A weekend at the mountain home of friends in nearby North Carolina automatically meant a couple of things to us. First of all, the guys would play golf, of course. Secondly, the women would visit some cute shops in Waynesville and Asheville. But most importantly, meals at a few choice restaurants would play a large role.
Throw in rounds of a hysterical box game, Balderdash, on both evenings and you’ve pretty much got a description of the entire weekend.
In order of our preference, here are some eateries we would recommend you check out on your next visit to our neighboring state to the east. Some we picked for the excellent food, others for their charming ambiance. But all were a delight and featured the most friendly servers we’ve seen in a long time.
Best food of the trip
Alan and I think that, hands down, this distinction has to go to the Chef’s Table, located at 30 Church Street in downtown Waynesville.
Chef Josh Monroe developed his menu with wine pairings in mind, and the eatery has won numerous awards, including some from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines.
Speaking of signs, we thought this one was hilarious. It’s located in the section of town known as Frog Level, due to its historical propensity to flood.
Great outdoor eating experience
We received a lunch recommendation from the proprietor of a pottery shop and headed to Panacea Coffee House and Cafe at 66 Commerce Street in Waynesville. This is a daytime option only, as the kitchen closes at 4 p.m.
Service everywhere was great, but the top of the heap was found at Frogs Leap Public House, located at 44 Church Street in Waynesville. Operated as a “farm to fork” concept, you really need a reservation at this popular local eatery — especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
The guys joined us on Sunday for a little shopping and dining in Asheville.
Coolest interior space
We really enjoyed an uber fashionable spot called Posana, located at 1 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. The most unusual thing about Posana is that it is totally gluten free. The doughnut holes we ordered, the avocado toast, even the pancakes.
The mimosas and Bloody Marys definitely passed muster, as well.
So that’s our weekend of eating and drinking. If you have any other suggestions about restaurants in Asheville or Waynesville, please put them in the comments. We are planning another trip there shortly.