Buffalo Nickel
Buffalo Nickel

Buffalo Nickel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://buffalonickelavl.com/
  • Phone: 8285752844x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Saturday and Sunday Bar Opens at Noon
    Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Kline
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Thursday night and no cover charge. Join us!
  • Special Events: Contact us for your special event. We can accommodate small or large groups.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Herron Ave.
  • Public Transit: Asheville Regional Transit (ART) via W1 and W2 bus lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking with large parking lot two blocks east.
A word from Buffalo Nickel
Americana: Things produced in the U.S. and thought to be typical of the U.S. or it’s culture.(Webster's)
What this means to us: At Buffalo Nickel, we strive to provide you with a warm and inviting atmosphere, free of pretense. A place where you can feel comfortable and relaxed as you join us for dinner or drinks. We are a chef-driven restaurant providing familiar flavors from many different regions of this great country. We agree that great food begins with great ingredients. That is why we feel very passionate about forming not just professional, but also personal bonds with each of our farmers and purveyors. We feel this ensures we will receive the very best product possible for all of you to enjoy. A dash of this belief, mixed with a pinch of advanced culinary techniques, and a generous portion of exemplary service in a comfortable setting is Buffalo Nickel's recipe for a truly enjoyable dining experience. Join us in embracing modern American cuisine and culture!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Buffalo Nickel reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (31)good for groups (18)late-night find (13)special occasion (13)vibrant bar scene (12)great for lunch (7)romantic (6)hot spot (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Way more than a nickel!
    Doowop49
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Outstanding food ! Great service and quiet enough for our table of five to have our own lively conversation. It may be Buffalo Nickel but we found it worth $ hundreds !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buffalo Nickel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food and service were wonderful and the prices were reasonable. The only drawback is the parking situation, but if you don't mind a short walk to this restaurant you can find ample parking. We will come back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but small menu
    AshevilleFoodlover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ordered a few appetizers, as there were only 5 entree items and no specials. The food was good but service was a bit slow (not very slow, and they did bring out the kid's food first and quickly). After exploring the restaurant, we found a great bar and game room upstairs, which looks like a fun hang out for groups. We'll definitely go back and have drinks and appetizers upstairs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd visit was disappointing
    TWC2VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We dined at Buffalo Nickle about 5 weeks after it opened and really enjoyed it. We at up at the bar. I wrote a wonderful review for that visit. This time we came with friends (party of 4) and ate downstairs. There were two other tables in the restaurant when we arrived - party of 2 and a party of 4. This was at 7:20pm on a Thursday. Took 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks? WTF? Food was just ok. My fish was raw in the center &the rice had way too much cumin in it. My husband's steak was ok. Hamburger was raw in center. Probably will try again because everyone has an off night, but things need to improve. There are way too many restaurants in Asheville to have many nights like this and survive in this town.
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  • Returning diners
    letsgooutVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    West avl overflows with very good dining options, and Buffalo Nickel is a great addition to the mix. The place has a nice glow to it, with all the mismatched chandeliers and lighting fixtures and wooden tables. The waitstaff is friendly, timely, and knowledgable. This was our third or fourth visit, and my health conscious husband has ordered fish every time, which he reports is excellent. I have ordered fish, pork chops, hamburger, pierogies, terrine, and eaten many different apps with our dining parties, and it's all more than good! Vibrant flavors, colorful veggis and some unique prep. Game room upstairs is such a bonus - husband and I took in a little game of pool before heading to a concert down the street. Very enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed!
    punked
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had high expectations for Buffalo Nickel. We have heard a lot about chef Ryan Kline and we were excited for the opportunity to eat his food. The Perogis we're mush and had absolutely no texture, even the cabbage on top was limp, then we ordered the pork cheek app and it had no flavor and was very bland. For my entree I had the clams and they came out Luke warm with cold toast, my husband had the Ribeye for $27 and it was severely over cooked. Dessert was so tasteless that the waitress brought us something else to replace it with because the bourbon cinnamon icecream we ordered was vanilla. $200 later and we were disappointed w every dish that hit the table!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Confused
    TomEVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I was surprised to see a more formal dinner menu at Buffalo Nickel. The chef is clearly very talented but I think they are confused as to what kind of menu they should present. A more modest selection of sandwiches and similar options would have been appreciated and I think it would be more appealing. The ambiance is very informal but the menu did not really reflect that. That probably is why there were so few people in the restaurant at 7:30 on a summer Wednesday night. Still the food was very good and I believe people should give it try.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, fresh and seasonal menu
    WestAVLpatron
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Dined with two friends and we all enjoyed the meal! Salad with heirloom tomatoes and pickled (grape or other small type) tomatoes was delicious, as were deviled eggs and my friend's steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    foodie100
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Delicious items from the menu. We believe the owner visited us after we enjoyed our meal. Delightful woman.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    gpgh
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We found the service exceptional and the food very good. The ambiance was relaxed and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around treat
    AVLdiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Party of 4 had reservations at six. We were seated promptly, drinks were delivered quickly. The server was very helpful with recommendations and explanations of appetizers and entrees. Four different appetizers were delicious; three ordered the Wreck fish entree which was outstanding and the one with the pork chop was completely satisified. The pound cake/ice cream dessert was perfect. The restaurant is uniquely decorated; ambiance was perfect for our group. Highly recommend; we will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misseats won't be back
    misseats
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    BN needs to decide whether to be a great gathering place and pool hall or a continental restaurant. Menu is ambitious for a pool hall and the food was just fair.
