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  • Nov
    8

    The NEVER BLUE restaurant is always a dining delight where every meal is made to order.  No matter if we’ve come in for lunch or dinner, it’s challenging to decide which of their fabulous dishes to order.  Fortunately, they offer many of their selections “tapas” style….meaning smaller portions at a smaller price so you can sample a variety of their flavorful offerings.  Or if you have a favorite, you can order it as an entrée.  The setting is relaxed, beautiful and brightly colored.  If nothing else, you have to see their exquisitely tiled bar. 

    Ginny loves downtown Hendersonville's Main Street Bistros!  Today she's dining at her favorite Never Blue Restaurant.  photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Ginny loves downtown Hendersonville's Main Street Bistros! Today she's dining at her favorite Never Blue Restaurant. photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Some of our APPETIZER favorites are:  Sauteed Wild Mushrooms: chipotle-herb butter with garlic toast or the Giant Ravioli:  stuffed with five cheeses, smothered in organic spinach chipotle-parmesan cream sauce.  For SALADS try their Caesar with organic romaine, toasted pumpkin seeds, herb-butter croutons, manchego cheese, classic Caesar dressing or the Spinach Salad made with organic spinach, cranberries, gorgonzola, candied pecans, applewood bacon, Lusty Monk Mustard-Honey Emulsion.  We love their COCAS (made-to-order Spanish style flatbreads) such as Majorca: chilean pebre salsa, goat cheese, fresh basil, olive oil; or Eve’s Delight:  fig preserves, shiitake mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese, baby arugula.  ENTREES:  Very creative & yummy Chicken, Seafood & Meat dishes – see their on-line menu for  mouth-watering descriptions. 

    Ginny is fascinated by the tiled bar at the Never Blue Restaurant - truly a work of art!  photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Ginny is fascinated by the tiled bar at the Never Blue Restaurant - truly a work of art! photo by www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

     

     

    For a fun experience, try their Tapa & Wine Tuesdays, Music & Margarita Wednesdays, and Thirsty Thursdays celebrating the art of the martini with their exclusive unique concoctions.  See their website for more details.

    ADDRESS of Never Blue: 119 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC

    PHONE:  828-693-4646

    HOURS:  Tue – Thu 11 – 9;  Fri & Sat 11 – 10;  Sun & Mon – Closed
    WEBSITE: 
    www.TheNeverBlue.com    

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation rental cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  You will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! BILTMORE ESTATE TICKETS: Purchase your tickets from us and enjoy two full days at Biltmore for the price of a one day admission ticket!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

    Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain.  Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain.

    Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain. Never Blue Restaurant with several levels of dining and a patio with a lovely fountain.

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  • Jul
    13

    Ginny anticipates her scrumptuous meal at Carrabbas Italian Restaurant!

    Ginny anticipates her scrumptuous meal at Carrabbas Italian Restaurant!

    Although CARRABBAS ITALIAN GRILL is a chain restaurant, it has consistently wonderful, mouth-watering Italian food that makes us return again and again!  The menu features a variety of delicious appetizers, soups, salads, brick oven pizza made on a wood burning grill, pasta specialties, and family classics.  For a change of pace, it’s entertaining to eat at the open kitchen bar….they may even slip you samples of food as they are being prepared.

     

    There are two fabulous restaurants in Asheville and we highly recommend just about everything on the menu!  We often choose several entrees to share just to extend the flavorful taste experiences.  This last meal we ordered the CHICKEN BRYAN a grilled chicken breast with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and a basil lemon butter sauce, and the INSALATA FIORUCCI mixed field greens salad with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and grilled eggplant in vinaigrette, topped with a hazelnut goat cheese medallion.  We always order their TIRAMISU, the most heavenly Italian dessert on earth and Carrabbas makes the best by far!   

    Ginny is deciding which meal to eat first...the Chicken Bryan or the Insalata Fiorucci....

    Ginny is deciding which meal to eat first...the Chicken Bryan or the Insalata Fiorucci....

     

     

    Ginny  selects from BACINO  “Little Kisses,” mini-desserts….small, guilt-free versions of their favorite desserts, made fresh daily.

    Ginny selects from BACINO “Little Kisses,” mini-desserts….small, guilt-free versions of their favorite desserts, made fresh daily.

    RESERVATIONS:  Although they do not take reservations, you can call when you are on the way and they will put you on the waiting list.

