All Reviews by MissFish

  • West End Bakery 757 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 252-9378

    2 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    Husband and I were visiting Asheville and looking for a late breakfast. We did get there at 11am, so maybe it's more for the early crowd. But the bakery case was looking pretty spare, and we got the last two bagels, which were the boringest bagels I've ever had. Dry, no chew to them at all. Should have been dressed up by the ""bagel sandwich"" fixings, but that apparently involved a square shaped egg and a slice of bacon - no cream cheese, no butter. Just dry. Bleh. I can't speak for their coffee, I went for tea. Counter girl was very confused by my having brought my own mug, kept trying to convince me to take a paper one.
  • Ed Boudreaux's Bayou Bbq 48 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 296-0100

    4 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    This place was a little more ""sports bar"" than we were expecting of a BBQ place, but aside from the TVs we liked it a lot. Bartender was very helpful in making beer choices, brought a few samples of ones we were debating. The fried green tomato po' boy was great, as were the sweet potato fries. Husband's beef BBQ was also good, but he doesn't believe in sauce so we didn't try any of the plethora of choices.
  • Peddler Steak House The 1972 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC 28607 (828) 264-4433

    1 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    It is possible that the food is to die for and well worth selling your car to afford. We did not bother to find out. Had there been a menu out front, we would not have troubled the nice teenage staff about a table, we could have left then. In short, crazy expensive Sizzler menu, underwhelming salad bar, one soup option, 5 beers to select from and 2 of them are ""light."" What really did it for me was what the other reviewer refers to as ""the peddler,"" but whom we called ""meat cart guy with the hat."" It struck me as kinda weird. We had a beer each and called it a night.
  • Catawba Falls Campground 35 Peggy Loop, Old Fort, NC 28762 (828) 668-4831

    5 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    Camping in established, fee campgrounds is new to my husband and I, who usually drive into the woods until the car can't go any further and camp there. But as this was unfamiliar territory for us (road trip!), we opted to pay. This camp was an excellent introduction into how nice camping with strangers can be. It is a fairly small campground, about 25 miles outside of Asheville. All of the tent spots are right along a stream (the Catawba River source). Half the sites (the ones between the road and river) have electric and water, the ones between the hillside and river do not. The sites were fairly large, with plant screens separating most of them so there was a bit of privacy from neighbors. Bathrooms were cleaner than I'd expected for a campground, and there was a port-a-potty a little closer to the tent sites for if you were feeling lazy. No gates or official curfews, though of course everyone is expected to be respectful. The family that runs it was very kind and helpful. One gentleman was involved in Revolutionary War reenactments, which we thought was cool. They had also recently acquired a pet goat that was quite friendly. Prices were reasonable. Only glitch was finding it the first time, get your directions first!
  • Jack Of The Wood 95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 252-5445

    5 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    In Asheville on vacation, and this was our first dinner in town. I was aiming for any place that had a good beer assortment, and this won partially based on the fact that it was visible from our hotel and we wouldn't get too lost. It was a good choice. The house porter was fantastic, and they also had a small but discerning Scotch and whisky list. The Ploughman's Lunch from the appetizer menu was the most amazing combo of flavors, and quite filling in it's own right. We also tried the Scotch eggs, because, well, why wouldn't we? Too rich and fatty to be a dietary staple, but damn fine for a vacation treat. We split the Shepherd's Pie, also delicious, though husband thought it could have been bigger. I thought it was nicely sized, enough to finish without feeling overly full. Ambiance was nice - dark with some corners but not really dive-y. We missed out on the music, can't speak to that particular attraction.
  • Vincenzos Ristorante & Bistro 10 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 254-4698

    5 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    Vincenzo's was the last dinner of our vacation in Asheville. We were glad to have stumbled upon this little gem. We had learned on this trip to be glad of places that posted menus out front so you knew what you were getting into ahead of time. Despite a large portion of the menu being a little high-end for our budget, there was plenty in the totally affordable range, and I had my heart set on the cheap pasta menu anyway. The band for the evening was setting up, so we opted to sit upstairs, further from the noise. From the second floor, it was just loud enough for background music, which was perfect. They had a reasonable beer selection, not extensive, but pretty well selected. Can't say about the wine list - it was there, but I rarely bother to look at them. Waiter was a little odd at first, very formal & stiff, but he warmed up and we got to talking to him about finding local punk shows. The caprese salad was nice, not spectacular. The mozzarella was decent, the tomatoes kind of bland. I'd never had balsamic drizzled on it before, which was tasty. The Gnocchi Al Emelia-Romagna was amazing. It was too good not to share, but I got a little protective of it as my husband kept snitching it. In the end, he finished it off for me, even the small plate made for a huge meal. The Pollo-Arabiatta was also very good, just a touch spicy. We were too full for dessert, but couldn't go out for vacation Italian food and not get cannolis. We got some to go and enjoyed them later that night. The best cannolis I've ever had (from Mama Louisa's in Flagstaff, AZ, if you're interested) set the bar pretty high. So comparatively, we'll go with ""pretty darn good"" on Vincenzo's cannolis. Not Mama's, but not bad. Really, the fifth star is just for that gnocchi. It was awe inspiring.
  • Yanagi 4404 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78749 (512) 891-0988

    5 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    Only been twice so far, and definitely plan to go back. Originally planned to come here just for noodles, as husband and I had given up on finding sushi we approved of south of the river. Decided to try a small sushi dish along with noodles on the first visit and were excited about the whole meal. Tried a larger variety of the sushi on the second visit, and it was well worth it. Everything was fresh, beautiful, and tasty. Really, though, it's the udon that will keep me coming back. Service is excellent, even given our tendency to walk in way too close to closing time.
  • Coyote Kitchen 200 Southgate Dr, Boone, NC 28607 (828) 265-4041

    5 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

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    Great service, lots of local beers, fabulous food. They have a menu section called ""Boats"" which seem to be a small casserole dish in which either polenta, cornbread, rice, or some other starch is layered up with assorted meat/vegetables/pickle/salsa whatever, then smothered in cheese. The Cactus Boat was pure heaven. The special that night, a mixed greens salad with strips of fried chipotle polenta and fried chicken, tomatoes and I don't remember what else, was excellent with their chipotle ranch. Wishing this place was near me and not a vacation find, I'd love to try more of the menu.
  • Early Girl Eatery 8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 259-9292

    5 stars Posted on 06/06/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    Through Asheville on vacation and have thus only been once, but it was an excellent once. Place was pretty busy for a Monday morning, but we did get a table right away. I had a version of eggs Benedict, but with spinach and potato cakes instead of biscuits and tomato gravy instead of hollandaise, and it was excellent. Husband had a great omelet. Tea came brewing in an adorable tea pot with non-boiling water - a must for my tea snobbery. Loved the little touches, real fresh flowers, hand-thrown jam pots and sugar shakers on each table. Great service too!