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  • Underwhelmed
    FridayNightDinersVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Parking in back is for employees according to Hostess, leaving patrons to find non-existent onstreet parking. Ribeye presented well but was undercooked although tasty. The mushrooms were very good. Hobby Wreckfish presented well but the Shrimp & Andouille gumbo smeared on the plate lacked shrimp. The herb rice was very good. Apple pie with bourbon ice cream lacked bourbon and the candied bacon scattered on the plate seemed like an after thought. The cheese pie crust was soft. Everything was good, but for the price we expected the food to be great. A bit of tweaking and the food will match the price. The restaurant is very nice and we enjoyed the atmosphere.
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  • First Time visit
    Lucky
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We took neighbors for a going away dinner. Restored old building, warehouse height ceiling, low noise level . Shot gun style- with kitchen visible from first floor tables. 2nd story, large bar area with pool tables, foosball and stage area ( double down stair's space). We came for the food, we were not disappointed. Chef Ryan Kline, made several off menu appetizers that were shared by all. Special of the night was Jambalaya Terrine ( cold) it was great. This was a "creative" menu - not sure I could define, all four had different main courses and all were not disappointed. We also tried several different local brews- large selection. All in all a great experience, will definitely bring others back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as billed
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This had great reviews. Service was OK but food was very average. Portions small and quality was a big disappointment. We had read the menu and local critiques, but nothing seemed to compare. ? Off night or staff changes?
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  • Great Find
    NCFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were looking for a new place to eat and stumbled upon the great find. The food was very good and I enjoyed their creative drink list. I wouldn't hesitate to eat here again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good food
    Leanpig
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This wasn't our first time at this lovingly restored restaurant. The scallops were cooked perfectly as was the grouper. We were disappointed that.the coconut cream pie had been taken off the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bronson the Buffalo
    KyKate
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great tasting food and a unique vibe. Loved the chandeliers and our server was so nice and kinda funny. We met Bronson the buffalo. Loved this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • interesting mix
    TXAZFL
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    the food was pretty great. we shared the perogies (which were just ok in our opinion). my boyfriend ordered the chicken pot pie...it was good, but nothing really to write home about. he also ordered a side of animal fries, which he loved. they were definitely yummy. i ordered the ribeye and i really think it might have been the best darned steak i ever ate ever. we spent every bite trying to figure out just what they put in their marinade. our best guess, which we were told was kinda close, was lime, garlic, cilantro, and shallots. whatever it is, it's heavenly! try it...you must. i was also a huge fan of the wine list, which i almost just referred to as the champagne list because it has 3 great dry options for a great price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dining in West Asheville
    EricVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My girlfriend and I stayed in West Asheville for a short vacation. We 'commuted' back and forth to downtown the majority of the time, but decided to give the Buffalo Nickel a try since it was about 5 minutes closer to our rental. We went on a Monday night, at 6:30, so I assume that is why the restaurant only had a few patrons. However, the food was terrific and easily compares with some of the other trendy restaurants in the downtown area. In addition it is a very attractive and well designed restaurant. I would definitely recommend this place. It provides a chance to see a different side of town and have some truly great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    First visit to Buffalo Nickel but will definitely go back! Beet salad excellent and charred octopus excellent, innovative and perfectly seasoned! Friend's trout was also delicious and the chef's creativity did not go unnoticed! Beautiful presentation and the staff was accommodating to dietary concerns. Wine list is not elaborate but offers good options. Waiter was a bit inexperienced but worked hard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New gem
    LetseatVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Innovative menu, ecleciive dishes, knowledgable server, an experience no to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Loved it
    MoondoggieVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was my first trip here but I certainly hope it will not be my last. The food and service were both truly outstanding. The menu is refreshingly imaginative and different enough to set them apart. The bone marrow is great and the devilled eggs may be the best I have ever eaten. I highly recommend this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • paleojoe
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food menu was healthy, with grass feed meat and free range chicken etc. Food came quickly and was nice and hot.lots of TV 's and pool tables. We went to dinner on Saturday at around 7 and it wasn't crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!!!!!
    highlandheavenVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our first visit to Buffalo Nickel and every single dish was superb!!! Delicious and all cooked perfectly!!! The best bourbon drink.....The Buffalo Nickel!! The ingredients were fresh and paired well! Another plus for West Asheville and another destination for foodies!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back!
    luvavlfood
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This was our first visit - certainly won't be our last. Buffalo Nickel succeeds in its stated mission to provide a warm, comfortable atmosphere where you can relax. You can also enjoy great food and service! The menu offers a lot of options both plate size (appetizers, small and full entree) and ingredients (something to please everyone from vegans - steak lovers). Despite the range the quality doesn't suffer. We all had something different and every dish was excellent! We ordered wine from the specials list - enjoyed a very lovely wine for a very modest price. The service was friendly, attentive and professional. The manager stopped by to welcome us and check in. A great spot for dinner for two or a gathering with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whose fault was it?