     

    WEBSITE for menus & locations:  www.carrabbas.com

    LOCATIONS:

    10 Buckstone Place, Asheville, NC 28805   Phone:  (828) 281-2300

    Directions:  I-240 to Asheville. Exit south on Tunnel Rd. Located on left behind the Hampton Inn (not visible from road).  This is near the Asheville Mall in East Asheville.

     

    332 Rockwood Road, Arden, NC 28704   Phone: (828) 654-8411
    Directions:  Highway 26 to Asheville Airport exit #40. Head East and take a left at the second light signal.

     

    HOURS: 

    Sun: 11:30am-10pm
    Mon-Thur: 4-10pm
    Fri: 4-11pm
    Sat: 12-11pm

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE ESTATE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO FULL CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

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  • Jun
    5

    Ginny is enthralled with the wood-fired oven and just loves the beautiful colors!  She knows her pizza is in the oven and anticipates how delicious it will be!

    Ginny is enthralled with the wood-fired oven and just loves the beautiful colors! She knows her pizza is in the oven and anticipates how delicious it will be!

    When you are enjoying a day of exploring all the delightful shops, galleries, boutiques and antiques stores on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, be sure to eat at WEST FIRST WOOD-FIRED restaurant located a half block off of Main Street on 1st  Avenue West.  All their dishes are thoughtfully prepared with quality ingredients cheerfully served in an artistically dramatic setting.

     

    Whatever the wood fired oven does in the cooking process of the pizza and other dishes, it adds a distinct delicious flavor that we love!  Their pizzas are hand-made with organic wheat crest and are topped with freshly-grated Romano cheese.  The pizza we order this week was their Goat Cheese Pizza with fresh basil pesto with spinach, marinated artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes and, of course, goat cheese….yummmmm!  Robert and Ginny shared their made-from-scratch tasty bean soup and for dessert, we all shared in their chocolate hazelnut tiramisu….creamy, rich and so very decadent!

     

    Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday:  Lunch 11am – 2pm;   Dinner 5pm – 10pm

    Address:  101 1st Avenue, West, Hendersonville NC  28792

    Phone:  828-693-1080

    Website is coming soon

    Email:  westfirstwoodfired@yahoo.com

     

    What a beautiful atmosphere with the stained glass windows and artwork.

    What a beautiful atmosphere with the stained glass windows and artwork.

    Article is written by Stephanie Joy Johnson for our guests staying at our luxury vacation rental homes nearby.  For information on vacation rental homes in the Hendersonville to Asheville areas, please see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  or call us at 828-274-9777. 

    Ginny and Robert share a bowl of tasty home-made bean soup.

    Ginny and Robert share a bowl of tasty home-made bean soup.

    Ah yes, the pizza is served!

    Ah yes, the pizza is served!

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  • May
    25

    Ginny feels she just stepped into an Italian Restaurant with the open kitchen on the left where she can see the fresh food being prepared.

    Ginny feels she just stepped into an Italian Restaurant with the open kitchen on the left where she can see the fresh food being prepared.

    Even though you are in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, as soon as you enter the doors of the Bistro Restaurant on the Biltmore Estate, you’ll feel that you’ve been transported to a beautiful Tuscany café. At the center of the restaurant is a large open kitchen where you can see the delicious meals being grilled, sautéed and prepared with the utmost care with the freshest foods (vegetables, herbs, greens and beef) from the estates own fields and farms. 

    Lunches are a treat with delectable wood-fired pizzas, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees.  Dinners are to be savored with the extraordinary meals prepared with care.  We’ve always experienced great service the many times we’ve eaten here.  Be sure to have a reservation for dinners so they will have your name at the entry gate to be allowed on the estate after hours. 

    As with all restaurants on the Biltmore Estate, you will need an estate admission ticket.  If you have yet to purchase your ticket, just give us a call at Asheville Vacation Homes to purchase your discounted ticket good for two consecutive days!  Call us at 828-274-9777 or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com .

    Phone:  828-225-6230 for reservations

    Hours for Lunch:  Noon – 5 PM

    Hours for Dinner:  5 PM – 8:30 PM

    Website for Menu:  www.biltmore.com/visit/dining/bistro/

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  You are invited to experience the luxury of our Asheville and Hendersonville Vacation Rental Homes where we promise you will be outrageously spoiled!  Call us at 828-274-9777 or email at Joyah@aol.com 

    Ginny can hardly wait to be seated because she knows how delicious the food is here!

    Ginny can hardly wait to be seated because she knows how delicious the food is here!

    Ginny is just outside the Bistro Restaurant that is just across from the Winery where she just completed the awesome tour!

