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A Bed of Roses’ Top Three Romantic Places to Dine in Asheville

February 7th, 2016 by abedofroses

Compressed Melon Salad at Ambrozia

Compressed Melon Salad at Ambrozia

Bed and Breakfast owners are always asked to suggest Romantic Restaurants for their guests, especially around Valentine’s Day. In Asheville we have so many to choose from, but Bill and I have our favorites. Sampling our local restaurants is one of our favorite “perks” from running a B&B! For Valentine’s Day, or any romantic celebration, check out these three stellar Asheville Restaurants.

 

  1. Zambra–  Our #1 choice for a romantic dinner, the dimly lit Moorish décor provides all sorts of little nooks and crannies for a private supper of tapas amid throw pillows, beads, massive wooden columns and arches. It feels as though you’ve stepped down through the rabbit hole into a special magical world.
    The Moorish Décor at Zambra's

    The Moorish Décor at Zambra’s

    Local artist, Douglas Madaras, has designed the colorful interior using Spanish and Moorish influences. The meal is an adventure of course after course of Spanish, Portuguese, North African and Gypsy inspired small bites accompanied by an impressive selection of Spanish and New World wines. Partners Peter Slamp and Chef Adam Bannasch have created one of America’s most Romantic Restaurants right here in Asheville.

  1. The Red Stag Grill– Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel steps from the historic Biltmore Estate, the décor has been described as what George Vanderbilt might have built if he had created a rustic hunting lodge. I have never been a fan of Hotel Dining Rooms, but The Red Stag is much more than a Hotel Restaurant. It is our go-to place for special occasions. The atmosphere is elegant and sumptuous, the service is impeccable and the food is award winning. The Executive Chef, Scott Ostrander, uses fresh local ingredients to create what they dub “European comfort food”. This is the place to treat yourself and your true love like royalty!

    The innkeepers enjoying a romantic dinner at The Red Stag

    The innkeepers enjoying a romantic dinner at The Red Stag

  1. Ambrozia– Tucked away in an unassuming strip mall in North Asheville is a culinary gem. This out of the way spot is perfect for a sophisticated romantic dinner. The space is small and intimate, using a shotgun layout with a bar on one side and tables on the other, subtle lighting, glass and wood.
    Ambrozia's Website Homepage shows you a sample of what's to come!

    Ambrozia’s Website Homepage shows you a sample of what’s to come!

    The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with attentive staff who “know their stuff”. The menu is eclectic with Southern, Southwestern, Asian and Caribbean influences. As with so many Asheville Restaurants, fresh farm to table is key. The wine list is extensive and the craft beer selection is even more impressive. Discover this local favorite with the one you love!

Ambrozia- An Unlikely Location Hides a Real Gem of a Restaurant

June 8th, 2014 by abedofroses

Ambrozia Bar + Bistro

Ambrozia Bar + Bistro

When we saw that Ambrozia Bar + Bistro was one of the finalists in the Fire on the Rock Competition Dining Series we were surprised to learn that they were located right here in North Asheville. Why didn’t we know about them? When they won the competition we had to find them and eat there! It turns out that Ambrozia is only about a year old and is tucked in a little unassuming strip mall. The location, on busy Merrimon Avenue, is in an area of Asheville that doesn’t attract a lot of tourism, with its grocery stores and drug store chains. The space used to house a sandwich shop and they kept one unusual and interesting feature. The restaurant occupies two adjacent store-fronts, with one housing the restaurant and the other the kitchen. Glass shop windows give you a full view of the kitchen staff from the street. In the restaurant portion the shotgun layout, with a bar on one side and tables on the other. has been given new life with the addition of subtle lighting, glass and wood.

A Beautiful Melon Salad

A Beautiful Melon Salad

When we arrived for our reservation we were struck with how friendly the staff was and how they seemed to already know many of the other customers. It appears this gem of a restaurant was already a well-known secret to many North Asheville and Beaver Lake residents! The menu was eclectic and promising, focusing on fresh farm to table cuisine with many influences – Southern, Southwestern, Asian, Caribbean, all with a twist. When the first course arrived we knew we were in for a treat. Compressed watermelon and cantaloupe squares topped with a layer of feta cheese were lined up on a long plate and garnished with watercress, candied jalapeno jam with a vanilla bean vinaigrette. The Seared Elk Carpaccio had looked tempting too, but we couldn’t imagine being happier than we were with the refreshing, salty sweet salad. My short rib special was perfectly tender and full of flavor.

Their chef won the Fire on the Rock Dining Competition

Their chef won the Fire on the Rock Dining Competition

The wine list was extensive and the beer list was even more impressive with our own local craft beers represented, but also craft brews from all over the country. The attentive, friendly service was equally impressive. There seemed to be an “ownership” feel permeating the staff. When I explored the restaurant’s background I could see why. The chef/owner, Sam Etheridge relocated to Asheville from Albuquerque, NM, where he ran Ambrozia Café and Wine Bar and Nob Hill Bar and Grill. When he relocated several of the staff members from his previous restaurants came with him and together with some stellar additions from the Asheville area they have created a restaurant that tastes good and feels good. Congratulations Sam!

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