Asheville is one of those towns where food is serious business. The city was at the forefront of the farm-to-table revolution, and the restaurants are proud to tell you exactly where that ear of corn comes from. We ate good while we were there. Here are some pics (and restaurants with the Amber seal of approval!) if you'd like to see:
Stable Cafe. I had a delicious turkey sandwich with pearl couscous. The sandwich had an awesome berry dijonnaise that totally made it.
Tupelo Honey Cafe, which is kind of like a modern interpretation of what I imagine the Whistle Stop Cafe is like in Fried Green Tomatoes (which are, indeed, on the menu). Our meal was good enough that I left with the cookbook and I'm going to force you to relive it with me.
I had Jamie's rosemary peach lemonade with vodka, which was sooooo good and on my list of things to try making at home.
Early Girl Eatery, another bastion of good Southern eatin'. It even earned a shout-out in Entertainment Weekly earlier this summer when the reporter met Josh Hendrickson (who will play Peeta in "The Hunger Games") there for an interview. Look how excited Sean is!
Bouchon, a classic French eatery with a menu of comfort foods like steak frites and beef bourguignon. I ordered chicken cordon bleu, a dish I always hated when I had it in the school cafeteria, and this was wonderful. Lemony and garlicky and buttery!
The restaurant itself was adorable, with tables in two separate buildings and in the alley between. I snapped this shot on our way back to the hotel...it was a parting shot to a great vacation!
Now, if only I ate that good every week! But I left with some new food inspiration, for sure.