    Ginny is just outside the Bistro Restaurant that is just across from the Winery where she just completed the awesome tour!

     

     

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  • May
    22

    Ginny quickly decides she like the relaxed garden feel of the Arbor Grill located near the Winery...and she's hungry for lunch after the long stroll she's taken around the Biltmore Estate grounds!

    Ginny quickly decides she like the relaxed garden feel of the Arbor Grill located near the Winery...and she's hungry for lunch after the long stroll she's taken around the Biltmore Estate grounds!

    During your visit to the world famous Biltmore House in Asheville NC, be sure to dine at their absolutely wonderful eateries & restaurants!  During our visit in May, we had lunch at the outdoor ARBOR GRILL by the Winery (be sure to take a tour of the Winery!). As you can see by the photos, it’s a divine space to enjoy a relaxed meal. Their delicious selections include a special tapas menu as well as salads and sandwiches.  For this visit, we ordered the Balsamic Marinated Chicken Sandwich with cilantro-artichoke pesto and the Roasted Vegetable Quesadilla with smoked provolone, pickled carrots, pico de gallo and sour cream….yummmy!!!  You can also enjoy great local beer and Biltmore wine, and even listen to live music later in the afternoon on special occasions.  Arbor Grill is open from noon until 8pm.

     

    If you plan to stay in the Asheville NC area, you are invited to stay with us at one of our near-by romantic vacation rental homes.  You will be outrageously spoiled with all our sumptuous amenities!  We can even provide you with discounted Biltmore Estate tickets good for TWO consecutive days!  Call us at 828-274-9777 or email at Joyah@aol.com or see our website at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

    Ginny now sees the Arbor Grill's posted menu and decides this is the perfect place for lunch!

    Ginny now sees the Arbor Grill's posted menu and decides this is the perfect place for lunch!

     

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  • May
    3

    Ginny anticipates a delicious luncheon at her favorite Cajun resaturant in Hendersonville NC - the Cypress Cellar

    Ginny anticipates a delicious luncheon at her favorite Cajun restaurant in Hendersonville NC - the Cypress Cellar

    Cypress Cellar Restaurant and Bar in historic downtown Hendersonville NC Main Street is the very best Cajun/Creole food around!  Halfway down the exterior stairway to the “Cellar” outdoor patio, restaurant and full bar below, you’ll be greeted by a cheerful New Orleans jester with a sign indicating the day’s specials.  Whether you choose to eat alfresco in the patio or inside in the colorful & casual café setting or relax in the elegant pub-style bar, you’ll be delighted with the atmosphere and food! Guests at our nearby vacation rental cottages frequently write in our guest books that this was a culinary highlight for them!  You will find the New Orleans atmosphere friendly and relaxed with great service and the food choice is varied and delicious!  See their website for menu selections and weekend music offerings. 

    Ø  Address:  321 N Main St # C, Hendersonville, NC 28792
    Phone:  (828) 698-1005

    Ø  Website:  www.cypresscellar.com 

    Ø  Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM Monday – Thursday,

    11 AM – 10 PM. Friday and Saturday (later if live music)

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson from www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com, 828-284-9777, email:  joyah@aol.com.  Call us if need a vacation rental and want to be outrageously spoiled!  You are invited to stay at one of our darling cottages, cabins or luxury homes!

    Ginny has a brief chat with the New Orleans Jester about the daily specials

    Ginny has a brief chat with the New Orleans Jester about the daily specials

    Ginny considers the outdoor below street level "Cellar" patio area for alfresco dining.

    Ginny considers the outdoor below street level "Cellar" patio area for alfresco dining.

    One one side of the Cypress Cellar is a well stocked full service bar.

    One one side of the Cypress Cellar is a well stocked full service bar.

    Ginny is served a delicious spinach & artichoke dip with tasty garlic bread crisps....yummmm!

    Ginny is served a delicious spinach & artichoke dip with tasty garlic bread crisps....yummmm!

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  • Apr
    20

    Ginny is ready to savor her order of delicious Pad Thai....she loves the subtle peanut flavor of the Pad Thai sauce.  The next time you are in Downtown Historic Hendersonville, be sure to stop by the Thai Spice Restaurant and Bar for an upscale environment and delicious food!

    Ginny is ready to savor her order of delicious Pad Thai....she loves the subtle peanut flavor of the Pad Thai sauce. The next time you are in Downtown Historic Hendersonville, be sure to stop by the Thai Spice Restaurant and Bar for an upscale environment and delicious food!

