Saturday, May 5, 2012

Taste of Asheville (NC)

Ploughman's Lunch/Table
Corner Kitchen Mussels
We stopped in (adorable) Asheville for about 24 hours on our way to a family get-together in western North Carolina. In such a short time, we managed to sample a couple of excellent restaurants. Here's a quick rundown.
For dinner: Corner Kitchen near Biltmore Village, a longtime favorite. This time wasn't quite as fabulous as on previous visits, as not all the dishes we tried worked well. When Corner Kitchen is firing on all cylinders, it can be great. The good stuff we did enjoy included the arugula salad with crumbled blue cheese and thinly sliced apples, a marvelous (best-of-the-night) plate of mussels, and a made to order vanilla souffle with chocolate sauce...all pictured here.
Corner Kitchen salad
Corner Kitchen Souffle

At lunch the next day before we hit the road again, we tried Table, a downtown hot spot next door to the destination shoe store, Topp's. This very small restaurant has a well deserved reputation for cutting edge food and drink, and we were not disappointed. In fact, this will be at the top of my list for dinner the next time we pass through Asheville.
They started off winning me over with the best cocktail of the trip, something they called a Sweet Tea Sour: Four Roses bourbon, Amaretto, lemon juice, simple syrup and 4 ounces of black tea. Super yummy.
My meal was this Ploughman's Lunch-- as you can see, a board with cheeses, meats, grilled bread (mmmm) and some greens.
Sweet Tea Sour/Table

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