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!

Oink Oink Farm To Table at Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville

Buxton Hall Barbecue Asheville NC

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!!!

The Eastside of West Asheville

b and b pharmacy west asheville

Asheville has many cultures and personalities. In other words, Biltmore Village folk do not act like River Arts District people. And folks from north Asheville do not act like folks from south Asheville. You can enter the suburb communities in any direction from downtown, and visit a different vibe and theme somewhat. On the eastside of west Asheville, another sub-community is getting established on their own. B&B Pharmacy welcomes as you enter. If you know the area, I-240 separates east west Asheville from west west Asheville. In addition to the walkability factor, this area has a lot to offer. I recently took a walk on this part of Haywood Rd with my daughter.

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The West Asheville highway intersection.

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The Mardis Building is home to King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffles, Second Gear, and Rhetorical Factory.

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Love me some King Daddy’s!

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You can walk to several great shops in the area. The Rhetorical Factory features recycled clothing, and Second Gear sells outdoor gear for hiking, rafting, running, sports and more. Then you have Asheville BookWorks inside the Universal Motors Building, along with more shopping spots.

whist west asheville

We stopped by Whist and found some great items including this “I Love Asheville” cup, and a book on human anatomy that is a must for mankind.

the circle and flora west asheville

The Circle offers glass, fashion and art. Flora is flower design studio and florist.

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From custom glass and repair shops, to custom screenprinting at Image 420, and you can even get a tattoo at Hot Stuff! Of course there is the vintage Gas-Up store on this corner. Lots of development planned for this end of the community, which then connects to Asheville’s Sweet Slope featuring Short Street Cakes, Hole Doughnuts and The Hop Ice Creamery; before heading down to Clingman Ave and the River Arts District.

west asheville restaurants

The Admiral serves delicious cuisine spot that everyone loves. Walk is also a great place to grab lunch and dinner. Battle Cat Coffeehouse is a funky and hipstery coffee shop on Haywood Rd. Tip: park your Benz a few blocks away and walk here.

harvest records west asheville

Harvest Records on the eastside of west Asheville is music heaven!

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Haywood Road is also bikable. And Carrier Park is right down the street!

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Art, graffiti and creativity line the streets. When coming over to west Asheville, talk a walk on the eastside!

5 Places to Eat on a Budget in Asheville North Carolina

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Eating on a budget is not something your usually hear in the Asheville area. With all of the amazing culinary options that exist, are birthing, and coming to our City; some of us will soon need to visit the bank and apply for a “Foodie Loan” just to experience it all each and every day. The deliciousness is like non-stop! But everyone is not willing, and many cannot pay $20, $50, $100 or $200 for a meal; even on a special occasion. And depending on the time of the day it is, and what you are doing; it may not make sense to eat expensive. Many “locals” who live and work in the area have expressed that they cannot afford to eat out in their own community. So these places came through, and now you can.

Here are a few places in the Asheville area that will not break the bank, but should and will satisfy your appetite!

1. Eats & Treats Cafe: this spot has incredible food for the price! I can go here and get a big, fresh, homemade breakfast for about $6. Lunch and Dinner are just a tad higher. In addition to this, they always have cake and other treats made by the owner herself; plus an Ice Cream station, just in time for the hot weather! You can eat inside, or hang out in the Gazebo or tables outside. Free Wifi too. They are located between Asheville & Weaverville in Woodfin NC.

2. Frank’s Roman Pizza: when it comes to great pizza is the Asheville area, Frank’s, who has been around for 35+ Years, somehow always takes the lead. And it is not just pizza. We are talking subs, salads, calzones and many Italian dishes that will make a native New Yorker feel at home, and a native North Carolinian feel as if they are in pizza heaven. Their prices are so right for the delicious food they serve. My favorite calzone in Asheville easy; possibly even better than Lenny’s in Brooklyn. $7 per person has been our average price when eating here with family and friends. They have locations in Asheville on Tunnel Rd right across from Walgreens, another location in West Asheville / Enka on Sardis Rd, and a third partner location in Woodfin NC.

3. Dragon China: this spot in West Asheville keeps the food delivery services busy all night long sometimes. Fresh, yummy, hot Chinese food.. cooked to order, along with great prices. It will be hard to find quality Asian food in the area that compares to this family run business.

4. Woody’s Hoagies: this place has the Cheesesteak right out of Philly! Great appetizers, hoagies, beer and pizza too. With their delish food and great pricing, this spot has become one of the best budget eating spots in AVL. They just recently started staying open until 2 in the morning on Friday and Saturday, which gives all of us a wonderful late-night food option!

5. Eddie’s Dog House: if you are looking for authentic hot dogs from Nathan’s, great burgers, 18 hour smoked beef brisket, french fries and onion rings… this is the spot for you! They even have a traveling food camper and can set up just about anywhere. Hot Dog!

Do you have any suggestions for eating on a budget in Asheville & WNC? Where can we eat on a budget in Weaverville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Black Mountain and all of the other towns across Western North Carolina? Please comment below and let us know..

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.