    Ginny & I arrived just before closing at lunch time and has the Thai Spice Restaurant all to ourselves.  We felt quite sophisticated in the upscale atmosphere and love the Thai food at the Thai Spice Restaurant & Bar!
    Ginny & I arrived just before closing at lunch time and had the Thai Spice Restaurant all to ourselves. We felt quite sophisticated in the upscale atmosphere and love the Thai food at the Thai Spice Restaurant & Bar!

     

    For fabulous Thai food with gorgeous presentation in an upscale atmosphere, we highly recommend Thai Spice Restaurant where the food is from the freshest ingredients with only natural herbs and spices….and no MSG.  Our most recent visit was just at the closing of their lunch time, so we had the place to ourselves.  The service was gracious and food was very tasty.  Ginny and I shared their Pad Thai (stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, bean sprouts, scallions and ground peanut in delicious Pad Thai sauce).  See their website for a complete listing of their huge menu selection. 

     

    Ø  Address:  220 South King Street, Hendersonville NC

    Ø  Phone:  828-693-7323

    Ø  Directions:  At the south end of Historic Downtown Hendersonville Main Street.  Just one block east of Main Street at the corner of E Barnwell St and S King Street. 

    Ø  Hours:  Open 7 Days/Week:  11:30 AM – 3 PM and 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

    Ø  Website:  www.ThaiSpiceNC.com

     

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

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  • Mar
    20

    Ginny is awed by the magnificent Biltmore House.  The Stables is to the far right where she plans to eat a delicious lunch.

    Ginny is awed by the magnificent Biltmore House. The Stables is to the far right where she plans to eat a delicious lunch.

    As the name suggests, the STABLES RESTAURANT adjoining the Biltmore House, was the former stables for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC.  And not just any stables!  This equestrian mansion for horses is a wonder to behold!  Along with this fabulous restaurant, there are a variety of wonderful gift shops and specialty stores housed here as well.  In the entry courtyard you’ll find a Bakery Shop with yummy treats and an Ice Cream Shop perfect for those warm sunny days.  There’s plenty of seating outside in the courtyard fresh air and an undercover area in case it rains.  This is an experience recommended to all our vacation rental home guests staying at our cabins, chalets, cottages & homes at www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com

    Retaining the original stables architecture, you’ll find the STABLES RESTAURANT dining tables privately situated inside the former horse stalls….mind you, these are not just ordinary horse stalls but elegant wrought iron and wooden rooms!  The center of the restaurant is also set with dining tables.  The upstairs of the stables (I assume this spectacular space was used as a massive hayloft) has a second kitchen and a huge dining area.  The Biltmore Estate has created a wonderful capacity to feed and delight its thousands of daily visitors.

    But back to our delightful luncheon at the STABLES RESTAURANT where Robert and I (and Ginny) shared one of the most deliciously seasoned soups we’ve tasted!  It was their soup of the day: Cream of Zucchini and Yellow Squash and served with warm corn bread.  Our sandwiches and sides were equally delicious and the proportions were huge!  Mine was their “Grilled Chicken Panini special: Marinated, grilled chicken breast, mozzarella cheese, Arugula & spicy roasted tomato mayonnaise on toasted ciabatta bread.”  Since their servings are overly generous, next time we plan to share a soup and a sandwich so we’ll have room to sample their wonderful desserts!  They have a wide variety of offerings sure to delight your tummy!  It’s all good! 

    There may be a wait, so go there first to be on their waiting list, then wander down the long hallway to explore the delightful shops.  Your personal pager will buzz, vibrate and light when your table is ready. Enjoy!!!

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson of Asheville’s luxury vacation cabins, chalets, cottages and homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  YOU DESERVE TO BE SPOILED and you will be outrageously spoiled at our vacation rental homes by our awesome amenities!!! Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!  828-274-9777  Email: Joyah@aol.com

    Ginny enters the Stables Courtyard anticipating the shopping and yummy food!

    Ginny enters the Stables Courtyard anticipating the shopping and yummy food!

    Ginny has put her name on the lunch wait list and is browsing through the variety of gift shops while she anticipates the specials she saw posted for lunch.

    Ginny has put her name on the lunch wait list and is browsing through the variety of gift shops while she anticipates the specials she saw posted for lunch.

    Ginny is about to be seated and is hoping for a horse stall booth!

    Ginny is about to be seated and is hoping for a horse stall booth!

    Ginny is impressed with the massive "hayloft" above the downstairs restaurant. During busy days, the upstairs Stables Restaurant with a separate kitchen is ready to serve!

