Posted by eemilla on November 20, 2011
We’ve really cut back our dining out with LB because we really don’t want to be one of those couples with a kid acting like a kid in a nice restaurant, but we also hate lugging all the baby accoutrements around anymore than necessary. However, we did stop in Brevard a few weeks ago for lunch on our way to Highlands for a wedding. Before that we checked out the latest vegan addition to the Asheville restaurant scene.
My husband wanted to try Jordan Street Cafe, but they were closed so I got my pick of Marco Trattoria. We opted to eat inside as the sunny fall day was keeping the outside dining areas full. I ordered an eggplant parmesan, and my honey had the crab and sherry bisque with an arugula salad and a the panini special (which I don’t recall). Both dishes had nice presentations and portions in addition to being tasty. The tiramisu that I attempted for dessert was terrible; it was a runny pile of mush that tasted overly sweet. Our service was fine, and the prices are reasonable.
Asheville’s first vegan fine dining restaurant, Plant, opened a few months back, and we had to visit as my husband’s awesome former boss is one of the owners. I had never been to Gourmet Perks so I don’t have a reference for what the interior used to look like, but Plant is modern and open. The service was nice, and our food was great. We started with the seitan skewers with fried plantains, and I craved them in between visits. I followed with the black pepper tofu; I don’t really recall much about the tofu, but the rice cakes and the watercress were divine. My husband enjoyed his wild mushroom risotto, but I don’t recall sampling it. At our next visit we came for lunch, and I was able to enjoy the skewers again. I followed them with the Thai roll, which was tasty, and again I don’t recall sampling my honey’s berger. On a visit that I missed after my return to work, my husband checked out the reuben, which he said was an all around good flavorful sandwich. To make up for going without me, he brought me some mocha and mint chocolate chip ice cream which could easily give Ultimate Ice Cream and The Hop a run for their money (I haven’t tried any of Ultimate’s vegan options so I am speaking of their standard ice creams). While Laughing Seed may have a better location, Plant definitely has the better food.