Foodie Heaven in Asheville

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.

Noodle Shop

Noodle Shop Asheville

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.

Pad Thai @ Noodle Shop

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.

Egg Noodle @ Noodle Shop

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!

Noodle Shop on Urbanspoon

Tupelo Honey Cafe

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.

Tupelo Cafe Menu

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!

Frensh toast @ Tupelo Cafe

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.

Tupelo Honey Cafe on Urbanspoon

Fiddlin’ Pig Bluegrass Barbecue

Fiddlin' Pig

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!

Dessert @ Fiddlin' Pig

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.

Fiddlin Pig on Urbanspoon

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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  1. Hello! I didn’t see an contact for you, so apologize for leaving this in a comment, but I’m looking for new restaurants to review at my blog, and I wondered if I could quote you (and link your post) in an entry on Asheville? Thanks!


  2. One, YUM – blueberry bread pudding for breakfast?!!!! and I was looking for pictures of the BBQ, but if it not that impressive. (I am always on the look out for great smoked pig BBQ)

  3. let me tell you i love the names! and the pics, well, they are making me hungry for some southern cooking!

  4. I. Am. So. Hungry. Now. Especially for noodles. Darn you and your great food photography! :)

  5. I am SO craving noodles and Pad Thai now! These all look delicious. And you’re killing me with that dessert :)

  6. The restaurant names are creative. I miss noodles, haven’t had a good meal of them since I left Korea. It looks like you have made me and all of the above hungry

  7. ooh yes I’m hungry. wonderful pictures. If you want to wander down my road I’m home.

  8. After looking at these pictures and descriptions, now I’m starving! I know what you mean about the smoked ribs looking uncooked. That still makes me uneasy even if I know that it is supposed to look that way.

  9. This is an excellent post! I love the photos too. I have to say, I would love to try that Pad Thai, it is always hard to find. That is the best way to find a great place to eat…look for the long line. You know it has to be good.

  10. oh I am craving Thai noodles now! I love the photos of the food and how you describe it. The New Orleans style french toast looks delicious.

  11. This post made me hungry and homesick. Don’t get me wrong. We are loving all of our Italian food adventures but I couldn’t stop myself from craving Asian, BBQ, and french toast as I was reading your post. Sounds like your time in Asheville was quite tasty!

  12. I’m crazy frugal too! I want to spend money on the trip and experience than on other stuff, however, I do love a great foodie meal:)

  13. Wow…between this post, and the crockpot full of chicken noodle soup I’m smelling right now…I’ve starved!! :)

  14. Now anything with honey in it’s name sounds delicious even before you’ve ordered

  15. That dessert looks awesome! Was it warm and cold at the same time? Delicious!

  16. What, where am I? I had to double check your URL. It feels like I just landed on a prime-time foodie blog! Wonderful work!

  17. I can never turn my back on food! That’s just wrong! And your food photos certainly made me stop, look, and dream about these delicious meals!

  18. If you’re going to eat out it’s best to do it in style! I just ate but am instantly hungry again thanks to the great pictures.

  19. Oh the dessert looks divine! Who needs food?!


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