    Ginny is impressed with the massive "hayloft" above the downstairs restaurant. During busy days, the upstairs Stables Restaurant with a separate kitchen is ready to serve!

    Another view of the downstairs Stables Restaurant taken from the floor above.

    Another view of the downstairs Stables Restaurant taken from the floor above.

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  • Feb
    25

    What a delight to find the newly opened Picasso’s Café in the heart of Hendersonville’s Historic Main Street shopping district!  As best stated on their website:  “Picasso’s patisserie & coffee bar offers a variety of delicious made-from-scratch European pastries, whole or by the slice, to enjoy with our wonderful gourmet coffees, espresso, lattes and cappuccino, all in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by beautiful European art and music that soothes the soul.”  Not only that, their luncheon menu has a tasty selection of sandwiches, paninis (Italian grilled sandwiches), quiches, salads and soups you’re sure to enjoy.  Try the tuna sandwich made with albacore tuna, artichoke & kalamata olive Tapenade, lettuce, tomato & mayo served on kalamata rosemary bread!  If you are out and about early (they open at 8 AM), stop by for your breakfast coffee and pastries.

     

    We felt like we were eating in a small Italian café with the charming tables and chairs (each a little different), and the gorgeous hand-painted Italian style oil paintings in beautiful carved frames–for sale if you see one you must take home!  The amiable owner was present to help with our selection and make sure we were pleased with our meal.  As long as you are there, be sure to wander through the other half of the store which is a wonderful boutique filled with unique treasures. 

    ·        Address:  240 North Main Street, Hendersonville NC 28792

    ·        Phone:  828-694-0907

    ·        Website:  www.picassospatisserie.com

    ·        Hours:  8 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Saturday  (Lunch starts at 11 AM)

    This cafe is recommended to our guests at our Asheville & Hendersonville Vacation Rental Cabins, Cottages & Homes:  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com  828-274-9777

    Biltmore Estate Tickets available at a DISCOUNT and are good for 2 consecutive days instead of just 1 day!  828-274-9777  www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com 

    Ginny is just about to be seated at one of the chaming tables and is entralled with all the gorgeous handpainted oil paintings on the wall.

    Ginny is just about to be seated at one of the chaming tables and is entralled with all the gorgeous handpainted oil paintings on the wall.

    Ginny discovers the newly opened Picasso's cafe in the charming downtown historic Hendersonville Main Street Shopping District.

    Ginny discovers the newly opened Picasso's cafe in the charming downtown historic Hendersonville Main Street Shopping District.

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  • Feb
    16

    Ginny is ready to enjoy a bit of history and delicious food!

    Ginny is ready to enjoy a bit of history and delicious food!

    Adjacent to the entrance of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC is the charming Biltmore Village with original 1890’s cottages now home to unique galleries, shops, boutiques and delicious places to eat.  One of my favorite restaurants is the delightful Corner Kitchen where the home is rich in history and the food is scrumptious!  Delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served here, so come most any time to enjoy their tasty menu!   The breakfast and lunches have a small but varied selection at average prices, and their dinner menu is quite wonderful and a bit more pricey.

     

     As the name suggests, the Corner Kitchen is on the corner of 3 Boston Way and All Soul’s Cresent.  There are a variety of rooms in this two story century old home to enjoy your meals: the romantic “Parlor” with its welcoming fireplace, the “Porch” which is an all glass sunroom where you have a street view, or follow the staircase to several upstairs rooms.  The day we most recently dined there, we were seated on the Porch.  For lunch I ordered their Roasted Portobello Sandwich Sliced which was served open faced with warm Goat Cheese, Field Greens, Fresh Basil leaves and Pickled onions on a Griddled Ciabatta.  This is the best Portobello sandwich I’ve ever had!  Instead of a big hunk of mushroom, there were tiny slivers piled high of wonderfully seasoned portabellos.  Yummmm! 

    You will find the Corner Kitchen at 3 Boston Way in Biltmore Village, Asheville NC 28803. Phone:  828-274-2439  See their website for menus and more details:  www.thecornerkitchen.com 

    Reviewed by Stephanie Joy Johnson, www.AshevilleVacationHomes.com for luxury Asheville and Hendersonville vacation rental cabins, cottages, chalets and homes.  Buy your discounted BILTMORE HOUSE TICKETS from us…save money, no waiting in line and tickets are good for TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS instead of just one!

    Ginny seated in the "Porch" room, ponders over her lunch menu choices....

    Ginny seated in the "Porch" room, ponders over her lunch menu choices....

     

     

     

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