Grabbing a bite to eat at Mayfel’s in downtown Asheville

Mayfels Restaurant Downtown Asheville

Since we live in Asheville, we find ourselves complaining sometimes that there is no place to eat. Of course we live in a land of plentiful eateries, but after living here for awhile, we are always on the lookout for new places to try. And that is sometimes a gamble. When you visit a new restaurant, you never know what to expect. Even some places that evolve to great restaurants are rough around the edges when they first open. You can wait a few months for the TripAdvisor and Facebook ratings to accumulate before trying them, or you can give them a try and experience it yourself, making your own determination.

Mayfel’s has become one our our sure-shots in the downtown Asheville area, right across the street from Pritchard Park and the Drum Circle. When we want to know that we are going to have a good meal and experience, we can count on them. We stopped by there recently to have some dinner after listening to the buskers outside. One of the plates was Grilled Shrimp, and the other was the Jambalaya with a boneless chicken breast on top. So delish! If you find yourself in downtown Asheville; Mayfel’s is a fine spot for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.

Searching For A Restaurant In South Asheville

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With so many restaurants and places to eat in the Asheville area; we usually head to a certain end of town to see what’s cookin’ there. We headed to south Asheville this time and we wanted to try something new. It is easy to get used to the norms, like the handful of wonderful eateries in Biltmore Village (Short South Asheville) such as Fig, Ruth’s Chris and the Cantina. Even Biltmore Park has a few great choices like Travinia, PF Changs and Roux. Of course there is Pomodoros South which is a tasty Italian Greek spot on Long Shoals Rd. Then there is Tupelo Honey Cafe, and that place is a sure win. But this time we wanted to experiment and test a new restaurant, that one where Wildflower used to be, and we are glad we did.

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We remembered a new place named McAbees Restaurant had recently opened on Hendersonville Rd in south Asheville at the Forest Center. We turned the car around and headed back toward it. It was open, live Jazz music was playing, and we were promptly greeted.

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We noticed that the menu featured the “Irish Dish of the Day” so that intrigued us. We asked and it happened to be Shepherd’s Pie. We did not order it, but Don the owner stopped by our table and described it, and how many ways they make it there; so we decided we were surely coming back for the Shepherd’s Pie soon. What we did order: the Vegetarian Scampi, and also the Cedar Planked Salmon. So good! We found out that they have live Jazz Music every Thursday and Friday, and also a private room for special events. They have a bar and lounge area with a piano in the corner. The restaurant itself is a little hidden, with the entrance on the back side of the building. But we found it! Our search was over, we were filled with great food, and we will be back again.

6 Asheville Restaurants and Yum!

With a foodie town such as Asheville North Carolina, restaurants and eateries are popping up everywhere. Some are at easy-to-find locations, while others are off the beaten path. Here are some stops we made in the past few weeks:

asheville restaurant fig bistro biltmore village

Salmon at Fig Bistro

asheville restaurant edison at grove park

Scallops at Edison

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Shrimp at Stone Ridge Tavern

asheville restaurant ruths chris biltmore village

Crab Cake, Steak & Chicken at Ruth’s Chris

sheville restaurant cantina at biltmore village

Chicken Quesadilla at the Cantina at Biltmore

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Pizza at Frank’s Roman