    HungryAndMad
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Was it Open Table for making a reservation for a day Buffalo Nickle wasn't open, or Buffalo Nickle's for allowing Open Table to make this reservation? We'll try again, but not by reserving through Open Table, that's for sure.
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  • Great feel but food is only ok
    EDB471
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband and I had deviled eggs (far to salty) and green salad to start. For main course I had trout which was good but not a balanced plate. It came served over a plate beans (thank goodness I had some greens from another course). My husband had the spinach fettuccine and it was so bland. I gave him half my trout to make his dinner taste better but it was big disappointment. Hopefully the chef and kitchen can get these details worked out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • newtoashville
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The four of us all got different entrees and agreed that they were good, but a little over priced for the portion size. Unfortunately the service was weak and uninformed about the gluten free menu items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brookside
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Excellent food, unique drinks, and great service with nice use of refurbished materials in the décor. The only suggestion I would make is somehow to reduce the draft that blows on many of the tables.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just keep coming back!
    Rose
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This place never dissapoints! Food is outstanding, love the ambiance and the menu! Tried some new dishes this time - Sweet potato gnocchi with barbeque, excellent. Kale salad (Ceasar) love it! SC Wreckfish, killer! So fresh and innovative - my new fav! Love BN!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Terrific Dinner!
    AshevilleGourmet
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    As always, wonderful food and service. Great changes to the menu including charred octopus and fresh greens salad. We will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 30 reviews are from the Buffalo Nickel reviews archive.
  • Wonderful new restaurant!
    TWC2VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner here a few weeks back. The lower level is mainly dining (I think). We went upstairs to the bar/dining/pool hall area and ate at the bar. I anticipated "bar food". I was wrong! My husband ordered the fish of the day...wreckfish prepared simply broiled over a magnificent creamy risotto. My husband is not a risotto fan and ate every morsel! I had the beef carpaccio and it was wonderful. I definitely recommend and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going to last
    chipchop525VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I wanted to like this place, I really did. The food was incredibly bland and the service was terrible. There are too many awesome restaurants in Asheville to bother coming back.
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  • Fabulous Meal
    LynneVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The Pittsburgh Carpaccio may be the best thing I have ever eaten. The presentation of the entrees was incredible only to trumped by the taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Foodie Spot in WAVL
    vinyl45rpm
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    West Asheville is turning into Downtown 2.0 as foodie spots pop up all up and down Haywood. The Admiral set the bar high, and few have lived up to expectation. However, Buffalo Nickel has answered that call. You can get large or small plates, and my wife and I had a hard time just deciding on what to eat. I finally settled on the Apple Brandy Farms Burger, and my wife went with the WNC Trout. The burger was excellent with the cheddar whip and onion jam. I could have eaten a whole bowl of the cheddar whip. My wife loved the trout, and we both greatly enjoyed the Field Peas, Baby Limas, Confit Tomatoes. For dessert, we were really excited to try the Cheerwine Creme Brulee and Caramelized Apple Pie, and were not disappointed either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the Trip from Hendersonville
    JohnB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed the Buffalo Nickel's Mother's Day Brunch. The arrival of our main course was a bit slow but the wait staff were very attentive and explained that the restaurant just recently opened and the kitchen was still working out some of the "kinks". The wait was well worth it. The portions were generous and the food well prepared. Their beer selection was quite extensive. My wife had a special Bloody Mary which she really enjoyed. The long stem red rose presented to my wife in honor of Mother's Day was a very nice touch. The restaurant is bigger than it looks from the outside. We had no issues finding parking close to the restaurant. We definitely plan on returning with friends to try their dinner menu items.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the desert
    Jack
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was good, but not great I thought is was a little over priced compared to other resturants in the same price range. Skip the desert all three do the deserts we had were OK at best.
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  • Great late night menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Loved the buffalo cauliflower, as well as everything else we ate, easy atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Soft Shell Crab!
    Eater
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I had the soft shell crab, and my friend got the pear salad. Neither was disappointing! Finally there is a place in Asheville with good softshell crab! It was served on a leek/potato pancake which was good but a little tough. The whole thing was topped with roumelade sauce and some micro green sprouts. There were so many good choices on the menu. It's doubtful that any would disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.