I’m going to break Asheville into 2 posts, because I took about a million photos. We absolutely loved it while we were there. They had just about everything we love in a city, which includes good food, good beer, good wine, and an ultra cute yarn store. I was in heaven. Today, we’re going to discuss food. You all know how much I love food so I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the awesomeness of Chestnut in downtown Asheville, NC. It’s the kind of spot that is perfect for date night with your hubs for a casual night.
The menu is broken down the way I like it. You have starters, medium plates, salads, and entrees. This allowed me to decide how hungry I was at the moment versus having an entree that I would have no place to store while we were on the road. The hubs and I both went with a medium plate. I added a starter.
My starter was the black bean soup, and I promise you that if I was on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate this would be on my list for best thing I ever ate soup or even black bean. It wasn’t one of those thick black bean soups like you’re used to getting everywhere else. It was soupy. As a child, I used to have what we called soup beans with a slice of onion for dinner sometimes, and this black bean soup took me back there. The soup beans from my childhood were pintos so it was nice to also see another variation. It was still spicy, but the creme cut it perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for a better bowl of soup. I am not even kidding you.
The hubs ended up with Risotto Cakes and Lobster Ragout. I love a good lobster dish so I knew I had to have a bite. The risotto cake was perfect. It was moist and the cheese in the middle just made it feel extra gooey. The lobster was cooked perfectly. The sauce added to the flavor without taking away anything at all. It was truly delicious.
I selected the Fried Pickled Green Tomatoes. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I ordered it. I had never thought of pickling my green tomatoes before frying them, but it was delicious. Between each layer was a smear of pimento cheese, which was clearly homemade. If you have a choice, you should always go with homemade pimento cheese versus the store bought variety. It definitely has a very different and amazingly full flavor. The star of this dish might have been the tomato jam at the bottom. It was just the perfect balance to the sweetness in the dish. I honestly wish I could share a bite with you right now.
What’s the best thing you ever ate?