and interrupted a guy leaning over the hostess stand talking to the hostess. The lady working the stand asked him to hold on a minute while she sat us. During the next 40 minutes, I watched people come in and get impersonally rushed to the table. While people were leaving, the hostess indirectly shouted “have a good night” and jumped back to her conversation. The floor staff and kitchen were hard at work while all of this was going on, and our meal was good nonetheless. Both of the issues at these 2 restaurants have to do with service and staff, not the food.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the Asheville Foodie News July 2012. This town is so YUMMY!!! Please take a moment to comment below on any of these places and/or your foodie experiences in the area.




Asheville Foodie News May-June 2012

Wow!!! There is a whole lot of eating going on in Asheville North Carolina lately. We get around. And even better than that, we can also cover restaurants that are not advertising with us. What freedom and fun! So here are some local Asheville Foodie News experiences that we have had in the past few weeks:

Double D’s Coffee and Desserts in downtown Asheville is a community landmark. I love going to the upper level, all tight and crunched in, having some coffee, snacks, a meeting or just for fun. I even hired Audrey Goforth to do a photo shoot of my two daughters up there about 2 years ago. And the pictures came out awesome!!

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack is located in West Asheville on Patton Ave. This is one of the places that folks say has the best chicken in the area. The other popular choice being Little Pigs on McDowell St.

Strada Italiano in downtown Asheville has such a delicious Antipasto appetizer that, like me, you will be back for it again. Also see the Arancini recipe posted on their blog recently. Yum!

Brioso Fresh Pasta has recently blessed me with the best Ravioli in the area! This Italian restaurant is located in South Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square and it is definitely worth stopping by. Read the blog post “Brioso Fresh Pasta in Asheville NC”

Bar of Soap on Merrimon Ave in North Asheville has a few food items on their menu in addition to there beer bar, laundry room and bookstore. I like sitting in the lounge area while many washing machines are going. It feels like I am reading a book on a kids roller coaster. And when you are drinking beer, oh my, the room spins hahaha.

Pho R Us opened recently in South Asheville. When we showed up to eat there, some of the staff from Asiana were leaving at the same time with big smiles on their faces. The food  and service is great. We watched the manager walk from table to table, introducing himself, sometimes sitting down, and making a personal connection with all. The decor definitely needs help, but that may come in time, hopefully sooner than later.

Tallgary’s Cantina in downtown Asheville has some great sliders on pretzel buns! A must try if you like beer or chicken sliders. Also see their blog post on Tacos and Wings.

Frank’s Roman Pizza in East Asheville has a delicious pepperoni pizza waiting for me! And you too. Great restaurant that has been in the area for 35 years now. I love the Calzone they make too!! Also see the Frank’s Roman Pizza Blog.

Nick’s Grill in North Asheville has an awesome cheeseburger pita among many other items that are made on the spot, while you wait, even if you are in the drive-thru.

Champa Thai and Sushi in downtown Asheville already has some great offerings. Here is the lunchbox they served us. So good! Big things planned for this restaurant in the up and coming months. A great twist and addition to the local foodie scene is evolving.

Sisters McMullen in North Asheville is a great breakfast spot and bakery. I have been going here for years. They have moved several times, but I have always been quick to find them!

Storm Rhum Bar is a great spot in downtown Asheville! I was meeting with Amy from OX+CO and she treated me to this delicious burger and beer.

Old Europe has been one of our fave places for years. Coffees and Desserts galore! They were forced out of their old location on Battery Park with a extreme rent increase years ago, had to shut down for awhile, but have since opened on on Broadway in downtown Asheville. Stop by and show your support for this great and delicious place.

White Duck Taco Shop in the Asheville River Arts District is our favorite taco restaurant in the area. We stood in line outside for 15 minutes, and then inside for another 5 minutes before we even got to order. And… it was worth every minute. Yes, it is that good!!!

Oh, and do not forget to read these other Asheville Foodie Posts:

1. A Visit to Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville

2. Asheville Restaurants in Biltmore Park Town Square

3. Cate’s Hot Dog Stand in Asheville – Meet Victor

4. Brioso Fresh Past in Asheville NC

Ok, I am getting hungry. One question: Have you been to these restaurants and foodie spots in Asheville? Please comment and tell us your experience. Thank you!

 

Blog Post by: Gary – G Social Media