Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Don't miss Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville!

You are going to be so angry with me after you take in this post! Angry
because I've withheld this information from you for so long, that is! I
mean, honestly... So far, this dining experience ranks as the best-ever
experience born from a recommendation by a friend wishing to pass
on information about where to eat in Asheville. Not even a second
passed after I announced that we were headed to Asheville for our
anniversary before SpaBoy said, You can't miss Tupelo Honey!  
downtown on College and the new location, which accepts reservations. So we
made one, and then headed for Asheville early on Sunday morning with a plan to
enjoy lunch at THC. Now if you know me you know I've never, ever eaten grits...
But since moving to the South, I have grown quite fond of good fried green tomatoes...
So when we noticed Fried green tomatoes over grits on the menu we decided
to share! Grits for him, and a couple of fried greenies for me was our plan...
Unfortunately for him, these grits were made with creamy goat cheese, and
sprinkled with fresh basil. So in the end... The man I love got very little grits!
All I can tell you is that THC has spoiled me forever with their grits! I will either
discover other grits I love or I will find that the only grits on the planet worthy
are those served at Tupelo Honey in Asheville. Either way, I'm on a grits kick!
 We went a little crazy after the FGT and ordered the Cheesy Grit Cakes. Stuffed
with a blend of cheeses and drizzled with a spicy red chili sauce - yum! And, although
I do realize it's like comparing apples to oranges, I preferred the goat cheese grits
over this fried version. However, I am an absolute sucker for a good salsa, and
you already know my passion for organically grown anything... Therefore,
the Sunshot Farms salsa served with the grit cakes was to die for! 
 You simply must know about Sunshot Organics so stop and click right here!
Pretty amazing, huh!? Speaking of amazing... See that biscuit up there? At THC,
those fluffy babies arrive to your table complimentary! Drizzled with honey and
topped with THC's very own homemade black raspberry preserves... Heaven!
Other heavenly appetizers we ordered, (yes... we sampled almost all the
appetizers/sides on the menu and still ordered a main course!) was the
scratch-made mac and cheese and the candied ginger cornbread muffins
with whipped peach butter. Yes... My eyeballs did roll back into my head!
 After our appetizers we excused ourselves for a quick 3-mile run to make
room for the sandwiches we ordered. Normally he wouldn't order a burger
however, at THC they serve no ordinary burgers! This is one-half pound
of grass-fed, pasture raised, hormone and antibiotic- free beef provided
to THC by, Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Asheville. And it is the best!   
 Served with sweet potato fries! Now, I would normally not order fried-anything...
After all, I've been humming along on the CLEAN program since June 1st, and I
have also thoroughly been enjoying all the benefits that come along with losing
almost ninety pounds... However, this was a very special trip, and I attended
extra Spin classes especially for this occasion! So I ordered the Southern
Fried Chicken BLT. Made with free-range chicken, topped with maple
peppered bacon and served on a hand-crafted artisan bun. No words!  
  Our meal at Tupelo Honey Cafe, along with the service and atmosphere
far, far exceeded our expectations! The fact that they are dedicated to the
support of local farms and suppliers and that they serve creative and
innovative dishes just put the whole experience over the top!

Just in case you're wondering... THC doesn't know I exist. And, I wasn't paid or compensated in any other way for telling you about them. I wrote this review just to
ensure that you don't visit Asheville six times, like we did, before you get to eat the
best food available in that area! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the THC on-
line store for some of their goodies to enjoy at home!


  1. We absolutely LOVE this place. We usually go to the downtown location, but while in Asheveille during Labor Day weekend, we went to the second location as well. We usually get their pimento Cheese appetizer - melted pimento cheese with tortillas....YUM!!!

  2. Oh man! That all looks so good but you had me at candied Ginger cornbread muffins with peach butter. Drool :-P'''


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