Posted by eemilla on May 17, 2010
I visited the LAB a week or so after it opened, and I greatly enjoyed their beer sampler. On my most recent visit I hit up the sampler again to hone in on my favorite brews, but I also enjoyed some food this go round. The hummus plate appetizer was far superior to the portabella caprese sandwich; while the hummus and baba ghannouj may not have been the best I’ve ever had, their coupling with the cucumber spears and flatbread fit so well with the summer weather we’ve been experiencing. Their awesome patio provided the perfect place to watch the afternoon downpour as well. The portabello caprese sandwich seemed like a bit of an anachronism, and while the same might be said for the hummus plate, they spiced it up by offering garlic, scallion, and curry flavored spreads.
For an Asheville restaurant, it’s a bit of stretch to call their menu vegetarian friendly as they do, but they do brew good beer. Their white is wonderfully refreshing, and even though I don’t really prefer IPAs, the LAB’s is nicely balanced.