ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
Snuggled in the Smoky Mountains is the beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina. Probably most famous for the Biltmore Estate, the city of Asheville offers an eclectic mix of fine arts, crafts and the home base to a myriad of outdoor activities like kayaking, rafting, golf, hiking and boating. If you haven’t included Asheville on your list of future travel destinations, you really should, as it offers lots of entertainment options for the entire family, all year round.
There are a number of dining spots in Asheville and on a recent trip I discovered the Stone Ridge Tavern on Brevard Road, off Interstate #26 – Exit 33. Stone Ridge Tavern is a family owned restaurant, with a nice, comfortable atmosphere. The main dining room is anchored by a huge stone fireplace that I imagine is very inviting during the winter months. The menu is varied, with a focus on entrée salads, seafood, pasta, steaks, burgers and chops, all at very reasonable prices.
I visited several times during my stay and was not disappointed. The food was delicious and the portions ample. Service was also friendly and attentive. During my first visit, I tried their Calabash Chicken Tenders with honey mustard dipping sauce. The tenders were huge, perfectly fried and moist. The homemade dipping sauce was excellent. The sides included a baked potato which could have been my meal; chock full of bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives. In addition, each entrée comes with a choice of salad and a basket of the most scrumptious hot rolls and cinnamon butter.
The second visit, I decided to carryout to my hotel room and stay with something simple. I ordered their Chicken Caesar Salad. It consisted of crunchy romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, parmesan cheese, homemade croutons and house Caesar dressing. Again, it was tasty and delicious and accompanied by those hot rolls and cinnamon butter.
During my visits, I didn’t succumb to the dessert menu, however, it looked interesting with homemade Baklava, Tiramisu, as well as an assortment of cheesecakes and pies. Overall, I would recommend that if you are in Asheville visiting or passing through on Interstate 26, you try the Stone Ridge Tavern. I think you’ll find that you will get a delicious meal at a reasonable price, with excellent service.
$$ – Entrees between $10-$20