Food Photos: The Amazingly Delicious Market Place Restaurant in Downtown Asheville

Salad at Market Place Restaurant Asheville NC

“…that was the best salad I ever had in my life!” were the exact words that came out of her mouth. And after I tasted it, I knew why. Chef William Dissen took over this fabulous restaurant many years ago, and brought it to the next level with his team. I recently bumped into him at the Newark Airport while I was heading into NYC, and he was heading to the World Food Summit in Copenhagen. Food is his life, and anyone that has spent any amount of time with the Chef, knows his passion for good and healthy foods.

Mac & Cheese at Marketplace Asheville Restaurant

This is one of the restaurants where I make sure that I get the macaroni and cheese. Maybe the best I have ever had, or one of the top at least. Anyway, simple perfection!

Scallops at Market Place Restaurant Asheville

Need I say more? This photo should be enough to communicate how delicious these scallops were! Order these immediately.

Lamb at Market Place Asheville Restaurant

Braised Lamb cooked to perfection with house-made pasta. Wow, incredible dish!!!

Dessert at Marketplace Restaurant Asheville NC

I was full, but had to get dessert to cap off this first class evening. I have an amazing meal each and every time I eat here, so definitely put this on your sure-shot list of places to eat in downtown Asheville North Carolina. Check out the Market Place website for more info.

Food Photos: Sake & a Hot Pot at The Noodle Shop in Downtown Asheville

Sake at The Noodle Shop in Asheville

I have to say, that out of all of the Asian food restaurants in the Asheville area, this little hole-in-the-wall noodle shop in downtown Asheville takes the cake for me when it comes to atmosphere, which directly contributes to my overall experience. I remember my mother taking me out to eat Chinese food in Brooklyn New York. There were plenty of to-go joints, but every once in awhile, we would sit at a more authentic Chinese restaurant, and I remember them being a lot like The Noodle Shop.

Hot Pot at The Noodle Shop in Asheville

Anyway, we eat here regularly. Not only is the atmosphere and staff awesome, but they are located in the center of downtown Asheville where all of the action is. So do not be surprised if you hear some busking, a protest happening, or a nun passing by on a bicycle.

House Sizzling Platter at Noodle Shop Asheville

I always like to get the House Sizzling Platter. So good!

You have so many great eateries around here also, including Posana, Rhubard, Salsa’s, Curate, Bomba, Limones, Farm Burger, and Hana Japanese; so this is a wonderful centralized location to eat your heart out!

Food Photos: 4 Italian Cuisine Restaurants You Must Visit in Asheville

Italian food has a lot of meanings, and around Asheville, you will find several types of Italian eats. Now I’m not talking about the spots around town that serve mostly traditional Italian food; and others like Table, Jargon, and Rezaz that sometimes feature Italian inspired dishes. But I am talking about the ones that focus solely on Italian cuisine, and do it so well. So here are four Asheville area restaurants that you must try for an amazing Italian cuisine experience:

1. Modesto – this delicious restaurant is located in downtown Asheville, in the Grove Arcade building. Click the Facebook icon below to see the full post:

2. Cucina 24 – located on Asheville’s Wall Street, and their food is incredible.

Swordfish at Cucina 24 in Asheville NC

3. Chiesa – seated off the beaten path, about 3 minutes from downtown Asheville, is this heavenly fare.

Scallops at Chiesa Italian Asheville Restaurant

4. Glass Onion – located about 15 minutes north of Asheville, in Weaverville, and worth the drive for their tasty cuisine.

Seafood at Glass Onion Weaverville NC

And, if you have the pleasure of visiting Hendersonville North Carolina, which is about 20 minutes south of Asheville; you must try Renzo’s!