Submitted by Lori on Sat, 2011-11-19 09:50
I seem to have forgotton that I am so food obsessed that I do not think of anything else...But , we were so busy and devoid of decent help we couldn't get away regularly to check out the restaurant scene. I really didn't want to blog endlessly about breakfast, and shouldn't torture my readers with my dinner fixings, but now finally with the advent of the RUTHIE... I am able to report on the scene once again! New Favorite is the Market place, located on Wall Street, we had 2 stellar meals there, all Farm to Table, and with the newly renovated atmosphere it was really excellent!Favorite starter was the Chestnut soup and the Mac and cheese was incredibly decadent...also loved the spring rolls!They had a special of local mushrooms gratinee that was also fantastic!We thoroughly enjoyed everything and had some really fine service!Also beloved Chef Bill Klein is no longer at Fig.I hope he stays here in Asheville, wish I had the money and time to make a new restaurant with him at the helm, he really has the most perfectly edited palate...and as far as I am concerned, is the best of the really great chefs here in town! There has been this new wave in our restaurant scene, seems we have been doing farm to table for so long now that we were bored with it so now there is "nose to tail" This is not my favorite trend. I preferred the unusual couplings of salty, sweet, and stuff, but never was a fan of foam or specialty equipment food.... and certainly do not adore things like intestines, feet and tails, unless of course it is braised ox tails...some things can be left out of my experience of food! Besides, what will the carrion birds eat?
on another note, we took a short trip to Charleston, to celebrate the end of the leaf season and had a wonderful stay! I really love the Planters Inn, large rooms, all the bells and whistles and none of the crap in a great downtown location. We should have dined in the Peninsula Grill, but as we have done that before we decided to try some new places!Absolutely LOVED McCrady's this trip.We had the 4 course and it was inspiring, and perfectly seasoned! We enjoyed SNOB,for lunch but we really do make better cornbread and the butternut soup was a little bland...and I could live without ever dining again at the FIG in Charleston. It was very loud, no atmosphere , and my wagyu beef was most unfortunately tough!all the complements were delicious but not inspiring!Oddly, the bread they served before the meal was tough also....so I cannot explain the press on this! Well must get ready to start Thanksgiving prep, I can't believe it's here already...