Being a frugal parent and trying to save on family travel, I always a big fan of packing lunch and cooking dinner to save on restaurants during our vacation. BUT, there is always an exception to any rule.
Our recent trip to Asheville was one of the exception. After a quick research on best places to eat, I was overwhelmed by the amount of options for this small town. I literally have to plan my meals around restaurants and yet still couldn’t fit it all in. So my next trip will have to be longer so I can try out all those recommended restaurants.
With the busy schedule of the conference we were able to fit in 3 restaurants that are worth writing about. I mean we did eat out more than 3 meals but some other meals were our typical fast food joints to save time.
Our first great meal was at the Noodle Shop on Pack Square. We found this noodle restaurant during our Asheville Photo Walk and I made up my mind there and then that we had to come back and had dinner there. And we were not disappointed.
Mr. Rojo ordered Pad Thai and I had to say it was by far the best Pad Thai I have had in a while. If you love Pad Thai from normal Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, you might feel a bit disappointed. This Pad Thai is not a dish that leads with sweet taste like American Pad Thai that you normally get. See!! there is this misconception that Pad Thai is this sweet and a bit saucy dish.. But no!! Real Pad Thai doesn’t even look red. It has a combination of salty and sweet taste. And they have nailed it.
I order the noodle soup which came out the size of the big bowl that can probably feed our whole family. We ordered pork egg noodle dish for them. And it was amazing!! Too bad, we were too full to finish it all. I wish I live there so we can order take out all the time!
Tupelo Honey Cafe
The next morning, we headed out early to one of the favorite breakfast place in Asheville – Tupelo Honey Cafe. I didn’t know that they opened at 9AM but it was a perfect timing for us. We waited a bit for them to open with a long line of customers. I mean it has to be good, right? For people to wait for them to open. Talking about no-pressure here.
Once we got inside, we got seated right away. If we were about 20 minutes later, we would have to wait probably another 30-45 minutes. It was nice to see the local farmer delivered the fresh produce right there and then. Now, that’s fresh!
The menu is extensive and I would love to go back again to try other dishes. But alas, I could only eat one dish at a time. I settled for Petunia’s Pain Perdu – a New Orleans style french toast.. Oh.. My.. Word.. It was amazing! Now, I’m not one of the foodie blogger so don’t expect me to explain in detail with words that will make your mouth watering. I could only show you the picture and hope that it will do justice.
Mr. Rojo ordered the Country Breakfast and we ordered Sweet Potato Pancakes for the kids. If I didn’t finish all my food, I would probably eat more of the pancakes as well. It was delicious and good and healthy. I love healthy food. Make me don’t feel so bad eating out so much after all.
Fiddlin’ Pig Bluegrass Barbecue
OK. I think we missed out on this restaurant because we went there too early. Since I had some schedule to keep, we had to rush for a dinner on the last night. The Fiddlin’ Pig normally has live music starting at 6pm from Monday thru Saturday. And I think they are known for that because when we got there, all the great tables were reserved. But since we knew we wouldn’t be able to stay we wouldn’t mind sitting in the corner. Next time, we just have to try out the fun Bluegrass music.
We are not barbecue buff so I wouldn’t know much about what is what. So when they brought out Mr. Rojo’s order of barbecue ribs we were a bit concern because the meat looked a tad red to his liking. It turned out they smoked the ribs so that’s how it looks. Who knew!
The food is nothing special to write home about BUT the dessert was so divine. We ordered Brownie and Ice Cream and I almost didn’t have a chance for a bite when I took Mr. Z for a quick bathroom break.
Now are you hungry yet? Because I am and I can’t wait to go back to try more restaurants. I mean I already have more to add to my list..
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